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Order you first listened to the albums in?
23 May 2019
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Ron Nasty said

@Von Bontee said

Early 1994 - Let It Be ...Naked!

Which came out in November 2003...

  

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1962-1966 LP for me.  Then I was hooked.

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I think the first one I listened to was either Yellow Submarine or Sgt Peppers, I can't remember too well.

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I think "1" was my first than (believe it or not) "Love", which is kind of the reason why I'd always defend it whenever someone criticises it. Then I went back to "Please Please Me " and I think I went through all the albums pretty much in order. And that's how my Beatles love began... heart It was quite "A Beginning". 

(Still not good with Beatles puns. ahdn_paul_01)

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@Paul McCharmly, if you think you're no good with Beatles puns, you don't have to make any. If you want to have fun making Beatles puns, then it doesn't matter if you're any good or not. Just enjoy yourself. mccartney-shrug_01_gif

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Rubber Soul and Abbey Road were the first albums I heard all the way through. Can’t really go wrong choosing a Beatles album, but those are two great selections 

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My parents had a handful of the albums on LP and the 'Yellow Submarine ' single, and 'Pepper', '20 Greatest Hits' and 'Love Songs' on cassette.; the cassettes were always played when on holiday and we played the LP's because of the cassettes (a couple of the LP's were duplicates so it was natural to move on to the others. I clearly remember two of my brothers and I felt really naughty and brave playing 'Sexy Sadie ' for the first time without our parents knowing, we deliberately played that song by itself one night very quietly so as not to be heard. We were more perplexed by what we were listening to than anything else. Another memory is my sisters having a girls night with a number of friends where one of my brothers scared the living hell out of them all by playing 'Revolution 9 ' with no warning whilst they were sleeping.

The first three albums I bought in order but not together were the Blue Album , Help ! and the Red Album on the long play tapes with the alternate track orders (yet was after the correct versions had been officially released), after that I haven't a clue. I also know for a fact that I bought 'A Hard Day's Night ' on cassette in Woolworths in Ayr before spending an age just reading over and over the cover notes and being mesmerised by the photos whilst sitting in a cafe in town as my dad always took me there.

I still have all the LP's. The cassettes would have eventually broken and all my parents 45s vanished without explanation, no one knew what happened to them.

The first bootlegs I bought were digipacks of the stereo 'PPM ', WTB' and 'AHDN ' albums, all with a handful of bonus tracks; and one of the unreleased 'Get Back ' albums, all costing £10 each. I spent about 20 minutes deciding whether to go for 'Get Back ' or the stereo 'BFS' (which I got a week later).

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Hmmmm, it was either Rubber Soul or A Hard Day’s Night. I’m thinking it was AHDN actually. And from there I was hooked and came to realise that yes, The Beatles didn’t have a bad album in their catalogue. The hype was absolutely justified.

1.The Beatles 2.Sgt. Pepper 3.Abbey Road 4.Magical Mystery Tour 5.Rubber Soul 6.Revolver 7.Help! 8.Let It Be
9.A Hard Day’s Night 10.Please Please Me 11.Beatles For Sale 12.With The Beatles 13.Yellow Submarine

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I first knowingly heard The Beatles when I listened to my Dad's copy of The Beatles: Live At The BBC album in the late 90s. I have memories of reading the booklet and not being able to distinguish between each Beatle - they all looked the same to me. After that I taped a copy of the Yellow Submarine Songtrack which I borrowed from the local library around the turn of the millennium. 

I was given a copy of for Christmas 2000, and from there I started to buy their studio albums, one or two at a time. I bought Rubber Soul , Revolver , Sgt. Pepper and The White Album fairly early on, though not necessarily in chronological order. After I'd bought the studio albums, I moved onto the Anthologies. Let it Be.... Naked and the Love album were no doubt bought/received around the time of their release, probably Christmas 2003 and Christmas 2006 respectively.

When the Stereo and Mono box-sets were release in 2009, I was working for Nipper. I bought the Stereo version straight away, but kept the Mono set in the staff pigeon-hole at work for a few moths until I could justify spending the money. 

I was given the 50th Anniversary Edition of Sgt. Pepper as birthday present in 2017, and bought On Air Volume 2 of the Live At The BBC album soon after.

 

*All details may not be entirely accurate*

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Addendum/footnote to my chronicle: For Xmas 1981 I'm gifted the "Stars on 45" album, on which 29 Beatles songs are excerpted and arranged into a 15 minute disco mix performed by Dutch studio musicians. By my count, 16 of those titles were unfamiliar to me at the time, so my first exposure to "Drive My Car " and "I'll Be Back " and 14 others would've been via the brief half-minute clips included in the mix. (mmm and others will point out how poorly regarded the whole Stars On thing was, and rightly so. But a gift is a gift.)

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The first Beatles material I ever heard was Hey Jude when I was a 2 or 3. (about 2006) My dad would play Beatles songs like Blackbird and Here Comes The Sun on his acoustic guitar. After that the first full album I heard was Let It Be (Naked), from my Dad's Ipod, then Rubber Soul . After that I listened to Abbey Road , then the White Album in full. From then on, I listened to all of the Beatle's stuff in quick succession. 

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As far as I can remember the stars on 45 medley never left the same basic backing part and therefore became deeply irritating early on. 

 

Has everyone taped Beatles albums borrowed from the library? Despite having the long-play single cassette 'Red Album ', I taped the '93 re-issue onto casette from CD. Bizarre as it was the only album bar Pepper that was identicle in its running order to the weird pre-'87 ones. I ignored all the albums that had the correct track listing including the ‘Blue Album ’. 

Actually, was Pepper identical? Not sure. 

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This thread inspired me to look back and find my Beatles playlist from when I was in seventh grade I titled it “purple” and I think I was going for some kind of mood. Here are the songs.

The Fool On The Hill

Strawberry Fields Forever

Blue Jay Way

Your Mother Should Know

Lovely Rita

Getting Better

Fixing A Hole

Across The Universe

Free As A Bird

Dear Prudence

Blackbird

I’m So Tired

In My Life

Here Comes The Sun

Here, There And Everywhere

Long, Long, Long

Something

Yesterday

Don’t Let Me Down

Baby, You’re A Rich Man

 

I only ever listened on shuffle

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White Album was my first Beatles album, I knew the dreaded Why Don't We Do It In The Road Long before A Day In The Life - and I turned out just fine. mccartney-shrug_01_gif 

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Abbey Road was the first one I remember hearing, courtesy of my dad. This would have been when I was around 11 (I'm almost 28 now). He had that CD, Sgt. Pepper 's, and The White Album . Those are the first three I remember hearing.

Then I got into Rubber Soul and Revolver on my own, probably when I was 13 or 14? For years, that was all I knew; I had a very misinformed anti-anything-pre-Rubber Soul bias.

Then I filled in the blanks and got Magical Mystery Tour , Let It Be , and the pre-Rubber Soul stuff probably between 20-24.

I actually only heard Yellow Submarine for the first time this year after years of just figuring it wasn't worth hearing; that said, I knew the originals from that album via Mono Masters.

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The first Beatles album I listened to in its entirety was With the Beatles. I don't know why it just happened that way. After that, I listened to Abbey Road then The Beatles (White Album ), then Please Please Me , Hard Day's Night, Revolver , Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour , Rubber Soul , Help !, Beatles For Sale , Yellow Submarine . I skipped around quite a lot and would get stuck on an album at a time and then move on after a month to discover the next album. 

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The first album(and only album for a while) 1, then Love.  First studio album, Sgt Pepper , then Abbey Road , then Yellow Submarine , then MMT, then The Beatles(I think), then heck if I remember the rest of them.

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Abbey Road then Hey Jude , then Let it Be. Those were albums my uncles had as they came out. My first Beatle albums were The Red and Blue albums. Afterwards, I found a counterfeit 8-Track copy of Beatles VI. After that it's anybodys guess.

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I seem to remember telling this story in one shape or another sometime previously, but anywho, it fits here too mccartney-shrug_01_gif:

The first Beatles album I ever bought, and subsequently listened to, was The Blue Album on CD. Then one Christmas not long after that (presumably later that same year), my brother got me the second Beatles album I heard, a copy of the 2009 Sgt. Pepper 's remaster. After that, I unfortunately have no recollection. ahdn_paul_01

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When I was young (so much younger than today) we had the "1" album at home so I listened to that from early on. I was a kid so I never went through the whole thing and got hooked on the first few songs, "From Me To You " particularly. So much so, that I, as many other people, grew up thinking they where an overhyped silly band, and their early stuff was all I knew, and it didn't impress me at all of course. It was when I started getting into Queen that I wanted to know more about music in general.

I was watching some 1960s famous films a couple of years ago, mid-highschool. One of them was A Hard Day's Night . It was the first time I saw the Beatles moving, probably, I've never seen them perform. And I Lover Her, Tell Me Why and If I Fell stood out for me, so I looked them up. I listened to the album A Hard Day's Night because I just had gotten Spotify. I didn't love it at first, except for those three tracks.

Then I got curious. "Hmmm, there's a lot of music I'm not aware about", and I first read that article with the top 100 artists by Rolling Stone, so I figured I would listen to some of that. There they stood, the Beatles on the first spot, and I thought it was atrocious. I had heard they where very famous, I didn't know they where that "overrated". Even my mother told me they weren't that good and they just had a great marketing team.

But soon enough I thought, "well, let's give them a second chance". So I tried to listen to some of their albums. Surely enough, they weren't on YouTube, except for one. Abbey Road had been uploaded anonymously a few weeks ago and it was not taken down yet. I recognized the cover from general pop culture references and I thought it would be perfect to start off.

I listened to Abbey Road once on a bus on my phone and I loved it, even though nowadays after many listens I love it a hundred times more than when I first heard it; at first I thought it was cool, I loved the medley in particular.

Of course, the video was taken down by the time I wanted to revisit it, the Beatles wouldn't be on YouTube for a couple of months or so. So I decided that I had liked it enough to start using my Spotify account more often and then I just went in order of release. At first I thought the early albums where terrible. It wasn't until I got to Rubber Soul that I really think I had found something special. And when Revolver , Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour hit me, I noticed that Abbey Road wasn't just luck, this band was special. Yet it wasn't my favourite band yet.

After many listens to their albums I can now say that I couldn't be more happy I was curious, because I still listen to their albums regularly, and it always impresses me. My guess is that when I discovered them I was lucky, because back then I was so ignorant of music and with such a short attention span, that if I had listened to Please Please Me first and then continue I would've probably stop by Beatles For Sale . I was not into their early stuff for a long time. But Abbey Road man, that's the f*cking key to the universe.

With time I learned to appreciate the value on the little details from the early stuff. Soon enough I found myself liking most of the early Beatles catalogue too. It's just necessary sometimes hear an album multiple times until you start to vibe with it. Songs like "This Boy " or "I'll Follow The Sun " are very plain and simple and I love them just as much as the music on Sgt. Pepper for example.

And I kept listening to music. By now I've covered most of that Rolling Stone list, and I'm into a lot of diverse stuff. But the truth is the more I listen to music in general, the more I think the Beatles are my favourite band. I don't precisely know why, but it probably has to do with their unpredictability and their will to evolve in such a short span of time. And after hundreds and hundreds of albums of many genres, Abbey Road and Revolver still touch me deeply and their level of quality are almost unparalleled.

 

TL;DR:

1, much later A Hard Day's Night and soon after Abbey Road -- the rest in order in one week.

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