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29 May 2013
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So, which album do you think had the best harmonies from John, Paul, and George? I can't decide between Rubber Soul and Abbey Road (coincidentally, those are my two favorite Beatles albums).

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29 May 2013
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I think I'd have to go with Abbey Road.  Even just for "Because".  What a beautiful piece.  heart 

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A lot of the earlier albums had amazing harmonies, but the best harmonies in my opinion are from their last album: Abbey Road. :)

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29 May 2013
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Usually, you can tell how much fun the Beatles had while making a particular album by the amount of harmonies. My top 3 would be Rubber Soul, Abbey Road, and With The Beatles. Nothing can compete with the harmonies on "Because," but I also like the harmonies on "Please Mister Postman" and the Rubber Soul album as a whole.

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29 May 2013
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LongHairedLady said
I think I'd have to go with Abbey Road.  Even just for "Because".  What a beautiful piece.  heart 

 

This.

Because is IMO the best thing they ever did if you look just at harmonising.

30 May 2013
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The Beatles harmonized from beginning to end; but harmony takes a great deal of patience and teamwork.

This aspect of teamwork seemed to have evaporated after Sgt Pepper. With the major exception of "Because," most great harmonies IMO took place before Sgt Pepper. Even "She Loves You" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" have wonderful harmonies where their voices totally blend in together.

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I too love "Because", but I am more apt to lean towards the older songs too.  Like "If I Fell" - LOVE that song!  "She Loves You"...love the harmonies at the end of the song.  "Devil In Her Heart", "Tell Me Why" & "Eight Days A Week" :)   Can't pick just one album!

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 I love all of those examples! Another is I'll Be Back.

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HeyTrud said
I too love "Because", but I am more apt to lean towards the older songs too.  Like "If I Fell" - LOVE that song!  "She Loves You"...love the harmonies at the end of the song.  "Devil In Her Heart", "Tell Me Why" & "Eight Days A Week" :)   Can't pick just one album!

Oh I've always loved "If I Fell", excellent example of a beautiful harmony! heart

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I'm surprised there's been no mention of You Really Got A Hold On Me - a magnificent performance from the boys. I'd also bring up Baby It's You, Anna (Go to Him) and Soldier of Love. And make an honorable mention for Words Of Love (no George!). To be honest, my favourite album for harmonies is probably Live At The BBC. All that Rock 'N' Roll they'd spent years on Hamburg stages and at the Cavern honing to perfection, alongside the pick of the early years.

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30 May 2013
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I know it's not off an album but I think 'This Boy' deserves a mention (and for the same reason, 'Yes It Is). Incredibly difficult harmonies, incredibly outstanding result. That's the song that pushed me to take up guitar, as well.

As for album tracks, 'Anna' is beautiful, as mja pointed out, and, of course, 'Because'. If the rest of AR was absolutely rubbish (just imagine), I'd still listen to it just for that song. Simply mind-blowing.

Edit: Actually, 'TB' was on 'Meet The Beatles', wasn't it?

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30 May 2013
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Some of the bbc harmonies are incredible and a mention to While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Two of Us.

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30 May 2013
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Yeah harmonies became quite rare after Pepper with some exceptions, that's true.

If I Fell really is amazing too, This Boy obviously, Ask me why, Tell me why, Wait, but also even songs like Love Me Do and Please Please Me.

30 May 2013
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When I first arrived here on this forum, I obviously had not listened closely to the Beatles (particularly the albums prior to Rubber Soul, but even the ones after).  I made the embarrassingly ignorant comment that the Beatles's strong suit was NOT harmonies, and that other bands have been better in that department.

Boy was I wrong!  There's one silver lining of ignorance:  when you correct it with something this pleasurable (discovering anew all the Beatles harmony singing I never noticed before), it's almost better than having it right the first time!

 

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If you try to sing This Boy in solo, most likely you'll end up singing part of the harmony, it's a song with a complex harmony. I've got to say that their early harmony arrangements are great, but not as great as Because. Because was a Swan Song, and a nice song to go out with a bang.

 

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