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12 Months, 12 Albums
23 November 2013
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Has anybody else noticed that the Beatles discography makes for a perfect, chronological discovery of their albums? It's basically got 12 albums - 1 for each month of the year.

 

 Well, I decided to give it a try. Wish me luck!apple01

 

 Maybe someone else would like to do something similar, or has already done it?

"You say you'll change the constitution?

Well, you know

We all want to change your head." 

23 November 2013
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Great to hear you had such a good year discovering The Beatles. Don't forget to experience Past Masters after Let It Be , it contains all their non-album tracks and it's not just filler, some of their biggest and/or best songs are on that. 

And then there is Live At The BBC (x2), Anthology (x3), Love... It will be a fantastic time (one many of us will be slightly envious of).

 

And welcome to the forum, jump straight it and feel at home.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris)

24 November 2013
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meanmistermustard said
Great to hear you had such a good year discovering The Beatles. Don't forget to experience Past Masters after Let It Be , it contains all their non-album tracks and it's not just filler, some of their biggest and/or best songs are on that. 

And then there is Live At The BBC (x2), Anthology (x3), Love... It will be a fantastic time (one many of us will be slightly envious of).

 

And welcome to the forum, jump straight it and feel at home.

Thanks, I do like this forum a lot, even if I'm not really posting much. It's just interesting to read what others have to say about those four guys.

I can't wait to get those, too! Anthology seems really good, just by hearing the strings only version of Eleanor Rigby .

"You say you'll change the constitution?

Well, you know

We all want to change your head." 

24 November 2013
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Adam24:  You are my new favourite person.  Your story sounds exactly like mine, only 25 years apart.

E is for 'Ergent'.

24 November 2013
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Hello, Adam24. I'm a real Beatles newbie. They rocked into my life in the form of a 3-hour concert by Sir Paul McCartney in Memphis, TN back in May. Hubby talked me into going to the concert. I didn't even know who McCartney was.

Unlike your awesome experience/way of listening to one album a month, I jumped into the deep end and bought the whole Beatles shebang along with most of McCartney's Wings and solo music. It is all swirling around in my head. I hope to get better at knowing all the lyrics really well one day.

I've just added some solo George and Ringo to my mp3 player. I get the cds and transfer them onto my player. I like having the physical object. John's solo albums will be added when I get my Signature Box for Christmas.

Glad you posted to the forum. Hope you stick around with us.

24 November 2013
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Ahhh Girl said
Hello, Adam24. I'm a real Beatles newbie. They rocked into my life in the form of a 3-hour concert by Sir Paul McCartney in Memphis, TN back in May. Hubby talked me into going to the concert. I didn't even know who McCartney was.

Unlike your awesome experience/way of listening to one album a month, I jumped into the deep end and bought the whole Beatles shebang along with most of McCartney's Wings and solo music. It is all swirling around in my head. I hope to get better at knowing all the lyrics really well one day.

I've just added some solo George and Ringo to my mp3 player. I get the cds and transfer them onto my player. I like having the physical object. John's solo albums will be added when I get my Signature Box for Christmas.

Glad you posted to the forum. Hope you stick around with us.

Welcome aboard Adam24 - thanks for the great intro.  My timeframe is around the same as Ms. Girl's, except mine was a rediscovery (for everything before 1981) but as new as for you (post then for the solo Beatles) after having sold my LP collection and only recently deciding it was time to get them on CD.

And yes, listening to this music fresh is magical.  For me, Live At The BBC was like that, lots of the Beatles covering older songs that I had never heard - and many of them were great.

 

==> trcanberra and hongkonglady - Together even when not (married for those not in the know!) <==

25 November 2013
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SatanHimself: Nice to hear that! Actually, I never thought I was the only one who did something like this - they had so many listeners, that it was pretty obvious somebody would've got this idea.

 

Ahhh Girl: Every way is a good way when it comes to knowing the Beatles!

 

trcanberra: I havent thought about their solo albums, there are so many things to discover yet...

"You say you'll change the constitution?

Well, you know

We all want to change your head." 

25 November 2013
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Your project sounds fascinating, Adam24! We all envy your journey into discovery. It's just too bad that your year will have to climax with what is probably one of the weakest and surely the most anticlimactic Beatles albums of all. You know enough Beatles history to be aware that Let It Be was actually their next-to-last album recorded, right? And that many fans accordingly consider Abbey Road the real final album - not to mention, the perfect "natural" swan song to their career, and to a decade.

But I'm not gonna say any more to discourage you! On reflection, looking closer at your list, I see that you devoted October to "Yellow Submarine ", and at least Let It Be is surely finer than that one (I don't think it's even a "real" Beatles album!) And Let It Be 's high points are high indeed, so there's that. Plus, as already noted, you have Past Masters and other odds and ends to get around to yet. Happy discoveries!

I'm curious, though: Why did you choose to set aside Magical Mystery Tour for the future? What did you mean by it making the list "less compatible"?

[Nice apple, btw!]

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25 November 2013
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You could listen to Let It Be Naked instead which gave us how the album really was before overdubs and edits were made of songs. a-hard-days-night-john-5

 

What do you mean that album has edits and overdubs as well, thats not what Apple said when promoting it?a-hard-days-night-ringo-7

 

 

Oh, nevermind.ahdn_paul_01

 

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25 November 2013
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I look forward to updates month-by-month.  I used to do this sort of thing, but I quickly became impatient with the waiting period.  I suspect you'll be the same way.  I should think your year might be condensed into a few months.

E is for 'Ergent'.

25 November 2013
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Way back in the '80s, when I used to buy albums that I'd been anxiously awaiting a long time (either due to impending release, impending re-release, or simply finding a copy, new or used, for which I'd been searching awhile), I'd usually make the experience last by only playing a track or two per day! It was cool, like making Christmas last until New Years.

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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25 November 2013
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vonbontee: The "Back to Basics" Phase is probably my favorite phase of them in terms of musical output... I know the history behind "Let It Be ", but that doesn't stop me from thinking it'll be a great album.

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Well, you know

We all want to change your head." 

25 November 2013
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MMT is not a true Beatles album, ie compiled and shaped by The Beatles or George Martin, its a Capitol concoction in the style of their US pre-Pepper albums that took a number of Beatles songs and added whatever was lying about to make up an album (occasionally there was a plea from Capitol asking if there was anything in the vaults or if not could the Beatles record something to fill up the next LP). MMT is really an Extended Play, a format that had no market in the US hence Capitol being given permission to get an album together. It was slotted in to where it is now in the core catalogue in 1987 when the CD's came out. 

Going the way the albums were released in the 60's by The Beatles Adam24 is doing it correctly. Its like with CS Lewis's Narnia books where the commonly accepted ordering of books is not the true way they were originally released (altho not to such an extreme).

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