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Is It Possible to put together a solo Beatles album that rivals their Best Beatles Work?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by hawthorne403, Feb 4, 2018.

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  1. Chuckee

    Chuckee Forum Resident

    Upstate, NY, USA
    I think a 69-74 comp would be solid, like the Beatles 62-66/67-70. No LP mixing of the tracks is really cohesive like a regular Beatles LP.
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  2. Kahunasunset

    Kahunasunset Forum Resident

    Always liked this comp. I made, The Beatles in 1972.

    1. Too Many People (McCartney)
    2. I’m The Greatest (Lennon)
    3. The Light That Has Lighted The World (Harrison)
    4. Power To The People (Lennon)
    5. Tomorrow (McCartney)
    6. Oh My Love (Lennon)
    7. Isn’t It A Pity (Harrison)
    8. Imagine (Lennon)
    9. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (McCartney)
    10. Living In The Material World (Harrison)
    11. Six O’Clock (McCartney)
    12. Jealous Guy (Lennon)
    13. The Day The World Get’s ‘Round (Harrison)
    14. Back Seat Of My Car (McCartney)
  3. ralph7109

    ralph7109 Forum Resident

    Franklin, TN
    I think this would absolutely and without a doubt be considered their best album of the 1970’s.
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  4. Lambert75

    Lambert75 Active Member

    All Things Must Pass
  5. Spear and Magic Helmet

    Spear and Magic Helmet Forum Resident

    Nashville, TN
    Sounds fun:

    Side one-
    • Maybe I'm Amazed
    • What Is Life
    • Band On the Run
    • Jealous Guy
    • Junk
    Side Two
    • Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
    • This Song
    • #9 Dream
    • Mind Games
    • Let Me Roll It (Included so John could say it fit his vocal style better so he should've sung it)
    • Bluebird
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  6. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    The problem with something like this is many fold. Production being one. Here you have this wall of sound from three of them and Paul being very sparse or way slick.

    Paul, imo, would be the weak link. His big hit was My Love and then Maybe Im Amazed as far as being in the general time frame. I mean I like Coming Up for instance, but its from another age as far as what would fit together with the Lennon/Harrison/Starr classics.

    Maybe Jet? But a very early 70s Beatles album would ultimately be McCartney weak.

    After knocking the idea I could see George and Ringo kind of kicking the album off. I wanted Instant Karma at the first but it isnt a strong enough opener. Too much groove and not enough opening rocker.

    I cant see Paul's goofy RAM Admiral Halsey song going on the album. I like it, but dont see it fitting. Maybe Band On The Run? But it would have to be reworked into a Lennon McCartney thing. Or start as one. I dont know, as I said, imo Paul is the weak link in this as far as hits fitting together.

    1) What Is Life?

    2) It Dont Come Easy

    3) Instant Karma

    4)Maybe Im Amazed (redone to include a more rougher Lennon input and harmony)

    5)Band On The Run (Completely different as far as production and with Lennon's input. Which he probably hated the song anyway) But it could be a fun break in the midst of the seriousness.

    6) Jealous Guy

    7) My Sweet Lord

    8) My Love



    11) Imagine- heck of a song to end on.

    Still not as good as the best Beatles album. Has too serious of a vibe to it. a lot of philosophy and little fun. Not Beatles. Best I could do though..
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2018
  7. Mike Reynolds

    Mike Reynolds Forum Resident

    Here's my album version of a post-Beatles "Best Of"

    Side 1
    #9 Dream (4.47)
    Instand Karma (3.22)
    My Sweet Lord (4.38)
    What Is Life (4.17)
    It Don't Come Easy (3.04)
    Photograph (4.00)
    Total Time (24.08)

    Side 2
    Letting Go (4.34)
    Time To Hide (4.32)
    Jet (4.07)
    Medicine Jar (3.38)
    Junior's Farm (4.21)
    Hi, Hi, Hi (3.08)
    Total Time (24.20)

    And here's my expanded, CD version of a post-Beatles "Best Of"

    Imagine (3.04)
    Mind Games (4.13)
    #9 Dream (4.47)
    Instand Karma (3.22)
    Dark Horse (3.53)
    Give Me Love (3.35)
    My Sweet Lord (4.38)
    What Is Life (4.17)
    It Don't Come Easy (3.04)
    (It's All Down To) Goodnight Vienna (3.01)
    Photograph (4.00)
    Let Me Roll It (4.49)
    Letting Go (4.34)
    Time To Hide (4.32)
    Beware My Love (4.59)
    Jet (4.07)
    Medicine Jar (3.38)
    Junior's Farm (4.21)
    Hi, Hi, Hi (3.08)
    Total Time (76.02)
  8. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    That’s a heck of an album!
  9. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    You could have had a lot of fun with some of Ringo’s singles, though.
  10. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    While I realize that its not really the premise of this thread, its hard for me to get past the idea that these songs would all be somewhat to very different if the Beatles had stayes together. I keep imagining Paul and John harmonizing the chorus of "What Is Life?" and some "Dont Let Me Down" attitude of "Band On The Run" with John taking the second part of the song and the .."baaand on the ruuun" chorus being ripped and darker. Or something like that.

    Would there have been some family type songs on there from Paul? They are all married with kids at this point.

    I think IF they had stayed together then there would have been a couple of years break. Then Id like to think John and Paul would have had one really good light and dark song like they use to do. Kind of a When We Was Fab mixed with the fun of Admiral Halsey/Band On The Run. Something epic. A laugh at themselves and their past in a good natured way. Hell maybe have it fade into a version of Ringo's "Photograph" to go all out nostalgia. Watch the critics freak out. I dont know.
  11. Haristar

    Haristar Apollo C. Vermouth

    Hampshire, UK
    It would have been kind of cute if "Early 1970" was a Beatles song. Each Beatle could duet with Ringo on their respective verse. And at the end all four of them sing the last line together.
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  12. Wolrus

    Wolrus Well-Known Member

    EVEREST (December 1970)

    1. Instant Karma (Lennon)
    2. My Sweet Lord (Harrison)
    3. Every Night (McCartney)
    4. Isolation (Lennon)
    5. What is Life (Harrison)
    6. Maybe I'm Amazed (McCartney)

    1. Beware of Darkness (Harrison)
    2. Working Class Hero (Lennon)
    3. That Would Be Something (McCartney)
    4. All Things Must Pass (Harrison)
    5. Junk (McCartney)
    6. God (Lennon)
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  13. bvb1123

    bvb1123 Rock and Roll Martian

    Cincinnati Ohio
    I did a 14 track album like their classic Beatles' albums
    Might not be The Beatles' best but:

    The Beatles' Greatest Hits (1970-75)

    1. Imagine
    2. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
    3. Photograph
    4. Band On The Run
    5. My Sweet Lord
    6. Out The Blue
    7. Maybe I'm Amazed

    8. Live And Let Die
    9. #9 Dream
    10. It Don't Come Easy
    11. Jealous Guy
    12. If Not For You
    13. Whatever Gets You Through The Night
    14. Hi, Hi, Hi
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  14. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    Such a different time the early 70s. John was all introspective and full of himself (well he kind of always was, but in retrospect he was a bit insufferable through a good portion of the 70s) and Paul was just trying too hard to be rootsy. They all seemed just a bit too serious. Maybe a bit of goofy would have stood the test of time more than we think.
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  15. Haristar

    Haristar Apollo C. Vermouth

    Hampshire, UK
    I'm listening to this at the moment, and I realised I probably didn't sequence the songs very well... there's four ballads right in the middle (Love, All Things Must Pass, Imagine, Maybe I'm Amazed).
  16. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Make a good comp.
    But .. Never sound like The Beatles !!!
  17. jgkojak

    jgkojak Mull of Kansas

    Lawrence, KS
    I like a 1975 Beatles solo compilation - it's amazing how thematically similar some of their work is at various times

    Side One
    1. Venus and Mars
    2. Rock Show
    3. Whatever Gets You Through the Night
    4. Dark Horse
    5. What You Got
    6. Letting Go
    7. Nobody Loves You When You're Down and Out
    Side Two
    1. Surprise Surprise
    2. Call Me Back Again
    3. Simply Shady
    4. Listen To What the Man Said
    5. #9 Dream
    6. Venus and Mars Reprise
    7. Goodnight Vienna

    The end of Listen... segues into #9 Dream (like Listen to Treat Her Gently)
  18. TheDailyBuzzherd

    TheDailyBuzzherd Forum Resident

    Northeast USA
    Yeah! it's called, "All Things Must Pass".
  19. Tristero

    Tristero Touching from a distance

    This is a great point. The full blown Spectorization of All Things Must Pass wouldn't sit well at all alongside the early McCartney solo output. While it is certainly possible to put together a great playlist of solo material from the early 70s, it's much harder to come up with something that sounds as cohesive as most Beatles albums did.
  20. Sick Sick Phil

    Sick Sick Phil Forum Resident

    Sure it is called Imagine.
  21. Pizza

    Pizza With extra pepperoni

    Another Day
    Instant Karma
    It Don't Come Easy
    What is Life
    Maybe I'm Amazed

    Too Many People
    Cold Turkey
    Isn't it a Pity
    Jealous Guy
    Back Seat of my Car
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  22. MaccaBeatles

    MaccaBeatles Forum Resident

    Greater London
    This is really good! Incredible how many excellent songs they recorded in the early 70s. I would personally make this set of tracks below the second LP and package them together as The Beatles: The Solo Years (1970-1974) ;)

    Side One:
    1. #9 Dream (Lennon/McCartney)
    2. Live And Let Die (Lennon/McCartney)
    3. What Is Life (Harrison)
    4. I'm The Greatest (Lennon/McCartney)
    5. Mind Games (Lennon/McCartney)
    6. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (Lennon/McCartney)
    7. Back Off Boogaloo (Starkey)

    Side Two:
    8. Jet (Lennon/McCartney)
    9. Give Me Some Truth (Lennon/McCartney)
    10. Beware of Darkness (Harrison)
    11. The Back Seat Of My Car (Lennon/McCartney)
    12. Whatever Gets You Through The Night (Lennon/McCartney)
    13. Bangla Desh (Lennon/McCartney)
    14. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five (Lennon/McCartney)
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  23. maccafan

    maccafan Forum Resident

    Sure, there's plenty of fantastic songs by them, it would really be easy to do!
  24. ajsmith

    ajsmith Forum Resident

    I’m confident that it would be very easy to put together a solo Beatles comp that rivals their ‘Best’ Beatles work. Sheesh. Low bar much?
  25. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    NOT A CHANCE! : )
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