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What setlists do you think The Beatles would've played if they kept on touring after the 1966 US tour
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Here's my thoughts: (NOTE: I know this would be impossible, but it's a nice what if)

December 1966 UK Revolver tour:

Instrumentation:

John Lennon : Lead and Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar (1965 Epiphone ES-230TD Casino (1964 Gibson J-160E as spare)), Vox Continental organ in Eleanor Rigby and We Can Work It Out

Paul McCartney : Lead and Backing Vocals, Bass Guitar (1963 Hofner 500/1 (1961 Hofner 500/1 as spare)), Lead Guitar (1964 Epiphone FT-79 Texan) for Yesterday

George Harrison : Lead and Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar (1965 Epiphone ES-230TD Casino (1964 Gibson SG Standard as spare)), organ on Yellow Submarine

Ringo Starr : Lead Vocals, Drums

Drive My Car (John playing George's rhythm guitar while George does choppy chords and Paul's lead parts and mimics the piano in the chorus)

Got To Get You Into My Life

Nowhere Man

I Want To Tell You (John plays piano part on guitar)

Paperback Writer

Eleanor Rigby (Paul plays double bass part on Hofner, John plays violin part on Vox organ)

Yesterday

Yellow Submarine (George plays trumpet part on organ)

We Can Work It Out

Day Tripper

1967 Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band world tour:

Instrumentation:

John Lennon : Lead And Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar (1965 Epiphone ES-230TD Casino, 1964 Gibson J-160E as a spare and for songs with * next to it), Vox continental organ for songs with ** next to it

Paul McCartney : Lead And Backing Vocals, Bass Guitar (1964 Rickenbacker 4001S (1963 Hofner 500/1 as a spare)), Lead Guitar (1964 Epiphone FT-79 Texan) on Yesterday , Vox continental organ for songs with ^ next to it

George Harrison : Lead And Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar (1961 Fender Stratocaster (1965 Epiphone ES-230TD Casino as a spare))

Ringo Starr : Lead and Backing Vocals, Drums

Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band

With A Little Help From My Friends **

Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 7 with structure of album version, George imitates mellotron with guitar)^

Eleanor Rigby (see previous)**

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds *^

Nowhere Man *

Paperback Writer

Yesterday

Yellow Submarine (see previous)*

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

A Day In The Life **

December 1967 (Europe)/January 1968 (North America) Magical Mystery Tour Tour:

John Lennon : Lead And Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar (1965 Epiphone ES-230TD Casino, 1964 Gibson J-160E as a spare and for songs with * next to it), Vox continental organ for songs with ** next to it

Paul McCartney : Lead And Backing Vocals, Bass Guitar (1964 Rickenbacker 4001S (1963 Hofner 500/1 as a spare)), Vox continental for songs with ^ next to it

George Harrison : Lead And Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar (1961 Fender Stratocaster (1965 Epiphone ES-230TD Casino as a spare))

Ringo Starr : Lead and Backing Vocals, Drums

Magical Mystery Tour *

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds *^

Strawberry Fields Forever (see previous)^

Penny Lane (Europe only, George playing Trumpet solo on guitar, replaced with Nowhere Man for North America/Asia)**

Blue Jay Way **

Eleanor Rigby (Europe only, see previous)**

I Am The Walrus **

Yellow Submarine (see previous)*

Hello, Goodbye **

All You Need Is Love *

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

A Day In The Life **

1968 White Submarine tour:

John Lennon : Lead And Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar (1965 Epiphone ES-230TD Casino, 1967 Martin D-28 as a spare and for songs with * next to it), Vox Continental organ for songs with ** next to it

Paul McCartney : Lead And Backing Vocals, Bass Guitar (1964 Rickenbacker 4001S (1963 Hofner 500/1 as a spare)), Vox Continental organ for songs with ^ next to it

George Harrison : Lead And Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar (1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard (1964 Gibson SG Standard as a spare))

Ringo Starr : Lead and Backing Vocals, Drums

Back In The USSR

Hey Bulldog (Europe only**, replaced with Dear Prudence * in North America)

Lady Madonna ** (George plays sax solo on guitar)

While My Guitar Gently Weeps *^

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da **

Yer Blues (with extended improvisational solos dueling between John and George)

Birthday

Don't Pass Me By **

Revolution

Helter Skelter

Hey Jude ^

1969 Abbey Road Tour:

Instrumentation:

John Lennon : Lead And Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar (1965 Epiphone ES-230TD Casino, 1967 Martin D-28 for songs with * next to it)

Paul McCartney : Lead And Backing Vocals, Bass Guitar (1963 Hofner 500/1 (1964 Rickenbacker 4001S as a spare))

George Harrison : Lead And Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar (1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard (1968 Fender Telecaster as a spare), 1968 Gibson J-200 for Here Comes The Sun )

Ringo Starr : Lead and Backing Vocals, Drums

Billy Preston: Fender Rhodes

Come Together

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da *

Octopus's Garden

Something

Get Back

Don't Let Me Down

Here Comes The Sun *

Revolution

Golden Slumbers

Carry That Weight

The End

Hey Jude *

1970 Get Back tour:

John Lennon : Lead And Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar (1965 Epiphone ES-230TD Casino, 1967 Martin D-28 for songs with * next to it)

Paul McCartney : Lead And Backing Vocals, Bass Guitar (1963 Hofner 500/1 (1964 Rickenbacker 4001S as a spare))

George Harrison : Lead And Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar (1968 Fender Telecaster (1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard as a spare))

Ringo Starr : Lead and Backing Vocals, Drums

Billy Preston: Fender Rhodes

Come Together

Dig A Pony

One After 909

I've Got A Feeling

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Don't Let Me Down

Let It Be

The Ballad Of John And Yoko

Something

Octopus's Garden

Get Back

Hey Jude

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I think they would have played songs like I Feel Fine , Help , and She's A Woman even after the release of albums like Sgt. Pepper , because the complexity of their new songs would have been impossible to properly play over the crowd noise. 

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Can much of their more intricate studio stuff be playable live on stage? I guess they could do what the tribute bands do now and use backtracks to fill out that stuff. But I don't know. Like, can you imagine trying to replicate Tomorrow Never Knows  or many of the other studio tricks onstage? The setlist would probably, as Sir Walter said, consist mostly of the more playable, less complex stuff. I think your list would be doable.

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If they we're going to tour after their 1966 US Yesterday And Today tour, they had to play the songs like Eleanor Rigby , Strawberry Fields Forever , All You Need Is Love , etc. because if they didn't, that'd be like Queen not playing Bohemian Rhapsody live, they would most likely strip down their more complex songs so it can fit into the 2 guitar/bass/drums/vocals or guitar/bass/drums/vocals/organ formula.

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Audiences and PA systems were changing rapidly in 67-68-69. Had they continued to perform live they might actually have been able to hear themselves and the audience might have actually been able to hear them. Perhaps they would have toured with a string section or a horn section... Perhaps if they wanted to perform but didn't care to tour they might have spent a month per year playing 5 gigs a week at a theater with whatever other accompaniment they wanted...

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I think they would have continued with the same set lists.

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I think that they would keep a lot of their older song in the setlist, while also choosing to play their newer hits in a stripped fashion.

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Why the hell would they play their older songs. Remember now, this isn't a band like Queen where they started out great and started to get worse after a while. Please Please Me was their worst album and every album released after it got better (until Magical Mystery Tour ), so why would they focus on playing their 5 year old songs for the 1,968th time when they can focus on their newer songs. This isn't just me speaking out of my ass either, if you notice their 66' US tour, nothing released before Beatles For Sale was played live except for I Wanna Be Your Man because Ringo needed a song and they didn't like What Goes On .

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HMBeatlesfan said
Please Please Me was their worst album and every album released after it got better (until Magical Mystery Tour )

Definitively the worst? I beg to differ.

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sir walter raleigh said

HMBeatlesfan said
Please Please Me was their worst album and every album released after it got better (until Magical Mystery Tour )

Definitively the worst? I beg to differ.  

Beg to differ with the whole idea that they just kept getting "better" album after album... It is generally a matter of taste. A Hard Day's Night is a landmark album, I personally prefer it to, for example, Beatles For Sale or Help . And I personally prefer Revolver to Sgt. Pepper , etc. The Beatles' musical history, like history in general, is not a straight line.

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For me, here's how I'd rate them:

1. The Beatles (very close with #2 for 1st place, but this one wins by just a hair)

2. Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band

3. Abbey Road

4. Revolver

5. Let It Be

6. Rubber Soul

7. Help !

8. Beatles For Sale

9. Magical Mystery Tour (1967 UK EP)

10. Yellow Submarine (only counting 5 original tracks, not counting Yellow Submarine or B-side)

11. A Hard Day's Night

12. With The Beatles

13. Please Please Me

If you disagree with this list, that's fine by me.

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@HMBeatlesfan, you just implied that All You Need Is Love was an original song on Yellow Submarine

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@HMBeatlesfan, you just implied that All You Need Is Love was an original song on Yellow Submarine .   

Because it is, Yellow Submarine was All You Need Is Love 's first appearance on a UK album, as Magical Mystery Tour was a 6 track double EP in the UK and the US/1976 MMT that we all know and love wasn't released in the UK officially until 1976. Therefore, Yellow Submarine is the only track that was on more than one original UK album.

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@HMBeatlesfan said

1. The Beatles (very close with #2 for 1st place, but this one wins by just a hair)

Yess 100% Agree!

2. Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band

3. Abbey Road

4. Revolver

Yep those would be my top 4!

5. Let It Be

This one is a lot lower for me because of Specter's mixing.  This ended up as Get Back ver 2 it would probably be higher on my list.

12. With The Beatles

This one is my least favorite.

13. Please Please Me

I just love this album!!!! It's that classic fab four sound! it might be at the top of the bottom half for me.

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William Shears Campbell said 

13. Please Please Me

I just love this album!!!! It's that classic fab four sound! it might be at the top of the bottom half for me.

Almost every song The Beatles released in their 1962-1970 is pure gold encased in vinyl, I just had to pick a worst. Also, I'd say that A Hard Day's Night is a better representation of that classic Fab Four sound.

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@HMBeatlesfan said

Because it is, Yellow Submarine was All You Need Is Love 's first appearance on a UK album, as Magical Mystery Tour was a 6 track double EP in the UK and the US/1976 MMT that we all know and love wasn't released in the UK officially until 1976. Therefore, Yellow Submarine is the only track that was on more than one original UK album.  

Having said that, most people in the U.K. knew about MMT in the 60's and might have had a copy. And they most probably had a copy of the All You Need Is Love /Baby You're A Rich Man single, so it wasn't a 'new' song. 

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A lot of Beatles songs were released as singles/B-sides before their album appearance, here is a list: (* means different version than on album)

Love Me Do (5 months, 17 days)*

P.S. I Love You (5 months, 17 days)

Please Please Me (2 months, 11 days)

Ask Me Why (2 months, 11 days)

Can't Buy Me Love (3 months, 20 days)

You Can't Do That (3 months, 20 days)

Ticket To Ride (3 months, 28 days)

Help ! (14 days)

All You Need Is Love (18 months, 10 days)

I Am The Walrus (15 days)

Revolution (2 months, 27 days)*

Get Back (12 months, 27 days)*

Let It Be (2 months, 2 days)*

Do you consider all of these tracks recycled as well.

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Tracks cannot be recycled if they hadn't appeared in that guise before so four from the list can be discounted - 'Revolution ' isn't just a slightly different mix or recording, its radically different from 'Revolution 1 ' and '9', it even got it's own unique title.

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@HMBeatlesfan, for the songs with no asterisk, yes. I do consider them to be recycled. 

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I was thinking that if the Beatles did happen to continue touring after Revolver and Sgt Pepper was released than they probably wouldn't have played many tracks live from either of them. There was too many instruments and effects to make it possible to play these songs live back in 1966-1967 unless they played drastically different versions of those songs. 

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