What was the greatest Beatles Album?

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Greatest Beatles album ?

Abbey Road
2
10%
Revolver
7
33%
Rubber Soul
4
19%
Sgt Pepper
2
10%
Let it Be
0
No votes
White Album
5
24%
other
1
5%
 
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What was the greatest Beatles Album?

Postby Jackson Doofster » Sat Nov 01, 2003 1:21 pm

They were the greatest band ever. Everyone loves their music (well, most people)......but what was their greatest?
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Postby LessThanZero » Sat Nov 01, 2003 1:27 pm

Oh, I can't. :oops:

PICK ONE!

ok....


grrrr!

Rubber So.....Sgt. Pepper!

ok, it's pepper today....but that was SO hard!
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Postby BlueChair » Sat Nov 01, 2003 1:37 pm

For a while I would have gone with White Album, but I think my favourite has become Rubber Soul.

The thing I love about the album is that on the surface it's just a bunch of pretty pop songs, but if you look further you start to notice Paul McCartney's complex bass playing, some really interesting vocal harmonizing, the beginning of George's interest in The Byrds and Indian influence, the beginning of John's interest in Dylan, and so on. It's really the first album where the individual Beatles become individuals

A lot of people accept the fact that Sgt. Pepper wouldn't have happened if it weren't for The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album. But as Brian Wilson tells us in his liner notes for recent issues of Pet Sounds, it was hearing Rubber Soul that inspired him to challenge himself and make Pet Sounds.
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Postby LessThanZero » Sat Nov 01, 2003 1:43 pm

and I believe George Harrison played that GROOVY bass part on Drive My Car...
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Postby LessThanZero » Sat Nov 01, 2003 1:45 pm

Rubber Soul has been in my car for a month. (yet another safety valve for when Jody's riding)

I can't believe I didn't pick it. It's beautiful. It's perfect. Every track is awesome!
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Postby RedShoes » Sat Nov 01, 2003 1:54 pm

I had to go with Rubber Soul too. See above for reasons why :wink:

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Postby pip_52 » Sat Nov 01, 2003 1:59 pm

I also picked Rubber Soul.

Though for me, Rubber Soul and Revolver and really kind of inseperable because my first exposure to those albums was on a cassette tape that had Rubber Soul on one side and Revolver on the other. But I think I like Rubber Soul slightly better.

I cant even think about what Ive just done to Abbey Road and the White Album . . .

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Postby BlueChair » Sat Nov 01, 2003 2:00 pm

LessThanZero wrote:and I believe George Harrison played that GROOVY bass part on Drive My Car...


You're thinking of "Think For Yourself", which has two basses, a fuzz bass played by Paul, and a regular bass played by George.

"Drive My Car" is Paul on bass, George on guitar.
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Postby pip_52 » Sat Nov 01, 2003 2:01 pm

I was just thinking maybe I should have picked Revolver . . . "And Your Bird Can Sing"! "Im Only Sleeping"!!

Oh well, first instinct, right?

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Postby LessThanZero » Sat Nov 01, 2003 2:03 pm

It's ok pip, this is an INSANE thread, proving how twisted JD is! :twisted:

I remember when I first heard Revolver. I had bought most of their early stuff by then, and Abbey Road.

Revolver sounded so DIFFERENT somehow! When I listen to it now, it's just another brilliant Beatles album, but on my first couple of listens that acid rock was totally new to me! I LOVE REVOLVER!

But I'd have to take Rubber Soul by a sliver too pip. I think that sliver is the difference between "What Goes On" and "Yellow Submarine".

It's close.
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Postby BlueChair » Sat Nov 01, 2003 2:03 pm

Revolver is great, but I think the fact that "Yellow Submarine" is on it weakens the album.

As for the whole acid-rock thing, I don't really buy it. It was mostly just John's songs that were like that. Which definitely contributed to the feel of the album, but I mean what did Paul contribute to that album? Great songs, but "Here, There, and Everywhere" and "Got To Get You Into My Life" are more the sort of pop songs that would have appeared on Rubber Soul, whereas John's contributions to the two albums are completely different.
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Postby LessThanZero » Sat Nov 01, 2003 2:12 pm

Yeah, I just remember that it sounded like a radically different Beatles album at first. I can't really place why. I think it was the guitar sounds and the harmonies...

and Yellow Submarine is one of my least faves too.
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Postby laughingcrow » Sat Nov 01, 2003 5:25 pm

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''Got to get you into my life''

plus Yellow Submarine is cool!!!

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Postby Misha » Sat Nov 01, 2003 7:56 pm

Hey, this subject posting is going to come in handy, as maybe it will cause me to buy my first Beatle album...

I'd like to vote, but can't. Never listened to any of them.

So, I'm going to vote other so I can watch the voting..... Bet I'm the only other one.... :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Postby bambooneedle » Sat Nov 01, 2003 8:19 pm

Revolver, but it's about time I pulled out that Rubber Soul LP again.

Recently got Please Please Me - not one of their greatest but it's very consistently good.

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Postby El Vez » Sat Nov 01, 2003 9:43 pm

Abbey Road will always have a special place in my heart.

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Postby noiseradio » Sun Nov 02, 2003 12:02 am

Revolver. "Dr. Robert"

But I love 'em all. Magical Mystery Tour is highly underrated.

Yellow Submarine is great fun. And it's my son's favorite song by the Beatles. He watches the movie all the time.
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Postby BlueChair » Sun Nov 02, 2003 12:13 am

Oh, the movie's amazing... it was my first DVD purchase.
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Postby Joe Porterhouse » Sun Nov 02, 2003 2:30 am

I think my favorite Beatles album changes depending on what I'm going thru in my life.Recently, I feel a certain bond with the White Album but most days it's Revolver or Sgt.Pepper.

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Postby bobster » Sun Nov 02, 2003 3:05 pm

It's interesting, back when I was a lad, it seemed that Sgt. Pepper was destined to be considered they're greatest, but over time Revolver has taken it's rightful place as the highpoint between the extremes of youthful pop brilliance and later experimentation, dissillusionment.

Actually, that entire middle period is my true "favorite" -- three albums. Rubber Soul, Help, and Revolver. Help is underrated for a lot of reasons --- including the legitimate one that there's a couple of filler tunes on it. But the highpoints -- Ticket to Ride, Help, You've Got to Hide Your Love Away and I'm sure a few others I've forgotten, simply cannot be beat.

"Help" is also often forgotten because of nasty redistributing of songs from those three albums onto "Yesterday and Today" and the American "Help" soundtrack, which was only the six or so songs from the movie, plus some cuts from the (actually pretty cool) score.

That being said, though, if I've gotta chose one, it's definitely "Revolver"...or Rubber Soul
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Postby Elfslut » Sun Nov 02, 2003 5:59 pm

My vote goes for Revolver..then Rubber Soul...

I like ..that...not quite completely psychedelic period of the Beatles...

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Postby Goody2Shoes » Sun Nov 02, 2003 8:03 pm

Revolver!

And I agree with you Noise that MMT is greatly underrated.
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Postby BlueChair » Sun Nov 02, 2003 8:06 pm

MMT is indeed underrated.. I personally enjoy it more than Sgt. Pepper's.
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Postby noiseradio » Sun Nov 02, 2003 11:00 pm

I think I do too. As a whole album. There are individual tracks on Sgt. Peppers that I like better than anything they've ever done. Like Day In The Life and Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite. But I reach for MMT much more often. And I Am The Walrus may be the best thing they ever recorded.
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Postby bobster » Mon Nov 03, 2003 3:28 am

The highpoints of MMT are among the highest of their careers. ("Strawberry Fields" being my personal favorite) -- it's just that the lowpoints are kind of low.
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