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What is each of the Beatles best solo album?
20 April 2012
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For John I tend to agree with the consensus and the best album is Plastic Ono Band, for Paul I think it's a toss up between Ram, Red Rose and Band on the Run. George it would be Cloud Nine and with Ringo I'd have to go for a greatest hits pack. Sorry Ringo.heart

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20 April 2012
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John- Plastic Ono Band without a shadow of a doubt.

Paul- Ram. I can see why people say Band on the Run but I feel it loses a certain something around the middle after a superb opening series of songs. Ram, however, is consistent all the way through. I have personal favourites in Paul's catalogue (Red Rose Speedway for its charm, McCartney II for its eclecticism) but if asked for the objective best then Ram all the way.

George- All Things Must Pass without a shadow of a doubt.

Ringo- literally never delved into his solo work

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20 April 2012
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John - Plastic Ono Band.

Paul – Wings At The Speed Of Sound. When listened the whole way thru it is a stunning release, helped by the tracks not sung by Paul which are surprisingly really good. And will put out a shout and a nod to Wild Life which would be whacking into WATSOS's back bumper its that close.

George – Cloud Nine. Just shades ATMP.

Ringo – Ringo's Rotogravure on the basis that i loved it when younger when i had it on cassette, much more than Ringo (the album). Not hearing it it years probably helps tho.

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21 April 2012
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meanmistermustard said
Paul – Wings At The Speed Of Sound. When listened the whole way thru it is a stunning release, helped by the tracks not sung by Paul which are surprisingly really good. And will put out a shout and a nod to Wild Life which would be whacking into WATSOS's back bumper its that close.

Wow, really?! I agree with you on Wild Life, I don't get the hate for that album (apart from "Mumbo" and "Bip Bop"). But Wings At The Speed of Sound? BEST album? I appreciate the diplomatic thing Paul was trying to do, but the songs which are written or sung by other members just seem really… flat and unmemorable. "Let Em In" and "Silly Love Songs" are about the only thing which keeps the record afloat, and "Beware My Love" is cool but a pretty standard rocker. Other than that I've never dug it. But to each his own :)

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21 April 2012
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Ben, i'd agree that overall song on song there are better songs on albums by far but as a collection i find it to all gel immensely, better as a whole than as separate entities.

I get where the criticism for the album comes from tho and why it seems like an odd choice. Its just an album that ive never tired off and play complete regularly.

Band on the Run has Jet which i cant stand; Red Rose Speedway dips somewhere in the middle and the medley is offputting; Ram i'm getting more into but it still gets exhausting, the mono mix is far more inviting.

 

If non-Wings it would be Flowers In The Dirt or McCartney II.

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21 April 2012
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John: Imagine
George: All Things Must Pass (definitely)
Paul: Ram or Band on the Run
Ringo: I have never heard a compleat album by him but I know that one solo lp features photograph, your'e sixteen and i'm the greatest so i think it's that one

All in All my favourite solo lps are ram, band on the run and all things must pass

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21 April 2012
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meanmistermustard said
Ben, i'd agree that overall song on song there are better songs on albums by far but as a collection i find it to all gel immensely, better as a whole than as separate entities.

I get where the criticism for the album comes from tho and why it seems like an odd choice. Its just an album that ive never tired off and play complete regularly.

Band on the Run has Jet which i cant stand; Red Rose Speedway dips somewhere in the middle and the medley is offputting; Ram i'm getting more into but it still gets exhausting, the mono mix is far more inviting.

 

If non-Wings it would be Flowers In The Dirt or McCartney II.

Glad to see some love for McCartney II. If in the right mood I'm often tempted to call that one of his best albums. Red Rose Speedway is pretty mediocre in a lot of ways, especially lyrically, but has a soft spot in my heart for some reason. What do you find "tiring" about Ram, incidentally? I can see how people might find it overblown in places.

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22 April 2012
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John: Double Fantasy or Plastic Ono Band.
Paul: Ram.
George: All Things Must Pass.
Ringo: Never listened to his solo work… a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

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26 April 2012
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John: Either Plastic Ono Band or Imagine, though I listen to both with the weakest track removed.

Paul: Chaos and Creation In The Backyard

George: All Things Must Pass, particularly Disk 1, particularly the remaster with I Live For You and the acoustic Beware Of Darkness.

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26 April 2012
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John: Either Plastic Ono Band or Imagine, though I listen to both with the weakest track removed.

Let me guess: "My Mummy's Dead" and "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama"?

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8 August 2012
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John: Either Plastic Ono Band or Imagine
Paul: Ram or Band on the Run
George: All Things Must Pass (Probably my favorite Beatles solo album)
Ringo: Sorry Ringo… I don't really listen to his solo stuff. :(

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8 August 2012
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John – Has to be Plastic Ono Band, although I must admit to never playing his solo work.
Paul – Paul has had the most uneven solo career, which makes coming up (pun intended) with his best album difficult. I'll say my favourite has to be, because of the title track, Band on the Run. It has really no bad songs, and some of the weaker songs (Mrs Vandebilt, the totally insipid Picasso's Last Words (Drink To Me), No Words) are fine when I go to listen to the album, but they blend so well into the "fuck it, this is going to be a great album even after all this crap" vibe I get from BOTR.
George – George Harrison. I know All Things Must Pass is the accepted answer here, but his self titled 1979 album has my favourite Harrison song (Your Love is Forever) and some parts of All Things Must Pass are weak (Apple Jam, anyone?) enough to relegate it to #2.
Ringo – Ringo. It's the only Ringo album that doesn't make me want to shoot myself.

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8 August 2012
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John:     IMAGINE  (Honourable Mention:  PLASTIC ONO BAND)

Paul:     BAND ON THE RUN   (Honourable Mention:   McCARTNEY  -- I think "Maybe I'm Amazed" is Paul's best solo song)

George:   ALL THINGS MUST PASS   (Honourable Mention:   CLOUD NINE)

Ringo:    RINGO     (can't think of an Honourable Mention -- maybe BLAST FROM YOUR PAST)

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10 August 2012
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Plastic Ram Must Pass!

("Ringo" is the only Ringo I really know. I've heard Beaucoups of Blues once or twice. Agree with vincentstark that a greatest hits is probably the way to go.)

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10 August 2012
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Vonbontee said, "Plastic Ram Must Pass!"

 

You bet, but could be painful! (maybe a little mineral oil, milk of magnesia, glycerin suppository…)

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10 August 2012
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LOL!! Good answer!

(Could've been even funnier if I went with my first answer, "Plastic Ono Band On The Run Must Pass"! But decided I really do like Ram better and had to be honest.)

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10 August 2012
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vonbontee said
Plastic Ram Must Pass!

Featuring the classic hit single "My Sweet Mother, Uncle Albert."

Also, realized that coincidentally all of those albums feature for the cover art the artist outside or in a natural setting- George in the garden looking wise, John under a tree looking pensive and Paul on a farm looking cautious.

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10 August 2012
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Ben Ramon said

The Walrus said
John: Either Plastic Ono Band or Imagine, though I listen to both with the weakest track removed.

Let me guess: "My Mummy's Dead" and "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama"?

A late reply, but yes.

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10 August 2012
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The Walrus said

Ben Ramon said

The Walrus said
John: Either Plastic Ono Band or Imagine, though I listen to both with the weakest track removed.

Let me guess: "My Mummy's Dead" and "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama"?

A late reply, but yes.

I don't know if I could bear to listen to an album with songs missing, even if they're not that good; I'd be conscious of it being incomplete. I could probably take or leave "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama" but "My Mummy's Dead" works perfectly as a small coda to the album.

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11 August 2012
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Ben Ramon said

vonbontee said
Plastic Ram Must Pass!

Featuring the classic hit single "My Sweet Mother, Uncle Albert."

Also, realized that coincidentally all of those albums feature for the cover art the artist outside or in a natural setting- George in the garden looking wise, John under a tree looking pensive and Paul on a farm looking cautious.

Yeah, and "Wings Wild Life" cover matches that back-to-nature cover concept even better! I once spent the better part of an hour making (trying to make) a collage of WWL, ATMP, POB and Ringo's "Beaucoup of Blues" but I don't know shit about photoshop or anything and gave it up.

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