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But for forty odd years it was pretty much universally acclaimed as the greatest rock album of all time, and it's a long, long way from that.
It's got one truly great song on it (Day in the Life, obviously) and three or four very good ones ('Lucy' especially) but it's marred by the 'Paul's Granny Shit' songs like 'Lovely Rita' and 'When I'm 64'. 'Within You, Without You' is a failed experiment and a break in George Harrison's progress as a songwriter, 'With a Little Help From my Friends' is a good song ruined by a plodding vocal and arrangement (many of the covers of it are better than the original).
Compared to Rubber Soul, Revolver, The White Album and even the early albums it's a long way from being their best work.
Interestingly, in the last decade the critical consensus seems to be shifting towards a more realistic view of Sgt Pepper. Long overdue in my view.
Revolver>Please Please Me>The Beatles>Rubber Soul>Help!
but without the same dizzying highs. A close second.
It's not even the worst song on Revolver.
I have too many memories of forced singalongs on long bus trips.
I love Revolver even though I can't stand Yellow Submarine or Eleanor Rigby. But Rubber Soul is cooler, sharper and more exciting.
By the way, what is the worst song on Revolver if it's not Yellow Submarine?
I really hate Got To Get You Into My Life too but everyone else loves it don't they? Eleanor Rigby is great though.
Before I bought Revolver I was really put off by Yellow Submarine being on it. But it's fine. I think everyone just things it's worse than it is. All the little background sound effects and stuff are really cool.
Also, Rubber Soul has Drive My Car, so it's not immune to the Awful Paul Song syndrome.
I like Paul in finger snapping pop mode much more than in Eleanor Rigby mode.
every album has a shiter. Look at Oh-bla-di, Oh-bladdy fuck off
but then i was a kid when it came out....kids can love all of the beatles you know
easily some of the best
It has the title track, Fool on the Hill, Flying, I Am The Walrus, Strawberry Fields, Hello Goodbye, Baby You're A Rich Man, All You Need Is Love on it.
It's the last Beatles record that didn't have Yoko spoiling the party, it's from them at their creative best, and the best time of the 60s all-round.
- the band The Beatles could've been.
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yeah you heard - from I Want You onwards it's perfect
I find it limp and saccharine tbh
Come Together is the only one of the first 5 I'd consider keeping but even it doesn't move me much, not like the rest of the album
...and leave Sun King in?
I'd get rid of the first 5 and then have IWY(SSH)->Because as side A and then YNGMYM->YM as a slightly longer side B. Whole thing over in half an hour. Perfect.
It's the only track on that album that I usually skip.
plus I'm pretty sure there's a crossfade
not my favourite, but a great earlier album
with Rubber Soul in fourth place.
so I'll get back to you on that
is pretty high up
But all by a verrrry slim margin (like 1, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3). Sorry that's the best I can do. I can't pick #1
so its Revolver easily for me at this point.
I love them all anyway, but if I were to pick some:
-A Hard Day's Night - best of the moptop years? first all original material album, written in the back of the van in a week or two and recorded quickly. the early Fab Four is still my default happy music.
-Rubber Soul - where they all saw how far they could go with this album business. mostly entirely brilliant songs.
-Magical Mystery Tour. if it counts, just for Strawberry Fields and I Am the Walrus.
-White Album. where it all started to go wrong, while at the same time they were all chucking in crazy and weird material that wouldn't have made it in the more coherent years. Agree with the post above about it.