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The Red and Blue Albums
18 February 2014
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onlyasouthernsong
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Are the Red and Blue albums the best possible compilation of Beatles songs possible? Should it even exist? Which clubs do you like better, and which disk did you like better on each album?

23 February 2014
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onlyasouthernsong
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onlyasouthernsong said
Are the Red and Blue albums the best possible compilation of Beatles songs possible? Should it even exist? Which album do you like better, and which disk did you like better on each album?

Fixed, lol. Also, bump.

23 February 2014
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Red.

From memory, there were 1 or 2 songs I didn't think belonged on a 'best of' on the blue record. "Old Brown Shoe" comes to mind.

I do think that the Red and Blue were a better idea than "1"

The singles alone don't do the Beatles justice.

In a sense, what the Beatles and/or Capitol did is what we're doing right now in trying to establish the best songs. (See the "Vote Now" thread at the top of the Song section.)

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)
23 February 2014
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Blue for me. Just preferred the songs on the Blue for me, so much difference in each one as you went thru. 

They are far far superior to 1. Personally i'd suggest to people to skip 1 and get these instead. Will hook anybody if they went thru them. Obviously there are glaring omissions (I Saw Her Standing There, No Reply) but it is impossible to put together a four disc overview of the Beatles material and please everyone. I do like how no covers were included, just originals.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
23 February 2014
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I forgot the absence of "I Saw Her Standing There." Musically and impact-wise, that song should have taken precedence over "Love Me Do" or "From Me To You" but I suppose that on some level it made sense to include their early releases.

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The a-sides were always going to be included but its not as if there wasn't sufficient room to include a few more tracks, on the Red Album at least as the running time is so short and it even has less tracks than the Blue (26 to 28). Always puzzles me that With The Beatles and Beatles For Sale only got 1 representative when the quality of some of the other original compositions are so strong, even Revolver only got the songs released on a double a-side.

I'd add to the 26 already on it

I Saw Her Standing There 

It Won't Be Long

This Boy

I Should Have Known Better

No Reply

I'm A Loser

Rain

Taxman 

Got To Get You Into My Life

She Said, She Said

 

36 tracks, follows the no covers rule, and comes in with a running time under 90 mins so still less than the Blue Album and easily fits on the 2 LP's. Could easily keep adding to it but leaves a wealth of excellent material outstanding, still to be discovered.

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