Although the Beatles were only together for a decade, their musical legacy has endured for almost 60 years, as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr continued to find success in their subsequent solo careers. Now, YouTube user Angel Nene has created a video which tracks the musical journey of the Beatles (together and apart), and that also features the band aging before our eyes with a 3D morphing effect.
We first spotted this video at Laughing Squid, and it really is fascinating to see the Beatles physically change with the passage of years as their songs from each era play in the background. According to Angel Nene, the photos were assembled from studio portraits, interviews, documentaries, live concert performances, and other events. Sadly, two of the Beatles have passed away in the ensuing decades. The video marks the absences of Lennon and Harrison by replacing their images with candles in 1980 and 2001, respectively.
While the vast majority of the songs in this video come from the Beatles catalog, it also draws upon the music that they created outside of the band. That includes several of Lennon's most famous songs, including "Give Peace a Chance" and "Imagine." It also draws upon McCartney's stint in Wings, and even some of his more recent songs. Of course, Starr and Harrison also receive their due, but the most special parts of this compilation feature the surviving Beatles collaborating with each other long after they broke up.
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Images: Angel Nene