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09-08-09, 02:22 PM
Vote for your fave Beatles album
http://www.thisdayinmusic.com has a poll to find out what is your favourite Beatles album.
Abbey Road has the most votes so far, then The White Album, then Rubber Soul.
Have a look if you fancy a vote.
My first reaction was to say the White Album, except it was less a Beatles' album and more a compilation of solo acts and subgroupings, depending on who was pissed off at whom at the time.
09-08-09, 10:46 PM
my favorite's gotta be the white album-the first album that made me stop
and question everything else i had ever heard before; a total musical epiphany.
sure, if you subscribed to the george martin philosophy going with a single album
of just the best songs and dropping some of the experimentation, you'd still have
back in the ussr
while my guitar gently weeps
happiness is a warm gun
rocky raccoon (or i'm so tired)
long, long, long (or good night)
once the beatles had perfected the album vs. singles format (arguably with
either help! or rubber soul), i'd have to go with:
most polished-abbey road. side two/second half where mccartney
and the group string all the "mini-suites' together seamlessly is their
pet sounds-just drop dead gorgeous.
most underrated-let it be-original release. this is as raw as abbey road is polished.
along with the contemporary single don't let me down, this album has
finally attained "classic" status despite being widely (unfairly) disparaged at the
time of release. had this been released in correct chronological order of
creation (before abbey road), i think it would have been better received. between
the bitter taste of breakup and coming out after the beauty of abbey road,
let it be was fighting an uphill battle for greatness in the beatles canon.
most overrated (in terms of quality of songs)-sgt. pepper's. to me, this
is the citizen kane of the rock world. undeniably influential from the
recording technique experimentation & advances to the album cover & printed
lyrics on the back cover to the "concept" album. it undoubtedly changed the
rock world at that time and for the future. compared to revolver, the
white album & abbey road though, the songs aren't as strong when you parse them.
i know that defeats the concept of the concept album but besides day in the life,
lucy in the sky with diamonds and maybe with a little help from my friends,
the rest is merely beatles good-not beatles great.
best-gotta go with revolver. nearly every song is an all-time classic keeper. really
redefined (along with rubber soul), the album format that bands continue to ape and
use as a benchmark in terms of quality recording, production, experimentation,
songwriting and concision.
without a doubt for me it comes down to Abbey Road, Revolver and Rubber Soul. I think
although Abbey road is the one I listen to the most. Revolver is probably the better album
in that they're truely stretching out their musical wings, we see glimpses of what is to come
with Sgt. Peppers etc. in She Said, and I'm only Sleeping and you have the classic compositions
i.e. Eleanor Rigby, Here There Everywhere. My personal favourite And Your Bird Can Sing, brilliant
yah, that;s it. Revolver, Abbey Road, Rubber Soul or With the Beatles, or Help, or. . .
see not so easy is it?
Lately I've been listening to With the Beatles. I used to think of it as kiddie Beatles, but the more I listen to it, the more I realize that was one tight band. Listen to their cover of "Roll Over Beethoven": Ringo's drum fills are just pow! And George takes the single most famous guitar riff and runs through it faster and cleaner than Chuck himself.
And then there's "Hold Me Tight," which most people think of as the worst song of that album. You could very easily see that as a hit for some minor band. But for the Beatles, it's practically a throw-away.
09-09-09, 12:10 PM
I REALLY can't decide.
Listening to Help at the moment, and damn if I can find one song on the album I don't like.
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