Brian B wrote:
Zappa used diverse styles/techniques for his own interest, I suppose. The Beatles used diversity of sound and in the process completely changed their music and popular rock/pop music with it. Zappa never approached that. The Beatles were like the Beethoven's of late 20th century popular music - music never reverted to the simpler style that was popular before them. That's pretty amazing.
That's not really true though, is it. There are plenty of simple Beatles songs. And there are millions of simple pop songs after the Beatles finished.
I could have been more clear. Early beatles innovations, Rubber Soul innovations, Revolver innovations, Sgt. Pepper innovations, Abbey Road innovations, etc. opened more possibilities for everyone. The simple styles/techniques I refer to are the light poppy ones used predominantly before The Beatles started pushing boundries. They could get away with it because of their popularity, of course. I don't think it's about exclusively moving past older styles, etc., but instead refers to extending and adding to musical possibilities.
Are we discussing rock music only? Because much of the jazz and pop that was popular before the 50s was more complex than much of what the Beatles were doing.