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Beatles solo albums - the best ones and your favorites
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Alissa said:

 I recently downloaded John's Mind Games, and I am so impressed. It has to be one of my favourites of his, it's superb.


Dave Spinozza is superb on that album. The hours I spent playing "air guitar" when I got the album back in the seventies!!!!

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In honesty, and it's an opinion that's been voiced before, I think The Beatles were far greater than the sum of their parts. I've no real desire to hear Ringo's solo stuff, and most of McCartney's solo recordings seem quite variable in quality. The only person I'm pretty curious about hearing more of is George - I have All Things Must Pass (great) and Dark Horse (not so great).

I did listen to Good Evening New York City on Spotify. I thought it was actually quite rough-sounding in places; far less polished than I'd expect, even for a live album. It made me think twice about getting tickets for McCartney in Europe (though I probably will anyway). Some of the performances really were disappointing, at best average, which made me wonder why those particular recordings were chosen.

On the subject of McCartney live, I wish he'd vary his setlist a bit. He's got so many classic songs but he seems to perform largely the same ones at every concert.

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23 December 2009
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I've always been more interested in John's than of the that of the others. I don't listen to Plastic Ono Band too often, simply as it's not much of a comfortable listen, but it is a great album. I really like Mind Games, even though it opened up very slowly for me, I'm only discovering the merits of Meat City- I'm still disappointed with the version of One Day At A Time that was included, the other version is much better. You Are Here, Mind Games, Intuition, those are great songs. I've always liked Walls And Bridges too. I also compiled Double Fantasy and Milk And Honey into one album, excluding Yoko's contributions, and called it Isis, since the sessions were practically together. I think, if it was released in that fashion, it would have been the ultimate come-back album, and probably his best. Still haven't gotten round to Imagine, STINYC or RN'R, and I don't think I will for awhile, they've never really appealed to me.

I can't say I'm a huge fan of Paul's solo career, or that I know a lot about it. I never fancied his stuff too much, and I've played through Ram and McCartney- it just seems kind of hackneyed. A lot of his output has been pretty dogdy over the years too.

Of George's stuff, I have All Things Must Pass, and some of the songs on there, to think he was holding them in from the Get Back sessions! Behind That Locked Door is a classic song. I was pretty suprised not to see Thirty Three and 1/3 mentioned by the way, very good album. From Beautfiul Girl to Learning How To Love You is some really fun, funky stuff.

As for Ringo....I didn't even like Photograph...

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Give a listen to Ringo's I'm The Greatest - it was written by John shortly after The Beatles split up (I think), about himself, but works well as a Ringo song.

I know tastes differ from person to person, but you really should listen to Imagine. Lennon described it as Plastic Ono Band with sugar on the top, which is a fair assessment. It's got some of his greatest songs on it. I wouldn't bother with STINYC though.

What's the other version of One Day At A Time? Is that a bonus track on a reissue? I only have the original vinyl.

I like the idea of a Yoko-free Double Fantasy/Milk And Honey. I'll give that a go. Although I have to agree with George Martin's assessment of DF, that he'd been out of the studio for too long and it showed. A could of years later he might have come out with something truly astounding if he'd lived long enough.

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Joe said:

Give a listen to Ringo's I'm The Greatest - it was written by John shortly after The Beatles split up (I think), about himself, but works well as a Ringo song.

I know tastes differ from person to person, but you really should listen to Imagine. Lennon described it as Plastic Ono Band with sugar on the top, which is a fair assessment. It's got some of his greatest songs on it. I wouldn't bother with STINYC though.

What's the other version of One Day At A Time? Is that a bonus track on a reissue? I only have the original vinyl.

I like the idea of a Yoko-free Double Fantasy/Milk And Honey. I'll give that a go. Although I have to agree with George Martin's assessment of DF, that he'd been out of the studio for too long and it showed. A could of years later he might have come out with something truly astounding if he'd lived long enough.

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Thanks, long time listener, first time poster!

I was going to get Imagine, but I suppose the hype behind it as his greatest song/album kind of turned me off, I like exploring the works that got less credit/exposure, because I usually find them to be worth far more. I like Jealous Guy, Crippled Inside and How Do You Sleep??, so I do plan on getting it eventually.

The version of One Day At A Time I'm talking about was one without that high-pitched vocal, but a deeper more controlled one instead. I think this is it (I can't be sure, my sound-card is broken at the momentConfused) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....n9gc5MQTZk

I really enjoyed the DF/M&H combination, it's not that I'm anti-Yoko or anything, the majority of Lennon's solo work probably would have never existed if not for her, and the music she came out with was kind of interesting. It's merely that, putting any songwriters next to John Lennon leads for a bit of a dip in quality (aside from the Beatles, of course!). I really like the album though, I think it's got a mature, sort of comforting, family vibe to it- and I especially enjoyed listening to the acoustic demos, it helped my songwriting just to see how he recorded. It also makes me a bit sad, because he didn't get to build on it. There's an intentional, marked difference between Plastic Ono Band and Double Fantasy, and that's what I really dig. He sort of went from 'trying to find myself' to finding himself in those 10 years. So that album has such a story and history behind it, and in combining the two, I think you get some excellent results.

23 December 2009
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The Imagine LP was the peak of John's solo career - he never came near to matching the quality of songs & production after leaving Ascot to live in NYC.

Listen to the searing power of Give Me Some Truth & the vitriolic but oh so hurtful, sneering How Do You Sleep? (both with amazing lead guitar from George) & contrast with the lovely delicate Oh My Love (George on acoustic). Other highlights are the bluegrass Crippled Inside (George again, this time on slide), the rough & dirty Its So Hard, & all this without mentioning the title track & Jealous Guy. A classic LP that actually stands comparison with Beatles albums. (Love Mind Games also - the sound on the remixed CD is so much better than the original vinyl. And yes David Spinnoza is great on Aisumasen & Bring on The Lucie. But there are a few filler tracks in there...)

George's solo output stalled alarmingly after Material World, & whilst each LP has a few tracks I love, even I wouldn't listen to some of those albums all through. Some good albums ('George Harrison' & 'Cloud Nine') but his best later moments came with the Traveling Wilburies, especially Vol 1 with Orbison. Such a lovely album.

And if you want to hear George's best ever guitar, find a copy of Splinter's The Place I Love LP - & listen to Somebody's City played LOUD.

Ringo - love the Ringo LP & the singles It Don't Come Easy (have you heard George's version?) & Back Off Boogaloo. Nothing else.

Paul - not my man. Band On The Run was slick & sold shedloads but I have to say I find it all a bit shallow.

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Barry Cappi said:

Ringo - love the Ringo LP & the singles It Don't Come Easy (have you heard George's version?) & Back Off Boogaloo. Nothing else.

Paul - not my man. Band On The Run was slick & sold shedloads but I have to say I find it all a bit shallow.


I agree with almost everything said... except with the Paul bit. I have to disagree.

I think that most of his songs, the best ones at least, are hard to find. They're hidden gems, scattered willy-nilly throughout his albums. Calico Skies, to me, is brilliant and beautiful, as well as When the Night, while its lyrics probably leave something to be desired, the passion's there. And for Paul's solo work in general, I think all the passion is there. He (from what I've heard of all the Beatles solo work) carried the same level of passion consistently through all his albums. You can tell; he loves what he does. He has fun, he's into it, it was what he was made to do. That's what turns me onto his music so much, is just the pure joy he gets out of it. That love is devoid sometimes in Ringo's solo music especially, even in George's on a rare occasion (mostly in the filler songs.) John's got it, just doesn't always show it. But Paul throws himself into his songs. He dives in. And that's what makes it worth listening to.

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This article made me reassess McCartney's solo stuff: http://thequietus.com/articles.....he-best-of

I guess I tend to think he's a little shallow, but he obviously has the odd song that's worth hearing. I'm just not sure it's worth wading through all the back catalogue to get to it.

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Joe said:

My favourite Beatles solo album is probably Plastic Ono Band, though these days I'm more likely to put All Things Must Pass On. I must get some more of George's CDs - that's the only one I have. Can anyone suggest a next step?


DARKHORSE is amazing! The song "Simply Shady" is beautiful. Great guitar work on the whole thing. Better than Living in the Material World in my opinion! Probably just as good as All Things too! a-hard-days-night-george-4
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a-hard-days-night-paul-11 If I had to pick one over-all favorite solo album from the four, it would have to be RAM. But, only because Band On The Run doesn't count as "solo" in my opinion due to the fact that Wings were a band. Plastic Ono Band and All Things Must Pass are probably just as good (for that matter, so are McCartney and Darkhorse), but the songs "Too Many People" and "Heart Of The Country" are enough to push Ram just over the top.

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K-Ren said:


 

Thanks, long time listener, first time poster!

The version of One Day At A Time I'm talking about was one without that high-pitched vocal, but a deeper more controlled one instead. I think this is it (I can't be sure, my sound-card is broken at the momentConfused) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....n9gc5MQTZk

 


 

My God!! In some pics John looks so thin!! I thought of Christopher Walken in The Deer Hunter.. I was truly shocked !!

 

To keep this a little on topic I'm just exploring some of the solo works. As Joe say, I think the Beatles were better together than individually. Still, some of their work is quite interesting. I'm going to check your recommendations…

 

Edit:  BTW welcome to the forum!!

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Lennon - Imagine

Harrison - All Things Must Pass

Starr - Photograph

McCartney - I don't own any, yet... a-hard-days-night-paul-4 but soon, so very soon.

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a-hard-days-night-paul-2: 'Band On The Run'

a-hard-days-night-john-2: 'Imagine'

a-hard-days-night-george-2: 'All Things Must Pass'

a-hard-days-night-ringo-7: 'Ringo'

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