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Beatles solo albums - the best ones and your favorites
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I'm looking to start buying the albums from the solo years, and right now I'm thinking about All Things Must Pass , John Lennon /Plastic Ono Band and Band On The Run . Haven't really dug into Ringo's solo careera-hard-days-night-ringo-11. But what are your opinions, what is the best solo album for each Beatle.

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I would add John's Mind Games to that list ^ and George's Brainwashed but good choices for your first solo albums. I can't really comment on Ringo's solo albums as I haven't really listened to them, I tried to listen to Liverpool 8 but I couldn't. Sorry Ringo :(
Edit: Why did I say Mind Games ? a-hard-days-night-george-10 I meant Walls And Bridges , I guess I was distracted I was watching A Hard Day's Night

 

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I would say your 3 of Band On The Run , All Things Must Pass and JL/POB are 3 of the best solo albums. There is a recent Paul thread that discusses what to listen - 'Relatively new to McCartney--need some help'. Some of George and John's solo work is touched upon towards the end.

Re John: After JL/POB Imagine is generally considered the best (not that its flawless). Its difficult after that as Double Fantasy has half Yoko tracks (so depends on if you like her or not and the same goes for Milk And Honey ) and i find Walls And Bridges and Mind Games overproduced but would opt for W&B as the songs are slighty better in my opinion. I might be killed for suggesting it but maybe a compilation like Working Class Hero that gathers a lot of Johns work in one place (you'll find a ton of official ones).

Re George: Cloud Nine is a real favourite of mine but Brainwashed is very good and consistant as well.

As for Ringo i say go with his Ringo lp as its the most consistent. Hit the wrong Ringo album and you'll never go return.

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John: Plastic Ono Band, and Imagine

Paul: Ram , Band On The Run , and Tug Of War

George: All Things Must Pass , and Living In The Material World

Ringo: Ringo, and Goodnight Vienna (Photograph is a pretty good compilation)

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This is what I did. For John, I listened to Imagine first. Once its awesomeness soaked it, I listened to Plastic Ono Band. For Paul, I listened to Ram , then Band On The Run , then McCartney. Although McCartney gets some hate, I liked it.. Ram is my favorite, though. For George, I listened to ATMP , first, then George Harrison , then 33 and a third. As for Ringo.. Ringo. That's his 1973 album.

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Beatles in the Blood said
I'm looking to start buying the albums from the solo years, and right now I'm thinking about All Things Must Pass , John Lennon /Plastic Ono Band and Band On The Run . Haven't really dug into Ringo's solo careera-hard-days-night-ringo-11. But what are your opinions, what is the best solo album for each Beatle.

The 3 you mentioned are a great place to start. I am a lifelong Beatles fan who just started seriously collecting the solo stuff over the past 3 or 4 years (since discovering this site, actually). It really is fun discovering their solo output for the first time. I still don't own any full proper albums from Ringo, but I do have his compilation, Photograph (as mentioned above by unknown) and it is very good.

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I agree with Plastic Ono Band, All Things Must Pass , and Ringo but you cannot neglect the best solo album of all time, Ram !

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DrBeatle said
I agree with Plastic Ono Band, All Things Must Pass , and Ringo but you cannot neglect the best solo album of all time, Ram !

That is an incredibly fun album!

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Lucky me, I found a used copy of Ringo just this past weekend, so now I finally own a Ringo album FOR REALZ! (Now I don't need my d/l version.) And it's the edition with "It Don't Come Easy/Early 1970" added, so that's even better.

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I am a lifelong Beatles fan who just started seriously collecting the solo stuff over the past 3 or 4 years (since discovering this site, actually). It really is fun discovering their solo output for the first time.

This describes me too, exactly! :)

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^

I really love It don't come easy!

And same here, I've just dug into John and George's solo stuff and listened to some Wings, but I haven't really checked out most of Paul and Ringo's stuff yet.

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DrBeatle said
I agree with Plastic Ono Band, All Things Must Pass , and Ringo but you cannot neglect the best solo album of all time, Ram !

That is an incredibly fun album!

Not only that, it's also the best written and performed album any of them did post-1970 (although Plastic Ono Band, Band On The Run , and All Things Must Pass give it a run for its money).

 

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AppleScruffJunior said
I would add John's Mind Games to that list ^ and George's Brainwashed but good choices for your first solo albums. I can't really comment on Ringo's solo albums as I haven't really listened to them, I tried to listen to Liverpool 8 but I couldn't. Sorry Ringo :(
Edit: Why did I say Mind Games ? a-hard-days-night-george-10 I meant Walls And Bridges , I guess I was distracted I was watching A Hard Day's Night

Yeah  like your edit better!a-hard-days-night-john-6I listened to Walls And Bridges and Cloud 9 yesterday. They were really good.

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I love Dark Horse by GeorgeDrkhrseImage Enlarger


"Far East Man" "Simply Shady" are my favorites but I feel like this album gets ignored a lot and it's actually pretty magical in my opinion!

I love RAM, Wild Life and McCartney II the most of Paul's stuff though newer stuff like Chaos or Electric Arguments are totally great too.

Favorite Ringo tune is "Sunshine Life For Me (Sail Away Raymond)" :) or "I'm The Greatest"

I love Walls And Bridges , Plastic Ono Band and the Lennon Anthology or the Acoustic album- anything with raw Lennon material is fantastic. 

And Rock & Roll-  its soooooooooo greata-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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^wow, I think Dark Horse is pretty piss-poor (and also the last half-decent album George released), but I respect your opinion.

For me:

 

John: Plastic Ono Band and Walls And Bridges are the best (and half of Imagine )

Paul: McCartney and McCartney II , RAM, Band On The Run , Venus And Mars , Tug Of War , Flaming Pie , Chaos and Creation, London Town

George: All Things Must Pass , Living In the Material World

Ringo: Ringo

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Ive never been able to get into either Dark Horse or Extra Texture as overall i find that to me they are dull uninspired listens so i havent played them in a while (Dark Horse is a good song tho, there is an acoustic version out there which is gorgeous as well). I have however just dusted down the Extra Texture cd and added it into itunes so might get around to it again sometime. If i had the Dark Horse cd it would be in there as well but i dont.

I think it says a lot that neither or those have been remastered or rereleased in years considering we have all the other albums (not sure about Electronic Sound or Wonderwall but i consider them in the same way as Johns Unfinished Music, possibly wrongly).

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^wow, I think Dark Horse is pretty piss-poor (and also the last half-decent album George released), but I respect your opinion.
 
 
 
  

 

 

 I agree about Dark Horse being a not-so-great album but George's last half-decent album? :O What about "Cloud Nine " or "Thirty Three and a 1/3", they were a lot better then Dark Horse ! And "Cloud Nine " in particular is a great album!

 

 

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And if we're talking Georgie, I love Somewhere in England, the first Wilburys album is a total joy - one of my albums of the 80s, and Brainwashed - though finished off posthumously - is up there among his best.

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Whilst the first Wilburys is a classic Three is not. So much so i dont own it.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Totally agree. There was no way they could recreate the set of accidents that ended up in the first album. The first album is one of those things that you just can't engineer. Volume III is the proof of that. I only own III because I bought the reissue when it came out as a 2CD/1 DVD set (back when I got Volume I originally I was still firmly on vinyl). Volume I I wanted on CD, the DVD gave a documentary on the making of one - and included lots of wonderful footage of them recording it, and Volume III came as a bonus disc that has rarely been listened to.

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Not keen on DH either, nor 33. When it comes to George's solo albums, I've found I either love them or find it a drag listening to them, unfortunately. He was a talented musician but I think, at times, someone should have stepped in and told him to try and make it a bit better somehow.

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