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Which Beatle solo career was your favorite?
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 Hello everyone, this is my first topic! :D Anyway, I was just curious about which Beatle solo career was your favorite.

 My favorite Beatle solo career would have to be John's, because I can listen to any one of John's solo songs with whatever mood I am feeling, and BAM, it will make me feel better just like that. Also, his songs are just amazing, too. George is a very, very close second, because his songs are amazing too, but I don't know why, I have just always kind have liked John's a tad bit better. Paul is my third, not that that is bad! I love all of Paulie's solo stuff too, but again, I don't know why I have always liked John's more. And Ringo is my fourth, but I always have loved Ringo's stuff, it is so happy.

 So, who's solo career did you like best?

(If there was already a thread like this that I missed, I am sorry! I looked, so I don't think there should be, but if there is, sorry about that.)

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Same for me. John and George are pretty much neck and neck. Then there is Paul and Ringo.

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John then George. I think Plastic Ono Band was the best album any made but obviously All Things Must Pass has some phenomenal songs.
But I love John's demos so he's far and away my favorite just with him and an acoustic.
I must admit I haven't given Paul a fair shake, I own probably 5 or 6 of his solo albums, but I just feel like there is so much there that it's tough to really get a handle on his stuff. So if anyone wants to name a few unknown Macca gems I'd definitely be interested to hear them.

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Umb.. for me there's a tie : John-George-Paul. Their careers are very different, but I love them. John is the one who hits me with the truth, George makes me happy and Paul makes me feel silly. I haven't heard enough of Ringo I have to confess.

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1 April 2011
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Paul, then Ringo, then John, then George.

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1 April 2011
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My favorite Beatle solo career is George. I felt George really blossomed as a song writer after the band broke up. I know we all love 'All Things Must Pass' but I also love his other albums as well. Some of my favorites are ones that don't get that much attention any more like 'Extra Texture' this is a very soulful album, I also love 'Thirty-Three 1/3' (I sang 'Beautiful Girl' to my wife at our wedding 29 years ago) 'George Harrison' (This is one of my favorites since Hawaii inspired most of the songs and I am from Hawaii) 'Cloud Nine' (great album. What a comeback for him in 1987) and 'Brainwashed' as well. His live album 'Live In Japan' is excellent. this is my favorite of all the live albums buy the ex-Beatles.

His songs always had a lot of meaning and didn't write just to put out hits or to churn out albums. I have included below a little interview with him where he discusses his song writing. Some of you may have already seen this:

 

 

 

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1 April 2011
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It all depends on the mood I'm in or what I'm doing. But, if I had to rank their solo careers by favorites, I'd say...

1) George - if the only album he ever did was ATMP, that would have been enough for me.

2) Paul - I only have one of his albums (BOTR) and 1 compilation (Wings Greatest). But based on all of his music I've heard, I need to rectify that ASAP.

3) John - I have his box set and know most of his stuff is fantastic. To me though, a lot of it is very heavy and some of it very serious. I'm a Beatles fan first and foremost and very few of their songs were very heavy or very serious. Know this however - when I'm in the mood for heavy or serious, John does it better than anyone I've ever heard.

4) Ringo - on this list he is my number 4. There are some nights when he is number 1. All I have of his is the "best of" compilation named Photograph. Every time I listen to it, it makes me smile.

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Zig, Paul's solo career was very hit aand miss. I recommend Wings at the Speed of Sound, Red Rose Speedway and Memory Almost Full

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1. Paul

2. John

3. Ringo

4. George

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John, George, Paul, Ringo.

I love Imagine, Mind Games and All Things Must Pass. I like about 50% of the remainder of Lennon's solo output. I've not really explored George's in great detail, but All Things Must Pass is just phenomenal. Paul is so hit and miss... well, hit and miss and miss and miss. Even songs people recommend (Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, The Back Seat of My Car, Jet) feel a bit lame to me. I like a few of his numbers, but none as much as I like Photograph.

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Paul, by far and above, is my favorite solo Beatle. It used to be John, and I still like John's Beatles songs better than Paul's, but I just love everything Paul has done post-Beatles (almost). My favorite albums are Ram (!!!!!), Red Rose Speedway, London Town, Memory Almost Full, Electric Arguments, Venus and Mars, Flaming Pie, and Band on the Run.

Favorite songs: Little Lamb Dragonfly, Monkberry Moon Delight, That Was Me, Love in Song, the rest of Ram, Mamunia, Off the Ground, Let Me Roll It, Every Night, I'm Carrying, C Moon, Hi Hi Hi, Coming Up, Let 'Em In, Some People Never Know, Dear Friend, Somedays, The Song We Were Singing, Riding to Vanity Fair, Junk...and many, many more! (I made a list of like 70 songs when I was supposed to be paying attention in Anatomy...)

For anyone not up on Paul's stuff, I recommend Wingspan first, to get an all-around look at his 70s stuff, and then Ram (because it is so great). Then, check out his most recent stuff. Much of it is amazing.

For John, my favorite albums are Double Fantasy and Walls and Bridges. Most of his stuff is just too depressing for me to listen to all the time. It is also very specific. I think sometimes his songs can be a little too personal, which makes me a little uncomfortable. It's like reading a book when someone is talking directly to you...can get to be a little much sometimes. My favorite songs by John...I Know (I Know), Old Dirt Road, Mother, God :'( Tight As, most stuff from Double Fantasy, Real Life/I'm Stepping Out demos, Free As A Bird...I just love his demos. I have The Lost Lennon Tapes on cd, and while I haven't listened to all of them, they are interesting.

Shamefully, I've been so caught up in John and Paul's stuff that I haven't really given George and Ringo's stuff an in depth listen. I do like the song All Things Must Pass, though.

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paulsbass said:

mr. Sun king coming together said:

Zig, Paul's solo career was very hit aand miss. I recommend Wings at the Speed of Sound, Red Rose Speedway and Memory Almost Full

Sorry, but your recommendations are more miss than hit. Memory almost full is one of his best, the other two are among his weakest.

Oh, I forgot Flowers In The Dirt. I don`t know all his work, but I love the 4 I have mentioned, as well as Band On The Run. Also, can you stop being so rude all the time?

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I mostly agree with that, although I still am forgetting albums. Venus and Mars wasn`t that great, but still great, I love Tug of War, but I absolutely LOVE McCartney 2.

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I love Ringo, but I will never buy one of his solo albums, sorry!

 

 

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Really, all you need is Photograph: The Very Best Of Ringo

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Dont be afraid, that was just my reaction to that post. I need that album BTW

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John's stuff is pretty heavy, but I just think from a pure songwriting perspective his songs, particularly on Plastic Ono Band, are just so unbelievably spot on. Dylan wishes he could write something as honest and blunt and completely correct as Working Class Hero.

I respect what he was trying to do in his solo career, I think Instant Karma is such a cool tune because that's what it is, Instant Karma and there's something about the way that song sounds that is so completely unique and impossible to duplicate. So I like when he had a theme, whereas I just think Paul is all over the place and I don't really have the motivation to mull through all of his albums.

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2 April 2011
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paulsbass said:

 Paul was the most gifted Beatle, musically and artistically, and he had the best solo career, imo. At least he's my favourite!

I don't think that much of his early solo work. McCartney is charming, but really just a home project – apart from Maybe I'm amazed, which remains his best solo song and vocal ever. Wings wild life and Red Rose Speedway are nothing special (apart from My love).

I have to check out Ram again, it really has some cool tunes. Everybody thinking of him as the "sweet" Beatle check out Monkberry Moon Delight!!

BOTR and even more Venus and Mars are excellent. Wing at the Speed of Sound is weak, apart from the killer singles.

London Town has nice moments, and Back to the egg is totally underappreciated. GREAT album! I will never forgive him that he blew the tour with his stupid cannabis stunt in Japan, Wings were so good at that time.

Tug of war is a masterpiece, Pipes of peace mostly a collection of cutting room floor remainders.

And then he killed his solo career with Give my regards to Broad Street. He never recovered from that.

PRess to play is another totally underrated album with excellent songs.

Flowers in the dirt is one of his best and among my favourites.

Off the ground is not bad, but not as good.

Flaming pie is just amazingly beautiful, another masterpiece with the last Linda backing vocals.

Driving rain is a bit inconsistent, but not bad.

Chaos and creation in the backyard is his best solo album ever, period.

Memory almost full is also very good.

 

And don't forget his Firemen project, and his classical works, and his painting…

Amazing artist, AND he's a veggie.

 

As for the other solo careers:

I only have All things must pass, Cloud nine and COncert for Bangla-Desh, but that still makes George No. 2 in my list.

John was just too inconsistent, and I only have two collections.

I love Ringo, but I will never buy one of his solo albums, sorry!

 

Sorry Paulsbass, as far as McCartney being the most gifted Beatle, I would have to disagree. All four of them were gifted in their own way. Without the four of them, we would not have the Beatles. We all have our favorites but the bottom line is they are all talented.

As far as Paul being a Vegetarian, that is true and I am proud that he continues to do this. I am one myself and it is very healthy to do so. By the way, George became one in 1966 and Paul in 1970. I still feel that George had a lot of influence on the band.

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I think the Vegetarianism of George and Paul were completely unrelated. Paul was the most versatile Beatle, but greatness/ talent are both opinion questions, and up for debate. But, back to the point, I say John.

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Inner Light.. that George interview you shared.. it's just

 

AWESOME!! I'm going a bit off topic here but wow.. it truly hit a chord on me. I want to read more about George's stuff and the ideas he embraced. You know, sadly, I think I have lost my faith in the church I was raised, I feel I have lost my link to God. Last year I started reading a book about the Dalai Lama, and his ideas made sense to me. And now when George says "All things must pass" that maybe they're going to blow up.. and the only thing that changes it's the body, what it matters is the soul. So that truly hit me.

 

I'm going to check more info about it. Thanks a lot Inner Light. apple01

 

Now stay-on-topic

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