Post by Bob Forsythe on Sept 11, 2009 18:37:31 GMT -5
I tend to agree with John on the White Album. I'm not that big a fan of the early albums either, although I like some of the songs. I'd have to go with Rubber Soul, Revolver (their two best as far as I'm concerned), Sgt. Pepper's, although while also not my favorite it was ground-breaking, and Abbey Road.
The future always arrives too fast and in the wrong order - John Brunner
The negative judgment is the peak of mentality - Null-A
When compiled in 2001, VH-1 had their Top-100 albums of all time...
The top 20 had 5 Beatles albums...
1. The Beatles - Revolver (1966) 2. Nirvana - Nevermind (1991) 3. Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (1966) 4. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (1971) 5. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced? (1967) 6. The Beatles - Rubber Soul (1965) 7. Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life (1974) 8. The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969) 9. Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde (1966) 10. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) 11. The Beatles - The Beatles (The White Album) (1968) 12. Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street (1972) 13. The Who - Who's Next (1971) 14. Joni Mitchell - Blue (1971) 15. U2 - The Joshua Tree (1987) 16. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (1977) 17. Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols (1977) 18. Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain (1984) 19. Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) 20. Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988)
I bought them all in the stereo box set. I *ahem* "obtained" the mono mixes since I can't seem to find that box anywhere at retail prices. Once they press more of them, I'm all over it.
With them being my favorite band, I can't imagine not having the entire collection. The remasters are pretty much magnificent. I've been listening to these songs for most of my 38 years, and for many of them I'm hearing so much more, so many new nuances, that it's completely like rediscoverign old favorites.
If I could only buy 5 albums, they would be (in order) "Revolver", "Rubber Soul", "The Beatles (White Album)", "Help!", and "Abbey Road".
"Sgt. Pepper's" is entirely overrated... which is to say, it's a great album, but not Top 5 material. Groundbreaking? Yes. Revolutionary? Absolutely. But overall it takes a backseat, song-wise, to several other albums.