What the Beatles were before George Martin was the best group in Liverpool, what they became with him was the greatest popular cultural phenomenon of the 20th Century... Why? Because what George Martin was able to give to three very talented song-writers was the sounds they heard in their imaginations.
I sometimes sit and let my imagination run wild when playing Beatles tracks on Absolute Radio - I wistfully stare out of the studio window and try to transport myself back to when the song was written and wonder what went on. I'd love to have been a fly on the wall during those legendary Abbey Road recording sessions.
Now there is a new series called The Sixties on DVD that was shown on CNN in America and Yesterday in the UK. The subjects are what you'd expect - the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of JFK, the 'British Invasion' focussing on music, civil rights, Vietnam, the coming of age of television, the Space Race, and, of course sex, drugs and rock and roll.