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Order you first listened to the albums in?
16 March 2020
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Clerefor Sede said 
 Even my mother told me they weren't that good and they just had a great marketing team.

Just goes to show never trust your parents. Trust your own ears. If your was so against the Beatles, why was their a copy of one at your house?

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Great question and I couldn't with authority give the answer. 

I got into The Beatles in the summer of 96, thanks to oasis really who I was (and am) a huge fan of. As well as covering I Am The Walrus , they didn't stop banging on about Lennon, The Beatles etc and so I started exploring the old man's collection.

At that point he had all the original albums on cassette, barring the White Album , yellow submarine and MMT. On CD he only had Past Masters 1.

I reckon Revolver might have been my first full run through but wouldn't swear on it. I do know I made a cassette that I called 'Yesterday ' that I filled with singles and then some of my early faves as I started exploring them. My dad rooted out some of his old 45s which included Hey Jude , Day Tripper /WCWIO, Let It Be , one of the MMT EP discs, and a bunch of solo singles including Give Peace A Chance with a misprinted label (Change instead of Chance)

Thanks to my interest he upgraded his collection to CD and thus the cassettes passed into my ownership (I didn't live with him) . Even now I struggle with the running order of the early albums as I played those  cassettes so much. 

Anthology 3 was the first album I had on CD and then as the years went by I gradually upgraded myself. I bought the lot bar Yellow Submarine 1987 masters, then got the full stereo and mono 2009 sets. Working through vinyl now. 

Anyway in line with the above, YS would be the answer to the last one I listened to. But given I don't really count that, or for that matter MMT, White Album was the last one I listened to. Have made up for lost time since mind you. 

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Huh, I was also a big Oasis fan before I got into the Beatles (I had a big Britpop phase at one point) and they also partly helped me want to explore Beatles music! I am very familiar with their "IATW" cover a-hard-days-night-george-10

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I love oasis and always will, but even if I'd gone off their music I'd always be grateful for them introducing me to the Beatles. I am sure I would have still dug into them at some point but discovering them aged 12 was one of my great experiences. I don't know kids today can have it quite the same. You go on amazon music or Spotify or whatever and it's all just there. Maybe I'm just set in my ways but to me for discovering a back catalogue like the fab four, it was so much more exciting to go through piece by piece. 

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Probably Let It Be (vinyl) around 1981 (which I liked), then The Beatles (1987 cd) around 1993 (which I didn’t), then chronological around 2012. I remember a friend gave me the entire 1987 cd catalogue circa 2012.

I had disliked the White Album and thought it was overrated. So I went around for about 20 years saying The Beatles were overrated and I didn’t like them.

Then I started listening to the 1987 CDs chronologically and they sounded muddy and just awful. 

Then a friend gave me his entire vinyl collection and I put on the compilation Rock And Roll Music Vol. 1, and something happened and I immediately became a Beatles fan. I bought the 2009 stereo box and sold all the muddy sounding 1987 discs.

So it took me 30 years after hearing my first album to become a fan.

However, I think my first ever music purchase was the Lady Madonna single in the 1970s (probably around 1976).

And I will confess that as kids we saw The Bee Gees Sgt Pepper movie and had the soundtrack. 

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Did the Beatles lead to your Yoko fandom or was it in the opposite order?

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Did the Beatles lead to your Yoko fandom or was it in the opposite order?

  

My love of The Beatles led me to explore the solo catalogues and of course being a completist I had to have everything John played on...and then I had to have everything Yoko did because I thought she was so awesome, and her noisy avant-garde stuff was right up my alley and similar to stuff I already listened to.

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Yep, I appreciated noisy stuff, too; and was always seeing old record reviews describing Yoko's POB (out of print and rare) as "punk jazz with Ringo beats" or similar. Very enticing!

Basically, it was Rykodisc's 1997 CD reissue program that really taught me how to love Yoko.

GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions, Marvin Gaye. PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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I got into The Beatles in the mid-70s, as a young teenager, when EMI released all the singles in the UK in green sleeves with a photo of the group on the back. I bought 'Yesterday ', 'She Loves You ', 'I Want To Hold Your Hand ', Can't Buy Me Love ', All You Need Is Love ' and 'Back In The USSR '!

I think the first albums I bought may have been the 'Red & Blue Albums'. The first real album I bought was 'Help ' followed by 'A Hard Day's Night '. I think I got the earlier albums first, including a few of the American ones somehow ... 'Meet the Beatles', 'Beatles Second Album' and 'Yesterday and Today'. I think I also bought the compilation albums, 'Rock 'N' Roll ' and 'Love Songs' before I got all of the studio albums. I think the last original albums I got were 'Revolver ', 'Abbey Road ', 'Sgt. Pepper 's' and 'Let It Be ' and 'Please Please Me ' but I can't remember which order?!

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We won't hold it against you that you can't remember the order. I really have NO idea what order I listened to them. That time was all a jumble, and I was just pouring Bealtes into my blood, brain, and soul as fast as I could.

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We won't hold it against you that you can't remember the order. I really have NO idea what order I listened to them. That time was all a jumble, and I was just pouring Bealtes into my blood, brain, and soul as fast as I could.

  

Yep. I think Rubber Soul was the first one that really got a hold on me. Can’t remember much order after that but it was the repeat listens at certain times in my life  where I truly heard their music. 

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The first album I listened to by the Beatles was the Sgt Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band 2017 release, when it came out. Before I wasn't really that big of a music fan, my spotify account was pretty empty. So I should thank the lads at Apple Records and Giles Martin for this.

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*I can't completely recall in which order I heard all those 1986 acquisitions; I know I borrowed the early Capitols and "Let It Be " early in the year, "The Beatles" and "Revolver " were midsummer, and "Rubber Soul " was autumn. Oh, and around the time of that first batch of CDs, I'd found a copy of Y&T with an unblemished butcher sleeve, but the fake stereo was horrendous and I probably played it four times tops. In any event, I would've first heard "What Goes On " and John's missing "Revolver " trio on that album some weeks or months before hearing them in context on the proper Parlo CDs. 

...OK! so: from November 1983 to roughly March of '93, I recorded in (roughly) real time every album/cassette/CD acquisition, including albums I borrowed and then cassette-dubbed for myself. It runs to 48 notebook pages, documenting (occasionally rating) a collection that begins in late high-school with a modest 40-odd albums, grows into the hundreds (always with a constant eye to Beatles music in particular, hard to come by outside of pricey new vinyl/cassettes of select titles) in the next several years as I go off to university (in a city with many more record stores than my hometown), and ends about 1500 records later, at a time when I've entered the workforce, and live in the big city surrounded by used (and new) records & tapes (with CDs added in 1990, and mostly taking over) so I'm buying EVERYTHING, and I guess I just got too lazy to keep on updating it; but I never got rid of the loose-leaf binder containing all the pages. And having just found it hidden on the bottom of a box of books I never properly unpacked after moving from Toronto in 2017, I can now give more accurate dates for a fairly definitive reply! Along with my original scale-of-ten ratings, when I wasn't lazy, which was often.

 

(Warning: kinda tl;dr and navel-gazey)

 

c. winter 1979-80 - Meet The Beatles! used vinyl, Capitol rainbow label. I'm not gonna rehash this album's impact on me, but I gave it a rating of 7 (/10), and a little star signifying *classic* (in the rock-canonical sense, not necessarily my opinion)

December 1980-Mid-1985 - Long before I start pursuing further actual physical Beatles product, I record several dozens of spare tracks off broadcast radio. As a result, maybe my judgement of some of the albums is uniquely skewed: I heard my first "Sgt. Pepper " tracks in on AM radio in 1980 and was impressed; then I taped a bunch more in 1984 and was even more stunned, especially by "WYWY"; I was convinced the album was the masterpiece it's purported to be after I've heard two-thirds. And then I finally get the full LP two years later, and am honestly a bit underwhelmed by the new-to-me tracks, go figure...Anyways

(Around the time I begin formally listing, November of 1983, I start regularly frequenting used (and new!) record stores, junk shops, yard sales by the dozens in spring and summertime, buying records and tapes by the dozens and eventually hundreds...yet I never come across a single used Beatle record until...

1985, late August - Abbey Road used (very used) vinyl, bought at a garage sale (a week or two after finding and procuring Imagine ) for maybe $0.50 or even a quarter ; terribly scratched and with a couple of skips. Plus, rather remarkably, two separate gouges on Side Two that produced quick squeaky-whine sounds after the "...darling, do not cry..." lyric - like, after each repetitions! For a long period afterwards (I found a used cassette a year or two later) I was convinced the whines were intentional Beatley touches. yoko-ono_01Oh, and this long wait for used Beatles vinyl was presaged by my having found a 25-cent copy of Imagine a week or two previous, in equally poor shape.) A truly tragic and beautifully ugly way to listen to an album that (no matter) earns a 10 - and another *. I may have tagged all Beatles albums as such, and I give up the practice altogether eventually, so I'm not gonna bother to cite 'em anymore. 

September - Yellow Submarine , used garage sale vinyl, either in "fair" or "poor" shape, depending on whether my 1985 handwriting or 2020 eyesight is worse. Under a dollar. I never played this one a lot; took me until the '90s to really love "Bulldog" and "Too Much", the highlights. And I couldn't be arsed to flip it over. Having never bothered to write down ratings of 6 or less, I left this one unrated.

 

End of garage sale season, winter, snowmelt, beginning of next garage sale season.

 

1986, late May - I owned a functioning 8-track player (when the tapes felt like functioning) and back in late '83 I'd excitedly found a used Magical Mystery Tour tape - that unspooled itself immediately, frustratingly, as they were prone to do, and it was discarded and never catalogued. (Exact scenario repeated on the Physical Graffiti 8-track I found around the same time, with twice the frustration. blue-meanie) But my second used Beatles 8-track ("Hey Jude ") plays fine, and it's a dollar well spent, not only to be able to hear favourites like Hey Jude /"Revolution " and "Lady Madonna " and "Ballad of two-virgins" whenever I want to; but also because it has the elusive and near-mythical "Rain ", which I'd only heard once before, '84, when Ringo played it during "Ringo's Yellow Submarine", marveling at his own drumming, and I was stunned by this Beatles song I'd barely known of, and never had a chance to record off the radio.  And it's my introduction to "Old Brown Shoe " and "The Inner Light " as well, interesting. 10. 

June, sometime - I'm a frequent customer at a pawnshop-with-records downtown, and I've had my eye on a $4.00 copy of Pepper in the racks for a few weeks. But when I see a more beaten-up one (without yellow border) in the $1.00 bin one day, I go for that one instead. Take it home, sounds weird on headphones...MONO?! This is supposed to be a pSYcHeDELiC album! Unsatisfied, I return to the store next day or week to buy the stereo. A bit underwhelmed by "Fixing A Hole " and "She's Getting Better ", among the five songs new to me, I'm still intimidated enough by the critical consensus and my own goodwill into giving another 10) The mono lies around for years and is eventually discarded; I have no idea how scarce it supposedly is, and it's in terrible shape anyways, scratchy vinyl poking through rotted cardboard in every direction. In far better shape (still has the booklet attached) is a Capitol rainbow copy of Magical Mystery Tour , which I find later in the month at (I think) the same store. Of the four new-to-me songs, I like "Blue Jay Way " the best and "Your Mother " the least. And whether it's my indifference to that track or something else, I award MMT a mere 9. Better luck next time, "Beatals", ya losers! Oh, and I'm suddenly a high school graduate.

(Additional Beatlish finds this month: A much-scratched Wonderwall Music (unrated, and barely listened to by 17-year old ignoramus Vonbontee, who enjoys it now), and Wings Over America on two full-length 8-tracks; thus my introduction to "I've Just Seen A Face " is a Paul/Wings rendition. I won't hear the original until October. 

July, early part- Realizing that my lucky streak of finding used Beatles recordings won't last forever; and probably really desiring that lyric poster plus portraits, for the first (and final) time I buy a vinyl album by The Beatles brand-new, sealed, can't begin to remember the price, $11.99 or $13.99 Canadian at a time when movies cost six bucks. Unlike my recent purchases of mostly familar material, more than a full vinyl's worth of these two albums is completely new to my ears, though I recognize every song title, Beatlescholar that I am; since first reading about it goggle-eyed in 1979, I've been forced to imagine how "Revolution 9 " sounds! Like the album as a whole, I find it captivating, sometimes thrilling occasionally irritating, and altogether overwhelming. Inevitably, 10. 

August - Visiting family out of town, I babysit for my much older cousin and immediately seek out and spin his old original Capital copy of Revolver , the same copy from which he played me "Yellow Submarine " as a preschooler; I keep the volume relatively low in deference to his own sleeping kids. I'm already familiar with some of it, nice to hear "Taxman " and the 1966 and 1976 hits again. Of the new stuff, "Tomorrow Never Knows " is another track I've been desperate to hear, ever since reading "The Love You Make" two years before, and I finally play it last, and it's SO worth it, I'm stunned. The two Lennon tracks and "Love You To " are my favourites, but the whole album leaves me shaking my head in amazement - that the Beatles' 1966 music was even further out that their 1967 variety! I borrow the vinyl, possibly tape-record and return it...never? I may still have the cover (minus the now-broken vinyl) in the closet, unless it's a different used copy I found afterwards, I really have no idea. (At any rate, years later, mid '90s, that same cousin would one afternoon borrow my own 14-song Revolver CD - and indeed, my complete Beatles CD collection - from my vacant personal bedroom without asking! blue-meanie His sister/my cousin Susan (we shared Toronto rent) gave him permission during a visit ("He won't mind, he's got lots of choices!") and he took them all out of town and returned 'em like a month later. Sue's a bit of an airhead, but she's always been cool to me; 4 years 9 days older (October 12/21, two Libras), she'd play with me as a kid, and gave me her unwanted Foreigner and Supertramp and Fleetwood Mac albums when I was 12, and they're right there on page one of the journal, among the sole alphabetical entries.) Anyways, Revolver gets another 10. 

Later in the month, returning to home with borrowed Revolver in hand, and at this point, there's no stopping the flow nor my pursuit of new Beatlesmusic (while still amassing the Stones/Lou Reed/Dylan/Alice Cooper/etc. offerings as they present themselves.) Pepper and MMT already filed and semi-forgotten on my new old shelves, when I discover Beatles vinyl at the local library! I buy some blank cassettes and borrow Something New!, Let It Be , and Beatles '65; "Second Album" is also available but three is the limit, so it'll waits a few weeks. Most of '65 is new to me, and I find it an early Beatles delight, all those BFS highlights plus the superb "I Feel Fine " pairing. It earns another 10; but those other three library loans are hugely disappointing 7s. Two of them are indifferent Capital assemblages, with godawful fake-stereo on "Second Album" in particular. And I find "Let It Be " the most underwhelming, although "Two Of Us ", "One After 909 " and "Across The Universe " stand out among the new-to-me tracks. (Which is all of them, aside from Paul's three hit singles.) I really don't recall the circumstances around my introduction to the Beatles final release very fondly at all: I found it sad that the mighty Beatles could end their album career on a subpar release, after such dizzying highs; I was already a bit depressed and anxious about leaving home for uni in the coming weeks, and the far-colder-than-normal August weather (even a few flakes of snow one day!) made me more gloomy. And when I find a beaten old UA "Hard Day's Night" soundtrack at one of my final garage sales of the summer, I'm even less impressed. Only seven songs (almost all familiar) plus a bunch of George Martin instrumentals, I don't even bother to rate it. "I'll Cry Instead " is my favourite of the new discoveries.

September/October - Now attending university in between scouring the new, bigger city for new treasures, I'm soon rewarded twice, Beatlewise. A used Yesterday & Today costs me about $15.00, and that's entirely too much to pay for such horrible fake stereo, but I still give it an 8. Far more worthwhile is the dollar I pay for a used Rubber Soul 8-track, found at a rummage sale while visiting relatives during Thanksgiving.. Almost everything besides "Norwegian Wood " and "Michelle " is unheard, and it's all enthralling, even considering Capital's meddling and an altered track listing (common with 8-tracks) that opens with "Think For Yourself ". After my last few relatively disappointing additions, I'm once again left shaking my head at the greatness of "In My Life ", "The Word ", "If I Needed Someone " - hell, all of it. They've done it again, those Beatles! A 10.

December - Another piece in the puzzle, a poor-condition copy of Capital's Help ! (Can't recall where I bought it; possibly back home during Xmas break.) Another inferior 7-song soundtrack album that I don't bother to rate. Really don't like "I Need You ." (Now: It's okay.)

1987, April or March - Huh, apparently I bought a cassette of Capital's "Rarities" album; or possibly recorded a borrowed vinyl copy. I have no recollection of that at all, but I rated it an 8, so it happened.

And that's it, no more Beatle entries after that last one, although a few more Lennon and Wings albums do appear before the entries stop in about March of 1993. And oddly, therer's no entry for Please Please Me , even though I definitely dubbed a cassette recording of my friend's CD copy sometime after 1987 or -8.

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The first album I listened to by the Beatles was the Sgt Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band 2017 release, when it came out. Before I wasn't really that big of a music fan, my spotify account was pretty empty. So I should thank the lads at Apple Records and Giles Martin for this.

  

That's great. My Beatles journey was around ten years ago or something so it's always of interest to me when someone else takes that journey, and after me. I'm not the first and I'm not the last. The music is always sitting there, waiting to be discovered. 

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I can only remember the first few:

Help ! First record I ever bought for myself (along with another, Carly Simon's Greatest Hits Volume 1). I was 18 and did not even own my own record player at the time.

Followed quickly by

A Hard Day's Night

Let It Be

Which, now that I look back, are their 3 live action motion pictures, which is kind of weird.

All British imports, with 13 or 14 songs per album. I had to special order them at the local record store, called The Disc. I recall the imports selling at $11.98, compared to American recordings at $7.69.  This was just before CD's started being issued (1982), and I knew how cassette tapes stretched and got ruined pretty easily, so it was vinyl all the way.

Then I can remember buying Abbey Road .

The hard one to track down here in America was A Collection of Beatles Oldies...(but Goldies).   Then I found out about EP's and how some songs were only on those and singles, so I tracked down the Long Tall Sally EP and The Beatles Hits EP, all from the early days. The only songs missing for me were This Boy and I'll Get You in the End.

The last one I picked up was Yellow Submarine .

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I've listened to ever album on spotify, but on vinyl, here's the order:

Sgt Pepper

Revolver

White Album

Abbey Road

Magical Mystery Tour

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some i did not here yet tho

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Thoroughly enjoying this thread that I'm just discovering. 

My story is as simple as it is distressingly unique on this Forum:

I had just turned 10 when the Beatles arrived in New York. I bought Meet the Beatles as did everyone else in my class - and that was it.

Bought every release as it came out. There was no Forum, but I had my classmates to and discuss and argue with.

When the band broke up, I was still in school.... just 16.

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Started off with these in '73.  Prreferred the Red Album and started buying the Beatlemania albums first.

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