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Ranking The Beatles US albums
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I couldn't find a thread for this one.

1. Beatles '65

2. Meet The Beatles

3. Yesterday And Today

4. Magical Mystery Tour

5. Rubber Soul

6. Revolver

7. The Beatles Second Album

8. A Hard Day's Night

9. Hey Jude

10. Introducing The Beatles

11. Beatles VI

12. The Early Beatles

13. Something New

14. Help !

15. The Beatles Story

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I’ve never listened to the really early records in the US tracklist. No point anymore in my opinion as the songs are available in other places.  I’ll do a top five. 

Yesterday And Today

Magical Mystery Tour

Rubber Soul

Hey Jude

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Help and Rubber Soul both sound great with the alternate tracklists. Still prefer the British versions, but Rubber Soul US vs. Rubber Soul UK is a close one. 

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You should, it's nice to change things up once in awhile, even if the UK versions are superior. Not to mention, the US version of A Hard Day's Night features 4 pretty good George Martin songs not available anywhere else.

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I’m a purist in the sense I prefer to exclusively stick to the UK playlists.

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I agree. The UK albums is the best way to listen to these albums in my opinion. 

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Same. The only albums I ever listen to are the UK ones (with the exception of Magical Mystery Tour ). It would be weird listening to them any other way. (Also, they cut some really good songs. Rubber Soul without Nowhere Man is a sad, sad thing.)

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Besides the original albums being butchered I think the tracklist that they came up with are abysmal as well. 

I guess the albums can serve the purpose of listening to the songs in a different context though. 

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Then again one can always hit shuffle on the UK albums and get more or less the same effect... mccartney-shrug_01_gif

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Ignoring MMT and Hey Jude /The Beatles Again, both of which are their own kinda useful things, here's how I rank the Capitals I owned (or borrowed from the library & taped). I never listened to any if them again after standardization in 1987. (Happily my uni roommate / friend was a fan with a CD player from which I could tape.)

1. Rubber Soul - "...A Face" is a nice addition and good opener. And twelve songs beats eleven.

2. Revolver - Eleven songs. Not the best eleven. At least they're in the right order.

3. Meet the Beatles - The first Beatles longplayer I owned, found at a charity sale for a dollar around 1979-80. Half WtB plus the current UK single and "I saw her..." The only song I knew was "Hand", and after that came "1 2 3 faw!..." and ten more. I was quite floored. 

4. Beatles '65 - half of BFS plus I Feel Fine /She's A Woman and I'll Be Back . It's ok. The fake stereo is only on the single sides; and these are basically the only two where the Duophonic process makes for a not-totally-unenjoyable alternative to a true stereo or mono mix.

5. Help ! - Honestly, the copy I owned was so scratched that I never played it too much - I only really liked five of the (seven) Beatles songs included, anyways.

6-8. Something New, Second Album, Yesterday and Today - My copies of these three all were hideous Duophonic fake-stereo things; I never played them much either. Practically painful! Also, the track selections are a jumble, and the album art is ugly.

I never heard "The Early Beatles", "A Hard Day's Night ", or "Beatles VI", and I'm glad I never had to look for them.

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Elementary Penguin said
I agree. The UK albums is the best way to listen to these albums in my opinion.   

Indeedy. Any other track list wouldn’t feel right to me. And to US listeners the UK track lists would seem a little odd. That’s just how things are, I suppose. What we grow up with is what we consider to be normal and ‘right’. 

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50yearslate said
Then again one can always hit shuffle on the UK albums and get more or less the same effect... mccartney-shrug_01_gif

Not really, it'd be far worse. A common misconception about the Capitol albums is that they significantly screwed with the tracklisting them but in reality, they didn't stray far from the original tracklisting.

Take Meet The Beatles for example, all it is is With The Beatles minus the rock and roll covers preceded by I Want To Hold Your Hand , it's US B-side, and it's UK B-side, they didn't rearrange the track order at all and many including myself consider this album superior to it's UK counterpart due to it having more originals and less covers.

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1) MMT

2) Every other Capitol LP sucks.... The End !

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It's more a question of recognizing that Capitol's work was misguided from the start, but ultimately judging their assemblages on their relative merits. They're ALL flawed, sure; but some more so than others. 

And yeah, MtB is st least a better songwriting showcase than either of the first two Parlophones, with 11 originals instead of 8. 

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My biggest issue with the alternate tracklist is that they added the singles to the albums that they didn't want or intend to have on the albums in the first place. 

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My biggest issue with the alternate tracklist is that they added the singles to the albums that they didn't want or intend to have on the albums in the first place. 

  

Agreed. If you're gonna mess up the albums at least have some respect. 

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That's actually my favorite thing about the Capitol albums.

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That's actually my favorite thing about the Capitol albums.

  

I'd rather listen to the singles by themselves, A-side, B-side, that's it. Or on Past Masters where they're all together. 

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Dark Overlord said
That's actually my favorite thing about the Capitol albums.

  

I agree. Some of the collections that mix singles with album tracks are cool and novel when you’ve soent your whole life hearing the UK canon. 

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Elementary Penguin said

My biggest issue with the alternate tracklist is that they added the singles to the albums that they didn't want or intend to have on the albums in the first place. 

  

Agreed. If you're gonna mess up the albums at least have some respect. 

  

Don't understand why Capitol adding singles that weren't intended is worse than their removing album tracks that were, but opinions differ...

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Von Bontee said 

 

Don't understand why Capitol adding singles that weren't intended is worse than their removing album tracks that were, but opinions differ...

  

Oh, i guess I haven't thought of it like that... maybe it's because some songs were meant to be on records and some weren't, according to what they originally had.

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