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There are so many great little things going on Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.” You might ask, How do the Beatles figure into this movie? No, none of their songs are in the film. (The price of a Beatles license is around the whole budget of this remarkable movie.)

Actually, in the film Mason, played by Ethan Hawke, makes a CD for his son, Mason Jr (Ellar Coltrane) of solo hits by members of the group. Not Beatles songs, but the best of their output after their 1970 breakup. Mason waxes on about the solo Beatles, and his CD set comes with a nicely printed sleeve.

Apparently Hawke himself made such a CD for his kids. I’ve heard he’s given it to friends, as well.

What would be on the CD? Mason mentions three songs he’s included, pointing out John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.”

What would you include on such a CD? Here are my choices:

Lennon: Jealous Guy, Imagine, #9 Dream, Instant Karma, and Real Love.

Harrison: All Things Must Pass, Give Me Love, All Those Years Ago, What is Life, Got My Mind Set on You

Starr: It Don’t Come Easy, Photograph, Back off Boogaloo, Never Without You, No No Song

McCartney: Maybe I’m Amazed, Band on the Run, My Brave Face, Daytime Nighttime Suffering, Another Day.


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