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From the first solo albums, what would be the "last" Beatles album?
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Imagine for a second that the Beatles made one last shot after Abbey Road.  Using the first solo albums and non-album singles, what might it look like?

Here's the conceit:  Paul was prolific as usual, with 7 songs.  John's interest in the group was waning, so he contributes 5.  George wasn't interested unless he could contribute 3.  Ringo gets his 1.

Anything that was released while the group was still together counts, as well as anything that was rehearsed during the Get Back sessions and anything on the first solo albums. 

As a first shot, here's my version:

 

Side One

Cold Turkey

Every Night

Maybe I'm Amazed

Look At Me

Isn't It A Pity

It Don't Come Easy

Love

That Would Be Something

 

Side Two

Man We Was Lonely

Teddy Boy

What Is Life

God

Junk

Another Day

Give Peace A Chance

All Things Must Pass

E is for 'Ergent'.
6 February 2013
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I think it's a fun topic.

I suspect that more than one of us has wondered about this. I run through this exercise towards the end of "Into the Sky ...":

Side 1:

Maybe I'm Amazed, Imagine, My Sweet Lord, Every Night, Jealous Guy, Junk

Side 2

All Things Must Pass,  Give Me Some Truth,  You're Sixteen,  Uncle Albert/Hands Across the Water,  Another DayInstant Karma

The album would have been called Everest, a summit of sorts - a title in contention for Abbey Road.

Might have been their finest album....

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7 February 2013
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I agree with the ideas that have been posted above but I posit that Instant Karma would also have been a prime choice for the record. Either that, or released as an accompanying single: a double A-side with Maybe I'm Amazed. Highly unlikely but would have been incredible.

EDIT: just noticed that Into the Sky had it on his album, my ability to read has failed me.

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7 February 2013
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I really enjoy speculation about albums-that-could've-been, but when I look at people's contributions to this thread (and the previous one that covered similar territory), I find the results oddly unsatisatisfying, personally. And it occurs to me that it's because All Things Must Pass and Plastic Ono Band are both such strong, unified statements that I'd hate to boil either one down to a mere seven tracks - or even as few as three, in George's case. And even Paul's album has its own character, despite being the weaker of the three.

It would definitely be nice to have "Instant Karma!" and "It Don't Come Easy/Early 1970" on SOME kind of album, though...

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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