Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Beatles for Sale

In honour of the digitally re-re-remastered Beatles back catalogue going on sale today (not the first time they’ve been remastered, but by all accounts the best of them), here’s my top few from the fab four:

  1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  2. And My Bird Can Sing
  3. Taxman
  4. I Am the Walrus
  5. Happiness is a Warm Gun
  6. Across the Universe (the ‘Wildlife’ version)
  7. Strawberry Fields Forever
  8. I Wanna Be Your Man
  9. Norwegian Wood
  10. You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
  11. I Should Have Known Better
  12. Let it Be (the one without Phil Spector’s strings and choirs)

Top albums:

  1. White Album
  2. Revolver
  3. Abbey Road
  4. Rubber Soul
  5. Past Masters

What’s yours?

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Anonymous Frankie Lee said...

1-The Long and Winding Road (either version, I'm not fussed).
2-Nowhere Man.
3-Please Please Me.
4-A Day In The Life.
5-Hey Jude.
6-I'll Follow The Sun.
7-You're Going To Lose That Girl.
8-I'm A Loser.
9-Here, There, And Everywhere.
10-Hello, Goodbye.
12-Real Love (yes, The "Threetles" version).

As to the albums, A Hard Days Night and Revolver are my favourites overall.

While we're on the subject of The Beatles, PC, did you see "Across The Universe"?

9 Sep 2009, 14:37:00  
Anonymous Falafulu Fisi said...

I'll include Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da in the top 5.

9 Sep 2009, 14:45:00  
Blogger Matt Nolan said...

1) Within you without you
2) Norwegian Wood
3) Revolution
4) We can work it out
5) Come together

9 Sep 2009, 15:35:00  
Anonymous Simon said...

This Boy
There’s a place
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
I’m so tied
I’m Down

Interesting cover of Blackbird – Bobby McFerrin

9 Sep 2009, 16:52:00  
Blogger Greig McGill said...

I Want You (She's So Heavy) - love that song.

Rocky Raccoon

Glass Onion

Get Back

Fool on the Hill

So many really...

9 Sep 2009, 16:58:00  
Anonymous matt b said...

1. In my life
2. Strawberry Fields forever
2. Happiness is a warm gun
5. I am the walrus
3. She said she said
4. We can work it out
5. Don't let me down
6. Lucy in the sky w diamonds

Also like St Peppers (the opening song) and Carry That Weight, but they're short to the point of being sound bites.

9 Sep 2009, 17:27:00  
Anonymous matt b said...

Also check out

e.g. Paul's first name is James.

9 Sep 2009, 17:28:00  
Blogger Richard McGrath said...

The best Beatles covers band on the planet is the Cavern Beat. Look them up and listen to their sound on You Tube. Their bass player is of Indian descent but otherwise looks and sounds like Paul McCartney.

10 Sep 2009, 09:09:00  
Blogger The Tomahawk Kid said...

I want you
In my life
Paperback Writer
Bad Boys
happiness is a Warm Gun
Everybodys got something to hide except for me and my monkey
Bungalow Bill/While my guitar gently weeps
. . . This is impossible - I cannot name only 10, and in an order.

Let me say EVERYTHING makes my top 10 EXCEPT obla di obla dah

Savoy Truffle
Honey Pie
Tax Man
Im Down
Slow Down
Happiness is a warm gun

Favourite album is the White Album

Undisputably, Without doubt and The best band of all time - they had it all (even Ringo!)

10 Sep 2009, 09:30:00  
Anonymous Sus said...

"While we're on the subject of The Beatles, PC, did you see "Across The Universe"?"

I did, FL and I absolutely *loved* it, so much so that I grabbed the DVD when available. It got even better and better as it went along. Clever, different and visually gorgeous.

Jim Watzisname (can't think of it offhand and can't be arsed to look it up) who played Jude is a talent to keep any eye on.

He took the lead in '21', too .. based on the true story of the MIT students who had a field day counting cards in Vegas for several months, which you might have seen?

10 Sep 2009, 10:18:00  
Blogger PC said...

** "PC, did you see "Across The Universe"

No, I didn't. Sounds interesting. What is it?

** I'd include Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da in the top 5 worst songs ever written. People agree with me. :-)

10 Sep 2009, 10:27:00  
Anonymous Frankie Lee said...

It's a musical made using the Beatles back catalogue. The plot (working class Brit lad travels to America, gets caught up in the 60's counterculture) is admitedly fairly thin. But the arrangements of the tunes, and the visual styling, is inspired. Plus, as Sus mentioned, the acting is excellent.

10 Sep 2009, 11:25:00  
Blogger Shane Pleasance said...

Best songs:

1. For no one. Utterly superb in its simplicity.
2. I feel fine. And very well recorded. Listen to the intro guitar feedback, build into fabulous tune.
3. A day in the life. They had to count them all.
4. The end.
5. Til there was you. Miss my vinyl copy.
6. Penny Lane. Bankers with motorcars, anyone?
7. Paperback Writer. I need a job!
8. Shes leaving home.
9. The fool on the hill. Still live there.
10. Blackbird

1. Revolver
2. White
3. Sgt Peppers
4. Abbey Rd - the medley!
5. Help

Got into Beatles with Sgt Peppers - so overplayed this to the point of nausea.

10 Sep 2009, 19:33:00  

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