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21 October 2017
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Which album would you say is their most experimental? 

I included MMT even though I don't consider it an album.

Most experimental album?

  • One of the PPM-Help! albums - indicate which in your reply(0% : 0 votes)
  • Rubber Soul(5% : 1 vote)
  • Revolver(50% : 10 votes)
  • Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band(30% : 6 votes)
  • Magical Mystery Tour(0% : 0 votes)
  • The White Album(35% : 7 votes)
  • Abbey Road(5% : 1 vote)
  • Let It Be(0% : 0 votes)
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I'd say the White Album, because there was less discretion about what went on and, therefore, more experimental stuff went onto the final thing than normal. 

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It was a hard choice between the White Album and Sgt Pepper's for me but in the end, I went for Sgt. Pepper's. The reason for this is that, first of all, I find the whole concept of the album more experimental than the one of the White Album.

Of course, the White Album is also very experimental but for me, it's more about every Beatle trying out different genres like folk, Avante Garde, or hard rock. In Sgt Pepper's, however, the main creative aspect is not that they had included different genres. The focus lies more on finding new techniques to create particular sounds and atmospheres, be it through recording strategies, walls of sound like in Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite, sound effects, or unusual instrumentation.

Trying out different techniques to get a certain sound is more experimental than trying out different genres, imo, because when you do the latter you know roughly what it's going to be like in the end. So, if one, for instance, wants to try out country music, at least one knows that it's probably going to sound like a country song and that one will most likely be using instruments which are typical in country music. But if one has the aim to 'smell the sawdust on the floor', one doesn't know which road this will lead down to from the beginning.

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23 October 2017
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ex·per·i·men·tal; (of a new invention or product) based on untested ideas or techniques and not yet established or finalized.
"an experimental drug"
synonyms:exploratory, investigational, trialtestpilot

Considering the above definition, I voted Revolver. A few sounds were toyed with previously - opening feedback on 'I Feel Fine', sitar on 'Norwegian Wood', etc...

During the Revolver sessions experimentation was rampant. By the time they got to the Pepper sessions, the gloves were off. Experimenting turned into perfecting.  

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I'm gonna give a semiserious suggestion that their most experimental LP - in that it was pretty much made up on the spot - is the one I've been listening to for a few days now, the spotty but amazing "Live at the Star Club, Hamburg 1962".

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Zig said

ex·per·i·men·tal; (of a new invention or product) based on untested ideas or techniques and not yet established or finalized.
"an experimental drug"
synonyms:exploratory, investigational, trialtestpilot

Considering the above definition, I voted Revolver. A few sounds were toyed with previously - opening feedback on 'I Feel Fine', sitar on 'Norwegian Wood', etc...

During the Revolver sessions experimentation was rampant. By the time they got to the Pepper sessions, the gloves were off. Experimenting turned into perfecting.  

  

I agree 100% with @Zig. On Revolver they were at their experimental peak and that continued on to Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, etc.

I would probably vote The White Album as their most eclectic album though.

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Elementary Penguin said

I would probably vote The White Album as their most eclectic album though.  

Very much so. One could easily say it was also very experimental in that they were practically figuring out their own styles. It has been suggested more than once that TWA was a series of solo ventures. 

While I find Revolver the most experimental and The Beatles most eclectic, Pepper is right there on both fronts. A symphonic climax followed by that run-out groove was way experimental. And talk about eclectic - 'Within You Without You' followed by 'When I'm Sixty-Four'. Both points are a testament to the greatness that is Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. I have underrated it at times in these very pages. What was I thinking? paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif

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Sgt Pepper for me. Truly groundbreaking. So many different types of song and sound on that album. Everything about that album is just fantastic. The cover, the costumes they wore,the first album to feature the song lyrics written inside. Just a masterpiece. The Beatles' versatility really stood out on that album.

 

With the White Album,they were writing as individuals. Pepper showed their versatility, experimentation and creativeness as a band. I loved hearing it for the first time,as the songs sounded so different and fresh, and you never knew what type of song you were going to hear next (I bet people were shocked when they heard Within You Without You for instance, love that track). Shows how far the band had come from the days of Love Me Do and Please Please Me

 

Pepper still sounds so new and fresh today. It's truly timeless

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I'm saying Abbey Road for a few reasons:
1. I Want You (She's So Heavy). (The sounds of the I forget in the background and the cut tape.)
2. The medley. (Not exactly new, but very experimentally unique and well executed.)
3. The fact that the band amended their views on each other to stay together for what they thought was one more album.

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Evangeline said
I'm saying Abbey Road for a few reasons:
1. I Want You (She's So Heavy). (The sounds of the I forget in the background and the cut tape.)
2. The medley. (Not exactly new, but very experimentally unique and well executed.)
3. The fact that the band amended their views on each other to stay together for what they thought was one more album.  

But they didn't particularly try any new styles on Abbey Road. They mostly just wrote rock/pop songs on that one. While yes, IWYSSH is very experimental, I don't think its more so than on Revolver, with songs like TNK and Rigby. The idea of medleying songs together had already been used on Sgt Pepper and the White Album, and I don't see how the third one is experimental. 

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Get Back/LIB was pretty experimental in concept - to be filmed rehearsing, performing and recording all-new material, without the overdubs they'd employed for most of their recording career.

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You could make really good cases for Revolver, Pepper and the White Album....but I’m going with Pepper. They doubled down on the vibe they started with during Revolver

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