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THE BEATLES

The Beatles

 

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4.15 | 530 ratings

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arcane-beautiful
5 stars This is one of those albums that I've listened too so many times, that the songs are just constantly scraped into my head.

Different from their other albums, this album almost seemed like a branch out of solo efforts from the band (with George's material being the strongest, just like in Abbey Road).

This double album, could have easily been 2 single albums, but it would have been missing somethingif it wasn't a double album.

Their was also a massive experimental side to this album, reuslting in a better production style, more in depth songs and just a more enjoyable natural album.

This album also has a weird history, including influence on the Manson family, which adds to a quite creepy atomosphere to it (a bit like Pet Sounds).

CD 1

1. Back In The U.S.S.R - This song does annoy me a wee bit, but it is a classic song and is well written and incredibly catchy. 8/10

2. Dear Prudence - A quite laid back and the begininning of what I think was the alternative sound. Siouxsie & The Banshees do a pretty cool cover of this song. 9/10

3. Glass Onion - A quite interesting lyrical play of Beatles songs. Has a very Magical Mystery Tour vibe to it. 10/10

4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - I want to hate this song, but I love it so much. It's also way ahead of its time production wise. 10/10

5. Wild Honey Pie - A short weird interlude that doesn't really make much sense. The Pixies do an amazing cover of this song. 10/10

6. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill - Very weird and...words can't really describe it. It's just so different, but incredibly funny. Yoko is also in this song, which isn't that bad to be honest. 10/10

7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Apparently Eric Clapton plays on the album version, but I don't know if that's 100% true. Amazing song with some very beautiful arangements and lyrics. The guitar work is pretty cool. 10/10

8. Happiness Is A Warm Gun - It's kind of like 3 songs in one. Very proggy and way ahead of it's time. 10/10

9. Martha My Dear - Usually Paul annoys me, but this is a great song with some amazing piano work on it. 10/10

10. I'm So Tired - Weird and wonderfull. Amazing vocals from Paul and John. Just a great song. 10/10

11. Blackbird - Everyone's song to learn for fingerpicking. It is a beautiful song and the music and lyrics are very heartfelt. There is also speculation that this song is about racial dominance, but thats just BS. 10/10

12. Piggies - Just adore this thing. Love the harpsichord work and the weirdness of the song. This song is about the police, obviously. 10/10

13. Rocky Racoon - This song annoys me a wee bit, but it is a great song. This song apparently is about black people, which again is BS. 7/10

14. Don't Pass Me By - Ringo's song. This isn't that bad, love the violin in the song. 8/10

15. Why Don't We Do It In The Road? - What is it? 9/10

16. I Will - Again, another great Paul song (their isn't alot of these). 10/10

17. Julia - Very sombre and very beautifull. 10/10

CD2

1. Birthday - Very chessy but incredibly impressive, some of the effects in the song sound so spacy and futuristic, again showing something that's away ahead of it's time. 10/10

2. Yer Blues - This is a parody of a blues song, and coming from a guy that hates Blues, I love this song. John's vocals are amazing in this song. 10/10

3. Mother Nature's Son - Very underlooked in my opinion. Beautifull arangement. 10/10

4. Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me & My Monkey - A werid song but very kick ass and very cathcy. 10/10

5. Sexy Sadie - Again, very underlooked. Sounds like Lennon's solo stuff (which I prefer to most Beatle stuff). 10/10

6. Helter Skelter - Again, another song that influenced the Manson's, for some strange reason. I believe this is the first real hard rock song, and has a very Boris vibe to it. 10/10

7. Long, Long, Long - The most underlooked song on this album, and the best in my opinion. I love the build up throughout. Very beautifull. 10/10

8. Revolution 1 - The live version with distortion and faster is way better. I do love the laidback feel of this song. 9/10

9. Honey Pie - This song could have easily been discarded. This song is nearly unlistenable. 4/10

10. Savoy Truffle - Another amazing George song. Love this song, it is very underlooked and is one of the best on the album. 10/10

11. Cry Baby Cry - This song is a wee bit weird, but it does have some nice melodies and harmonies throughout. The ending is very cool and weird. 9/10

12. Revolution 9 - The first piece of noise music. It really is groundbreaking and very eerie, but it is really cool. It also shows how good the production is on this album. 8/10

13. Good Night - I love this song for some reason, the choir and the orchestration is amazing. I didn't know Ringo was singing this song, and I was shocked because the vocals are really good. Ringo's best vocal performance. 10/10

CONCLUSION: This is a classic album no doubt. If you don't have it, then I strongly consider you should buy it now. BUY IT NOW!!!!!

arcane-beautiful | 5/5 |

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