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How do you play your songs?
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31 December 2012
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Depends on what im looking for, i dont have a set pattern on anything so it may be a full album or on shuffle or a playlist ive compiled. My itunes beatles albums are all catalogued by relevent/closest sessions so there is no Past Masters, US MMT, Yellow Sub or Anthology - so for example I Feel Fine is in with Beatles For Sale, Day Tripper with Rubber Soul, Only A Nothern Song and Strawberry Fields with Pepper so that if i do listen to a certain album i also get the other related tracks from that period.

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1 January 2013
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I tend to go by album, but the album I'm in the mood for. I might be in a White Album mood, or I might be in a Please Please Me mood. Occasionally I will sit down and do the lot in order, to get the full seven-year rush of smashing expectations. I do have chronological playlists which add appropriate singles, US mixes from the butchered albums (sorry for all those Yanks who grew up on them), Anthology tracks, and BBC recordings (which I've got The Complete... to work from). I also have John, Paul, George and Ringo playlists. But more often than not I want to listen to the straight album as they released it, and I don't care about whether I'm listening in the order they released them, but the mood I'm in.

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1 January 2013
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I'm likely going to shock all of you, and perhaps alienate you for life -- but I have only ONE Beatles song on my ipod ("Tomorrow Never Knows"); and I NEVER OWNED ANY BEATLES CDs!!!!  Even my vinyl collection was incomplete -- I only owned the White Album, Revolver and Magical Mystery Tour

 

If that isn't bad enough -- for years, from my vinyl collection I only played "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" (because I like to play along on my acoustic guitar)!!!!!

 

It has only been since joining this forum here that I have rekinkled my interest in the Beatles, and have listened to many, many of their songs on YouTube.

 

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1 January 2013
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I often just click on a song I want to listen to and the rest after that is shuffled so I'm always surprised and indeed re-discover a lot of songs I usually wouldn't listen to that fast.

Sometimes I go by album, but not often.

 

I also don't own any Beatles cd's. We have Let it be (both normal and naked), Abbey Road, Pepper and White Album burned on cd's though, but that doesn't really count. My parents also don't own that much LP's. My mom just has Let it be and The Red Album or something like that. Apparently I do have an uncle who owns EVERYTHING, but of course there's no point in that for me.

2 January 2013
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I hate shuffle.  The thing about the order kind of goes back to vinyl -- and along with the phenomenon of the "A side" and the "B side", that song order has been lost to newer generations.  The order of songs of albums I like (like the White Album or Revolver, or non-Beatles bands like Santana) became burned in my brain, and over time I associated the beginning and end of each song with the songs that came before it (except, of course, with the first song on the "A side") -- and over time, that order seemed RIGHT, it seemed like the ONLY WAY it could be.

In fact, I don't doubt (and some of you Beatles fans can confirm this) that John and Paul were very picky about the order of the songs on each LP they issued.  I.e., they didn't just say "Okay, here are our new 10 songs -- go ahead George Martin and just put them in any order you want to, we don't care!"  I bet they (maybe particularly Paul) were quite meticulous about the order.

 

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2 January 2013
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2 January 2013
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Funny Paper said
I hate shuffle.  The thing about the order kind of goes back to vinyl -- and along with the phenomenon of the "A side" and the "B side", that song order has been lost to newer generations.  The order of songs of albums I like (like the
White Album or Revolver, or non-Beatles bands like Santana) became burned in my brain, and over time I associated the beginning and end of each song with the songs that came before it (except, of course, with the first song on the "A side") -- and over time, that order seemed RIGHT, it seemed like the ONLY WAY it could be.

This is very much the case for me too, thinking about it. I would never want to listen to them on some compilation when I can have them on the album with the track order devised and presented in the way the band found to be optimal for the listening experience. I find it quite jarring and irritating if I have accidentally left shuffle on and when one song finishes the next one is not what I'm expecting.

 

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2 January 2013
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The idea of Pepper, Abbey Road or The Beatles on shuffle is baffling to me, bordering on a massive "NO!!". In fact i cannot think of the last time i played a beatle album in shuffle, it tends to be either the whole catalogue randomly and some things are weird, dont work and need skipped (like Pepper Reprise not going into ADITL, any of the Abbey Road medley tracks not leading into their natural follow on) or a specific album straight.

If i remember correctly John and Paul spent 24 hours ordering the White Album track order with George Martin, creating fades and little noises here and there so it sequed perfectly. You read how they decided on placing all the animal title tracks on one side, the heavier stuff on another, George getting 1 song per side, Ringo 1 per LP and its such incredible attention to detail. Then how Pepper had a different track order on side 1 and it looks weird how it could be anything different from how it now is and that sides 1 and 2 on Abbey Road were going to be reversed originally. I dont think the effect and impact from either would be anywhere near the same.

Strangely there are official Beatles cassettes out there pre-1987 that due to cost cutting shuffled most of the albums running orders and that included Abbey Road which switched Here Comes The Sun and Come Together so it opened with the 2 George tracks. It just doesnt work because the lightness and breeziness of HCTS is so damn perfect a follow on from the intense loud I Want You (Shes So Heavy) even if you have to turn the LP over. Its like being cooled down with a very freshing drink of water; take that away and youre left gasping for breath. The same with the opening of the LP with Johns "shoot me", Ringo's drums and Pauls bass, its a stunning opener and works perfectly flowing into Something. Thankfully they were ditched when the catalogue was remastered in '87 and the canon was pretty much set in stone. I actually got to know the Help! LP having I Need You as the lead off and it was very strange and difficult getting used to it being the song Help! with the CD, for a long time i couldnt understand why the CD and cassette were different.

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2 January 2013
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Unless I am in the mood for a particular album or song, I tend to listen to The Beatles in order of the release date. I do have many playlists that feature individual Beatles songs and I will play those on shuffle. On those playlists, it is nice to hear a Beatles "surprise".

Rarely, if ever, would I shuffle a whole Beatles album on purpose. If one of the tracks in the Abbey Road medley were played individually, I would probably hang myself with an ugly necktie. If "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" was follwed by "Getting Better", I would probably take a bath with my electric toaster. Those types of "surprises" I could live without (or apparently could not live with!).

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