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I'm looking for some help in compiling a list of known Beatles/Solo Beatles instrumental albums. I really enjoy listening to Beatles music rendered instrumentally for when I'm working, or reading, or doing some other thing where hearing lyrics would throw off my concentration.

Here are some of the instrumental albums I can think of:

  • Laurence Juber, "LJ Plays the Beatles," "LJ Plays the Beatles Vol. 2" and "One Wing" (that last one is all Wings covers)
  • Andy Timmons, "Plays Sgt. Pepper " (solo electric guitar, plays straight through the SPLHCB album)
  • George Martin, "Off the Beatle Track" and "Instrumentally Salutes 'The Beatle Girls'"
  • "Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of The Beatles" - yes, this is meant for babies, but I still enjoyed it

Those are the ones I can think off the top of my head that I have heard/owned, and that I would recommend. Got any more? I'd love to add to my collection.

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I enjoy Paul's 3 classical/instrumental albums:

EDIT: I have heard and enjoy these 3 classical albums by Paul. I haven't heard Ocean's Kingdom or Thrillington yet.

1. Working Classical
2. Standing Stone
3. Ecce Cor Meum

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Ahhh Girl said
I enjoy Paul's 3 classical/instrumental albums:

1. Working Classical
2. Standing Stone
3. Ecce Cor Meum

Should Ocean's Kingdom be on that list as well?

There is also Thrillington .

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trcanberra said

Ahhh Girl said
I enjoy Paul's 3 classical/instrumental albums:

1. Working Classical
2. Standing Stone
3. Ecce Cor Meum

Should Ocean's Kingdom be on that list as well?

There is also Thrillington .

I haven't heard Ocean's Kingdom yets so I can't comment on it. You're right, I should have said "3 of" in my sentence.

Thrillington has voices, so I'm wondering if it is what PW is looking for. I haven't heard it yet. Are the voices just oos and ahs?

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PeterWeatherby said

  • "Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of The Beatles" - yes, this is meant for babies, but I still enjoyed it
  • I've enjoyed the snippets I've heard on iTunes also. a-hard-days-night-john-6

    I've been seeing a lot of instrumental Beatles cover albums around lately, can't think of any names now, but if I see more Ill tell you.

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    Yes, I've heard Macca's instrumental albums, but I was really talking about Beatles/Solo Beatles music specifically - e.g., instrumental covers of "She Loves You " and "My Sweet Lord ," not necessarily instrumental music composed by Beatles.

    How could I forget about Thrillington ?!?! Of course, that's a personal favorite (and yes, it's all instrumental, there are voices, but not lyrics).

    To add to the list, apparently George Martin also did an album called Help ! that, as you might guess, contains instrumental versions of songs from the Beatles album of the same name.

    Also, Chet Atkins did an album called "Chet Atkins Picks on the Beatles" (bluegrass style covers), and George Benson did a really cool jazzy album called "The Other Side of Abbey Road ." I've been listening to clips of both albums on YouTube, and so far I really love what Benson did.

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    You might want to check out the 'Hollyridge Strings' Beatles albums. They are out of print I believe but are available on youtube. You can probably find a program so you can copy them onto your PC. Here is a list of the albums and the youtube link so you can listen to all the albums complete. Hope this helps!

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    The Beatles Songbook

    The Beatles Songbook Vol. 2

    The New Beatles Songbook

    The Beatles Songbook Vol. 4

    The Beatles Songbook Vol. 5

    George, John, Paul & Ringo Songbook

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    Ahhh Girl said

    trcanberra said

    Ahhh Girl said
    I enjoy Paul's 3 classical/instrumental albums:

    1. Working Classical
    2. Standing Stone
    3. Ecce Cor Meum

    Should Ocean's Kingdom be on that list as well?

    There is also Thrillington .

    I haven't heard Ocean's Kingdom yets so I can't comment on it. You're right, I should have said "3 of" in my sentence.

    Thrillington has voices, so I'm wondering if it is what PW is looking for. I haven't heard it yet. Are the voices just oos and ahs?

    Yeah, "oohs and aahs" and a few shooby-doowah type things. And they're only on two of the tracks, iirc.

    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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    Inner Light said
    You might want to check out the 'Hollyridge Strings' Beatles albums. They are out of print I believe but are available on youtube. You can probably find a program so you can copy them onto your PC. Here is a list of the albums and the youtube link so you can listen to all the albums complete. Hope this helps!

    YouTube Link:  

    The Beatles Songbook

    The Beatles Songbook Vol. 2

    The New Beatles Songbook

    The Beatles Songbook Vol. 4

    The Beatles Songbook Vol. 5

    George, John, Paul & Ringo Songbook

    Woohooooo!!!!

    This is perfect!

    Thanks for the links!

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    Beatles Go Baroque (has samples of the music)

    Bach Meets the Beatles (has samples of the music)

    Greatest Hits of the Beatles Classical (has samples of the music)

    Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops Play the Beatles (has samples of the music)

    Do any of you find one or more of these pleasing?

    Some that don't have samples of the music:

    Beatles in Classics: The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic

    Instrumental Beatles

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    Moog Plays The Beatles by Marty Gold, most of it can be found on youtube, there's at least one playlist. It's a little weird but you'll have to listen for yourself, I've joked about it in other threads, it's very 60's despite the electronic noises.

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    One album that hasn't been mentioned in this thread is Booker T. & The M.G.'s (mostly) instrumental McLemore Avenue from April 1970.

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    Medley: Golden Slumbers /Carry That Weight /The End /Here Comes The Sun /Come Together [15:48] / Something [4:09] / Medley: Because /You Never Give Me Your Money [7:26] / Medley: Sun King /Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam /She Came In Through The Bathroom Window /I Want You (She's So Heavy) [10:40]

    I qualified it with "(mostly) instrumental". What vocals there are are in the first medley. The End segment in it ends with the "And in the end the love you take..." line, while they sing "come together" a few times at the end of Come Together . The rest is entirely instrumental.

    Booker T. Jones said of the album, released within eight-nine months of AR's release:

    I was in California when I heard Abbey Road , and I thought it was incredibly courageous of The Beatles to drop their format and move out musically like they did. To push the limit like that and reinvent themselves when they had no need to do that. They were the top band in the world but they still reinvented themselves. The music was just incredible so I felt I needed to pay tribute to it.

    One of the two great American house bands at the time (the other being Motown's Funk Brothers), the Stax studio was on East McLemore Avenue in Memphis, hence the album's title. I think it's quite funny that it works out that the title has the first two letters of Paul and John's surnames at the start. The irony of coincidence!

    It's a fantastic reinterpretation of the songs they chose from AR, one of the truly great instrumental albums of Beatles covers:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh64EZdF5p8

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    AG said add an album so I shall

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    Blackbird: The Beatles Album

     

    Milos Karadaglic

     
    After having explored the core classical heritage of the guitar in his three previous albums, Miloš makes a thrilling new departure.
     

    He performs dazzling and innovative new arrangements of classic songs by the Beatles, collaborating with celebrated artists from the pop, jazz, world music and classical fields, such as: Tori Amos, Gregory Porter (TBC), Anoushka Shankar, Sergio Assad, Christopher Austin and Steven Isserlis.

     

    Songs include some of the most iconic Beatles hits including Blackbird , Come Together , While My Guitar Gently Weeps , Eleanor Rigby & Fool on the Hill.

     

    Miloš’s album has several fascinating links with the supergroup. It was recorded in the famous Studio 2 of the Abbey Road Studios (where the Beatles recorded almost all of their songs), using some of the original microphones from the group’s sessions, aiming to create the unique and distinctive sound of the album.

     

    [ADDED NOTE] Another link is of course the presence of Anoushka, Ravi's daughter.

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