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What do you think is their most "overrated" album
10 August 2014
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StrawberryWalrus said
I find Pepper slightly overrated, but nothing much. If that album had Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane instead of 64 and, let's say, Lovely Rita, it'd be the absolute wrecker in my opinion. But it isn't, eh.

I find the White Album quite overrated. Out of 30 songs, quite a few feel like a filler - not to mention I consider the album has 28 songs (because Wild Honey Pie isn't really cutting me as a song, and Revolution 9 is too special to be labeled as "just a song"). But I still like that album.

Although Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane are two of my very favorite songs. I don't think they'd fit with the Pepper's theme...plus I like Lovely Rita and When I'm 64, especially Rita ("took her home, i nearly made it, sitting on the sofa with a sister or two" is a great line).

I used to think the White Album was overrated, but after listening to it countless times in the past couple months, 've changed my mind.  I really like the way the album ebbs and flows, from some of their hardest rock (Helter Skelter, Back In The USSR) to some of their sweetest ballads (Julia, Dear Prudence).  I think all the animal songs make an interesting range of metaphors, from love to biting social commentary).  I've grown to think most of the songs belong on the album rather than just being filler.  It used to be middle of the pack in my rating, now it's tied for 2nd (with Abbey Road and Pepper's), Revolver having recently taken over the top spot alone.

That's one of the (many) great things about the Beatles. their catalog is both large and diverse.  I'm not alone in that my "favorite album"  changes once in awhile.

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10 August 2014
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Sgt. Pepper for me. Yes, it does deserve to be the best album of all time simply for the influence, but many of their other albums had better songs on them. Still nice to listen to once and a while.

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Sgt. Peppers. It's a great album with classic songs on it, but I feel that the concept of it outweighs the actual quality of it. 

24 August 2014
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Annadog40 said
Abbey Road

 

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I agree...

 

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25 August 2014
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"Sgt Pepper is Overrated" *Loads Revolver takes aim*

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Revolver is way overrated.  It's a great LP of course, but I gotta agree with George Harrison when he said Revolver & Rubber Soul could have been album 1 & 2. 

Put iTunes on and mix the 2 albums together and it sounds like it was recorded all at once. a-hard-days-night-george-10

 

StrawberryWalrus said
I find the White Album quite overrated. Out of 30 songs, quite a few feel like a filler - not to mention I consider the album has 28 songs (because Wild Honey Pie isn't really cutting me as a song, and Revolution 9 is too special to be labeled as "just a song"). But I still like that album.

 Well, your in good company as it is well documented that George Martin suggested they make it 1 great album. george-martin 

Myslef, I'd remove Revolution 9 & Good Night, as those are 2 songs I just can't dig! a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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Revolver is way overrated.  It's a great LP of course, but I gotta agree with George Harrison when he said Revolver & Rubber Soul could have been album 1 & 2. 

Put iTunes on and mix the 2 albums together and it sounds like it was recorded all at once. a-hard-days-night-george-10

Really? Personally, I feel the albums sound very different.

I always interpreted George's statement as meaning that Rubber Soul and Revolver took a very similar approach to the songwriting, recording and production, which is true. But what Revolver did was take everything that made Rubber Soul so great and took it all to the next level. The songs were better, more diverse, more consistent and more innovative.

While I'm not that much a fan of Love You To and Yellow Submarine, I still feel that Revolver was their most consistently great record. Sgt Pepper contained their greatest ever song (A Day In The Life) but most of the songs on that album don't represent the Beatles' best work. If any album of the Beatles is overrated it's probably Sgt Pepper.

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Okay, who are we talking about here? The general public? The music press? Or the hardcore fans on sites like these?

Because for options one and two it's Pepper. But I don't know.

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21 December 2014
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Yellow Submarine. It should have come with warnings that little on it was new or by the Beatles.

21 December 2014
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  I remember that by the time of the White Album, it was no longer the same. Kinda FEH y'know..... compared to the punchy rock band that was the best ever, and still is.

 Now, people show up and play these later tunes on their acoustic guitars and a large yawn escapes me mouth.

Pepper was triffic, MMT was not quite as good and then it just tapered off steadily. All good records though.

21 December 2014
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None. Maybe Pepper if I HAD to answer.

23 December 2014
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When I hear people say their best album was the White Album, I have to disagree. I love the White Album, and there are a lot of great songs. But the main reason they had a lot of songs was because they wanted to get rid of their contract with EMI quickly, and everybody was starting to split. With all the tension on the White Album enough to drive a reasonable man like Geoff Emerick to leaving the sessions.

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...Nope.  I can't choose one.  

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bdow123 said

Really? Personally, I feel the albums sound very different.

I always interpreted George's statement as meaning that Rubber Soul and Revolver took a very similar approach to the songwriting, recording and production, which is true. But what Revolver did was take everything that made Rubber Soul so great and took it all to the next level. The songs were better, more diverse, more consistent and more innovative.

While I'm not that much a fan of Love You To and Yellow Submarine, I still feel that Revolver was their most consistently great record. Sgt Pepper contained their greatest ever song (A Day In The Life) but most of the songs on that album don't represent the Beatles' best work. If any album of the Beatles is overrated it's probably Sgt Pepper.

Agreed.  I'm not sure why George said that.  There's absolutely nothing psychedelic like "I'm Only Sleeping," "Love You To," "She Said She Said," or "Tomorrow Never Knows" on Rubber Soulahdn_paul_01

I think the White Album wouldn't have had as much character if it was just one album.  That said, I can't figure out why also throwing on "Not Guilty" and "What's The New Mary Jane" would've been considered 2 songs too many.  a-hard-days-night-paul-4

But Sgt. Pepper is definitely their most overrated album, as I've made clear in other posts here.  The best production in the world just can't mask the core fact that this wasn't the best batch of songs with which they ever came up (or that its 2 best songs were omitted and instead put out as a stopgap single  a-hard-days-night-paul-3).  It's also probably their least spontaneous album.  But nearly every major group/singer has that one 'overrated' album: for The Stones, it's Some Girls (or Exile on Main Street, if you're just counting their 'golden era' of '63-'74); for The Who, it's Tommy; for Led Zeppelin, it's Zep II; for David Bowie, it's Ziggy Stardust, etc.

25 December 2014
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Ouch. This is very hard for me. I Love Sgt. Pepper a lot (2nd Favorite Album), I love Abbey Road (4th Favorite Album) While i do love this next album. i do think it is overrated at times.

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But seriously. While The White Album is a great album (5th Favorite Album). i think it has a little too much kooky tracks like Wild Honey Pie, Revolution 9, d anWhy Don't We Do It In The Road. I still Enjoy the album. i love it to pieces. I Just think it is a little overrated (JUST A LITTLE)

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I think Sgt Pepper is their best work, as Strawberry Fields Forever, im the walrus, All You Need Is Love and fool on the hills were written in the same year,I guess. If they were on the album and MMT never existed it would be cool

No album is overrated , in my opinion 

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@thisbirdhasflown said
When I hear people say their best album was the White Album, I have to disagree. I love the White Album, and there are a lot of great songs. But the main reason they had a lot of songs was because they wanted to get rid of their contract with EMI quickly, and everybody was starting to split. With all the tension on the White Album enough to drive a reasonable man like Geoff Emerick to leaving the sessions.

I never understand this argument. To me, it only really stacks up if they released a lot more songs in 1968 than in most other years, and they didn't. They released a total of 34 songs. 1962/63 saw them release the same amount, 1964 it was 33, 1965 they released 32. Whether it should have been a double or two separate albums is another debate altogether, but as to the amount of songs they released - it was pretty much back to what it had been before the (relative) lull of 1966 and 1967 - 17 and 24 respectively.

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