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Are there any Beatles albums without a bad song?
17 January 2014
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I used to avoid the third side of the "White" album altogether then little by little started including that side when I have a total Beatle day (where I listen to only Beatles songs). Of course that has something to do with now having the CD and my son transferred it all into my IPod. But there are a few tracks there I just don't like, such as "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?, Everybody's Got Something To Hide…" and a few more don't stack up with the others (IMO). Perhaps they were trying to fill space as the material that is good enough to appear on a Beatle vinyl was more than one LP (at the time) but not quite two LPs. There are also many early songs they did which they have admitted were heavily inspired or "my attempt at a Motown" song, that aren't very original or "Beatle" style. Perhaps these were done as an appeasement to George Martin's influence on their writings or Brian's constant pressure to create the next hit. They were probably sitting down thinking "what is selling, now" or "what are people listening to" in order to satisfy Brian or George's demands. Once they became "Superstar Status" and could take the ball and run with it without worrying about what George or Brian wanted is when they became more creative and new sounds were developed. That is when I could listen to a song and analyse the heck out of it to understand what they were thinking as either John, Paul or George wrote it. Their experimental steps are the best because they actually put more thought into it. That is what I find so intriguing about the Beatles; what they developed and why because no one has done this yet and would it work? Once George Martin became comfortable with the songs John or Paul brought into the studio is when his expertise blossomed and the songs became better and better. (IMO)  

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I'm not sure but I thought Joe was referring to just the songs written by a Beatle, not covers. If covers were to be considered, then "Mr Moonlight" is a yawner in my book. As far as favourite albums, "Abbey Road" is among my favs. but I can do with hearing "Octopus's Garden" or "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". The albums starting with "Yesterday…And Today" start showing more and more thought and creativity and IMO become better and better until the band starting showing signs of strain. The fun started coming out of the sessions and it became a job more and more about MMT. No one but Paul wanted to do that project and thus the project sucked because the other three were there because it was a job to them. 

31 January 2014
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I didn't specify covers or original songs. My question was about albums that don't contain a bad song, regardless of who wrote it.

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31 January 2014
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Bolded the albums I don't skip songs on…

Please Please Me: I don't skip any. Okay, Love Me Do isn't so fantastic, but it's short – and at the start!
With The Beatles: Can't stand I Wanna Be Your Man – it's the hectic pace, brings me out in hives
A Hard Day's Night: Don't skip any, although Tell Me Why is a bit whiney
Beatles for Sale: Don't skip any – that surprised me
Help: Don't skip any, but sometimes I'm tempted to skip Yesterday
Rubber Soul: Usually skip Drive My Car – the beep beep bits are very irritating
Revolver: Sometimes skip Yellow Submarine
Sgt Pepper: Pretty much skip the whole album! More likely to listen to individual tracks (Day in the Life etc.)
Magical Mystery Tour: Don't skip any
White Album: I really do try to listen to it without skipping because it does work much better listened to as a whole
Let It Be: Tend to skip Long and Winding Road
Abbey Road: Maxwell and his bloody Silver Hammer

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31 January 2014
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I can listen to pretty much all of their albums without skipping songs, even if there are some I prefer in smaller doses. Here's my breakdown:

Albums I rarely skip songs on:

Please Please Me

Help!

Revolver

Abbey Road

 

Albums I often (but not always) skip songs on:

With The Beatles: A couple of them. This is the one album missing from my collection, so I can't be specific right now.

A Hard Day's Night: I try to skip past the "cows come home" line in "When I Get Home"

Beatles For Sale: Mr. Moonlight if I get tired of it (dig the intro though) and sometimes "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party"

Rubber Soul: Sometimes switch to something else partway through "Run For Your Life", even if it is catchy.

Sgt. Pepper: "She's Leaving Home". Not a bad song, mind you. I really like aspects of it… but sometimes I audibly groan before skipping to the next track. I'm not always in the mood for "When I'm 64" either.

Magical Mystery Tour: This could be a contender for my favorite album, if it weren't for the title track.

White Album: This album is all over the place, but I can usually listen to it without skipping tracks. However I do sometimes skip past Glass Onion and Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Piggies, and almost always "Birthday" (unless, of course, it's my birthday… then I annoy my s/o by playing it a few times that day). Unlike many, I actually kind of like "Wild Honey Pie". Short and weird.

Let It Be: "The Long And Winding Road" is an easy one to skip here.

31 January 2014
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Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road come to mind right away.  Pure effing gold.  

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31 January 2014
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4or5Magicians said
I can listen to pretty much all of their albums without skipping songs, even if there are some I prefer in smaller doses. Here's my breakdown:

Albums I rarely skip songs on:

Please Please Me

Help!

Revolver

Abbey Road

 

Albums I often (but not always) skip songs on:

With The Beatles: A couple of them. This is the one album missing from my collection, so I can't be specific right now.

A Hard Day's Night: I try to skip past the "cows come home" line in "When I Get Home"

Beatles For Sale: Mr. Moonlight if I get tired of it (dig the intro though) and sometimes "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party"

Rubber Soul: Sometimes switch to something else partway through "Run For Your Life", even if it is catchy.

Sgt. Pepper: "She's Leaving Home". Not a bad song, mind you. I really like aspects of it… but sometimes I audibly groan before skipping to the next track. I'm not always in the mood for "When I'm 64" either.

Magical Mystery Tour: This could be a contender for my favorite album, if it weren't for the title track.

White Album: This album is all over the place, but I can usually listen to it without skipping tracks. However I do sometimes skip past Glass Onion and Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Piggies, and almost always "Birthday" (unless, of course, it's my birthday… then I annoy my s/o by playing it a few times that day). Unlike many, I actually kind of like "Wild Honey Pie". Short and weird.

Let It Be: "The Long And Winding Road" is an easy one to skip here.

I always listen to the first 5 seconds of that, the hit skip. 

And that's one of my least favorites, too.

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revolver and Abbey Road for me.

 

 

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xskelterhelterx said
revolver and Abbey Road for me.

 

 

You're not bugged by the complete stupidity that is Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Revolver is the only one that could come close. *checks Revolver track listing* Yeah, I'm not the biggest fan of Good Day Sunshine or For No One, but they're solid. Revolver is the Beatles only album without a bad song.

Also, Telletubbies on Abbey Road for my avatar now! 

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said

xskelterhelterx said
revolver and Abbey Road for me.

 

 

You're not bugged by the complete stupidity that is Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Revolver is the only one that could come close. *checks Revolver track listing* Yeah, I'm not the biggest fan of Good Day Sunshine or For No One, but they're solid. Revolver is the Beatles only album without a bad song.

Also, Telletubbies on Abbey Road for my avatar now! 

 I love For No One and Good Day Sunshine. Goes to show how there can still be a great deal of taste differences between Beatles fans. Also Maxwell's Silver Hammer is still very catchy, and while I wouldn't call it a masterpiece, I don't know why it gets so much flak (is it mainly because of the lyrics?).

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2 February 2014
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YouKnowMyName said

IveJustSeenAFaceo said

xskelterhelterx said
revolver and Abbey Road for me.

 

 

You're not bugged by the complete stupidity that is Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Revolver is the only one that could come close. *checks Revolver track listing* Yeah, I'm not the biggest fan of Good Day Sunshine or For No One, but they're solid. Revolver is the Beatles only album without a bad song.

Also, Telletubbies on Abbey Road for my avatar now! 

 I love For No One and Good Day Sunshine. Goes to show how there can still be a great deal of taste differences between Beatles fans. Also Maxwell's Silver Hammer is still very catchy, and while I wouldn't call it a masterpiece, I don't know why it gets so much flak (is it mainly because of the lyrics?).

Yeah, it's the lyrics. They're unbelievably stupid. 

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said

xskelterhelterx said
revolver and Abbey Road for me.

 

 

You're not bugged by the complete stupidity that is Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Revolver is the only one that could come close. *checks Revolver track listing* Yeah, I'm not the biggest fan of Good Day Sunshine or For No One, but they're solid. Revolver is the Beatles only album without a bad song.

Also, Telletubbies on Abbey Road for my avatar now! 

 

I have never disliked MSH.  It's probably the weakest among the songs on AR, but I wouldn't call it a bad song.

2 February 2014
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Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road are pretty damn close

5 February 2014
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I'm not so good with the first 4 albums but I can think of at least one song off each of those albums which I don't particularly like (my opinion of course.)
Help! – I've heard it several times, but I can never remember how It's Only Love and Tell Me What You See go so my opinion can't be great. 
Rubber Soul – Everything is great…except Girl. I don't think it's horrible…but I don't really like it.
RevolverYellow Submarine irks me a bit, but it's not bad. Everything else is amazing.
Sgt. Pepper's – I really don't like When I'm Sixty-Four. I'm not very keen on She's Leaving Home or Mr. Kite either. 
Magical Mystery Tour – The closest we come yet to a perfect album. Your Mother Should Know & All You Need Is Love aren't favourites though.
The Beatles/White Album – What upsets me is I love 21 of the songs…but I really couldn't care for the other 9! There's no middle ground here.
Abbey Road – Here we go. EVERY song is amazing (Yes…even Maxwell's Silver Hammer!)
Let It Be – I'm going with the original album here, The Long And Winding Road is one of my least favourite Beatles songs. It is A LOT better on Naked, so Naked would also be a perfect album.

I think Volume/Disc 2 of Past Masters is equal with Abbey Road as the most perfect album.

5 February 2014
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nzbeatlefan said
I'm not so good with the first 4 albums but I can think of at least one song off each of those albums which I don't particularly like (my opinion of course.)
Help! – I've heard it several times, but I can never remember how It's Only Love and Tell Me What You See go so my opinion can't be great. 
Rubber Soul – Everything is great…except Girl. I don't think it's horrible…but I don't really like it.
RevolverYellow Submarine irks me a bit, but it's not bad. Everything else is amazing.
Sgt. Pepper's – I really don't like When I'm Sixty-Four. I'm not very keen on She's Leaving Home or Mr. Kite either. 
Magical Mystery Tour – The closest we come yet to a perfect album. Your Mother Should Know & All You Need Is Love aren't favourites though.
The Beatles/White Album – What upsets me is I love 21 of the songs…but I really couldn't care for the other 9! There's no middle ground here.
Abbey Road – Here we go. EVERY song is amazing (Yes…even Maxwell's Silver Hammer!)
Let It Be – I'm going with the original album here, The Long And Winding Road is one of my least favourite Beatles songs. It is A LOT better on Naked, so Naked would also be a perfect album.
I think Volume/Disc 2 of Past Masters is equal with Abbey Road as the most perfect album.

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Sergeant Pepper

I think all of the songs are good on Pepper.

When I first heard it I thought Within You Without You was rubbish but I really like it now.  I think the indian music is so alien to Western ears it can take time to adjust.

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trcanberra said
I personally don't think there are any Beatles albums WITH a bad song.  There are some I like more or less at any given time, but those tend to change across the years anyway.

I agree! There's always a song or two on each album that doesn't fit in terms of how great the surrounding tracks are, but I believe all the songs are good and all the albums are solid as wholes.

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Revolver and A Hard Day's Night.

Abbey Road is very close if it weren't for Octupus' Garden…

 

16 February 2014
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For me it's Hard Days Night, Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road.  We had a cool chorus director in elementary school who taught us "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", so tho it's kinda quirky…it has sentimental value to me and I like it.  a-hard-days-night-john-1

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Ben Ramon said
I'd probably say Abbey Road comes closest – I have no problem whatsoever with Maxwell, and the weaker tunes in the medley are short enough that it doesn't matter. For me, the weak link on Revolver is not Yellow Submarine, but Doctor Robert.

   For me, Sgt. Pepper's and Abbey Road are very close.  I am fond of Maxwell's Silver Hammer, because I remember liking it when I was 7 years old.  I agree that Mean Mr Mustard isn't the greatest tune but the way it fits into the whole YNGMYM->TE sequence it works.  Whereas with Sgt. Peppers, the _song_ WALHFMF is imo a great song, just not sung well.  He gave what may have been his best effort in an a capella first verse, but was as we all agree not the best singer in the world.  And I think WI64 is a "cute" song, so i can almost pass completely over it.

Revolver would take the prize easily were it not for DR, which is bad enough imo to knock it into a close 3rd.

Help comes close but Dizzy Miss Lizzy fails the test for me. Magical Mystery Tour has Baby You're A Rich Man, which I could lived without.  Please Please Me has A Taste Of Honey, which I just don't care for due to aesthetic reasons, not anything I could specifically pinpoint.  I could call it an 'outlier' and exclude it because it's a cover, but that would be cheating and besides, several other albums are filled with covers. The others have multiple lousy songs or are just generally not as good as the ones I noted above.

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