3 February 2021
I heard recently that Here Comes The Sun was the most downloaded Beatles song on streaming services. Whether still currently the case or not it got me thinking about their 'iconic' songs by 'notability' status. Yesterday (most covered), Hey Jude (biggest seller), All You Need Is Love (Our World), A Day In The Life (Hold my beer!), Something (Frank's favourite Lennon/McCartney song) etc. By the time I had written down a few others I thought I could do an album that would use this methodology and it might just be the ticket . Unfortunately when I did this their recording career started as of July 1965. But it's a killer to quieten any Beatle Hater you might encounter. And, to my ears anyway, holds together quite well as a coherent listening experience.
Let It Be . (album version)
Quite mellow isn't it. But ticks all the must have boxes. 6 Lennon, 6 Macca, 2 George and a Ringo vocal.
So sue me.
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Unless Paul McCartney knocks on my door I am unlikely to be impressed.
9 March 2017
Great idea but i'd definitely include some of their earlier work:
4. I Feel Fine
5. Help !
11. Hey Jude
12. Get Back
14. Let It Be
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3 February 2021
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1. Twist And Shout - Their most rocking, iconic cover.
2. She Loves You - Beatlemania in the U.K.
3. I Want To Hold Your Hand - Beatlemania in the U.S.
5. Help ! - Has to be included.
6. Yesterday - same as above.
8. Rain - the drums, the sound; Oasis copied and made a career based on this one track (and a thousand other 90's bands tried to).
9. Strawberry Fields Forever - see #5
10. A Day In The Life - see #9
12. Hey Jude - see #6
13. Something - see #12
14. Let It Be - I'd opt for the album version due to the solo, you could easily swap this for 'HCTS' and I might well do.
My 14 songs but could easily be 20 if not a good few more. No Ringo vocal but there wouldn't be, could argue for 'YS' since it's so well known but it's not the most important or best song on 'Revolver ' so it's not.
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26 January 2017
Not including any obvious ones here so don't be repulsed by excluding the mega-hits and cult classics.
Do You Want To Know A Secret - Masterful songwriting displayed at the earliest stage of their career.
And I Love Her - fascinating from the first note. Dark and mysterious, yet positive. Brilliant performance from Paul and George especially.
I'll Follow The Sun - Paul's folk side.
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - John's folk side
Day Tripper - Unforgettable and insanely influential
I'm Only Sleeping - Experimental yet sensible, ethereal and downright trippy.
Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite - This is a side of The Beatles that everybody must-hear. John in mastermind mode
Magical Mystery Tour - Polished intro, atmospheric outro, Paul absolutely ripping those high vocals.
Sexy Sadie - if you know you know
The Abbey Road Medley - yeah you've got to listen to the whole thing if you're going to get proper exposure to The Beatles.
I Me Mine - George with a major breakout piece, developed over the course of a year, the final version with Billy is phenomenal.
Ballad of John and Yoko - I had a close friend who had somehow never heard this song before completely reinvigorated with the Beatles.
Anybody who bags on the Beatles likely has not heard any of these songs or is completely out of their gourd.
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