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How do you play your songs?
31 December 2012
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Gerard
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How Do You Play Your Songs?

  • Songs in Chronological Order (as Released)(0% : 0 votes)
  • Songs in Alphabetical Order(0% : 0 votes)
  • Songs in Shuffle(17% : 1 vote)
  • Albums in Chronological Order (as Released)(33% : 2 votes)
  • Albums in Alphabetical Order(33% : 2 votes)
  • Albums in Shuffle?(17% : 1 vote)
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I am not really sure if this has been posted before, but I was wondering about how you guys choose to play your songs. Do you play songs in their chronological order (as released in their discography), in alphabetical order (cuts medleys) or in shuffle? Or would you rather play them in albums arranged in chronological, alphabetical or completely shuffled in order? 

Right now I am playing my songs in albums by alphabetical order on the Ipod(won't allow me to arrange playlists). So I am forced to do it the same with my Audio System. 

For me an advantage of playing the albums chronologically is that you get to travel in time to hear how the Beatles progressed with their music.

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31 December 2012
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ITunes naturally puts my albums in alphabetical order, so like that. I usually just pick and choose which album I'd like to listen to that day and hop between them. However there have been times where I've made a playlist of albums by year so I can listen chronologically.

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31 December 2012
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First of all, I guess it's understood we're talking Beatles alone, right? Right. Also the poll implies that we're all listening to digital files rather than actual physical product, which may not be the case for everyone!

Anyways, I don't think I've ever taken the time to arrange the tracks strictly chronologically, much less alphabetically - that strikes me as particularly pointless. I'd say that, more often than not, I play album tracks in shuffle. It's like a new way of hearing an album I know inside-out. Plus I get an extra tiny thrill when a particular favourite begins to play, taking me by surprise.

(Hm...I'm apparently unable to vote! The little entry fields after the options aren't displaying.)

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31 December 2012
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Gerard
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vonbontee said
First of all, I guess it's understood we're talking Beatles alone, right? Right. Also the poll implies that we're all listening to digital files rather than actual physical product, which may not be the case for everyone!

Anyways, I don't think I've ever taken the time to arrange the tracks strictly chronologically, much less alphabetically - that strikes me as particularly pointless. I'd say that, more often than not, I play album tracks in shuffle. It's like a new way of hearing an album I know inside-out. Plus I get an extra tiny thrill when a particular favourite begins to play, taking me by surprise.

(Hm...I'm apparently unable to vote! The little entry fields after the options aren't displaying.)

Well I guess the Beatles are definitely meant to be heard in albums. And I am ashamed to say that analogue has unfortunate implications, even if you have cueing. It is possible to play single tracks alone with EP's/Single's but not every track was released by an EP. Albums are much easier to play than singles, you get to choose chronologically or alphabetically. 

 

"And in the End the Love you take is equal to the Love you make"
"When I was a robber *Piano Chord* in Boston Place"
"Let's hope this turns out pretty darn good huh"
"Pete may be the best, but Ringo is the star"
Paul:"Don't be nervous John"
John:"I 'm not"
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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31 December 2012
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Also unable to get the poll to work, but I definitely prefer to listen to the Beatles albums in chronological order (I assign numbers in the Sort Album field to do this). They progressed so much in their short time that it feels jarring to shuffle back and forth, and I also enjoy the journey through time.

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Usually, none of the above.

 

I usually don't play albums, per se.  I pick out a couple of songs I want to listen to.

 

When I am unusually in the mood to listen to a whole album (or a lot of it) it's almost always because I want to play along with my (acoustic) guitar.  In that case, I follow the order of the original LP (most of the music I listen to dates back to the Jurassic Era when music came out on vinyl).

 

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1 January 2013
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Almost always the full albums. Occasionally I'll shuffle songs, but I grew up listening to albums and that's still how I do the majority of my listening.

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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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I always shuffle. I like being surprised, and it helps me get a kick on a song I haven't heard in awhile.

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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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Shocking, yes, but not worth alienation. There were Beatles albums I didn't hear for years after I got into them because I could only afford so much. Maybe being here will encourage you to explore all!

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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 just listen to whatever I'm in the mood to hear. I should put my i-pod on shuffle and see where it takes me.

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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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It is the problem with the youth of today, gets out walking stick and creaking joints, they don't really understand the idea of an album. An idea created by The Beatles. They existed beforehand, of course, but they were singles and filler. The Beatles invented the album as a whole. I don't understand how you can listen to certain albums on shuffle. Sgt. Pepper? Opening with reprise, followed by Within You followed by A Day In The Life followed by 64? I don't understand.

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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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What's even worse than shuffle is if there's a gap in between tracks if your music player isn't able to play tracks continuously. Sorry I forgot about adding a Random or Own Choice in the Poll. I don't know why the poll isn't working for some of you guys, I hope Joe knows.

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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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