Directors Rank the albums of The Beatles

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  1. Kristian

    Kristian Supporting Actor

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    Not counting compilations and the Anthologies, this is my top ten:

    1. Revolver
    Favorite songs: Eleanor Rigby, For No One, Here, There and Everywhere

    2. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    Favorite songs: A Day in the Life, She's Leaving Home, Within You, Without You

    3. Rubber Soul
    Favorite songs: In My Life, Michelle, Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)

    4. Abbey Road
    Favorite songs: Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End, Here Comes the Sun, Something

    5. Magical Mystery Tour
    Favorite songs: The Fool on the Hill, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields Forever

    6. A Hard Day's Night
    Favorite songs: And I Love Her, I'll Be Back, Things We Said Today

    7. Help!
    Favorite songs: Ticket to Ride, Yesterday, You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

    8. Let it Be... Naked
    Favorite songs: I Me Mine, Let it Be, Two of Us

    9. The Beatles (The White Album)
    Favorite songs: Blackbird, Helter Skelter, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

    10. Yellow Submarine
    Favorite songs: It's All Too Much, Only a Northern Song, Yellow Submarine
     
  2. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    I defer to George's elevated sensibilities. [​IMG]
     
  3. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Depending on how you count, it's a 14 or 16 album tie. [​IMG]

    Seriously, it's very hard to rank order them. All of them have great songs, from the first album to the last. But, there was certainly some filler (cover versions) on the first ones (completely gone by the great Hard Day's Night). I'll have to think of my actual rank ordering, but I know I'd put the White Album first, both because it has the most songs, and it was the first Beatles album I ever bought (albeit years after they had broken up).
     
  4. Ray H

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    I also find it tough to rank them. I do have a soft spot for Sgt. Pepper though.
     
  5. Zen Butler

    Zen Butler Producer

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    Rubber Soul then everything else. Seriously, way too tough.
     
  6. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    Top 5

    The White Album
    Abbey Road
    Rubber Soul
    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    Revolver


    Not really a fan of the teenyboper early days. Too bubblegum for my taste.
     
  7. Henry Gale

    Henry Gale Producer

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    I agree with much of what has been typed above, but I believe a lot of the early tunes are be given short shrift.
    Maybe you had to be there, listening to them with early 60s ears... Please Please Me, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There, Eight Days a Week, etc....were just electricly thrilling when you heard them on the radio.
     
  8. Chris Stainton

    Chris Stainton Second Unit

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    I will list them in my order of preference and choose my three favorite songs from each.

    01) Revolver
    Eleanor Rigby, Tomorrow Never Knows, Taxman

    02) Magical Mystery Tour
    I Am The Walrus, Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane

    03) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    A Day In The Life, Lovely Rita, Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite

    04) Rubber Soul
    If I Needed Someone, Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), Girl

    05) Abbey Road
    Something, I Want You (She's So Heavy), Because

    06) The Beatles (White Album)
    While My Guitar Gently Weeps, I'm So Tired, Helter Skelter

    07) A Hard Day's Night
    Can't Buy Me Love, Things We Said Today, I'll Be Back

    08) With The Beatles
    It Won't Be Long, All I've Got To Do, I Wanna Be Your Man

    09) Beatles For Sale
    No Reply, Every Little Thing, Eight Days A Week

    10) Help!
    Ticket To Ride, Help!, It's Only Love

    11) Let It Be
    Two Of Us, I've Got A Feeling, For You Blue

    12) Yellow Submarine
    It's All Too Much, Hey Bulldog, All Together Now

    13) Please Please Me
    Please Please Me, Twist And Shout, A Taste Of Honey

    Favorite A or B sides:

    Hey Jude
    We Can Work It Out
    Across The Universe
    Don't Let Me Down
    I Feel Fine
    She Loves You
    I Want To Hold Your Hand
    Revolution
     
  9. Rob Gardiner

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    I'm partial to The Beatles' Second Album myself. [​IMG]
     
  10. Rob Tomlin

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    Hard to rank indeed, but I do know this: Revolver is definitely my favorite Beatles album.
     
  11. Steve Christou

    Steve Christou Long Member

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    Whichever Beatles album contains Eleanor Rigby should be placed first, always, thats the rule of thumb I adhere to.[​IMG]
     
  12. george kaplan

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    Well here's my list, though I must say I could easily move many of these around, and there's very little difference between most, though clearly the ones at the bottom are not as good as the ones nearer the top:

    The White Album
    Rubber Soul
    A Hard Day's Night
    Abbey Road
    Sgt. Peppers
    Revolver
    Help!
    Magical Mystery Tour
    Anthology 1
    Anthology 2
    Anthology 3
    With the Beatles
    Past Masters, Vol. 1
    Past Masters, Vol. 2
    Let it Be
    Let it Be...Naked
    Yellow Submarine
    Live at the BBC
    Beatles for Sale
    Please Please Me
    Christmas Album
    Live at the Star Club
    Decca Audition
    Live at the Hollywood Bowl


    This is including a lot of their albums, though leaving out U.S. ones like Hey Jude and Yesterday and Today, and leaving out compilations like One, or the earlier Love Songs, etc. Also leaving out bootlegs like the Black Album, though most of what's good on those appeared on Anthology (though not all).
     
  13. Grant B

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    Nice that you included the Christmas Album....I tend to play it alot around the Holidays. Most people are amazed by it and tend not to know it exists.
    Outside of putting the 'Live at the star club' last (and the many variations I have it) and bumping up YS a few notches, a very good list George
    Grant
     
  14. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Well the Christmas album was only given out to the fan club members, so it's not surprising that it's not well known. Of course, now a couple of the tracks have shown up on Anthology, but most people have still never heard the rest. Some very funny, pythonesque stuff (pre-dating python) in there.
     
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    I just found this thread today. It's a fun topic for me. I do waver when it comes to my favorite albums of theirs, though. Here are mine, the ordering of which changes from time-to-time. These are, of course, the British releases (with apologies to fans of The Beatles 2nd Album, a very fine effort as well):

    1) A Hard Day's Night
    3) Please Please Me / With the Beatles (tie)
    5) Revolver / Rubber Soul (tie)
    6) St. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    7) Abbey Road

    But the albums I didn't list are also superb in many ways, and occupy my list from time-to-time.

    BTW, I own the Christmas album (LP and CD). This is the Blue and White album, although I've seen it in another color or two over the years.
     

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