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Beatles solo albums - the best ones and your favorites
8 August 2012
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John: Either Plastic Ono Band or Imagine
Paul: Ram or Band On The Run
George: All Things Must Pass (Probably my favorite Beatles solo album)
Ringo: Sorry Ringo... I don't really listen to his solo stuff. :(

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John - Has to be Plastic Ono Band, although I must admit to never playing his solo work.
Paul - Paul has had the most uneven solo career, which makes coming up (pun intended) with his best album difficult. I'll say my favourite has to be, because of the title track, Band On The Run . It has really no bad songs, and some of the weaker songs (Mrs Vandebilt , the totally insipid Picasso's Last Words (Drink To Me), No Words) are fine when I go to listen to the album, but they blend so well into the "fuck it, this is going to be a great album even after all this crap" vibe I get from BOTR.
George - George Harrison . I know All Things Must Pass is the accepted answer here, but his self titled 1979 album has my favourite Harrison song (Your Love is Forever) and some parts of All Things Must Pass are weak (Apple Jam, anyone?) enough to relegate it to #2.
Ringo - Ringo. It's the only Ringo album that doesn't make me want to shoot myself.

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8 August 2012
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John:     IMAGINE  (Honourable Mention:  PLASTIC ONO BAND)

Paul:     Band On The Run    (Honourable Mention:   McCARTNEY  -- I think "Maybe I'm Amazed " is Paul's best solo song)

George:   All Things Must Pass    (Honourable Mention:   CLOUD NINE)

Ringo:    RINGO     (can't think of an Honourable Mention -- maybe BLAST FROM YOUR PAST)

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10 August 2012
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Plastic Ram Must Pass!

("Ringo" is the only Ringo I really know. I've heard Beaucoups of Blues once or twice. Agree with vincentstark that a greatest hits is probably the way to go.)

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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10 August 2012
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Vonbontee said, "Plastic Ram Must Pass!"

 

You bet, but could be painful! (maybe a little mineral oil, milk of magnesia, glycerin suppository...)

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10 August 2012
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LOL!! Good answer!

(Could've been even funnier if I went with my first answer, "Plastic Ono Band On The Run Must Pass"! But decided I really do like Ram better and had to be honest.)

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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10 August 2012
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vonbontee said
Plastic Ram Must Pass!

Featuring the classic hit single "My Sweet Mother , Uncle Albert ."

Also, realized that coincidentally all of those albums feature for the cover art the artist outside or in a natural setting- George in the garden looking wise, John under a tree looking pensive and Paul on a farm looking cautious.

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Ben Ramon said

The Walrus said
John: Either Plastic Ono Band or Imagine , though I listen to both with the weakest track removed.

Let me guess: "My Mummy's Dead " and "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama"?

A late reply, but yes.

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The Walrus said

Ben Ramon said

The Walrus said
John: Either Plastic Ono Band or Imagine , though I listen to both with the weakest track removed.

Let me guess: "My Mummy's Dead " and "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama"?

A late reply, but yes.

I don't know if I could bear to listen to an album with songs missing, even if they're not that good; I'd be conscious of it being incomplete. I could probably take or leave "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama" but "My Mummy's Dead " works perfectly as a small coda to the album.

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11 August 2012
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Ben Ramon said

vonbontee said
Plastic Ram Must Pass!

Featuring the classic hit single "My Sweet Mother , Uncle Albert ."

Also, realized that coincidentally all of those albums feature for the cover art the artist outside or in a natural setting- George in the garden looking wise, John under a tree looking pensive and Paul on a farm looking cautious.

Yeah, and "Wings Wild Life " cover matches that back-to-nature cover concept even better! I once spent the better part of an hour making (trying to make) a collage of WWL, ATMP , POB and Ringo's "Beaucoup of Blues" but I don't know shit about photoshop or anything and gave it up.

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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My very first post!  Not my last, I promise (threaten). What I think are their best, coupled with albums that are better than than you think:

 

John: Plastic Ono Band - with a side of 'Walls And Bridges '

Paul: RAM - with an order of 'Flowers In The Dirt '

George: All Things Must Pass - avec "Brainwashed"

Ringo: Photograph - The Very Best Of Ringo Starr - cheque please!

 

Lots of love to Ringo.  That 2007 compilation serves him very well.

E is for 'Ergent'.

18 August 2012
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John - Plastic Ono Band and Imagine . Both albums are very good, and I just can't decide which one I like better. One day I will like Imagine better, and the next day I will be obsessed with Plastic Ono Band. The only song off either albums that I normally choose not to listen to would be I Don't Want To Be A Solider, then there are a couple off POB that I recently listened to so much that I now have to be in the mood for them, or else they're just too underwhelming for me to listen to. 

Paul - I really love most of his albums, so this is really hard for me. I will go with Tug Of War mostly because of The Pound Is Sinking and Somebody Who Cares. I have been particularly keen on this album for the past few months, and there really isn't a bad song on it. The worst is probably Get It, and I love that song. Other albums that are really close would be RAM, McCartney II , and Flaming Pie .

George - All Things Must Pass , with Cloud 9 coming in at a close second.

Ringo - Goodnight Vienna. Ringo might be a little better, but this album has three of my favorite Ringo songs: Goodnight Vienna, No No Song, and Call Me. I like all the songs on Photograph better overall, but I didn't know if that should count or not.

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28 November 2012
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This topic just made me realize that I've never listened to any solo album by any of them in it's entirety and that I maybe know 3 or 4 songs by each of them. Oops.

Maybe I should check them out ghehe

28 November 2012
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Shame on you :) . Start with their best, Plastic Ono Band.

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I put Cloud 9 as my fave George album but recently revisited ATMP and its such a fantastic listening experience that it now shades C9. A remix removing the Spector echo sounds enticing but it might take away its feel of grandour on some of the tracks. Even the jamming tracks are fun when played really loud.

 

Linde, definately search out John's Plastic Ono Band, very sparse sounding but breathtaking brilliant. The solo careers are a mixed bag but the good stuff is brilliant and well worth discovering (best to skip Paul's Give My Regards To Broad Street tho; says a lot that the album stinks as much as the film).

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29 November 2012
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Will definitely check that one out then!

29 November 2012
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cMy favorite Beatles solo albums:

Lennon: Imagine

Plasic Ono Band album was close but I like the little bit of sugar coating he did on this one. Some of the rough edges were smoothed out and George does some great guitar work on three songs.

 

McCartney: McCartney

 

I still feel his first solo album was his best. It still had a Beatle feel to it and the fact that he played all the instruments was one if not the first of it's kind. Very laid back and well put together. 

 

Harrison: All Things Must Pass

 

This is the best solo Beatle album by all four. It is interesting that a song about Krishna could be number 1 especially in 1970. So many artists contributed to this album and it has a special feel to it. Still the biggest selling solo album by far.

 

Starr: Ringo

 

All four contributed to this album. Ringo was hit and miss on his solo albums but with this one he was right on with a little help from his friends.

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For John I would have to go with Imagine and Rock 'N' Roll

Paul: Ram and  Band On The Run

George: All Things Must Pass and Cloud Nine

Ringo: I'm partial to RINGO and Liverpool 8.

7 December 2012
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John: Plastic Ono Band and Imagine

He dug deep into his emotions and talent and put them in these two albums

Paul: As much as I like his work with the Wings, I don't think those albums would qualify as solo albums since he was in a band. So my answer to this tricky one would have to be McCartney

George: All Things Must Pass without any hesitation

Too awesome for me to summarize!

Ringo: Ringo

I love how all the beatles contributed, especially the songs that George wrote.

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My list:

 

John: Plastic Ono Band (tough call, Imagine and even Walls And Bridges are close 2nd)

Paul: Ram (followed closely by McCartney)

George: All Things Must Past (don't really like the rest of his solo stuff)

Ringo: Ringo

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