Which solo Beatles albums are better than actual Beatles albums?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Jerryb, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Jerryb

    Jerryb Forum Resident Thread Starter

    New Jersey
    If this was a bad choice for a thread I apologise. I was just listening to Ringo's self titled solo album (Photograph etc) and preferred it over a few Beatles albums.
  2. mrbobdobalina

    mrbobdobalina Forum Resident

    Fort Myers FL
    IMHO, "Ram"and "Band on the Run" are as good as any Beatles album, but not necessarily better.
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  3. markbrow

    markbrow Forum President

    I'll be the first jerk to say "none." If All Things Must Pass was a single album with just the strongest cuts it would be the closest. But as we all know, the Beatles were far more than the sum of their parts.
  4. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

    Worcester, MA
    Plastic Ono Band is on a par with most Beatles albums.
  5. ralph7109

    ralph7109 Forum Resident

    Franklin, TN
    4 against 1 is not a fair fight.
  6. kahlveen

    kahlveen Forum Resident

    CA, USA
    I'd put Living in the Material World above at least more than half the Beatles albums. The title track and Give Me Love are great and the more I listen, the more I'm liking the entire album as a whole.
  7. Arnold Grove

    Arnold Grove Senior Member

    I agree.

    John, Yoko, George, and Ringo versus Paul was totally unfair... ;)
  8. The Zodiac

    The Zodiac God's Lonely Man

    All Things Must Pass and Band On The Run are better than Help and Let It Be. Yellow Sub too, if were counting it.
  9. idreamofpikas

    idreamofpikas Forum Resident

    there are at least 5 solo albums, POB, BOTR, ATMP, Ram and Imagine that are better than With the Beatles, Beatles for Sale and Please Please Me and as good as Help and AHDN.
  10. Finch Platte

    Finch Platte Forum Resident

    BOTB is much better as a whole than NOTBU, but can't be squelched by the expendededing version of UDKTT, to be sure. However, OPOBB can't be topped with a cherry if REMRVVS is still in the running.

    And don't forget to WYA on the way out!
  11. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    Idk about better, many are good enough to be stable mates
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  12. mbleicher1

    mbleicher1 Tube Amp Curmudgeon

    This is going to depend on who your favorite Beatle is. I think Plastic Ono Band and All Things Must Pass are both better than Help or Let it Be, but as much as I love Paul, I don’t think his solo albums have the grit and range to surpass Beatles albums as albums. Song for song, might be a different story.
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  13. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

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  14. Benno123

    Benno123 Forum Resident

  15. None. There are certain songs that’s true of but not whole albums better than the fab four.
  16. Zeki

    Zeki Forum Resident

    Yep, I agree on Ram and Band on the Run and could add a couple more as "as good", but like you say, not better. Imagine and Living in the Material World would be a couple of others I'd consider.
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  17. Raunchnroll

    Raunchnroll Forum Resident

    I tend to listen to the 'key' solo LPs more than I do the Beatles LPs these days. But thats just a preference. They aren't 'better.'
  18. Zeki

    Zeki Forum Resident

    I was going to "like" (as I think Living in the Material World is fantastic) but then realized you're saying it's above more than half the Beatles discography. 1/2 a like!
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  19. I actually feel that Paul albums as good as John and George’s but he would never make albums like either one of those. Expecting that is unrealistic.
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  20. J. Umbari

    J. Umbari Forum Resident

  21. It’s a great album to be sure BUT the variety of having three songwriters in a band trumps this album for me. As great as it is, it’s largely dour and lacking humor.
  22. I think a better way to title this would be “prefer” not “better than”.subjectively one could argue that point. I would point out that none of them were as innovative as the work The Beatles did.
  23. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

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  24. Greenalishi

    Greenalishi Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    Plastic Ono Band is better than Let It Be and Abby Road. It's also better than any of McCartney's solo and Wings stuff.
  25. No.

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