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Best Opener To a Beatles Album?
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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 Saw Her Standing There

Help

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band/A Little Help From My Friends

Taxman

Come Together

Back In The USSR

Magical Mystery Tour

Drive My Car

Two Of Us

Yellow Submarine

No Reply

It Won't Be Long

 

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.

 

EXTENSION:

I think Band On The Run, I'd Have You Anytime and Just Like Starting Over are the best openers from the solo years

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Hmmm...

13. It Won't Be Long
12. No Reply
11. Come Together
10. Help!
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
2. Birthday
1. Taxman

My top 11 are all very close... Which says about Beatles songs!

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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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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

Favourite post-Beatles opener has to be a toss-up between Any Road and Band On The Run. Mother is also brilliant. 

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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. a-hard-days-night-george-10ahdn_ringo_09

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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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I like 'em all! a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

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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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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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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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I love I Saw Her Standing There and Come Together as openers.

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A Hard Day's Night - that opening chord as the album opener. 

But the Beatles usually had such great openers it would be a lot easier to name the ones you don't like as openers... such as No Reply, It Won't Be Long, or Two Of Us, from my perspective. 

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I actually like No Reply, It Won't Be Long, and Two of Us as openers but that's just me.

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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"I dig a a pygmy..." at the beginning of "Let It Be". 'Two Of Us' is so weird without it as well. Strange how these things get scorched in? your brain. 

'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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Couldn't really choose between I Saw Her Standing There (as was mentioned above, it's great career opener) and A Hard Day's Night. I also think Back In The USSR works really well as an opener.

The only ones I don't really love as openers are Drive My Car and Taxman.

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McCall1981 said
Couldn't really choose between I Saw Her Standing There (as was mentioned above, it's great career opener) and A Hard Day's Night. I also think Back In The USSR works really well as an opener.

The only ones I don't really love as openers are Drive My Car and Taxman.  

Yeah, when I think about it, it seems kinda weird that for such a momentous album, RS has maybe the Beatles' most anticlimactic opening, in terms of first-sound-you-hear immediacy. Nearly all of the other openers begin with unaccompanied voices (either singing or counting off or making an "I dig a pygmy" ad-lib) or sound effects or an impenetrable guitar chord. And "Help!" is pretty arresting too, being the only Beatles album that announces its actual title instantly (and we can even perceive the exclamation mark.)

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If they had opened Pepper with the Reprise instead of SPLHCB, that would be my favorite.

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Back In The USSR. It's such a good opener that they decided to open The Rutledge soundtrack with a parody of the opening.

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