Saturday, September 19, 2009

Beatlemania 2009! Part V: The Top 3

This next installment of Beatlemania 2009 is a list of what I consider to be the Top 3 Beatles Albums. This is a list of studio albums only, not compilation albums. This are listed in reverse order of preference (i.e. like a countdown).

3. Magical Mystery Tour
Released in November 1967 by Parlophone/Capitol.
Produced by George Martin.
Recorded from November 1966 - November 1967 at Abbey Road Studios & Olympic Sound Studios in London.
Tracks: 11
Magical Mystery Tour (Paul)
The Fool on the Hill (Paul)
Flying (instrumental) - one of the few songs that was written by all members of the band.
Blue Jay Way (George)
Your Mother Should Know (Paul)
I Am the Walrus (John)
Hello Goodbye (Paul)
Strawberry Fields Forever (John)
Penny Lane (Paul)
Baby You're a Rich Man (John)
All You Need is Love (John) - background vocals on this song were done by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Keith Moon, Eric Clapton & Graham Nash.
This album was #1 for 8 weeks and spent a total of 90 weeks on the charts.
The 11 track LP was only released in the United States while a 6 track version was released in December 1967 in the UK. The UK version omitted the songs "Hello Goodbye" "Strawberry Fields Forever" "Penny Lane" "Baby You're a Rich Man" and "All You Need is Love."
This was the first album recorded by the band after the death of their original manager, Brian Epstein.

2. Help!
Released in August 1965 by Parlophone/Capitol.
Produced by George Martin.
Recorded between February and June 1965 at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Tracks: 14
Help! (John)
The Night Before (Paul)
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away (John)
I Need You (George)
Another Girl (Paul)
You're Going to Lose That Girl (John)
Ticket to Ride (John)
Act Naturally (Ringo)
It's Only Love (John)
You Like Me Too Much (George)
Tell Me What You See (John & Paul)
I've Just Seen a Face (Paul)
Yesterday (Paul)
Dizzy Miss Lizzy (John)
This album spent 9 weeks at #1 and spent a total of 41 weeks on the chart.
The United States release of this album had only 12 tracks and only included the songs "Help" "The Night Before" "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" "I Need You" "Another Girl" "You're Going to Lose That Girl" "I Need You" and "Ticket to Ride" from the U.K. release.

1. Beatles For Sale
Released in December 1964 by Parlophone.
Produced by George Martin.
Recorded between August and October 1964 at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Tracks: 14 (listed in parentheses is the lead vocalist on the song)
No Reply (John)
I'm a Loser (John)
Baby's in Black (John & Paul) - The death of former bandmate Stuart Sutcliffe was the inspiration behind this song.
Rock and Roll Music (John) - cover of a Chuck Berry song.
I'll Follow the Sun (Paul)
Mr. Moonlight (John) - cover of a Roy Lee Johnson song.
Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey (Paul) - This song was originally performed by Little Richard.
Eight Days a Week (John)
Words of Love (John & Paul) - cover of a Buddy Holly song.
Honey Don't (Ringo) - cover of a Carl Perkins song.
Every Little Thing (John & Paul)
I Don't Want to Spoil the Party (John)
What You're Doing (Paul)
Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby (George) - another Carl Perkins cover.
This album spent 11 weeks at #1 on the charts and another 11 weeks at #2. In all this album spend a total of 48 weeks on the charts.
Beatles for Sale was only released in the U.K. The U.S. release Beatles '65 includes 8 songs from this album, excluding "Kansas City" "8 Days a Week" "What You're Doing" "Words of Love" "Every Little Thing" and "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party."

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