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The All-Purpose Beatles Solo Discussion Thread
4 May 2017
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Inspired by a solid discussion in the "What are you listening to?" Thread earlier this week. I figured there should be a thread for solo discussion without limiting it to a single artist. So yearly discussion, comparisons and relationships are fair game here. Sorry if something like this already exists. 

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4 May 2017
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My first question: Which solo albums do you think are up to par with Beatles music?

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4 May 2017
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Strange how the Solo discussion thread is in the Beatles section. Cause George, for example, tried to distance himself from the Beatles stuff during his solo year.

I guess George will never be free.

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Which solo albums do you think are up to par with Beatles music?

That's a complex question...

In my opinion, none of the albums reach the bar set by the Beatles albums for quality (except perhaps All Things Must Pass , but even that gets self-indulgent after a while -- I'm looking at you, Apple Jam). However, many of their songs are just as fine or finer than anything they did with the Beatles. I feel that George particularly came into his own post-Beatles -- Something and Here Comes The Sun was just the beginning.

I find myself cherrypicking much more from their solo work than from the Beatles.

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4 May 2017
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For me, Ram and All Things Must Pass are Beatles level albums, and an argument can be made for Plastic Ono Band. The thing is that these albums alone just aren't Beatles. It is the combination of Paul's musical complexity and good cheer, George's elegance, John's bleak outlook, and Ringo's simplistic creativity behind the kit that makes music truly Beatles. 

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sir walter raleigh said
For me, Ram and All Things Must Pass are Beatles level albums, and an argument can be made for Plastic Ono Band. The thing is that these albums alone just aren't Beatles. It is the combination of Paul's musical complexity and good cheer, George's elegance, John's bleak outlook, and Ringo's simplistic creativity behind the kit that makes music truly Beatles.   

I tend to agree with this assessment, though I would count Plastic Ono Band among my favorites for sure. That said, the Beatles were all about musical chemistry and they always made important musical contributions, even to the songs written by the others. You could make a great CD of solo tracks from each year but it still wouldn't add up to a Beatles album because the whole was always greater than the sum of its parts and you would always be missing the licks, the riffs, the fills, the lyrical twists, the harmonies and the musical suggestions they made to each others' songs when they were working as a collective.

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