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THE BEATLES

The Beatles

 

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criticdrummer94
5 stars My Favorite Beatles album. Just full of classics with only one or two duds. This album is gonna go a little in depth on every track so bear with me.

Back in the USSR: Kicks off the album with a sorta Beach Boys parody. Very energetic and upbeat and really makes me get up and dance.

Dear Prudence: Slows down with a great acoustic line and really stuck with me more than USSR did. Paul drums this one and the previous and doesn't do a horrible job(the drum solo in this one is really good) but it makes me miss Ringo.

Glass Onion: Ringo makes his first appearance on this song with John poking fun at the cult the Beatles fans created. Always made me laugh a little bit but still a great song. The first song on this album I really enjoyed on this album

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da: A upbeat piano driven tune from Paul that most people I know enjoy. Not very innovative but is catchy and poppy

Wild Honey Pie: Interesting experimental piece with nice guitar effects and pounding drums.

The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill: A quirky song with Ringo and female vocal chorus which I really like and tells a story that could work in the late 1800s. One of my favorites. To me, the most underrated song on this

While My Guitar Gently Weeps: George's first tune and wow what an entry. Very sad and depressing but moving with Eric Clapton's world class guitar work.

Happiness is a Warm Gun: A fantastic tune that changes moods 3 times in a 2 min song. Genius vocals, guitars, bass, and drums. They work this tune amazingly and always recommend this one

Martha My Dear: For awhile, it took me some time to enjoy this song but it's not bad but I usually skip it

I'm So Tired: It puts me to sleep, In the good way, Nice mellow song which does symbolize someone who can't sleep. I would know too much

Blackbird: Paul is a loner on this one with him on vocals, acoustic and foot tapping. Nice song about healing a bird. Very minimal and beautiful

Piggies: Sort of an Animal Farm reference but has a great bass and tambourine line. Great orchestral line from George Martin.

Rocky Raccoon: A Country-esque tune that took me time to get into but like it very much. A ragtime piano in it which always makes wanna dance. Great song

Don't Pass Me By: Ringo wrote a song?? Yes he did and it ain't half bad. I was always drawn to songs sung by Ringo and this is no exception. He was always easy going and it shows in his songwriting and nice Violin work in there as well.

Why Don't We Do It In the Road?: Very random I must say but quite enjoyable. Try singing this to your boy or girlfriend.

I Will: Simple love song from Paul but The Beatles late 60s love songs work 10x better than their older ones.

Julia: A Simple ballad to end the first disc. John always was best in form by himself behind an acoustic guitar IMHO

Birthday: Beginning of Disc 2 with another upbeat Paul song about your birthday. Honestly, a great song for a birthday party. Great drum work by Ringo

Yer Blues: Progressive Blues if i ever heard it. Ringo is technical behind the kit and the riff is pretty complex. Also sad and depressing (Blues) Great song that is a classic example of John as a songwriter

Mother Nature's Son: The First dud on this album. Just kinda sounds boring and generic just didn't appeal to me

Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey: Hard rocking tune with a bell sounding ride from Ringo with a frantic busy environment but works with this song.

Sexy Sadie: Simple John song with a nice piano riff and interesting history behind it. Originally, it was supposed to be about Maharishi and how he tried to advance on a female with them in India but they changed it to Sexy Sadie at George's request. Still, a great song with nice piano and great harmony's that The Beatles are known for.

Helter Skelter: My Favorite Beatles tune ever. Showed that they could be F'ing rock and pretty much invent Metal in its wake. Nice and hard with rocking bass in the back by John on a 6 string bass and fantastic drums and ends with the classic "I GOT BLISTERS ON MY FINGERS"

Long, Long, Long: A weird George song that is very slow and mellow but does slowly drop you after the intensity of the last track

Revolution 1: A slower acoustic version of the Revolution on the B Side of Hey Jude. Good version but prefer the single

Honey Pie: I'm not sure what to make of this track. Not a fan

Savoy Truffle: George poking fun of Eric Clapton's chocolate addiction. Funny but still works and I enjoy this song with good Guitar and back beat

Revolution 9: Turn Me On, Dead Man

Good Night: Ringo puts the listener to the rest after this amazing album

Overall: Fantastic 5 Stars. Highlights: Back in the USSR, Dear Prudence, Glass Onion, The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Happiness is a Warm Gun, Piggies, Rocky Raccoon, Don't Pass Me By, Why Don't We Do It In the Road?, I Will, Yer Blues, Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey, Sexy Sadie, Helter Skelter, Savoy Truffle, Revolution 9 and Good Night

criticdrummer94 | 5/5 |

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