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What do you consider the last "early" Beatles album?
25 June 2013
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meanmistermustard
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And one of their key attributes. You simply cannot pigeonhole the Beatles and shove all their work into one genre blob. One play of the White Album will highlight that they were quite happy to try anything even if it wasn't all that successful and ruin any such argument. However normally its flippin' good.

Too many acts get stuck with their 'sound' and remain there for however long they last unable to move away as they might alienate their fan base. 

 

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I usually group early beatles from Please Please Me-Help! and then there's probably their best phase Rubber Soul-Sgt. Peppers then MMT-Yellow Sub and then their final two Abbey Road-Let It Be

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Zig said
Very interesting question – I see no wrong answers up above.

To me, the "early period" (era?) would end with AHDN. Once they were under the…shall we say…"Dylan influence", that signified the end of the innocence.

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I think there's a little Dylan influence in AHDN. They were already well aware of who he was, and "I Should Have Known Better" has the harmonica bursts like Dylan used to, whereas their previous harmonica playing in the songs were more melodic. And I hear Dylan in "I'll Be Back." (That song sounds incredible on the Capitol Albums box set version of Beatles '65 with the echo-y stereo.) But maybe that's just me.

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PleasePleaseMe21 said
… their best phase Rubber Soul-Sgt. Peppers then MMT…

I refer to this as the "headphones are a must" phase. a-hard-days-night-ringo-13 Some great listening, that.

wetsroosa said
I think there's a little Dylan influence in AHDN. They were already well aware of who he was…

All true. However, I was not referring to Dylan's musical influence. The fact that they were now unabashedly smoking pot thanks to Dylan was more the meaning.

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All true. However, I was not referring to Dylan's musical influence. The fact that they were now unabashedly smoking pot thanks to Dylan was more the meaning.

Ah, OK. Gotcha now. ahdn_george_01

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sky090909 said
Help because to me it still feels like classic (early) Beatles me. While stuff had begun to change, I feel like you can really start telling the differences with Rubber Soul and Revolver.

Same here – once you started getting that sitar you knew things were changing.

 

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