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Which is your favorite Beatle-period ?
27 July 2017
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Musically 1965-1968 is clearly my favourite period because the holy trinity (to use Silly Girl’s word 😉 ) and the White Album are out of question my favourite albums by the Beatles.

Non-musically however, I agree with Little Piggy Draonguy, 1964 is my favourite year. They were a real unit back then, of course, I can only talk from today’s distorted perspective but when I watch old footage from different years, I always get the impression that 1964 is the last year in which they were functioning 100% as a unit, after that first cracks began to show up because of all the stress and pressure. Maybe that’s a completely wrong perception though.

But I also absolutely love the Beatlemania outfits of them, the A Hard Day’s Night movie, and the interviews from 1964. They were still fresh and enthusiastic and excited to discover the world and arrive at the toppermost of the poppermost, that’s so cute to see! And the way, they released such a marvellous album as Beatles For Sale despite all the touring in the end of 1964 is another plus point, because I find that such a great thing to do for one’s fans and I’m so thankful they did it.

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’67 is my fav year, but ’68’s White Album is my fab fav.

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6 June 1962 to 10 April 1970.

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The Beatles Bible 2020 non-Canon Poll Part One: 1958-1963 and Part Two: 1964-August 1966

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Ron Nasty said
6 June 1962 to 10 April 1970.  

So you liked them pre-Ringo just as much as you liked them with Ringo????

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I like them while they were active recording group for EMI/Parlophone. Simple as. I like the path they followed, including the replacement of Pete Best with Ringo, which is as much a part of the story as anything else. It is one of the greatest stories ever told. If I were so inclined, I could easily take it back to 6 July 1957 through to 10 April 1970. I love the whole fable, myth, fairy tale.

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The Beatles Bible 2020 non-Canon Poll Part One: 1958-1963 and Part Two: 1964-August 1966

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There’s got to be something about The Beatles choices that you don’t like, whether it be that they never played Drive My Car live, that they decided to release Yellow Submarine as a The Beatles/George Martin Orchestra split album rather than an EP, that they filmed A Hard Day’s Night in black and white, that Ringo quit briefly back in 1968, that EMI didn’t allow The Beatles to use 8 track recorders until halfway through The Beatles sessions so they had to go to other studios to record some songs, that despite filming the sessions for Hey Bulldog the guy didn’t film them recording the solo, Phil Spector’s 1970 overdubs, there’s got to be something. I love The Beatles and think that they made lots of great choices but even i’ll admit that all of those stated above were poor choices.

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Revolver through Yellow Submarine . I don’t count the White Album in that.

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I wouldn’t either.

Here’s 2 ways that i sort them out by period:

Way 1:

Sessions

Pre-Ringo (1961-1962)

My Bonnie single

Why single

Ain’t She Sweet single

Decca auditions

Please Please Me (1962-1963)

Please Please Me album

From Me To You single

How Do You Do It

With The Beatles (1963)

With The Beatles album

She Loves You single

I Want To Hold Your Hand single

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

A Hard Day’s Night album

Long Tall Sally EP

Beatles For Sale (1964)

Beatles For Sale album

I Feel Fine single

Leave My Kitten Alone

Help ! (1965)

Help ! album

Yes It Is

I’m Down

Bad Boy

Wait

If You’ve Got Trouble

That Means A Lot

Rubber Soul (1965)

Rubber Soul album minus Wait

Day Tripper /We Can Work It Out

12 Bar Original

Revolver (1966)

Revolver album

Paperback Writer single

Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1966-1967)

Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band album

Strawberry Fields Forever /Penny Lane single

Only A Northern Song

Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

Magical Mystery Tour EP

All You Need Is Love single

Hello, Goodbye

All Together Now

It’s All Too Much

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Yellow Submarine (1968)

Hey Bulldog

Lady Madonna

The Inner Light

Across The Universe

The BEATLES (1968)

The BEATLES album

Hey Jude single

Not Guilty

What’s The New Mary Jane

Step Inside Love/Los Paranoias

Get Back (January 1969)

Let It Be album minus tracks 3-5

Don’t Let Me Down

Teddy Boy

Rip It Up/Shake, Rattle, And Roll/Blue Suede Shoes

Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues

Abbey Road (1969)

Abbey Road album

The Ballad Of John And Yoko single

Let It Be (1970)

I Me Mine

Let It Be

Way 2:

Era

Merseybeat (PPM AHDN )

Folk Rock (BFS-RS)

Psychedelic Rock (Revolver -YS)

Rock (TB-_)

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I’m going to take a page out of Ron Nasty’s book and say 6th July 1957 – 10th April 1970. 

But if I had to pick a favourite era then I would say 1964 – 1966 or more specifically A Hard Day’s Night Revolver as there was so much developing going on through those two years. 

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Not necessarily my favorite period of their work, but I want to acknowledge how spectacular 1970-1973 was. 

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9 August 2017
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Dark Overlord said
That they filmed A Hard Day’s Night in black and white, 

Monochrome is GREAT and there is much striking imagery in AHDN that looks simply fabulous in B&W!  But it would be nice if there existed colour footage/still photography of the production (maybe there is – I’m ignorant) for documentation. And maybe the concert sequence would’ve benefited from a bw/colour mix, just since colour performance footage was practically (entirely?) nonexistent at that point.

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Color and black and white have their moments. Monochrome is used to represent depression and fear, this is why horror movies are scarier in black and white whereas color represents happiness and fantasy like in The Wizard Of Oz where reality is mono but fantasy is in 3 strip technicolor. A Hard Day’s Night represents an element of fantasy as i bet your average 16 year old girl had fantasies of seeing The Beatles although there is also a good amount of realism as well so color isn’t mandatory but considering that The Beatles definitely could do it, i think they should’ve.

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On 29 March 2011, I said
I am more inclined to listen to the middle years. One of my favorite “listens” of all time is starting with the Day Tripper  / We Can Work It Out  single and continuing through Rubber Soul , Paperback Writer / Rain , Revolver , Sgt Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band, You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)** and Magical Mystery Tour

To answer the original post however, I would have to chose “Later”. I love the “Early” stuff, but the line was drawn at RS

 

**I know that YKMN (LUTN) wasn’t released until much later. But it was started during this period and just happens to be an awesome transition between the final run-out groove on Pepper’s and the opening of MMT.  

So, 6+ years later, I’m still diggin’ the stuff in the middle. I’m currently listening to my Beatles Chrono playlist (tracks played in order of release date) and started it at ‘Yes It Is ‘.  a-hard-days-night-john-1

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My favorite Beatles period is 66-68 or Revolver to the White Album because they had just finished touring and their creativity was off the charts. I can also see them as individuals more then the band and I think that they saw themselves in that manner as well. Light is shown on Ringo especially when he writes Don’t Pass Me By .  For George, he is showing that he is as strong of a writer as McCartney and Lennon with his Indian contributions to Revolver and Sgt. Peppers. He decided to get back down to it partially on Magical Mystery Tour but especially on the White Album . The music that they made in these years is my favorite so it was an easy question to answer. 

 

Also I have a question: Why did George decide to put down the sitar? Thanks

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His arms hurt.

 

Being more serious, George decided that it would take a life of dedication to the sitar to get anywhere close to mastering it so took a renewed interest in his guitars.

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Another thing is that The Beatles psychedelic era was coming to an end and a sitar has no easy place in a straightforwards rock album. It’s a good thing that he got rid of that sitar because George is a great guitarist.

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Has been for so long and will almost certainly remain from ‘A Hard Day’s Night ‘ thru to ‘Revolver ‘. I have always adored the ‘Rubber Soul ‘ cover, it’s my key ring and when I lost my keys recently I made a point of getting it again. They oozed class, sexiness, style, confidence and a total “fuck yeah!!” to all around them.

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I love all of them!

 

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Personally, I think there are four main eras.

 

I try to put 3 albums into Each

 

  1. The Early Beatles – When they were starting out – Please Please Me , With The Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night
  2. The Transitional Beatles – When you could tell something was changing – Beatles For Sale Help ! – Rubber Soul Revolver *
  3. The Psychedelic Beatles – When they were bang on the drugs, and at their most creative – Revolver * – Sgt Pepper Magical Mystery Tour
  4. The Back To Basics Beatles – When they decided out with the Drugs, in with the music people used to like – The White Album Abbey Road Let It Be

* – Revolver is a tricky one, because it has so much in common with the 2 groups, (Transitional and Pychedelic) 

 

Personally, depending on which group Revolver is in depends which one I prefer, I really really like Revolver as an album, which makes it tricky.

 

I love the Transitional Beatles, Rubber Soul , Help ! etc, However, if Revolver fell under Psychedelic, Then I’d probably say that one. 

 

That said I do like every one of their albums a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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I like the Hamburg era. Actually, I’m keen on all of it really, apart from With The Beatles .

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