What is there to say about the Sgt. Pepper album that hasn’t already been said? Widely seen as the best album ever recorded, the songs found within contain the kind of musical magic that only comes around once in a lifetime. It’s difficult to think of another studio album that has last such a lasting impression on millions and millions of listeners the world over. What The Beatles did on this album was revolutionise music and it would never be the same again.
The Beatles are one of my favourite bands so I thought I’d have a go at ranking their studio albums. There were eleven in total, not including Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine which aren’t considered “proper” albums or the US only releases that many of you reading this will know. The eleven albums that follow are their major albums, and the ranking is my opinion only. I go from “worst” to best. Let me know your thoughts.
Released as a double A-side single alongside Strawberry Fields Forever in February 1967, Penny Lane remains one of the most loved and favourite Beatles songs of all time. The joyful nature of the song is rooted in the incredible vocal performance by McCartney, of which you can listen to in isolated form right now. Take a listen:
When you think of the song With A Little Help From My Friends, the first thing you think of musically probably isn’t the piano. But when you focus on it more you realise how great it is, even though it’s pretty simplistic. What we have in this article is the full isolated piano track from the song. Take a listen:
Released to coincide with director Ron Howard’s new Beatles documentary, Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years, Live At The Hollywood Bowl is a beautifully packaged live album which was actually originally released in 1977. However this new edition has been sublimely remixed and remastered with the addition of four new songs that weren’t on the original album. The songs, all recorded from various shows the band played at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, Los Angeles, sound fantastic and about as fresh as if they were performed and recorded yesterday.
Released on the 13th September 1965, exactly 51 years ago to the day as I write this article, Yesterday continues to be one of The Beatles’ most popular song, even though Paul McCartney was the only Beatle who performed on it. In this article are the incredible string arrangements by Sir George Martin which can be heard in beautiful isolated form right here. Take a listen: