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View Poll Results: Well?
Please Please Me (1963) 6 1.23%
With the Beatles (1963) 0 0%
A Hard Day's Night (1964) 7 1.43%
Beatles for Sale (1964) 2 0.41%
Help! (1965) 10 2.05%
Rubber Soul (1965) 55 11.27%
Revolver (1966) 95 19.47%
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) 75 15.37%
Magical Mystery Tour (1967) - US release only 29 5.94%
The Beatles ("The White Album") (1968) 81 16.60%
Yellow Submarine (1969) 7 1.43%
Abbey Road (1969) 94 19.26%
Let It Be (1970) 11 2.25%
No opinion 16 3.28%
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:38 PM   #21 (permalink)
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That makes no sense. Sgt Peppers and Abbey Road sound absolutely nothing like The Beatles when they first got popular. Hell, the best Beatles albums are the ones that sound the least like The Beatles.
It wasn't about what they "sound like". It's about being true to yourself. The Beatles went from a beat band, to slowly emerging as a full fledged folk rock band in 1965. But then, in 1966, they abandoned rock'n'roll and rock'n'roll trends altogether in order to get closer to pop. And so, out came the Brill Building-inspired Revolver, an album dedicated to highly-sophisticated and immaculately arranged pop compositions like the Beatles had never done before. This is what the Beatles were destined to become: John and Paul finally play to their ultimate strengths (both were geniuses of melody) and stop trying to rock out and keep up with the rock'n'roll crowd. This was the Beatles. They were finally truly an entity unto themselves. They had found their niche, they had made themselves truly important and vital as songwriters by making such a masterwork of an album. Sgt Pepper continued along the same lines and took this idea even further, the result being the most sophisticated pop album there had ever been.

And then they reverse all of that with The White Album. Instead of trying to push even further, they become trend followers again and try this time to be all those other contemporary styles that in reality they really were not. The icing on the cake is Revolution 9, the avant-garde jam that everybody else with any interest in that sorta thing (e.g. Fugs, Zappa) did 2 years earlier: at least do it when it's still relevant! Anyway...

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And its retarded to hate on a album just because its a great departure in style. By that logic you should consider David Bowie's Low to be one of the worst albums ever made.
It's not that it's a departure in style, it's that it's a departure from personal exploration and development.

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The White Album has a few lousy filler tracks like Wild Honey Pie, Piggies, Don't Let Me Down and Revolution 9. But most of the tracks are great, and Dear Prudence, Happiness is a Warm Gun, Helter Skelter, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Julia, Blackbird, Glass Onion and Sexy Sadie are among the very best Beatles songs.
I think Glass Onion is trash, the others are very good songs and I could include many more on top of that from the same album. Still, few really hold a candle to the best of Revolver and Sgt Pepper.

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And whats wrong with that? Why can't an album just be judged by the quality of the songs?
Isn't the LP by that point supposed to be the unified statement? At any rate, I think one'd be hard-pressed to argue that the pure quality of the songs matches the output of the previous two years (including Magical Mystery Tour double EP and the singles like Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields).

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You make no sense. All of the best Beatles albums are the ones that consists of songs that were written solely by one person. As opposed to their earlier stuff where Lennon and McCartney were tight collaberators and Harrison had very little to say. The Beatles were at their BEST when each member started having more control over his own vision.
Yeah, true, yet they still kept in mind the point that they were writing material for a single album and hence stayed on the same page as much as that was possible without obstructing their own personal goals. Thus, the conceptual unity of those albums (including Abbey Road). The White Album is the one where they are truly not on the same page and might as well be writing solo records.
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Old 06-26-2008, 12:11 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I don't care how analytical you get about the white album...it's still a ****ing great album and most bands would kill to have an album half as good.
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Old 06-26-2008, 01:35 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I don't care how analytical you get about the white album...it's still a ****ing great album and most bands would kill to have an album half as good.
That might or might not be true. Hell, it probably is true. But it's totally immaterial to what I said, which is that it is not the Beatles' best album by any stretch of the imagination, however good it is by general standards.
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Old 06-26-2008, 06:59 AM   #24 (permalink)
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That might or might not be true. Hell, it probably is true. But it's totally immaterial to what I said, which is that it is not the Beatles' best album by any stretch of the imagination, however good it is by general standards.
Jeez, relax.

Who does everyone have to be of the same opinion as you?
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Old 06-26-2008, 07:02 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Jeez, relax.

Who does everyone have to be of the same opinion as you?
There was no claim that they did have to. I was expressing MY opinion on every count. Even when I expressed that I feel it would be a pity if the White Album won, that is also my opinion. As others have said countless times before, this is an internet message board. People post their opinions and may be very opinionated at that. That's kinda the point.
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Old 06-26-2008, 07:49 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Glass Onion is a an awesome and funny song, how in the hell could you not like that song?
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:04 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I think if we did balloting, Pepper would come out much higher because the people that voted Revolver or Abbey Road probably have Pepper at 2nd. I know I would.
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:56 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Yeah, I know what you mean. I was real surprised virtually noone voted for Peppers. But the real mystery is...

Where is Magical Mystery Tour? I really liked it, and after Abbey Road, The White Album, and Peppers, it may be my next favorite album.

In the manner that musical albums should be constructed, Peppers is virtually flawless. A Day in the Life really cuts it at the end.
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Look again, it's up there.
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Old 06-28-2008, 02:42 AM   #30 (permalink)
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I don't think MMT LP should count as it wasn't a studio album but a compilation contrived by Capitol records because they felt the EP format didn't sell well in the USA. It is basically the Magical Mystery Tour double EP on the first side plus the non-album singles and B-sides of the period on the second side.
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