|Four lads from Liverpool (Library of Congress)|
Then there's the problem with compilations. If you're to advise someone on buying a Beatles album, you wouldn't avoid suggesting "Past Masters 2" just because the songs were recorded and released over a five-year period instead of all-at-once. You certainly need "Hey Jude" and "Day Tripper" in your Beatles collection. (I don't care that you can buy the songs separately online now -- albums still matter -- what's that? I can't hear you). If you think that allowing compilations will lead to a slippery slope, you are correct! Let's do this.
|Past Masters 2||81.4||8||3||92.4|
|Please Please Me||76.5||9||5||90.5|
|Magical Mystery Tour||77.3||8||4||89.3|
|With the Beatles||75.3||8||4||87.3|
|A Hard Day's Night||74.5||8||4||86.5|
|Let it Be||73.7||8||4||85.7|
|Past Masters 1||71.8||8||3||82.8|
|Beatles for Sale||68.0||8||4||80.0|
The success of Past Masters 2 on my list, (sixth overall, tied for second for song content) even with lower flow and bias ratings, is alarming to album purists. It only gets worse when you include their best of albums, "Red", "Blue", and "1".
Now this top Beatles album list is starting took bad. The Red Album, due to being full of great songs, no filler, and has the bias of being the first Beatles album I've ever owned, skyrockets to the top of the list. The only detriment that album has is its tracklisting is in chronological order. For the most part, hearing their musical progression makes for an exciting listen. Though sometimes the songs just don't flow well together from one to the next. It's no side 2 of "Abbey Road" (otherwise known as the standard of flow).
It's about to get worse. Here comes a Beatles mix tape! A collection of great songs, each one flowing together perfectly, creating a perfect album to love and cherish. Is this mix tape my "favorite Beatles album of all time"?
1. I am the Walrus
2. Helter Skelter
4. Day Tripper
5. She Loves You
6. Hey Jude
7. Can't By Me Love
9. I Should've Known Better
10. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
11. Tomorrow Never Knows
12. A Day in the Life
Okay, that's not a real mix tape of mine. But who knows, it just might be the greatest album of all time.