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The Official "Choosing between two Beatlethings" thread
10 December 2019
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Macca has the longer career but John has my favourite Beatles solo album, Plastic Ono Band, and I prefer his songwriting style generally.

Solo-writing debut by a non LenMac Beatle - Don't Pass Me By or Don't Bother Me ?

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Don't Bother Me by a longshot.

Would you rather listen to their discography with the intended running order but it sounds like a clipped AM radio or with the running order messed with but on high quality FLACs?

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I mean, provided I couldn't just make playlists of the FLACs in the right order, I think I'd pick the former. Running order is very, very important to me. ahdn_paul_01

Which weird genre one-off is more of a genre one-off: Because or You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)?

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Since I don't think Because  is a weird one-off while You Know My Name definitely is, has to be Look Up the Number.

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(I can see "Because " as a kinda one-off - electric guitars without any percussion accompaniment is without precedent, canonwise.)

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(I can see "Because " as a kinda one-off - electric guitars without any percussion accompaniment is without precedent, canonwise.)

That's what I was getting at. It's an unusual song that doesn't seem to conform to conventional genres.

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I prefer the Joe Cocker cover over the Wet Wet Wet cover just because it has its own spin on it that still fits the theme of the song. That and Cheap Trick's "Day Tripper " are my favorite covers.

White Album Disc 1 or White Album Disc 2?

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I prefer disc 1 over disc 2 of the White Album (although I love both discs) just because I generally prefer the songs. I also think that disc 1 has a nice flow between the songs for the most part and that Happiness Is A Warm Gun and Julia are both great side closers.

All Things Must Pass or John Lennon /Plastic Ono Band?

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17 December 2019
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All Things Must Pass

So much good stuff that should have been Beatles songs.

Tomorrow Never Knows or I Am The Walrus ?

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As much as I love "Tomorrow Never Knows ", personally speaking "I Am The Walrus " takes the cake for me. Part of this choosing is pure bias, as "I Am The Walrus " is my favorite Lennon song alongside "Happiness Is A Warm Gun ", as well as being the song that got me really hooked on the Beatles in the first place. Lyricism-wise, "I Am The Walrus " is more original and "Lennon-esque" to me.

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Ed Sullivan.  The disruptive sounds of traffic below the Apple rooftop would ruin it for me.

I Want To Tell You or Hear Me Lord .

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It's a close call, but I Want To Tell You has Revolver -cred so it's that one. ahdn_george_06

Yesterday and Today or Revolver (US version)?

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"Revolver " for me. Whilst I do find the removal of "I'm Only Sleeping ", "Doctor Robert " and "And Your Bird Can Sing " somewhat horrendous, nevertheless the remaining tracks on the album still manage to convey the theme of the album properly. "Yesterday and Today" feels more or less as a mish-mash of various periods in the Beatles career into a compilation of sorts, and not a proper album feel. Although this is just my personal thoughts.

John's Kooky Vocals: "Give Peace A Chance " or "God "

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God for me. It's just got so much emotional impact when you consider it was released only months after the band split. Plus, the whole 'I don't believe in' section is just very different and original.

Early album rock and roll closer: Twist And Shout or Money (That's What I Want)?

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This was a very hard decision, but I prefer Twist And Shout . Both showcase John's voice and are upbeat album closers, but the image of a sick John belting to the top of his range at the end of the day just puts it above Money for me.

Side one or side two of the Apple Jams at the end of All Things Must Pass ?

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Oof, this is tough: while I love the overt wackiness of "It's Johnny's Birthday ," my preferred side has to be the second side of Apple Jam a-hard-days-night-paul-7. I just really dig "Thanks For The Pepperoni " and "I Remember Jeep " a tiny bit more mccartney-shrug_01_gif

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"Junk" or "Every Night "?

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Every Night . I love Junk too, but Every Night is a song that really connects with me and one of the finest examples of the masterfully understated not-so-silly love songs that Paul would occasionally squeeze out between sillier love songs.

John being Dylan: I Don't Want To Spoil The Party or You've Got To Hide Your Love Away ?

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"Every Night ". I'm personally not one to really like "Junk" all that much.

Live At The BBC : "Clarabella" or "Carol"

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Great lead vocals from Paul and John respectively; "Clarabella" does have that nice harmonica, but "Carol" is the better composition, so it gets my vote.

Snow frolicking in "Ticket To Ride " or field follies in "Can't Buy Me Love "?

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