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Old Aug 05, 2005, 10:07 AM   #1
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Question Favorite/Least Favorite Album?

I became a bonafide "Beatlefreak" while a junior in high school. After high school I kind of went through a phase where I didnt listen to them so much. I never disliked them, but I just didn't pay much attention to anything Beatles. Now that I am back to the Beatles again, I have found that I have been more interested in solo work than I was before. I only owned All Things Must Pass before, now I have gotten the Dark Horse Years box set, All things Must Pass (again), Brainwashed, and Living In the Material World. I don't think I've missed anything. Anyhow, I was just kind of wondering today, what is your favorite solo album and what is your least favorite solo album and why?

Personally, I'm not even sure i can answer this yet, but the one that gets the most play lately is George Harrison. And I don't know why but I really don't care much for Somewhere In England. It's not bad, but t just doesn't seem to compare to his other stuff for me.
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Old Aug 05, 2005, 12:59 PM   #2
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My favorite has gots to be All Things Must Pass for all the obvious reasons (sorry, I know that's a pat answer) and my least favorite is...well, I'll have to get back on that one...I really like them all!
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Old Aug 05, 2005, 01:32 PM   #3
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My favorite is......ummm....

Ya know, good question.

I would typically say All Things Must Pass. but I also love Brainwashed.

Although George Harrison has been getting the most play here lately too (and to think I didn't like it when I first got it)

With the exception of two songs (Baltimore Oriole and and Life Itself) I don't really like "Somewhere In England"
And sadly, "Living In the Material World" doesn't do much for me either (but I love "Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth" and "Be Here Now")

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Old Aug 05, 2005, 01:50 PM   #4
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Both questions are difficult to answer, but I'll go for ATMP as my fav, and probably Extra Texture as my least, although I like the song YOU
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Old Aug 05, 2005, 01:55 PM   #5
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Least Favorite? Extra Texture. I'm not a big fan of Living In The Material World, either, other than Give Me Love.

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Old Aug 05, 2005, 03:15 PM   #6
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Wow, I'm surprised by how many would choose Living In The Material World as their least favorite. I got that one last and am loving it. I have especially fallen in love with That Is All. It's always interesting to hear differing viewpoints. I have yet to purchase Dark Horse and Extra Texture.
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Favorite is probably ATMP, though I'm really fond of "33 1/3" too because it came out when I was a newbie fan and had some lovely hits/videos that went along with it. Least favorite is probably "Extra Texture", though honestly, I haven't listened to it for at least 20 years, so my memories of it are a bit faded. I'm probably more fond of "George Harrison", "Somewhere in England", "Dark Horse" and particularly "Gone Troppo" than most non-super-rabid George fans and less fond of "Cloud 9" (yeah yeah, don't stone me) and "Brainwashed" than most, though I like them both quite well.
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Old Aug 05, 2005, 09:32 PM   #8
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As a favorite, I'm kind of stuck between ATMP and Brainwashed... although I guess I was forced to choose just one, I'd go with ATMP.

Least favorite is Extra Texture. Doesn't do too much for me, sorry George!
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Favorite is easy; just go on with the trend... it's just because All Things Must Pass is OH SO GREAT and features all those great songs... something related to the number of the songs, the monumental arrangements and so on.

I'm a fan of almost everything else, everything has its charm; the deep spirituality of Living In The Material World, the jazzistic experiences of Dark Horse, the depression and sweetness of Extra Texture, the great pop constructions of Thirty-Three & 1/3, the romanticism and optimism of George Harrison, the happy-go-lucky feel to Gone Troppo, the pop masterpiece that Cloud Nine is and of course the solemnity and simplicity (at the same time) of Brainwashed, the posthumous work.

Yes, I know I missed one, and that would be my least favorite. The way it's arranged, Somewhere In England just doesn't provide a good effect on me, whilst I like very much some of the original songs ("Life Itself"), some of the replacements ("Blood From A Clone", "All Those Years Ago"), and of course some of the erased ones ("Lay His Head", "Sat Singing")... if it had all those five it would have been all great but I'm not in complete agreement with things like "Teardrops", "Save The World" and especially "That Which I Have Lost" which could easily be my least favorite song of his (sorry mates). I'm learning to enjoy the Carmichael covers, though.
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Really hard to work out if I am a 'super-rabid' or a 'most-super-rabid', Rell - dear me, you do propose difficult abstractions.

Extra Textra and Cloud Nine. Nothing difficult about these decisions.
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Really hard to work out if I am a 'super-rabid' or a 'most-super-rabid', Rell - dear me, you do propose difficult abstractions.

Extra Textra and Cloud Nine. Nothing difficult about these decisions.
Yes, how does one distinguish which category one falls into? And old moon shining, Extra texture being your favorite and Cloud Nine being your least?
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Old Aug 06, 2005, 08:03 AM   #12
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Least favourite is probably "Somewhere In England" Still every time I put it on I'm surprised that I like so much of it, but I don't put it on very often.

Favourite is more dificult, but I say "Brainwashed". Takes me on such beautiful listening experience from George reguesting some more guitar till the mantra at the end. Without a moment of thinking about skipping one song, it's one album that needs to be listened to as a whole. It always ends to soon.
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Really hard to work out if I am a 'super-rabid' or a 'most-super-rabid', Rell - dear me, you do propose difficult abstractions.
Gosh, wasn't trying to make anybody fall into any category or make any judgements, I just ramble sometimes and it's not to be taken all that seriously.

I was just trying to point out that since I am not primarily and #1 a "George fan", that my opinions on his work might differ from those who do consider themselves to be primarily George fans.
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Favorite: George Harrison
Least favorite: Dark Horse
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Favorite: All Things Must Pass, hands down. Brainwashed would be on second place, but ATMP has the best lyrics and instrumentation.

Least favorite: Living In The Material World. I think I've listened only twice since I bought it.
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Favorite: ATMP
Least Favorite: Somewhere in England

Choosing a least favorite was not easy; Somewhere in England has high caliber songs that I really love. It is just that, of all the collections of recordings, I prefer the others.

Choosing a favorite was just as hard. ATMP was such an exceptional work that truly raised the bar. It is ideal for just about any mood or occasion.

The self-titled George Harrison has a good selection of Beatle and solo songs and is ideal for meeting just about any need. I love it!

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I'm a fan of almost everything else, everything has its charm; the deep spirituality of Living In The Material World, the jazzistic experiences of Dark Horse, the depression and sweetness of Extra Texture, the great pop constructions of Thirty-Three & 1/3, the romanticism and optimism of George Harrison, the happy-go-lucky feel to Gone Troppo, the pop masterpiece that Cloud Nine is and of course the solemnity and simplicity (at the same time) of Brainwashed, the posthumous work.
Well put. George was a musical and mental and emotional virtuoso. His work could take listeners through the full range of feelings. His work was a musical continuum.
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Favourite: ATMP

Least favourite: Dark Horse. Although there are some very good songs on this album, most notably the title track, the overall feel of the album is a little too depressing for me.
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Old Aug 06, 2005, 01:45 PM   #18
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My favorite I'd say is either Brainwashed or ATMP.

I don't have a least favorite, but I don't have enough of his albums to really know.
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Oh... um.... I'll give you my top 3 faves, and my least fave:

Top 3 Faves:

Brainwashed
George Harrison
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Dark Horse

Least fave (easy!):

Electronic Sounds
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ATMP, Brainwashed, Cloud Nine favorites...

least.....well maybe Living in the Material World...or Somewhere In England....but that is for today..
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