It wasn’t a battle, but it was inspired reaction.
The Beatles make Rubber Soul.
Brian Wilson loves the record, and next thing you know The Beach Boys release Pet Sounds.
Paul Mccartney hears “God Only Knows” and is inspired to make Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Contemporaries competing by turning each successive turn into an upword spiral of creativity.
Who’s pushing you?
h/t Rick Rubin (who may have just beat out Annie Duke on my “Amazon says you’ve already pre-ordered this” excited anticipation list)