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Beatles solo albums - the best ones and your favorites
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29 June 2011
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The only band I can think of who had 2 truly great opening albums is Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. I wrote this on the USA discog about Capitol, but it really works here as well: At Capitol, the dollar speaks louder than artistic integrity or intelligence. Replace Capitol with any other label, and that rings true. Gnik, you said something about being complacent. And that is true. Why stretch your mind if you think that's the be all end all? Because most likely it isn't. I thought the Beatles were it. They're not. I love so many more bands now then 8 months ago. I was talking to a friend about hockey, and he said this: "If the player isn't good enough to make the roster of the best team in the league, don't play him." Well, if you wouldn't buy the record you created, then fix it and make it better. Artistic integrity is the missing ingredient.

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Mccartneys Flaming Pie and Off The Ground
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GniknuS said:

Many great points have been made, Sun King brought up S&G and another example would be Bob Dylan. While his debut didn't necessarily flop, it still was miles away from what was to come. Imagine a music world without Dylan, now that's depressing.

From Wikipedia: The performances on his first Columbia album, Bob Dylan (1962), consisted of familiar folk, blues and gospel material combined with two original compositions. The album made little impact, selling only 5,000 copies in its first year, just enough to break even. Within Columbia Records, some referred to the singer as "Hammond's Folly" and suggested dropping his contract. Hammond defended Dylan vigorously.

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I'd add Arcade Fire and Oasis to the "outstanding debut and sophomore" list.

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The Walrus said:

GniknuS said:

Many great points have been made, Sun King brought up S&G and another example would be Bob Dylan. While his debut didn't necessarily flop, it still was miles away from what was to come. Imagine a music world without Dylan, now that's depressing.

From Wikipedia:

The performances on his first Columbia album, Bob Dylan (1962), consisted of familiar folk, blues and gospel material combined with two original compositions. The album made little impact, selling only 5,000 copies in its first year, just enough to break even. Within Columbia Records, some referred to the singer as "Hammond's Folly" and suggested dropping his contract. Hammond defended Dylan vigorously

 Now Dylan is a real artist..... apple01

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Paul :Flaming Pie

John : Plastic Ono Band or Imagine

George :All Things Must Pass

Ringo : Liverpool 8

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Following TMK's approach

 

Paul: Wings At The Speed Of Sound (there isnt 1 track that bugs me unlike all his others).

John: Plastic Ono Band

George: All Things Must Pass or Cloud Nine

Ringo: Ringo's Rotogravure (havent heard it the whole way thru for years as its not available online (and im not desperate enough to *cough* 'download' it) but the memories are of a really good album - better than Ringo).

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"?

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