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Ranking The Beatles' official studio albums
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1. The Beatles (White Album ): It's just glorious. Some of my favorites include While My Guitar Gently Weeps , Happiness Is A Warm Gun , The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill , good night, Sexy Sadie , mother natures son, long long long, and, believe it or not, Don't Pass Me By . It's just great.

2. Sgt. Pepper 's lonely hearts club band: This was the first Beatles album I ever got on vinyl. It changed music for me! The brass solo in the intro song, the happy tone of Ringo's singing in With A Little Help From My Friends , the tear-jerking story of She's Leaving Home , and so much more. Of course, nothing can beat the outro, A Day In The Life . John and Paul's parts are equally loved by me.

3. Revolver : When I first heard this album, I thought: "Wow. This is basically Rubber Soul , but with more acid." Each song is great! Highlights are Taxman , Eleanor Rigby , I'm Only Sleeping , Love You To , Here There And Everywhere , Yellow submarine, She Said She Said , Good Day Sunshine , And Your Bird Can Sing , For No One , I Want To Tell You , Got To Get You Into My Life , and the phenomenal Tomorrow Never Knows ... I think I just listed every song on the album.

4. Abbey Road : The medley is amazing, and side 1 is filled with epic songs! 

5. Magical Mystery Tour : Blue Jay Way is one of my all-time favorites, along with Strawberry Fields Forever , Penny Lane , I Am The Walrus , The Fool On The Hill , and the song Magical Mystery Tour .

6. Rubber Soul : Think For Yourself is the best. Enough said. Ok, Norwegian Wood , Run For Your Life and what goes on are also loved by me.

7. A Hard Days Night: John ROCKED this album!

8. Help !: Highlights are Help ! (song), The night before, the notorious Yesterday , I've Just Seen A Face , and Ticket To Ride .

9: Let it be: Get back is one of my favorites, along with Let it be, Across The Universe , I Me Mine , and One After 909 .

10. With the Beatles: Till There Was You and Hold Me Tight are my favorites.

11. Please Please Me : Many great songs on this album. From I Saw Her Standing There to the song Please Please Me .

12. Beatles For Sale : Some filler songs, but it's great no matter what.

13. Yellow submarine: If it weren't for It's All Too Much and Hey Bulldog , I would never even consider buying this album. But the orchestrations are extremely underrated.

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Is Magical Mystery Tour an official studio album?  I mean it was inducted into the chronology in 1976.  Really it should be grouped with Hey Jude and Beatles '65 and all that.

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William Shears Campbell said
Is Magical Mystery Tour an official studio album?  I mean it was inducted into the chronology in 1976.  Really it should be grouped with Hey Jude and Beatles '65 and all that.

  

it's become a canon release I guess

fwiw, even if you do consider it a compilation, that material isn't available on their other albums

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Vera Chuck and Dave said

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Is Magical Mystery Tour an official studio album?  I mean it was inducted into the chronology in 1976.  Really it should be grouped with Hey Jude and Beatles '65 and all that.

  

it's become a canon release I guess

fwiw, even if you do consider it a compilation, that material isn't available on their other albums

  

Well, neither is any of the stuff on Past Masters , but I don't consider that when ranking the Beatles' albums.

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MMT is obviously not a 'real' album as The Beatles did not create it in the same way as they did the other albums. Sure there are brilliant songs on it, but the best, other than 'I Am The Walrus ', are 'Strawberry Fields Forever ' and 'Penny Lane ' and they were taken from the Sgt. Pepper sessions and released as a single prior to Sgt. Pepper 's release. Obviously an EP of 6 songs couldn't be released in the CD era, so something had to be done.

The 2 Past Master discs are only 42 and 51 minutes long. Therefore with a bit of manoeuvring, the MMT could have been added to Past Masters discs. It would have greatly improved the PM discs as 1967, an important year, would be accounted for!

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William Shears Campbell said
Is Magical Mystery Tour an official studio album?  I mean it was inducted into the chronology in 1976.  Really it should be grouped with Hey Jude and Beatles '65 and all that.

Yes and No:

As far as it's initial release goes, MMT and Hey Jude are the only 2 US albums that were approved by The Beatles themselves (previously, their non-UK releases had little to no input from the band). However, because MMT contains 5 songs exclusive to the album and double EP, MMT is now considered part of their canon while Hey Jude isn't.

Still, it's not the way The Beatles intended and wasn't initially released in their native UK so i wouldn't count it as a proper Beatles release.

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Obviously an EP of 6 songs couldn't be released in the CD era, so something had to be done.

  

1976 was before the CD era.  Also the EP was released on CD

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Is it possible to see your posts on this forum? I don't feel like looking through 14 pages to see if I've posted in this thread so here goes. This is based off of my most recent listening of all the albums this month.

1. Rubber Soul - includes my favorite Beatles song, In My Life , and not a single dud. It's the album I'd put on if I wanted some easy listening, though I suppose others might view that as a bad thing.

2. The White Album - absolutely amazing variety. This album has my favorite side of the band's run (Side 1). Cry Baby Cry - Revolution 9 - Good Night is an absolutely mind-blowing set of tracks and a phenomenal ending. Had Side 2 been a bit stronger, this would have overtaken Rubber Soul . I think Rocky Raccoon - Don't Pass Me By - Why Don't We Do It In The Road? together grind the album to a complete halt and I wouldn't have followed Happiness Is A Warm Gun with Martha My Dear .

3. Abbey Road - virtually flawless album. Another one with no duds. The only reason it's #3 is because I like the others more, but this one might be their best. Only possible improvement would have been the addition of All Things Must Pass somewhere in there.

4. Let It Be - I take from both the original and Naked versions when listening to this one. Let It Be and Across The Universe are both in my top 10 Beatles tracks. I never got why this album was disliked, outside of the production.

5. A Hard Day's Night - I'm a broken record at this point, but yet again, I think this is an album with no mediocre tracks. Side 1 is perfectly balanced mix of rockers and ballads. Side 2's slightly weaker, but it ends with one of my favorites. It's the John album, much like the next one on my list is the Paul album.

6. Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band - I'll be honest, it took me a really long time to warm up to this one. First time I listened to it, I didn't think there were any standouts outside of A Day In The Life . Now, I think all of the tracks are pretty good. Had Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane not been taken off, this would have been #5.

7. Revolver - probably the most controversial placing on my list, but I still really like all of the albums. There are several great tracks on here, but Love You To , She Said She Said , Doctor Robert , and I Want To Tell You are a few too many weak points for me to consider it their best. I'm not the biggest fan of Tomorrow Never Knows either, but I think it works within the context of the album.

8. Magical Mystery Tour - if this one counts, I'd put it here. I used to have it as the best of the psychedelic trio, but at the end of the day, it's a compilation album. I think Side 1 is weak, with my least favorite original composition in the group's run, Blue Jay Way . Side 2 is a great set of songs but it's pretty obvious they were never meant to be together on an album.

9. Help ! - a step up from its predecessor, but not as good as AHDN . The weird thing is this has both some of the best tracks of The Beatles' early years -- Help !, Ticket To Ride , I've Just Seen A Face , Yesterday -- and some of their most lacking -- You Like Me Too Much , Tell Me What You See . Wait was far better than most of the tracks on this one. I have no clue why they didn't include it here, but it made Rubber Soul better so I'm not complaining.

10. With The Beatles - used to be my least favorite Beatles album when I only listened to the originals, however this easily has the best covers in the band's run. It's the quintessential rock and roll album in my opinion. Also, amazing opening three tracks.

11. Beatles For Sale - I really like all of the originals on this album, especially the two opening songs, but the covers are so weak that the album gets dragged down to second to last. Had they been on the quality of WTB, this would easily be up a few spots.

12. Please Please Me - not a bad album, just my least favorite. The originals are slightly better than the ones on WTB (though All My Loving beats any of the tracks on this album) but to me, it sounds like the band was only half-trying on a few of the covers.

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William Shears Campbell said
Is Magical Mystery Tour an official studio album?  I mean it was inducted into the chronology in 1976.  Really it should be grouped with Hey Jude and Beatles '65 and all that.

  

Released as such on Capitol in the USA and included in The Beatles In Mono box set of albums so included. If anything Yellow Submarine is more suss. A whole side of George Martin orchestral musings and on side 1 only four of the six Beatles offerings are seeing release for the first time.

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The place of MMT in their discography is often debated, @Paul Prole (and welcome to the Forum).

I can understand the argument that when EMI standardised their catalogue for worldwide CD release in 1987, creating the Canon, they included the Capitol compilation album MMT (which I've been known to refer to as "the 1967-shaped hole in Past Masters ," onto which it would easily have fitted). It is easy to understand EMI's arguments for doing so: MMT had been released in most territories around the world by that time, including the UK; and it gave them fifteen albums to sell (PMwas originally released as two separate CDs) instead of fourteen.

But the question about whether it is an "official studio album" is about whether it fits into the sequence of albums that the group went into the studio with the intention of recording an album, and it clearly doesn't. In many ways it fitted the pattern of AHDN and H!: soundtrack songs on one side, non-film songs on the other; but the non-film songs were just the other five non-album tracks released in 1967. And The Beatles agreed to it simply because EPs had never really taken off in the US market in the way they had in Europe.

I understand your point about YS, but they did at least select the songs they were giving to that soundtrack, knowing how it would be released as the contract signed for the soundtrack album was that it would include one side of The Beatles and one side of George Martin. John would later comment on the YS album, "You can blame that one on Brian...". Brian had wanted to get GM a good payday from having the royalties from one side of an international Beatles release.

It should also be noted when EMI first put out a Beatles studio albums box-set in 1978, two years after MMT was released in the UK, MMT was not included.

Is MMT a Canon album, yes, as is PM; is it an album that they went into the studio with the plan of recording an album in their heads, no - it is a compilation of tracks that appeared only on EP and single in the UK at the time, as is PM.

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To get this thread back on topic, i think i'll do another ranking:

1. Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
Songs=4/5
Flow=5/5
Variety=5/5
Total=14/15
2. Abbey Road (1969)
Songs=4/5
Flow=5/5
Variety=4/5
Total=13/15
3. Rubber Soul (1965)
Songs=5/5
Flow=4/5
Variety=4/5
Total=13/15
4. Revolver (1966)
Songs=4/5
Flow=4/5
Variety=4/5
Total=12/15
5. A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Songs=4/5
Flow=4/5
Variety=3/5
Total=11/15
6. Yellow Submarine (1969)
Songs=4/5
Flow=3/5
Variety=4/5
Total=11/15
7. Beatles For Sale (1964)
Songs=4/5
Flow=3/5
Variety=3/5
Total=10/15
8. The BEATLES (1968)
Songs=3/5
Flow=2/5
Variety=5/5
Total=10/15
9. With The Beatles (1963)
Songs=4/5
Flow=3/5
Variety=2/5
Total=9/15
10. Please Please Me (1963)
Songs=3/5
Flow=3/5
Variety=2/5
Total=8/15
11. Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
Songs=2/5
Flow=2/5
Variety=4/5
Total=8/15
12. Let It Be (1970)
Songs=2/5
Flow=2/5
Variety=3/5
Total=7/15
13. Help ! (1965)
Songs=2/5
Flow=2/5
Variety=3/5
Total=7/15

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1. Revolver . Hypnotising brilliance and innovation. A very even grouping of songs with major contributions from every member. Superb.

2. Rubber Soul . Work of art. Their most themed album. Exquisite composition and arrangement.

3. Abbey Road A tour de force. Production excellence of the highest order. Harmonic heaven. 

4. Let It Be . A trip through the acoustic range in all it's facets. Varied yet whole. Poignant.

5. The White Album . Indulgence of the highest order for creator and audience. Traverses the gamut of their artistic palette. Joyful.

6. Help . A sublime piece of pop mastery. Stunning songwriting with a nod to foundation rockers. All class.

7. Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band. A journey that takes many turns. Diversity on steroids. An aural feast.

8. Magical Mystery Tour . Quintessential experimental rock. An eclectic menage. A progression from frivolity to studied genius.

9. A Hard Day's Night Pop excellence. An historical landmark for artistic self determination. Fabulous.

10. Beatles For Sale Carefree and jaunty with a touch of darkness. A template for the times. Consistently impresses.

11. Please Please Me . Raw and charming. New meets old in seamless unity. Groundbreaking.

12. With The Beatles . Effortless execution. Merging traditional rock and roll stompers and ballads with original pop.  A happy place to be.

13. Yellow Submarine . Challenges the format. Delivered with a minimum of fuss. Pleasing to the ears.

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I'd just like to point out that I count the American release of Magical Mystery Tour as an album, due to it being, well, good. Compilation albums usually have previously released songs only, but many songs on MMT are brand new. Yes, I know all the new songs are on the British EP, but that's an EP. EP's aren't qualified as albums, really. MMT was admitted as an album by John in 1974 as an album in this quote right here:

Magical Mystery Tour  is one of my favourite albums, because it was so weird. ‘I Am The Walrus ’ is also one of my favourite tracks – because I did it, of course, but also because it’s one of those that has enough little bitties going to keep you interested even a hundred years later.
I'm trying to remember what interview that was from (As they just recycled interviews from John for the Anthology book). I just know it was in 1974.
So, yes, count Magical Mystery Tour in your ranking of albums.
Also, I feel quite bad for the people who bought the american MMT, even though they already bought all the side 2 (and one song from side 1) singles.
 

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I like to think of their non-UK albums as repackagings as opposed to compilations, as Americans didn't think of Meet The Beatles! as "9 tracks from With The Beatles plus I Saw Her Standing There from Please Please Me and both sides of their latest non-album single" or Beatles '65 as "8 tracks from Beatles For Sale plus I'll Be Back from A Hard Day's Night and both sides of their latest non-album single", they just thought of them as their (at the time) new album.

Also, it's quite common for compilations to have new or previously unreleased songs as a selling point for people who already have all their albums, such as Boston's Greatest Hits, Def Leppard's Vault, and Green Day's International Superhits.

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I like to think of their non-UK albums as repackagings as opposed to compilations, as Americans didn't think of Meet The Beatles! as "9 tracks from With The Beatles plus I Saw Her Standing There from Please Please Me and both sides of their latest non-album single" or Beatles '65 as "8 tracks from Beatles For Sale plus I'll Be Back from A Hard Day's Night and both sides of their latest non-album single", they just thought of them as their (at the time) new album.

Also, it's quite common for compilations to have new or previously unreleased songs as a selling point for people who already have all their albums, such as Boston's Greatest Hits, Def Leppard's Vault, and Green Day's International Superhits.

  

Magical Mystery Tour is different, though. While those american albums are all just songs from UK albums, yet Magical Mystery Tour has previously-released singles and new songs only. No songs from previously-released albums. Also, it's the only American Beatles album that's on Spotify. Ones like Meet the Beatles, The Beatles second album, and Something new are not featured on Spotify.

But, yes. Is is sort of a repackaging.

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