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Old Oct 16, 2003, 10:54 PM   #1
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Ok, so I have no solo albums of the Beatles whatsoever, and I would like to buy some. But, being the broke teenager that I am, I can't dash out and buy every single album each Beatle ever made. So I'm asking you smart people, if you could only buy three solo albums of each Beatle, which would they be? I hope you can help me decide which albums are the best. Thanks!
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Old Oct 17, 2003, 12:40 AM   #2
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John - Imagine, Lennon & Double Fantasy

Paul - Band On The Run, Wings Over America & Wingspan

George - All Things Must Pass, Cloud Nine & Best Of Dark Horse 1976-1989

Ringo - Ringo, Blast From Your Past & VH1 Storytellers

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Old Oct 17, 2003, 08:40 AM   #3
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I'd like to add RAM to the Paul list. Especially if you can't afford the multi-disc ones.
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Old Oct 17, 2003, 02:04 PM   #4
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John - Lennon
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">The OOP boxed set? Or Lennon Legend?

John- Plastic Ono Band, Imagine, Walls and Bridges (can be replaced by Double Fantasy)

Paul- Ram, Back to the Egg, Tug of War

George- All Things Must Pass, George Harrison, Brainwashed

Ringo- Ringo, Vertical Man, Ringo Rama
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Old Oct 17, 2003, 02:07 PM   #5
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Ok, this is what I would do:
When you have precious little cash, and you want to cover as much as you can of a person's carreer, you go for some "greatest hits" thingies. Off the top of my head:

1: Wingspan (double cd, this one...)
2. Lennon the legend.
3. The best of Dark Horse (hard to find)
And anything live from Ringo. He plays his best material live.
Hope it helps!!
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Old Oct 17, 2003, 02:14 PM   #6
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Ok, this is what I would do:
When you have precious little cash, and you want to cover as much as you can of a person's carreer, you go for some "greatest hits" thingies. Off the top of my head:

1: Wingspan (double cd, this one...)
2. Lennon the legend.
3. The best of Dark Horse (hard to find)
And anything live from Ringo. He plays his best material live.
Hope it helps!!
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Although I think this is a good idea I think you miss out a lot of great stuff by doing this as mainly you will only get the popular stuff in many cases.
My choices would be:

John : Plastic Ono Band, Imagine, Walls and Bridges.

Paul : Ram, Flowers in the Dirt, Flaming Pie.

George : All Things Must Pass , George Harrison , Brainwashed (must have this!!!)

Ringo : Ringo , Vertical Man, Ringorama

Also I would strongly recommend Travelling Wilburys Volume1.
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Old Oct 17, 2003, 02:54 PM   #7
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Interesting I saw this question yesterday, and it made me think quite a bit. I see there are a lot of replies here, but I rushed past them as I didn't want to be influenced. Here's what I came up with:

John Lennon
1. Plastic Ono Band is a must. This was John's last effort of sustained recorded brilliance. There were good songs to come, but no album bursting at the seams like POB.

2. Shaved Fish. This is a Lennon-compiled "best songs" effort. I chose this rather than Lennon Legend as I think it flows better. Legend is also spolit by Double Fantasy material I have a thing about his "return-to-recording" output: for me, its sentimentality is too stark, very unlike Lennon. In any case, whether Shaved or Legend, you get pretty much the best of Lennon.

3. Rock 'n' Roll This will surprise many, as it's not regarded as a "great" album at all, and truth to tell, it isn't. But it's Lennon's only attempt at revisiting his beloved rock 'n' roll. And it ain't that bad. On a par with Paul's efforts in that regard (see below).

George Harrison
1. All Things Must Pass. Easiest choice here. And that's your three albums! Well, not really ... let's assume you've got quite a bit of money, and can go two more titles.

2. Cloud Nine. A very very good album. It has its flaws but so does everything. George needed a good producer, and Lynne is on the money here. And all the songs are excellent.

3. Living In The Material World. George's forgotten album. It was a smash at the time (not that that means it was good; I'm just saying ...), so is definitely worth considering. All the songs are first class, and the musicianship throughout is tops. From here on until Cloud Nine, George's albums are a bit patchy: good stuff often, great stuff occasionally, weak stuff every so often.

Ringo Starr
1. Ringo. Easy choice, his best recorded work. And you get It Don't Come Easy, Early 1970 and Down & Out as bonuses on the CD. Don't hesitate.

2. I Wanna Be Santa Claus. My very own personal opinion is that this is a minor classic. It didn't sell well, it's almost forgotten. But it's got that "Christmas feel" that an album like this has got to have (and many don't). Ringo does some standards (0f course), some of his own (of course), and Christmas Time Is Here Again, as done by him and his mates all those years ago.

3. Ringo Rama. An excellent album. The songs are of a high standard, Ringo's in good voice, and everyone feels to me as if they're having a good time.

Paul McCartney
1. Ram. Easy to start off with. Ram is Paul pushing boundaries a bit, taking a few risks ... and succeeding brilliantly. I'm not a Paul fan, but this record is outstanding. If you get the CD, ignore the bonus Another Day, which was not part of the original release and absolutely does not belong with this set. The other bonus, Oh Woman Oh Why, is very good, and does fit in with Ram. In fact, I wish Macca had substituted Oh Woman Oh Why for Back Seat Of My Car, which is the down track on Ram for me.

2. CHOBBA B CCCP or Run Devil Run. Macca's attempts to revisit hisrock 'n' roll roots. On a par with Lennon's maybe a little less good, as Lennon is the better rock singer.

3. Paul McCartney Unplugged. His best "official" live recording. I've only recently got into it (a decade late!), and he's in excellent form.

I hope that's helped. All the best! And let us know what you decide.

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Old Oct 18, 2003, 07:39 AM   #8
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Some good choices have been mentioned. the best of the best to me are:
All things Must Pass, Plastic Ono Band, and Ram (see Edmund's reasons but I love Back Seat Of My Car)
I would like to add the following:

"McCartney", Paul's first solo album is a must. It is a small album but has many moments of brilliance , good songs, and a consistant good energy and sound.

"Brainwashed" has been mentioned but I would take this after All Things ahead of the over-rated Cloud Nine. It is the culmination of George's career and his most consistent group of songs since All Things.
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Old Oct 18, 2003, 07:55 AM   #9
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OK I have to disagree with most of these list because if you're a broke teenager you aren't going to try and spend $30 on a single OOP CD.

Here's My List:

John: 1. Plasic Ono Band, 2. Imagine, 3. Walls and Bridges.

Paul: 1. McCartney, 2. Band on the Run, 3. Unplugged (this might cause some trouble, but if you go to a used CD store you could get this pretty cheap.)

George: 1. All Things Must Pass, 2. Concert for Bangladesh, 3. Brainwashed

Ringo: 1. Ringo, 2. Vertical Man, 3. The Best of Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band...So Far
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Old Oct 18, 2003, 07:24 PM   #10
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John: Lennon Legend, Imagine, Plastic Ono Band

Paul: Wingspan, Ram, Back To The Egg

George: All Things Must Pass, Brainwashed, Cloud 9

Ringo: Ringo, Ringo Rama, Vertical Man (only have Ringo of those three, though [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] )
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Old Oct 18, 2003, 07:56 PM   #11
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John: Imagine, Walls And Brigdes, Double Fantasy

Paul: Ram, Band On The Run, Flowers In The Dirt

George: All Things Must Pass, Cloud 9, Brainwashed

Ringo: Ringo, Time Takes Time, Vertical Man

An advice: go to eBay, you can find there many of the albums for less than 10 bucks.
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Old Oct 19, 2003, 12:15 AM   #12
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Mmmm ok lets see...i have no time so im gonna choose the Macca ones...
1_ Ram (Out of this world)
2_ Wings over america (Is kind of lots of songs of Venus an mars and Speed of sound and some other great songs.)
3_ Pipes of peace... its a personal choice, but i love this one... [img]graemlins/rocknroll1.gif[/img]
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Old Oct 20, 2003, 05:51 AM   #13
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John: Plastic Ono Band; Imagine; Lennon Legend

Paul: Flaming Pie; Flowers in the Dirt; Tug of War

George: All Things Must Pass; Brainwashed; George Harrison

Ringo: Ringo; Ringo Rama; Vertical Man
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Old Oct 20, 2003, 06:14 AM   #14
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I could certainly benefit from some of your guy's suggestions as well... I don't have any solo albums either, Sweet Dream! I'm also in the same boat as you... not enough money to go out and buy every album. Actually, I bought a whole bunch of stuff last week while I was on vacation, so now I have NO money at all... tee hee.
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Old Oct 20, 2003, 05:31 PM   #15
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John: Shaved Fish, Imagine, Double Fantasy

George: All Things Must Pass, Living In The Material World, Brainwashed

Ringo: Ringo, Storytellers, Vertical Man

Paul: Venus And Mars, Ram, Tug Of War
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Old Oct 21, 2003, 06:57 PM   #16
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Three apiece.... SO HARD!!!! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

Ringo: Ringo, Time Takes Time, Ringo Rama
John: Plastic Ono Band, Imagine, Walls & Bridges
George: All Things Must Pass, 33 1/3, Brainwashed
Paul: (hardest for me cuz he's my favorite and I like most of his albums!) Band On the Run, Flowers In the Dirt, Flaming Pie

I'm not a fan of compilations, particularly in Paul's case because sometimes the hits are NOT the best songs. At least not to me. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Old Oct 22, 2003, 01:45 PM   #17
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lennon legend; all things must pass; ram;

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Old Oct 22, 2003, 07:59 PM   #18
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Quote:
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Ringo: Ringo, Time Takes Time, Ringo Rama
John: Plastic Ono Band, Imagine, Walls & Bridges
George: All Things Must Pass, 33 1/3, Brainwashed
Paul: Band On the Run, Flowers In the Dirt, Flaming Pie
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Hmmmm... I would only make three changes to your list to make mine: Vertical Man instead of Ringo Rama; Cloud Nine instead of 33 & 1/3 and Ram instead of Flowers In The Dirt.

But 6 out of 9 coincidences... that's great! [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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Quote:
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Originally Posted By Rellevart:
Ringo: Ringo, Time Takes Time, Ringo Rama
John: Plastic Ono Band, Imagine, Walls & Bridges
George: All Things Must Pass, 33 1/3, Brainwashed
Paul: Band On the Run, Flowers In the Dirt, Flaming Pie
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">Hmmmm... I would only make three changes to your list to make mine: Vertical Man instead of Ringo Rama; Cloud Nine instead of 33 & 1/3 and Ram instead of Flowers In The Dirt.

But 6 out of 9 coincidences... that's great! [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">What's really funny is that I debated long and hard between VM and RR.....and Ram vs FITD..... [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Old Dec 25, 2003, 11:34 PM   #20
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Thanks for all your responses so far, everyone, I really appreciate them! I haven't made a final decision yet as to what I'm going to buy, but here's the rough tally mark so far (I missed a few b/c I read this quickly, but this is mostly what was said):
John: Imagine- 9 votes
Plastic Ono Band- 8 votes
Walls and Bridges- 5 votes
Lennon Legend- 4 votes
Double Fantasy- 3 votes
Shaved Fish- 2 votes
Paul: Ram- 11 votes
Band on the Run- 5 votes
Flowers in the Dirt- 4 votes
Flaming Pie- 4 votes
Tug of War- 3 votes
McCartney- 2 votes
Unplugged- 2 votes
Wings Over America- 2 votes
Wingspan- 2 votes
Pipes of Peace- 1 vote
Venus and Mars- 1 vote
Back to the Egg- 1 vote
George: All Things Must Pass- 12 votes
Brainwashed- 9 votes
Cloud 9- 4 votes
George Harrison- 3 votes
Living in the Material World- 2 votes
Best of Dark Horse- 1 vote
33 1/3- 1 vote
Ringo: Ringo- 10 votes
Vertical Man-- 7 votes
Ringo Rama- 5 votes
Time Takes Time- 3 votes
VH1 Storytellers- 2 votes
Blast From Your Past- 1 vote

Again, thanks to everyone who so far has given me suggestions. I got lots of gift cards today for Xmas, so soon I'll be at the store getting the CD's. Anyone else have CD suggestions?
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