Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Rob has posted a very interesting list, putting Beatles album in order of preference:

1. beatles for sale
2. help!
3. rubber soul
4. abbey road
5. white album
6. let it be
7. the hollywood bowl
8. revolver
9. sgt pepper
10. a hard day's night
11. please please me
12. with the beatles
13. magical mystery tour
14. yellow submarine

As I said over there, it's great to see Rubber Soul and Let It Be nice and high... I'm sure Mr. Fuzz will have an opinion on this :)


Ash said...

Cool list, even if i only own 2 beatles albums. :( (Sgt Peppers and the singles one) I'm really interested in getting some more.

HolyhosesRob said...

Hey, thanks for the link.

I should explain what most people would see as an anomaly at #1. Personal taste has a lot to do with what you're exposed to on a regular basis, and Beatles for Sale is what I grew up with - one of the few decent long players in our house (give or take Songs for Swingin' Lovers) until my sister started buying Lou Reed records.

I've continued to love it, in spite of getting myself the rest of the Beatles records by the time I was 16. I love it because it was a knocked-off shelf-filler (for Xmas 1964), rushed into the shops, but still they recorded an additional two tracks as a single and B side (a cracker, too: I Feel Fine). And I love it because they reinvented their sound for this, the first inkling of their creative "middle period."

Help! was recorded within a few months and sounds similar. It was their film with the best songs.

AnnaWaits said...

What you grow up with is a big part of it - my mum was a big fan of the early stuff especially, I guess, so that's what I knew. I've always loved 'I Saw Her Standing There' and a lot from 'Help!'. Then there was a singles compilation on tape which I adored. I distinctly remember playing The Ballad of John and Yoko a lot off that. Then last year my bro had a Let It Be (film and album) fixation and that rubbed off - there's some cracking songs on there. And then there's Rubber Soul and Revolver which I now play all the time.

So that's my Beatles history for ya!

Paul Fuzz said...

Aw, jeez. Look, I don't really wanna talk about the Beatles, but if y'all insist...

The Beatles are with you from cradle to grave. Not digging the Beatles is like not digging oxygen. The Beatles are important not like rock bands are important, but important like Winston Churchill or Napoleon are important. For my dollar 'The White Album' is the wig flippingest thing in their catologue; dark, sprawling, flawed, dense...Yer Blues, Helter Skelter, Rocky Raccoon, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Dear Prudence, Back In The USSR, Blackbird, the moment the cellos swoop in on 'Glass Onion' and the tambourine kicks in...I've always dug double albums (the first Chicago LP is a fave) and The White Album is one of the very best. There's alotta garbage on the LP fer sure, but it's precisely that fuzzy scattershot approach which makes The White Album such a gas; it's unfocussed, but it's not sloppy -Let It Be (although brilliant, esp. enjoyable when you've seen the movie)is sloppy. The songs on the White Album are like pieces of a shattered stained glass window; some pieces are prettier than others, and the whole is trully something to behold.

...anyway, I don't really wanna talk about The Beatles.