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Introducing Others To The Beatles
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Hypothetically, what order would you want to introduce the Beatles albums to a newbie? I made an order, but I'm curious what y'all think.


1. A Hard Day's Night (it is early Beatles stuff, but it's all originals, no covers)

2. Rubber Soul (It's a transition to their later stuff, as well as the next album with no covers)

3. Sgt. Pepper 's (It's one of if not it IS their most popular album(s))

4. Help (Jumping back to some earlier stuff)

5. Please Please Me (An album with some more covers)

6. Past Masters Vol. 1 (Contains some very critical early Beatles songs)

7. Abbey Road (Another very popular album)

8. Beatles For Sale (Another album with some covers)

9. Revolver (At this point Tommorrow Never Knows probably won't turn them away)

10. With the Beatles (All the pre Billy Shears stuff is covered now)

11. Let it Be (It's got a mix of he old and new Beatles sound.)

12. Magical Mystery Tour (This one is late in the list since it isn't a real U.K. Album)

13. Yellow Submarine (This one is late in the list due to the side B instrumentals)

14. Past Masters Vol. 2 (They're ready for You Know My Name at this point)

15. The Beatles (This is a very odd and long album that amazing but could very well be intimidating. Whether it would or wouldn't scare them off earlier on the list, I think is still a good way to end their inteoduction to their new life as a Beatles Fan)

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*nods*

In looking and reading what you wrote, I don't have a problem with your order there, WSC. paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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I mostly agree with that. Only thing I would change is swap Beatles For Sale and Magical Mystery Tour , and move Let It Be up two.

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You should not introduce a new fan album by album, but rather song by song, here's a list of songs you should show them first per there main genre interests, with their musical preferences in the parentheses, for example, if pop is in their it means that they should be introduced with this song if they like pop, let's go:

I Want To Hold Your Hand (boy band)

Act Naturally (country)

Yesterday (pop)

Nowhere Man (folk rock)

Eleanor Rigby (classical)

Yellow Submarine (children's music)

Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band (rock)

When I'm 64 (jazz)

Revolution (punk rock)

Yer Blues (blues rock)

Helter Skelter (heavy metal)

I Want You (She's So Heavy) (progressive rock)

Revolution 9 (experimental/techno/dance/dubstep/edm/whatever the hell you call it)

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Revolution 9 doesn't sound like any edm I heard.

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I would love to see a DJ stick on 'Revolution 9 ' at 3 am on a Saturday/Sunday morning in a nightclub. Tho I would probably leave before Yoko says "you become naked".

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William Shears Campbell said
Hypothetically, what order would you want to introduce the Beatles albums to a newbie? I made an order, but I'm curious what y'all think.

I think it really depends on their musical taste and what they seem to show the most interest in. I think the first Beatles album I made someone listen to was Rubber Soul -- the perfect blend of old and new. 

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So I was talking to my friend and she said that she really liked Classic 60's rock, so we eventually got on the topic of the Beatles. She ended up wanting me to recommend to her some of their weirder stuff, so I'll give you 3 guesses what I had her listen to... or should I say 9 guesses.

She actually said that she liked it, however this whole thing just took place over text, so I guess I'll see her real reaction tomorrow.

Anyway after that she said that she's said that the only other songs on the White Album that she's heard are While My Guitar Gently Weeps , and Blackbird , so recommended the other 3 George songs on The Beatles. We'll see what happens.

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My friend and I are getting her boyfriend into the Beatles. I'm having him listen to them in the album order I made a little while ago.

@William Shears Campbell said
Hypothetically, what order would you want to introduce the Beatles albums to a newbie? I made an order, but I'm curious what y'all think.


1. A Hard Day's Night (it is early Beatles stuff, but it's all originals, no covers)

2. Rubber Soul (It's a transition to their later stuff, as well as the next album with no covers)

3. Sgt. Pepper 's (It's one of if not it IS their most popular album(s))

4. Help (Jumping back to some earlier stuff)

5. Please Please Me (An album with some more covers)

6. Past Masters Vol. 1 (Contains some very critical early Beatles songs)

7. Abbey Road (Another very popular album)

8. Beatles For Sale (Another album with some covers)

9. Revolver (At this point Tommorrow Never Knows probably won't turn them away)

10. With the Beatles (All the pre Billy Shears stuff is covered now)

11. Let it Be (It's got a mix of he old and new Beatles sound.)

12. Magical Mystery Tour (This one is late in the list since it isn't a real U.K. Album)

13. Yellow Submarine (This one is late in the list due to the side B instrumentals)

14. Past Masters Vol. 2 (They're ready for You Know My Name at this point)

15. The Beatles (This is a very odd and long album that amazing but could very well be intimidating. Whether it would or wouldn't scare them off earlier on the list, I think is still a good way to end their inteoduction to their new life as a Beatles Fan)

He's currently on Sgt Pepper . He just quoted Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds in our group chat!

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I turned a friend on to the Beatles by playing Revolver all the way through in a dark room on the 50th anniversary. (We were a little out of our heads at the time, which benefitted him greatly in understanding the music.)

I then loaned him an Abbey Road C.D for his car which is what really pushed him over the edge.

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My mum likes some of their most popular songs (Hey Jude , Lady Madonna , Let it Be, etc) but my attempts at getting her to listen to their lesser-known songs on my iPod have been unsuccessful so far. She does like My Sweet Lord though - found out she added it to her iPod a while later.

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So update on the person I was getting to listen to the Beatles in my last post has now finished the White Album . He really did enjoy the Beatles, although he didn't quite fancy Hey Jude . He said that it was too repetitive and didn't deserve to be 7 minutes long. I'm now giving them the solo albums in choronoligical order. I'm giving them to him in incidents of 2 or 3 years at a time as to not overwhelm him.

As far as his girlfriend(well exgirlfriend, they had a civil end of highschool parting of ways break up) goes, she's a pretty descent Beatles fan, however she hasn't explored their solo career a ton.

Although, she absolutely LOVES All Things Must Pass and has grown up with that album as part of her childhood, so I'm now getting her through the rest of the George chronology(save for Wonderwall Music and Electronic Sound). She's listened to Living in the Material World so far, and said that she wishes it was part of her life earlier.

Quick question, should I give her the Traveling Wilburry albums in between Cloud 9 and Brainwashed?

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Both volumes have highs and lows, but there is a lot of really really great music. Even if just for Handle With Care (vol. 1) and New Blue moon she should listen to both albums. There are many other awesome songs, but those are two of my favorite songs of their decades. 

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My friend has started listening to Please Please Me and a couple other songs. I *may* have also recommended to that friend a certain Beatles website that has a forum... a-hard-days-night-george-10

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I'm pretty sure i'd make them listen to either Revolver or Rubber Soul first but it depends who it is I guess.

The White Album would be at the bottom because it's their most complex albuma-hard-days-night-paul-3

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Generally folk opt for suggesting 'Abbey Road ', 'Revolver ' or maybe 'Rubber Soul '. It depends on what the other person likes music-wise. 

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@William Shears Campbell said
My friend and I are getting her boyfriend into the Beatles. I'm having him listen to them in the album order I made a little while ago.

He's currently on Sgt Pepper . He just quoted Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds in our group chat!  

He ended up listening to the entire catalogue. Then the other day I was talking to a friend of mine and she brought up this guy saying how he loves the Beatles. It made me pretty happy to hear that. Then I told her that I was responsible for introducing him to The Beatles.

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William Shears Campbell said

He ended up listening to the entire catalogue. Then the other day I was talking to a friend of mine and she brought up this guy saying how he loves the Beatles. It made me pretty happy to hear that. Then I told her that I was responsible for introducing him to The Beatles.  

Nice! Beatles rule!

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I think I'm currently turning my best friend into a Beatles fan!beatlemaniacs_02_gif

She is a huge jazz enthusiast and just a few months ago, she still used to say that the Beatles were 'light, unsophisticated pop' you could listen to when you're brain is too tired to perceive anything else. But since she also plays bass I tried to get her into Paul's bass playing and it worked! She is already hooked on Come Together and Michelle and when we went to the record store yesterday she let me choose a Beatles vinyl for her because she started to appreciate them and felt as if she needed to have at least one LP by the Beatles. Sadly, no studio album was available (I had planned Rubber Soul for her) but now she's a proud possessor of the Red Album and she really liked the way how verse and chorus were so different in many songs. That's a good sign! I'm confident she won't be able to resist the Beatles music much longer and finally fall for them!ahdn_george_06

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That's great to hear, Paul is an excellent bassist and can even liven the song up with bass in songs like Nowhere Man and Something , 2 of my favorite Paul basslines. Does your friend play upright bass, electric bass, or both, i'm curious.

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