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12 Months, 12 Albums
23 November 2013
11.43pm
Adam24
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Twelve months, twelve albums, one perfect year. I'll try to make this as short as possible, but I do need an introduction. Forgive me if you think it's too long, I understand it perfectly.

I'm a long time Beatles listener. I was born long after their break-up, but my father did knew them since their earliest days and he used to "promote" them a lot in my childhood. Until last year, I only knew their most known songs and a few other, less known favorites of my father. But I did knew they were something big, something different, something... special. And then, I think it was a little bit more than a year ago, I got "1". And I got into them. By january I wanted more, so I went for "Abbey Road", which seemed to be an obvious decision. And that was it, I was just sucked into their music like by a black hole. Now I say with ease that they changed my life. Nothing can be compared to listening to that medley and picking up all those sounds for the first time...

Back to january, I'm a very organised person when it comes to things I'm into, and that's why after "Abbey Road", I decided to get their first studio album, "Please Please Me". And I also loved it, it was very, very different but still great. By the end of february I got their next album, "With the Beatles". I didn't like it that much by then, probably because it didn't bring anything new. Next month I had decided that I would get a new beatles album every month, chronologically (not knowing it would mean exactly a year of discovering them, that was a great coincidence). "A Hard Day's Night" came, and I loved it - the rest is history... well, maybe not yet. I'm waiting til christmas to get "Let It Be" and listen to it for the first time. Oh, and I left "Magical Mystery Tour" out because it seemed to make the list less compatible with this year and I left it for the next one.

Every month I was discovering (or, my favorite thing, re-discovering) new songs of them, just like if they were still there. A very important moment was the "premiere" of every album, I used to take a walk to listen to it for the first time, and soon that "premieres" became important, long awaited happenings. I did everything I could to avoid any spoilers. That meant I was outside of that "YouTube discovering" seen today in most Beatle newcomers. I had a month to get to know every album, and that was more than enough to get so familiar with them that right now I know every lyric to every song, and the history behind most of them.

Here is how the list goes:
 January - "Abbey Road"
February - "Please Please Me", "With the Beatles"
March - "A Hard Day's Night"
April - "Beatles For Sale"
May - "Help"
June - "Rubber Soul"
July - "Revolver"
August - "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
September - "The Beatles (White Album)"
October - "Yellow Submarine"
 November - "Abbey Road"
December (Yet to come!!!) - "Let It Be"

Result: a perfect year. It's a great coincidence that their highest moments ("Revolver" and "Sgt. Pepper") overlapped with my highest moments (summer vacations). And overall, it seems to me that every album fit just perfectly into its month, just like if they were made to be listened to like this.

Why am I writing this? Well, I want to share my experiences, and this forum seems to be just the right place. And I hope that maybe somebody might be just in time to do the same, which I highly recommend... Again, sorry if it's too long or if I posted it in the wrong place! I hope it wasn't that bad, but if you got to this point... then maybe it wasn't a-hard-days-night-george-10.

So, perfect year? Hell yeah! apple01

"You say you'll change the constitution?

Well, you know

We all want to change your head." 

23 November 2013
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Great to hear you had such a good year discovering The Beatles. Don't forget to experience Past Masters after Let It Be, it contains all their non-album tracks and it's not just filler, some of their biggest and/or best songs are on that. 

And then there is Live At The BBC (x2), Anthology (x3), Love... It will be a fantastic time (one many of us will be slightly envious of).

 

And welcome to the forum, jump straight it and feel at home.

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24 November 2013
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meanmistermustard said
Great to hear you had such a good year discovering The Beatles. Don't forget to experience Past Masters after Let It Be, it contains all their non-album tracks and it's not just filler, some of their biggest and/or best songs are on that. 

And then there is Live At The BBC (x2), Anthology (x3), Love... It will be a fantastic time (one many of us will be slightly envious of).

 

And welcome to the forum, jump straight it and feel at home.

Thanks, I do like this forum a lot, even if I'm not really posting much. It's just interesting to read what others have to say about those four guys.

I'm more than aware of all the material left for me to discover, and I cant wait to get it. Anthology seems really good, just by hearing the strings only version of Eleanor Rigby (I couldn't resist the temptation) I can tell I'm going to love it. I still hope there are songs in Past Masters that I don't know but I do know, if you know what I mean. That's a magic feeling when youre listening to new stuff and then, suddenly this tune which was a favorite of yours but you never thoght it was a Beatles track pops in (I'm talking about "Birthday" in this mere example). "Let It Be" looks promising, though I'm sure it's not going to be an entirely happy listen, after all this time… Well, all things must pass, you must… let it be.

a-hard-days-night-john-1

P.S. this site contributed a lot to my experience during the second halve of the year, it's way much better than wikipedia!

"You say you'll change the constitution?

Well, you know

We all want to change your head." 

24 November 2013
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Adam24:  You are my new favourite person.  Your story sounds exactly like mine, only 25 years apart.

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24 November 2013
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Hello, Adam24. I'm a real Beatles newbie. They rocked into my life in the form of a 3-hour concert by Sir Paul McCartney in Memphis, TN back in May. Hubby talked me into going to the concert. I didn't even know who McCartney was.

Unlike your awesome experience/way of listening to one album a month, I jumped into the deep end and bought the whole Beatles shebang along with most of McCartney's Wings and solo music. It is all swirling around in my head. I hope to get better at knowing all the lyrics really well one day.

I've just added some solo George and Ringo to my mp3 player. I get the cds and transfer them onto my player. I like having the physical object. John's solo albums will be added when I get my Signature Box for Christmas.

Glad you posted to the forum. Hope you stick around with us.

24 November 2013
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Ahhh Girl said
Hello, Adam24. I'm a real Beatles newbie. They rocked into my life in the form of a 3-hour concert by Sir Paul McCartney in Memphis, TN back in May. Hubby talked me into going to the concert. I didn't even know who McCartney was.

Unlike your awesome experience/way of listening to one album a month, I jumped into the deep end and bought the whole Beatles shebang along with most of McCartney's Wings and solo music. It is all swirling around in my head. I hope to get better at knowing all the lyrics really well one day.

I've just added some solo George and Ringo to my mp3 player. I get the cds and transfer them onto my player. I like having the physical object. John's solo albums will be added when I get my Signature Box for Christmas.

Glad you posted to the forum. Hope you stick around with us.

Welcome aboard Adam24 - thanks for the great intro.  My timeframe is around the same as Ms. Girl's, except mine was a rediscovery (for everything before 1981) but as new as for you (post then for the solo Beatles) after having sold my LP collection and only recently deciding it was time to get them on CD.

And yes, listening to this music fresh is magical.  For me, Live At The BBC was like that, lots of the Beatles covering older songs that I had never heard - and many of them were great.

 

25 November 2013
1.06am
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SatanHimself: Nice to hear that! Can you tell me more about it? I'm curious how other peple planned that. Actually, I never thought I was the only one who did something like this - they had so many listeners (and still have, and will have), most of them creative, that it was pretty obvious quickly somebody would've got this idea. Satans favorite person you say? Well, I can't quite remember that being on my "what to achieve in life list"...

ahdn_paul_06

 

Ahhh Girl: Every way is a good way when it comes to knowing the Beatles. I also wanted to do the same at the beginning, but once I had this idea it just went on by itself. Oh, and glad to hear you were on that concert, I was very close to going to one just 2 months earlier in Warsaw... What a shame I didn'y made it. I'm sure it was great!

 

trcanberra: I havent thought about their solo albums... There are so many things to discover yet!

"You say you'll change the constitution?

Well, you know

We all want to change your head." 

25 November 2013
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Your project sounds fascinating, Adam24! We all envy your journey into discovery. It's just too bad that your year will have to climax with what is probably one of the weakest and surely the most anticlimactic Beatles albums of all. You know enough Beatles history to be aware that Let It Be was actually their next-to-last album recorded, right? And that many fans accordingly consider Abbey Road the real final album - not to mention, the perfect "natural" swan song to their career, and to a decade.

But I'm not gonna say any more to discourage you! On reflection, looking closer at your list, I see that you devoted October to "Yellow Submarine", and at least Let It Be is surely finer than that one (I don't think it's even a "real" Beatles album!) And Let It Be's high points are high indeed, so there's that. Plus, as already noted, you have Past Masters and other odds and ends to get around to yet. Happy discoveries!

I'm curious, though: Why did you choose to set aside Magical Mystery Tour for the future? What did you mean by it making the list "less compatible"?

[Nice apple, btw!]

I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
25 November 2013
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You could listen to Let It Be Naked instead which gave us how the album really was before overdubs and edits were made of songs. a-hard-days-night-john-5

 

What do you mean that album has edits and overdubs as well, thats not what Apple said when promoting it?a-hard-days-night-ringo-7

 

 

Oh, nevermind.ahdn_paul_01

 

ahdn_george_05

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25 November 2013
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I look forward to updates month-by-month.  I used to do this sort of thing, but I quickly became impatient with the waiting period.  I suspect you'll be the same way.  I should think your year might be condensed into a few months.

E is for 'Ergent'.
25 November 2013
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Way back in the '80s, when I used to buy albums that I'd been anxiously awaiting a long time (either due to impending release, impending re-release, or simply finding a copy, new or used, for which I'd been searching awhile), I'd usually make the experience last by only playing a track or two per day! It was cool, like making Christmas last until New Years.

I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
25 November 2013
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vonbontee: The "Back to Basics" Phase is probably my favorite phase of them in terms of musical output... I know the history behind "Let It Be", but that doesn't stop me from thinking it'll be a great album. When it comes to "Magical Mystery Tour"... well, I don't know how I decided to leave it for the next year, I think it just didn't fit the month in which fall starts, while "The Beatles (White Album)" fits there perfectly. I'll wait till next srping for it. Is "Strawberry Fields Forever" that good? I'm jus curious...

ahdn_george_08

 

SatanHimself: Too late, the year is almost over and there is only "Let It Be" left. I was determined and I achieved my goal a-hard-days-night-george-10

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Well, you know

We all want to change your head." 

25 November 2013
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MMT is not a true Beatles album, ie compiled and shaped by The Beatles or George Martin, its a Capitol concoction in the style of their US pre-Pepper albums that took a number of Beatles songs and added whatever was lying about to make up an album (occasionally there was a plea from Capitol asking if there was anything in the vaults or if not could the Beatles record something to fill up the next LP). MMT is really an Extended Play, a format that had no market in the US hence Capitol being given permission to get an album together. It was slotted in to where it is now in the core catalogue in 1987 when the CD's came out. 

Going the way the albums were released in the 60's by The Beatles Adam24 is doing it correctly. Its like with CS Lewis's Narnia books where the commonly accepted ordering of books is not the true way they were originally released (altho not to such an extreme).

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