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February 01, 2006

Arrange in order

Lisa and Anna's posts on the NME 100 album list prompts me to ponder the following.

Anna and Rob Buckley are in dispute as to the correct ordering of Sgt Pepper an Revolver (the correct answer is... I don't need to say, do I?). So I think it's time for us to arrange the original Beatles albums in their correct ranked order.

Here's my attempt:

1. beatles for sale
2. help!
3. rubber soul
4. abbey road
5. white album
6. let it be
7. ...at the hollywood bowl
8. revolver
9. sgt pepper
10. a hard day's night
11. please please me
12. with the beatles
13. magical mystery tour
14. yellow submarine

Revolver fans will be shocked, I know. It looks like I don't like it, but I do. I just like others more. In the end, I don't rate it as highly because I think it's hamstrung by some poor inclusions, but kudos is due because "Paperback Writer" and "Rain" were issued as a single, when anybody else would have needed to put them on the album, too.


  • Wow interesting list... this requires serious thought... great to see rubber soul so high (probably my number one) and Let It Be is great. Good list, mr. HHR!

    By Blogger AnnaWaits, at 11:54 am  

  • may i?

    1. revolver
    2. white album
    3. the rutles
    4. with the beatles
    5. rubber soul
    6. help!
    7. a hard day's night
    8. beatles for sale
    9. magical mystery tour
    10. let it be

    don't care about the rest.

    By Blogger dog, at 1:09 am  

  • I had no idea you were disdainful of Abbey Road when you were posing on the crossing!

    By Blogger bot37363838, at 1:13 am  

  • we got it wrong, didn't we? and so does everyone else. we were walking towards abbey road, whereas the fabs were walking away. of course.

    as for the album, it's an ordinary, dull record. if it had been made by anyone else it would be completely forgotten now. it's almost as bad as sgt pepper.

    By Blogger dog, at 1:25 am  

  • Eh? We got several things wrong, (angle, distance) but not the direction of the walk. Although I did snap you walking in both directions.

    By Blogger bot37363838, at 2:23 am  

  • I still think you're showing off by putting Revolver so far down. Just remember what you thought the *first* time you heard it. Ditto Sgt P. Their only sin is to be overplayed. Poor inclusions? What do you call Octopus's Garden?

    Wanton contrariness aside, I'd say:

    1. Revolver
    2. Rubber Soul
    3. Sgt Pepper
    4. Abbey Road
    5. Beatles for Sale
    6. The White Album
    7. Let it Be
    8. Help!
    9. Magical Mystery Tour
    10. A Hard Day's Night
    11. Please Please Me
    12. With The Beatles
    13. Yellow Submarine

    I'd add that I like to keep Past Masters Vol. II on near constant rotation.

    By Anonymous Rafael Behr, at 2:57 am  

  • Rafael, I don't think it's about being over-played. Nobody in the history of the world has played ...For Sale as many times as me. And I've always felt Help! was cruelly overlooked because everything was happening in such a rush. It's all about the songs for me, and Help! has some absolute corkers. "I've Just Seen a Face" is my #1 Beatles track.

    I'll reiterate: I don't hate Revolver,, I just love the others more. "Tomorrow Never Knows" has always been praised to the skies, but sounds to me like the seafront at Skegness with meaningless arsewank doggerel sung over the top of it down a telephone. The skip count is too high for it to rank higher with me.

    There's a better case for Sgt. Pepper being deliberately snubbed, but I always hated "Within You Without You," so I always mark it down.

    By Blogger bot37363838, at 3:27 am  

  • I had a Damascene conversion to Within You Without you. (And no, it had nothing to do with drugs.)

    I think the Inner Light won me over to Beatles sitar. Agree re: Tomorrow Never Knows.

    All time no. 1 Beatles song ... now you're talking. Hmm.

    By Anonymous Rafael, at 4:44 am  

  • Aw, jeez. Look, I don't really wanna talk about the Beatles, but if y'all insist...

    The Beatles are with you from cradle to grave. Not digging the Beatles is like not digging oxygen. The Beatles are important not like rock bands are important, but important like Winston Churchill or Napoleon are important. For my dollar 'The White Album' is the wig flippingest thing in their catologue; dark, sprawling, flawed, dense...Yer Blues, Helter Skelter, Rocky Raccoon, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Dear Prudence, Back In The USSR, Blackbird, the moment the cellos swoop in on 'Glass Onion' and the tambourine kicks in...I've always dug double albums (the first Chicago LP is a fave) and The White Album is one of the very best. There's alotta garbage on the LP fer sure, but it's precisely that fuzzy scattershot approach which makes The White Album such a gas; it's unfocussed, but it's not sloppy -Let It Be (although brilliant, esp. enjoyable when you've seen the movie)is sloppy. The songs on the White Album are like pieces of a shattered stained glass window; some pieces are prettier than others, and the whole is trully something to behold.

    ...anyway, I don't really wanna talk about The Beatles

    By Anonymous Paul Fuzz, at 5:42 am  

  • Sgt Pepper just has too many so-so songs (With A Little Help From My Friends) scattered aomngst the brilliant ones (She's Leaving Home).

    As for Revolver - I see that and Rubber Soul as two virtually perfect albums that compliment each other really well.

    On the White Album, myself and Mr Fuzz disagree becuase for me it would be up there with R and RS if it wasn't for the songs I skip through.

    By Blogger AnnaWaits, at 10:22 am  

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