For some reason, this thread has stuck with me since I read it a few days ago. Maybe I feel I have something to add, which is funny since I consider most threads such as this pointless regarding my participation. Don't get me wrong- I understand completely that exploring these topics is very important in keeping music alive, but there gets to be a point where it's like comic book fans arguing about which hero is stronger than this one... Anyway, I am really not a Beatles fan. I have an ambivalence toward them that has mellowed over the years, and I used to be quite obnoxious about it. I hope I am no longer as obnoxious. We'll see... I've owned one Beatles album in my 50 years on this planet, and that was the 'White Album'. Pretty good album. I remember the exact moment that I never listened to it again. It was when I bought 'In the Court of the Crimson King' at Peaches records. From that moment on, the Beatles seemed a bit juvenile to me. Crimson was this massive what the f___ is this!? for me, and it utterly changed my direction in music. From there my musical journey took off in all sorts of interesting directions, and looking back on it, it was not entirely a waste of time. I won't bore y'all with the details- that's for other threads. Like I wrote earlier, I used to be quite obnoxious in my disdain for the Fab-Four, and that has tempered a lot over the years. I have a great respect for them and their accomplishments. And yes, they have influenced A LOT of bands since then, and most of those bands I simply find more interesting. But isn't that what made the Beatles great? They excited a lot of people, from Clapton to Ozzy. In the end, it was their influence on the times that turned around and made them the icons that they are. In other words, without all of those other bands riffing on what they got out of the Beatles, the Beatles would have been just another British band. For the record- Sgt. Pepper would never had been made without Les Paul. Led Zeppelin would have existed even if the Beatles never had- they stole all their stuff from people like Robert Johnson.