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THE BEATLES

The Beatles

 

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4.15 | 531 ratings

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burgersoft777
4 stars This is far and away the best record that the Beatles did. Forget Sgt Pepper it is this double set that is the most entertaining and important recording of the fab four. I spent the summer of 1972 walking the hills and paths of Wiltshire accompanied by my first cassette player and a recording of this record that I made with a microphone strapped inside a pair of headphones. There are no single hits (at least not made hits by the Beatles) on this record which is maybe why it falls below so many peoples radar. It does have a number of songs that have become classics on it. I am not going to list the tracks but I will say that this album has a great deal of variety in it. From the pop boogie of back in the USSR to the Heavy metal of helter skelter, passing through gentle ballads this record has it all.We are even treated to a lullaby and it even finds time to be truly experimental with the notorious Number Nine. The three composers of the Beatles are all on top form. This is the record on which George Harrison came out as a writer in his own right. In fact Harrison gives us the best cut with the truly brilliant while my guitar gently weeps. Some people have said that this could have been trimmed to one brilliant record but I think they are wrong as we get two brilliant records. When you are talking desert Island disks this has to be the only Beatles album to take. This is certainly a progressive record , it has enough going on to bring you back again and again. I have worn few records out but I have bought this one three times simply to replace copies that have been played to death. If you like Sgt Pepper the White Album is a must buy. In fact if you don't own this record it would be very hard to take your collection seriously. Believe me if you own just one record by Liverpool's finest this is the one to own.
burgersoft777 | 4/5 |

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