16 August 2012
Imagine for a second that the Beatles made one last shot after Abbey Road . Using the first solo albums and non-album singles, what might it look like?
Here’s the conceit: Paul was prolific as usual, with 7 songs. John’s interest in the group was waning, so he contributes 5. George wasn’t interested unless he could contribute 3. Ringo gets his 1.
Anything that was released while the group was still together counts, as well as anything that was rehearsed during the Get Back sessions and anything on the first solo albums.
As a first shot, here’s my version:
It Don’t Come Easy
That Would Be Something
Man We Was Lonely
E is for 'Ergent'.
10 August 2011
I think it’s a fun topic.
I suspect that more than one of us has wondered about this. I run through this exercise towards the end of “Into the Sky …”:
Maybe I’m Amazed , Imagine , My Sweet Lord , Every Night , Jealous Guy , Junk
All Things Must Pass , Give Me Some Truth, You’re Sixteen, Uncle Albert /Hands Across the Water, Another Day , Instant Karma
The album would have been called Everest, a summit of sorts – a title in contention for Abbey Road .
Might have been their finest album….
"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)
16 August 2012
26 March 2012
I agree with the ideas that have been posted above but I posit that Instant Karma would also have been a prime choice for the record. Either that, or released as an accompanying single: a double A-side with Maybe I’m Amazed . Highly unlikely but would have been incredible.
EDIT: just noticed that Into the Sky had it on his album, my ability to read has failed me.
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14 April 2010
Interesting, your indulgence into 1971 as well… I tried to resist that urge.
There is a similar thread to this one buried somewhere in the archives of the Forum. In that one, we had to go to 1973 to find a passable Ringo song to go on the album.
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16 August 2012
14 April 2010
1 December 2009
I really enjoy speculation about albums-that-could’ve-been, but when I look at people’s contributions to this thread (and the previous one that covered similar territory), I find the results oddly unsatisatisfying, personally. And it occurs to me that it’s because All Things Must Pass and Plastic Ono Band are both such strong, unified statements that I’d hate to boil either one down to a mere seven tracks – or even as few as three, in George’s case. And even Paul’s album has its own character, despite being the weaker of the three.
It would definitely be nice to have “Instant Karma !” and “It Don’t Come Easy/Early 1970” on SOME kind of album, though…
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 PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty.
1 May 2011
Thought here was the best fit for this, any better ideas let a mod know and it will get shifted.
From page 220 of Graeme Thomson’s excellent George biography ‘Behind The Locked Door’:
How did [George] really feel about the Beatles? Who can say? It was complicated. “George took me over to Eric Clapton’s house one day and on the way he played me what sounded like a series of Beatles songs” says Leon Russel. “He had taken one song out of all their solo records and put them together, and it sounded just like a Beatles record. He thought that was amazing and I did too.”
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20 August 2013
For those interested in this type of speculation, here are some of the other make-a-Beatles-album-from-their-solo-careers threads
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24 October 2018
That would be something
Oh my sweet Lord
Be aware of darkness
Maybe I`m Amazed
It don`t come easy
Isn`t a pitty
All songs composed before 1971
For a Beatles 1972 album will enter Imagine , etc