ReRushed, on 13 March 2015 - 12:03 PM, said:
LedRush, on 13 March 2015 - 11:53 AM, said:
Rutlefan, on 13 March 2015 - 11:48 AM, said:
LedRush, on 13 March 2015 - 11:39 AM, said:
Rutlefan, on 13 March 2015 - 11:26 AM, said:
So impossible. This is like choosing between Revolver, Sgt Peppers, and Abbey Road. PeW, like Revolver, is perfection and just plain cool; and, the album which seems to get named "best" by hardcore devotees more than any other. MP, like Sgt Peppers, is the icon, the one album which most people most identify with the band. Abbey Road, like Hemi, is a rich and colorful aural landscape with two very distinct sides. Critics point to flaws in both, but if I could only take one disc from both bands to a desert island it would be those.
So, do I choose perfection, iconic status, or personal attachment? Do I go with my heart and keep Hemi, as I would Abbey Road, or my head and vote Hemi out, as I would Abbey Road? No united sphere on this one.
For now, going with the head as I think that both PeW and MP are stronger albums than Hemi, all things considered. Like voting against AFTK just doesn't feel right though. Subject to change as certainly my vote will decide all this
I don't consider Revolver near the quality of those other 2 records. If I had to add a 3rd, it'd be the White Album...but that would mess up your comparison. Either way, I'd vote for White Album/Revolver, just as I'd vote for PeW.
Not scientific but reflective of my experience among Beatles fans and music-intense hipsters: http://www.bestevera...hechart.php?c=2
Any album with Eleanor Rigby, I'm Only Sleeping, She Said She Said, For No One, Dr. Robert, Tomorrow Never Knows, etc. is a tough act to beat. But it's all personal taste; I know people who think Beatles For Sale is their best (I guess they're into country rock).
Half of the album is filler, and the highs don't reach the highs of Sgt Pepper or Abbey Road (or the White Album). I know it's super popular, but I think it may have something to do with not wanting to be perceived as being a casual fan. "I'm hardcore...my favorite is Revolver."
Part of my judging albums is including what is left off the album, that is, the companion single. For Revolver it's Paperback Writer/Rain. For Sgt. Pepper's it's Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane. For The Beatles it's Hey Jude/Revolution...
I think Revolver wins the singles argument. Here's why. George Martin has said he regrets leaving Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane off of Sgt Peppers; he thinks that Pepper is a little thin in terms of the quality of the individual songs, despite how well they all work together. The White Album uses another version of Hey Jude's b-side, and still could have used Hey Jude on side four, or anything besides Revolution 9. Revolver doesn't miss the excellent Paperback Writer and Rain at all.
This said, I can see an argument for any Beatles album from Rubber Soul on, excepting MMT and Yellow Submarine (expanded EPs), and Let it Be (tracks that didn't make to Abbey Road).
Edited by Rutlefan, 13 March 2015 - 12:20 PM.