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Hypothetical Beatles album
25 December 2013
7.36pm
Russell
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I just made a CD of Beatles solo songs from the 1970's , that I think would have made a great official Beatles album---if they had never split up.

I would love to hear feedback, and what would your hypothetical album be?

Here is the song list:

  1. Instant Karma
  2. Another Day
  3. What is Life
  4. Photograph
  5. Jet
  6. You're Sixteen (You're Beautiful and you're Mine)
  7. Imagine
  8. My Sweet Lord
  9. Maybe I'm Amazed
  10. Working Class Hero
  11. Jealous Guy
  12. Let Me Roll It
  13. It Don't Come Easy
  14. Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey
  15. Dark Horse
  16. Helen Wheels
  17. Every Night
  18. Isn't It A Pity
  19. God
  20. Junk

 

 

Note by Ahhh Girl 13 May 2014: I merged a second thread on this topic into this one. The second thread began with post 7.

25 December 2013
10.01pm
IveJustSeenAFaceo
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It's a little too many songs for a standard LP, but someone wrote some kind of story about this, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T.....lfth_Album. Pretty interesting. 

Oh, and God would have to some lyrical alterations, considering if the Beatles still existed he would probably still believe in them.

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25 December 2013
10.32pm
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Even though this type of thread has popped up a zillion times here, I'm happy to see an enthusiastic new member.

Welcome Russell!

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25 December 2013
11.17pm
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Great CD Russell, I do have to agree with IveJustSeenAFaceo's comments on it being a little too long though.  The alterations that I would make is dropping 'Working Class Hero', 'Dark Horse', 'Jet' & 'Helen Wheels', not because they're not good songs but because they do seem a little out of place amongst the others to me.  One glaring omission for me is the excellent 'I'm The Greatest' from the 'Ringo' album which is the closest thing, other than 'Free As A Bird' & 'Real Love' of course, to a Beatles reunion that we ever got.  Klaus Voorman, who's very well entrenched in BeatleLore, took Paul's place but everyone else is present and I think that it would be a great opener to the disc.  I'd also switch John's 'God' to the closing slot for a good hard dose of reality after listening to the album, it seems fitting to me in a weird sorta way and I think that John himself would also approve.  It also seems perhaps a little unfair that Paul's 'Let Me Roll It' made the cut without including the original song that inspired his satirical response to John mocking him, which of course is Lennon's 'How Do You Sleep?' (George also plays Side Guitar on it),  perhaps these two great tracks could preceed 'Isn't It A Pity' before 'God' closes the curtains, what do you think?...:-)

26 December 2013
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I think we all have playlists we've compiled on our iPods ……………Mine's a John V Paul ……….Alternating tracks in a similar vein, a screaming rocker from John v one from Paul……..'Poppy' John v 'Poppy' Paul…….etc.

 

I like yours…….I'll nick it.

3 January 2014
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That looks like a pretty great hypothetical double LP indeed! Although I personally would switch "You're Sixteen" for "Early 1970", and probably ditch "Every Night" in favour of "Cold Turkey" just to even out the John-Paul imbalance.

I like the notion of having both "God" and "My Sweet Lord" on the same album!

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12 May 2014
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Imagine...

So, it's 1970. The Beatles are fresh from releasing Get Back and Abbey Road the previous year, but there's a difference - something clicked with the boys. They enjoyed being in eachothers' company. Holding back, they decided to see how the rest of the decade played out...

This is where you come in. They've got all their solo songs from 1970 to John's death in late 1980 set up. There's more of a solo vibe with the songs, but they're churning out an album a year still - which songs from their solo albums make the cut?

Of course, this is all hypothetical. Naturally their solo songs are still solo songs, but more Beatle-fied. But it's interesting to wonder what might have been.

Note by Ahhh Girl: This post was originally the beginning of a new thread. mmm (see post 10 below) pointed out that the new thread should be merged with this one. Merge completed 13 May 2014.

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12 May 2014
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All things must past would be there

 

Maybe I'm Amazed also

 

lets not forget "John Yoko" for the whole B side

 

Give peace a chance

 

Working class hero

 

And all the Beatles would have teamed up and wrote a Starr-Harrison-McCartney-Lennon song called

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13 May 2014
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I have always envisioned a fantasy scenario (and that's all this is, so take it with a grain of salt) that, upon seeing Lorne Michaels offer $3000 on SNL in '76, Paul and John really do head down to the SNL studio and crash the show, maybe sing a song on acoustic or with G.E. Smith's band, then deciding "Let's do one last album for real" and try to get the other 2 involved. Ringo signs up in a heartbeat, George takes some convincing but eventually gets on board. They get together around mid-1977 either at Abbey Road Studios or in New York to produce this album.

(In real life, John is of course semi-retired to tend to Yoko and Sean, Paul takes a break for Linda to give birth, George takes a break to tend to Olivia, and Ringo's on so much blow he snorted Peru by accident, so '77 really could have worked at that point.)

The band wants to do a real rock record, just straight-up good 'ol rock & roll with no frills to stand out against the disco that was so prominent back then. George Martin is unavailable due to the Sgt. Pepper movie soundtrack, so the band decide to take a gamble on Jack Douglas, Aerosmith's go-to producer at that time. (And future John Lennon/Yoko Ono producer.) Billy Preston helps out on a few songs, as does Eric Clapton on a song or two.

As for the songs? Hard to say for sure, and again all this is STRICTLY hypothetical, but since this is a rock record, and with Jack Douglas producing, some of the songs have an edge to them, like how Aerosmith's songs from the '70s used to. (I always felt Aerosmith's "Major Barbara" was tailor-made for the Beatles.) Maybe John throws in a "Grow Old With Me" to balance all the rock songs. Perhaps a harder rocking Paul song like "Girls School" or "Old Siam Sir" makes the cut. Maybe George's "Not Guilty" finally gets a fair shot on a Beatles record. Who knows what Ringo contributes? ("Drumming is My Madness?") It's hard to say for sure, since we'll never know, but I've always envisioned that if the Beatles ever did reunite for one last record, this is the direction they would have gone.

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13 May 2014
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There is already a thread on a hypothetical Beatles album after the split here. 

@Zig, @Ahhh Girl can we get a merge. Thank you.

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13 May 2014
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I should've really searched for "Hypothetical" rather than "1970s" in post titles. I'm an idiot. ahdn_paul_01

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13 May 2014
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Annadog40 said

lets not forget "John Yoko" for the whole B side

LOL

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Happy 1970.

 

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28 May 2014
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Lovely image, that! But "Teddy Boy" is crap. I prefer the double album Russell devised, sorry.

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28 May 2014
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vonbontee said
Lovely image, that! But "Teddy Boy" is crap. I prefer the double album Russell devised, sorry.

I don't even like Teddy Boy that much either. But I used Paul's mindset. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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29 May 2014
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Ha, I wonder how Paul would've felt about being squashed almost to nothing in that apple-reflection cover photo?

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