Revolutions in every industry are hard to come by. The revolution usually begins with a charismatic leader and a solid purpose for other people to follow. The music business is driven by these revolutions. There were revolutionaries prior to the Beatles, but no one had an effect as major or extended as they did. Even though the Beatles got off to a tough start in America with Capitol Records, their popularity in the United Kingdom had already given them a firm stepping stone to achieve legendary status. The hardcore Beatles fans in Europe provided the essential boost to allow them to gain popularity in the United States.
In the beginning of their career, the Beatles toured around England playing in clubs and other small places to get their name and music out there. It was London based EMI that paid attention and signed the boys into an exclusive recording agreement. This made it possible for them to cut their first Beatles vinyl record through a major label. Once the recordings got a shot at getting released inside the United States through Capitol Records, the American branch of EMI, the company was not impressed whatsoever. In the early 60's there were still many things the public just didn't like, and they were wary of “rebelliousness”, Elvis's pelvic thrusts being a very similar concern. The last thing they needed was more controversy involving these long haired pop stars, but then CBS News changed everything.
The Beatles vinyl single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was released in 1963 following a media article about the group that gained massive attention. That was just about all it took as the song shot up the charts. Their first tour in the U.S. started a couple of months later in early 1964. Just over two million albums of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" had sold at the time they first started touring. They were already massively popular throughout North America when they landed their first gig on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Flash ahead to today’s music lovers and many will find that the Beatles vinyl recordings are some of the most desired items in the vinyl record hobbyist’s world. Naturally, these recordings are meant to be listened to with a proper audio system like the kind created by Rega. London, the location that the Beatles call home, is where high-quality Rega turntables are produced. Rega turntables are amazing enough to be backed by some of the best sound engineers in the industry because of their accurate sound reproduction and insides. Instead of gimmicks, the Rega engineers focus on pure sound quality to ensure the very best in listening pleasure.
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