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Easiest Album for Beatles Newbies
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Basically, which of the official Beatles albums (including MMT) would you recommend to someone who has never fully listened to one of their albums? 

Personally I feel like Revolver is the easiest for newbies, although I could have a biased view since it was the first Beatles album I fully listened to.

I feel like the White Album is probably the most difficult album for newbies simply because it's so diverse and strange at times. 

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Revolver was also one of the first albums I have listened to and it was really mindblowing so I think it is not a bad choice to introduce it first to newbies. However, I would begin with some of the earlier albums since you can then better understand and experience their development. And since A Hard Day's Night is their first album without covers and only contains catchy songs I would take this one.

Not once does the diversity seem forced -- the genius of the record is how the vaudevillian "When I'm 64" seems like a logical extension of "Within You Without You" and how it provides a gateway to the chiming guitars of "Lovely Rita. - Stephen T. Erlewine on Sgt Pepper's

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Help ! was the first album I listened to and I loved it. It's a tough choice between Help ! and Abbey Road I think but AR won because of how a lot of the songs on it are famous 'core Beatles songs' but there's also some good little gems, like the individual pieces of the melody.

 

Some like The White Album or Magical Mystery Tour would be a bad choice between you get all of their experimental stuff and that could really turn someone off. Yellow Submarine being mostly instrumentals is a terrible choice as well.

 

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AppleScruffJunior said
Help ! was the first album I listened to and I loved it. It's a tough choice between Help ! and Abbey Road I think but AR won because of how a lot of the songs on it are famous 'core Beatles songs' but there's also some good little gems, like the individual pieces of the melody.

 

Some like The White Album or Magical Mystery Tour would be a bad choice between you get all of their experimental stuff and that could really turn someone off. Yellow Submarine being mostly instrumentals is a terrible choice as well.  

 

Yeah Yellow Submarine is pretty much a no brainer.

I think it's just the odds songs on the White Album and MMT that would turn people off. For example, I remember being really confused the first time I heard The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill

I love it now though of course and looking back I don't really know what confused me about it. 

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I'd say Rubber Soul because I feel it's the bridge between their earlier poppy sound and what would become the groundwork for the later albums, although I think that could be said of HELP! too.

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I agree with @Martha. I've said it a couple of time on here that AHDN is probably the best one for newbies. It is their first non cover album, and it exemplifies the beatlemania music.

Then again, it also depends on what the person's music taste is. If they like experimental music, then maybe you would want to start with The Beatles.

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Who is the troll who picked Yellow Sub? a-hard-days-night-john-6

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I like AHDN for this answer.  It's the young Beatles sound and it gets a new fan hearing popular Beatles tunes from a movie and an album that was big for Beatles Mania fans back in the day.  Then a new fan can branch out from there and go any direction they want next to hear more from them.

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AppleScruffJunior said
Who is the troll who picked Yellow Sub? a-hard-days-night-john-6  

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Dammit Micky Dolenz!!! I was always more of a Davy fan and now I know why! 

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Although I picked Sgt. Pepper because it's a classic album that should be listened to by everybody, similar to Dark Side Of The Moon, I think it depends on many things such as their age, preferred music genre, musical instrument preference, whether or not they want to marathon their discography, etc., everybody's different and you have to choose this on a case by case basis, it's just like the legal system, you're not going to give a random jaywalker and the Boston bomber both a 10 year sentence, you're going to give them different sentences, the jaywalker would get a fine and the terrorist would get either life without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.

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@AppleScruffJunior said
Who is the troll who picked Yellow Sub? a-hard-days-night-john-6  

Well if the person likes both rock & roll and movie scores, then Yellow Submarine is a right ol' Hannah Montana.*

*the best of both worlds.

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There's a difference between the movie and the album, the movie is a classic and it's safe to assume that it got a lot of people who were age 10 and under at the time into The Beatles and it's one of the few musicals with music that doesn't suck and it does a good job at promoting pacifism. The album however was shit, it's a split album which means that the A-side is by one artist (The Beatles) and the B-side is by another artist (George Martin), so if you wanted to you can technically consider each side it's own EP. Here are three examples of what if other bands did things similar to the Yellow Submarine album, using artists you like so you'll understand better:

Example #1:

The Beatles, Let It Be , 1970

Side A:

1. Come Together

2. Don't Let Me Down

3. I've Got A Feeling

4. One After 909

5. Dig A Pony

6. Get Back

Side B:

1. Orchestral Film Score Part 1

2. Orchestral Film Score Part 2

3. Orchestral Film Score Part 3

4. Orchestral Film Score Part 4

5. Orchestral Film Score Part 5

6. Orchestral Film Score Part 6

7. Orchestral Version Of Come Together

Example #2:

Billy Joel, Glass Houses, 1980

Side A:

1. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)

2. It's Still Rock And Roll To Me

3. You May Be Right

4. Close To The Borderline

5. All For Leyna

6. Allentown

Side B:

1. Soliloquy

2. Innamorato

3. Sorbetto

4. Delusion

5. Steinway Hall

6. For Lola

7. Marchin' Out (A Marching Band Rendition Of Movin' Out (Anthony's Song))

Example #3:

Queen, The Highlander, 1986

Side A:

1. Hammer To Fall

2. A Kind Of Magic

3. One Year Of Love

4. Who Wants To Live Forever

5. Princes Of The Universe

6. One Vision

Side B:

6 film score songs as well as

7. Hammer To Fall (film score version)

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Either Rubber Soul or Abbey Road -- they're solid, classic, accessible albums. RS gets my final vote because as 

@SgtPeppersBulldog said
I'd say Rubber Soul because I feel it's the bridge between their earlier poppy sound and what would become the groundwork for the later albums, although I think that could be said of HELP! too.  

I think RS is a little more solid overall. 

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Rubber Soul gets my vote as well. It is a very popular album, and it has a mix of psychedelic and more mainstream pop.

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I love Paul's bass work on Rubber Soul , I think the Rickenbacker really made him a great bassist.

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I too think one of their early/mid albums would be best to introduce to someone; AHDN , Rubber Soul and Revolver would be my top three choices for that.

However, my friend likes to listen to a little bit of everything, so I recommended him the ever-diverse White Album a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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Name the bands they like and I will give you an answer.  

I'm not sure. They're some newer bands that I've never heard of. I know this person really loves the Hamilton Soundtrack

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