26 January 2017
I was importing my Beatles collection onto another computer today, and when clicking on a massive cluster of files to play in iTunes, the albums would play, but just the beginning of the first song. It got me thinking about how many great openers there were in the Beatles catalog.
I would have to say that my personal favorite is Taxman, although I'm not sure if it can be put above A Hard Days Night, Help, Magical Mystery Tour or Sgt. Pepper. I also can't forget I Saw Her Standing There, the opener to the whole discography. Man did they know how to start an album!
Here is a list, ranked by myself.
A Hard Days Night
I would say the first 8 are pretty much tied, but that's how I put them. How would you rank the openers? Or if you think that ranking things is completely worthless and futile then simply say what your favorite is.
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13. It Won't Be Long
12. No Reply
11. Come Together
9. A Hard Day's Night
8. Drive My Car
7. Back In the U.S.S.R
6. Two of Us
5. I Saw Her Standing There
4. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
3. Magical Mystery Tour
My top 11 are all very close... Which says about Beatles songs!
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1 November 2013
I like the chord opening of A Hard Days Night. I like how it hangs for a bit before the song starts.
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15 February 2015
For the best initial couple of seconds, I'd have to go with A Hard Day's Night, though the 'One two three FOWH!' of I Saw Her Standing There is also a great moment. My favourite opening track is either No Reply, Drive My Car, or Taxman.
Ugh.... they're all so good!
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17 January 2016
Just a couple of my faves:
The fanfare and "roll up, roll up for the Mystery Tour!" that starts off Magical Mystery Tour
ONE TWO THREE FAW! - I Saw Her Standing There
One, two, three, four, *cough* one, two - Taxman
That opening chord to A Hard Day's Night
The bass-erific intro to Come Together
Oh I could list more but I'll read what you guys have to say, which I'm sure I'll find agree with mine.
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12 November 2015
I'll say Come Together is the best opener because it takes your brain a little while to understand exactly what you're hearing. Not until many listens later did I realize that I was hearing some bass, a really weird drum part, and John whispering "shoot me". It's also just cool as heck.
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14 April 2010
For me, each album opener evokes a different feeling and sets the mood for the rest of the album. If I had to pick a favorite opener, I would definitely go with 'I Saw Her Standing There'.
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17 December 2012
I'd have to go with @Zig. Not only is that count-in a fantastic start to an album, it's a fantastic start to their album career.
A great, muscular announcement of their arrival as album artists.
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14 December 2009
Yeah, that'd be my choice too. Notwithstanding it's obvious musical excellence, there's a bit of extra symbolic excitement in knowing that it's not merely an album opener but a CAREER opener, albumwise. And the fact that George Martin searched through the various takes to find the best "One two three FAW!" to surgically attach to the best performance speaks to his own meticulousness - like, regardless how indifferent/contemptuous the "establishment" (possibly including Martin himself) was to this juvenile rock-and-roll stuff, GM still took his job seriously and had no intentions of half-assing it.
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14 March 2017
I think each album had an excellent opener but if I had to pick a favourite I will probably have to say I Saw Her Standing There but I will give honorable mentions to A Hard Day's Night, Drive My Car, and Taxman.
I also like Back In The USSR. I don't think anyone has mentioned that one yet.
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1 May 2011
'Come Together' - John's "shoot me" comment, Paul's bass and Ringo's drumming.
'No Reply' - A very understated album opener but sets the whole collection up brilliantly. I don't think any other album opens in the same way nor is any other Beatles album so downbeat but lively.
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