Friday, September 11, 2009

THE BEATLES: A LISTENING GUIDE



In honour of the Beatles albums being remastered, I have decided to pay them the respect they are due, and give the true map for how best to navigate oneself through the greatest body of work in all of rock n roll. It's simple, really...The Beatles wrote the map for us. They put incredible care and thought into the sequencing of their albums, what came out as a single, and what was on the b-side of that single. The Beatles exerted this control primarily in the UK. As a result I have laid out their entire UK discography on Parlophone and Apple records in exact chornological order. I have included artwork when applicable (seeing as The Beatles were always very carefully involved in the visual representation of their music), some Capitol single sleeves are included, if it is known the Beatles had some say in it's visual presentation, and the songs correspond with the UK release. As a bonus, I have included the films or what were back then called "promo clips", and what would now be called "music videos", that The Beatles made. I have found every single one they created. This was either the Beatles making the video themselves or collaborating closely with a director. Many of these promo clips are as breathtaking in their creativity as the records themselves. Enjoy.


Love Me Do (McCartney-Lennon) 2:21
P.S. I Love You (McCartney-Lennon) 2:02
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 5th October 1962
Highest Position : 17



Please Please Me (McCartney-Lennon) 2:00
Ask Me Why (McCartney-Lennon) 2:24
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 11th January 1963
Highest Position : 1



Please Please Me (LP)
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 22nd March 1963
Highest Position : 1

Side 1
I Saw Her Standing There (McCartney-Lennon) 2:52
Misery (McCartney-Lennon) 1:47
Anna (Go To Him) (Alexander) 2:54
Chains (Goffin-King) 2:23
Boys (Dixon-Farrell) 2:24
Ask Me Why (McCartney-Lennon) 2:24
Please Please Me (McCartney-Lennon) 2:00

Side 2
Love Me Do (McCartney-Lennon) 2:19
P.S. I Love You (McCartney-Lennon) 2:02
Baby It's You (David-Williams-Bacharach) 2:35
Do You Want To Know A Secret? (McCartney-Lennon) 1:56
A Taste Of Honey (Scott-Marlow) 2:01
There's A Place (McCartney-Lennon) 1:49
Twist And Shout (Medley-Russell) 2:33



From Me To You (McCartney-Lennon) 1:56
Thank You Girl (McCartney-Lennon) 2:01
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 12th April 1963
Highest Position : 1



She Loves You (Lennon-McCartney) 2:19
I'll Get You (Lennon-McCartney) 2:04
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 23rd August 1963
Highest Position : 1



With The Beatles (LP)
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release date 22nd November 1963
Highest Position : 1

Side 1
It Won't Be Long (Lennon-McCartney) 2:11
All I've Got To Do (Lennon-McCartney) 2:01
All My Loving (Lennon-McCartney) 2:06
Don't Bother Me (Harrison) 2:26
Little Child (Lennon-McCartney) 1:45
Till There Was You (Willson) 2:14
Please Mister Postman (Holland) 2:34

Side 2
Roll Over Beethoven (Berry) 2:44
Hold Me Tight (Lennon-McCartney) 2:29
You Really Got A Hold On Me (Robinson) 3:00
I Wanna Be Your Man (Lennon-McCartney) 1:56
Devil In Her Heart (Drapkin) 2:25
Not A Second Time (Lennon-McCartney) 2:05
Money (Bradford-Gordy) 2:47



I Want To Hold Your Hand (Lennon-McCartney) 2:25
This Boy (Lennon-McCartney) 2:14
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 29th November 1963
Highest Position : 1


Can't Buy Me Love (Lennon-McCartney) 2:11
You Can't Do That (Lennon-McCartney) 2:33
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 20th March 1964
Highest Position : 1


Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand (Lennon-McCartney) 2:25
Sie Liebt Dich (Lennon-McCartney) 2:17
Producer: George Martin
Odeon
Release Date 3rd May 1964



Long Tall Sally (EP)
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 19th June 1964
Highest Position : 1

Side 1
Long Tall Sally (Johnson-Penniman-Blackwell) 2:01
I Call Your Name (Lennon-McCartney) 2:07

Side 2
Slow Down (Williams) 2:54
Matchbox (Perkins) 1:57



A Hard Day's Night (LP)
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release dates 10th July 1964
Highest Position : 1

Side 1
A Hard Day's Night (Lennon-McCartney) 2:29
I Should Have Known Better (Lennon-McCartney) 2:41
If I Fell (Lennon-McCartney) 2:18
I'm Happy Just To Dance With You (1:55)
And I Love Her (Lennon-McCartney) 2:28
Tell Me Why (Lennon-McCartney) 2:06
Can't Buy Me Love (Lennon-McCartney) 2:11

Side 2
Any Time At All (Lennon-McCartney) 2:10
I'll Cry Instead (Lennon-McCartney) 1:44
Things We Said Today (Lennon-McCartney) 2:35
When I Get Home (Lennon-McCartney) 2:15
You Can't Do That (Lennon-McCartney) 2:33
I'll Be Back (Lennon-McCartney) 2:20



A Hard Day's Night (Lennon-McCartney) 2:29
Things We Said Today (Lennon-McCartney) 2:35
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 10th July 1964
Highest Position : 1



I Feel Fine (Lennon-McCartney) 2:18
She's A Woman (Lennon-McCartney) 3:01
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 27th November 1964
Highest Position : 1



Beatles For Sale (LP)
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release dates 4th December 1964
Highest Position : 1

Side 1
No Reply (Lennon-McCartney) 2:14
I'm A Loser (Lennon-McCartney) 2:30
Baby's In Black (Lennon-McCartney) 2:04
Rock And Roll Music (Berry) 2:30
I'll Follow The Sun (Lennon-McCartney) 1:47
Mr. Moonlight (Johnson) 2:33
Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey (Lieber-Stoller/Penniman) 2:31

Side 2
Eight Days A Week (Lennon-McCartney) 2:42
Words Of Love (Holly) 2:12
Honey Don't (Perkins) 2:55
Every Little Thing (Lennon-McCartney) 2:01
I Don't Want To Spoil The Party (Lennon-McCartney) 2:32
What You're Doing (Lennon-McCartney) 2:31
Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby (Perkins) 2:23




Ticket To Ride (Lennon-McCartney) 3:09
Yes It Is (Lennon-McCartney) 2:40
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 9th April 1965
Highest Position : 1



Help! (Lennon-McCartney) 2:16
I'm Down (Lennon-McCartney) 2:31
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 23rd July 1965
Highest Position : 1



Help! (LP)
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release date 6th August 1965
Highest Position : 1

Side 1
Help! (Lennon-McCartney) 2:16
The Night Before (Lennon-McCartney) 2:32
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (Lennon-McCartney) 2:07
I Need You (Harrison) 2:27
Another Girl (Lennon-McCartney) 2:04
You're Going To Lose That Girl (Lennon-McCartney) 2:16
Ticket To Ride (Lennon-McCartney) 3:09

Side 2
Act Naturally (Morrison-Russell) 2:29
It's Only Love (Lennon-McCartney) 1:55
You Like Me Too Much (Harrison) 2:34
Tell Me What You See (Lennon-McCartney) 2:35
I've Just Seen A Face (Lennon-McCartney) 2:02
Yesterday (Lennon-McCartney) 2:03
Dizzy Miss Lizzy (Williams) 2:53



Day Tripper (Lennon-McCartney) 2:47
We Can Work It Out (Lennon-McCartney) 2:14
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 3rd December 1965
Highest Position : 1



Rubber Soul (LP)
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release dates 3rd December 1965
Highest Position : 1

Side 1
Drive My Car (Lennon-McCartney) 2:25
Norwegian Wood (Lennon-McCartney) 2:01
You Won't See Me (Lennon-McCartney) 3:18
Nowhere Man (Lennon-McCartney) 2:40
Think For Yourself (Harrison) 2:16
The Word (Lennon-McCartney) 2:41
Michelle (Lennon-McCartney) 2:40

Side 2
What Goes On (Lennon-McCartney-Starkey) 2:47
Girl (Lennon-McCartney) 2:30
I'm Looking Through You (Lennon-McCartney) 2:23
In My Life (Lennon-McCartney) 2:24
Wait (Lennon-McCartney) 2:12
If I Needed Someone (Harrison) 2:20
Run For Your Life (Lennon-McCartney) 2:18



Paperback Writer (Lennon-McCartney) 2:17
Rain (Lennon-McCartney) 3:00
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 10th June 1966
Highest Position : 1





Revolver (LP)
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release dates 5th August 1966
Highest Position : 1

Side 1
Taxman (Harrison) 2:35
Eleanor Rigby (Lennon-McCartney) 2:04
I'm Only Sleeping (Lennon-McCartney) 2:58
Love You To (Harrison) 2:58
Here, There And Everywhere (Lennon-McCartney) 2:22
Yellow Submarine (Lennon-McCartney) 2:36
She Said She Said (Lennon-McCartney) 2:34

Side 2
Good Day Sunshine (Lennon-McCartney) 2:07
And Your Bird Can Sing (Lennon-McCartney) 1:58
For No One (Lennon-McCartney) 1:58
Dr. Robert (Lennon-McCartney) 2:13
I Want To Tell You (Harrison) 2:26
Got To Get You Into My Life (Lennon-McCartney) 2:26
Tomorrow Never Knows (Lennon-McCartney) 2:56




Eleanor Rigby (Lennon-McCartney) 2:04
Yellow Submarine (Lennon-McCartney) 2:36
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 5th August 1966
Highest Position : 1





A Collection Of Beatles Oldies (But Goldies !) (LP)
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release date 10th December 1966
Highest Position : 7

Side 1
She Loves You (Lennon-McCartney) 2:18
From Me To You (Lennon-McCartney) 1:54
We Can Work It Out (Lennon-McCartney) 2:12
Help! (Lennon-McCartney) 2:16
Michelle (Lennon-McCartney) 2:40
Yesterday (Lennon-McCartney) 2:02
I Feel Fine (Lennon-McCartney) 2:17
Yellow Submarine (Lennon-McCartney) 2:36

Side 2
Can't Buy Me Love (Lennon-McCartney)
Bad Boy (Williams) 2:17
Day Tripper (Lennon-McCartney) 2:49
A Hard Day's Night (Lennon-McCartney) 2:28
Ticket To Ride (Lennon-McCartney) 3:03
Paperback Writer (Lennon-McCartney) 2:15
Eleanor Rigby (Lennon-McCartney) 2:04
I Want To Hold Your Hand (Lennon-McCartney) 2:22




Strawberry Fields Forever (Lennon-McCartney) 4:06
Penny Lane (Lennon-McCartney) 3:00
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 17th February 1967
Highest Position : 2




Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (LP)
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release dates 1st June 1967
Highest Position : 1

Side 1
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Lennon-McCartney) 2:00
With A Little Help From My Friends (Lennon-McCartney) 2:43
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Lennon-McCartney) 3:26
Getting Better (Lennon-McCartney) 2:47
Fixing A Hole (Lennon-McCartney) 2:35
She's Leaving Home (Lennon-McCartney) 3:33
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite (Lennon-McCartney) 2:35

Side 2
Within You, Without You (Harrison) 5:05
When I'm Sixty-Four (Lennon-McCartney) 2:37
Lovely Rita (Lennon-McCartney) 2:41
Good Morning, Good Morning (Lennon-McCartney) 2:42
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (Lennon-McCartney) 1:19
A Day In The Life (Lennon-McCartney) 5:04




All You Need Is Love (Lennon-McCartney) 3:47
Baby You're A Rich Man (Lennon-McCartney) 3:01
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 7th July 1967
Highest Position : 1



Hello Goodbye (Lennon-McCartney) 3:27
I Am The Walrus (Lennon-McCartney) 4:34
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 24th November 1967
Highest Position : 1




Magical Mystery Tour (EP)
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 8th December 1967
Highest Position : 2

Side 1
Magical Mystery Tour (Lennon-McCartney) 2:48
Your Mother Should Know (Lennon-McCartney) 2:26

Side 2
I Am The Walrus (Lennon-McCartney) 4:34

Side 3
The Fool On The Hill (Lennon-McCartney) 2:57
Flying (Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starkey) 2:14

Side 4
Blue Jay Way (Harrison) 3:54







Lady Madonna (Lennon-McCartney) 2:16
The Inner Light (Harrison) 2:34
Producer: George Martin
Parlophone
Release Date 15th March 1968
Highest Position : 1




Hey Jude (Lennon-McCartney) 7:06
Revolution (Lennon-McCartney) 3:22
Producer: George Martin
Apple
Release Date 30th August 1968
Highest Position : 1






The Beatles (LP)
Producer: George Martin
Apple
Release dates 22nd November 1968
Highest Position : 1

Side 1
Back In The U.S.S.R. (Lennon-McCartney) 2:45
Dear Prudence (Lennon-McCartney) 3:54
Glass Onion (Lennon-McCartney) 2:18
Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da (Lennon-McCartney) 3:07
Wild Honey Pie (Lennon-McCartney) 0:52
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (Lennon-McCartney) 3:13
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Harrison) 4:44
Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Lennon-McCartney) 2:42

Side 2
Martha My Dear (Lennon-McCartney) 2:29
I'm So Tired (Lennon-McCartney) 2:03
Blackbird (Lennon-McCartney) 2:18
Piggies (Harrison) 2:04
Rocky Raccoon (Lennon-McCartney) 3:33
Don't Pass Me By (Starkey) 3:50
Why Don't We Do It In The Road? (Lennon-McCartney) 1:40
I Will (Lennon-McCartney) 1:44
Julia (Lennon-McCartney) 2:53

Side 3
Birthday (Lennon-McCartney) 2:42
Yer Blues (Lennon-McCartney) 4:00
Mother Nature's Son (Lennon-McCartney) 2:47
Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey (Lennon-McCartney) 2:24
Sexy Sadie (Lennon-McCartney) 3:15
Helter Skelter (Lennon-McCartney) 4:29
Long, Long, Long (Harrison) 3:03

Side 4
Revolution I (Lennon-McCartney) 4:14
Honey Pie (Lennon-McCartney) 2:41
Savoy Truffle (Harrison) 2:54
Cry Baby Cry (Lennon-McCartney) 2:34
Revolution 9 (Lennon-McCartney) 8:47
Good Night (Lennon-McCartney) 3:10



Yellow Submarine (LP)
Producer: George Martin
Apple
Release dates 17th January 1969
Highest Position : 3

Side 1
Yellow Submarine (Lennon-McCartney) 2:38
Only A Northern Song (Harrison) 3:23
All Together Now (Lennon-McCartney) 2:09
Hey Bulldog (Lennon-McCartney) 3:09
It's All Too Much (Harrison) 6:24
All You Need Is Love (Lennon-McCartney) 3:49

Side 2
Pepperland (Martin) 2:19
Sea Of Time (Martin) 2:59
Sea Of Holes (Martin) 2:17
Sea Of Monsters (Martin) 3:35
March Of The Meanies (Martin) 2:17
Pepperland Laid Waste (Martin) 2:10
Yellow Submarine in Pepperland (Lennon-McCartney arr. Martin) 2:10



Get Back (Lennon-McCartney) 3:12
Don't Let Me Down (Lennon-McCartney) 3:33
No producer credit
Apple
Release Date 11th April 1969
Highest Position : 1






The Ballad Of John And Yoko (Lennon-McCartney) 2:58
Old Brown Shoe (Harrison) 3:16
Producer: George Martin
Apple
Release Date 30th May 1969
Highest Position : 1




Abbey Road (LP)
Producer: George Martin
Apple
Release date 26th September 1969
Highest Position : 1

Side 1
Come Together (Lennon-McCartney) 4:16
Something (Harrison) 2:59
Maxwell's Silver Hammer (Lennon-McCartney) 3:24
Oh! Darling (Lennon-McCartney) 3:26
Octopus's Garden (Starkey) 2:48
I Want You (She's So Heavy) (Lennon-McCartney) 7:44

Side 2
Here Comes The Sun (Harrison) 3:04
Because (Lennon-McCartney) 2:45
You Never Give Me Your Money (Lennon-McCartney) 3:59
Sun King (Lennon-McCartney) 2:30
Mean Mr. Mustard (Lennon-McCartney) 1:06
Polythene Pam (Lennon-McCartney) 1:20
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (Lennon-McCartney) 1:51
Golden Slumbers (Lennon-McCartney) 1:31
Carry That Weight (Lennon-McCartney) 1:37
The End (Lennon-McCartney) 2:04



Something (Harrison) 2:59
Come Together (Lennon-McCartney) 4:16
Producer: George Martin
Apple
Release Date 31st October 1969
Highest Position : 4




No One's Gonna Change Our World- Compilation album
Across The Universe (Lennon-McCartney) 3:47
Producer: George Martin
Regal Starline
Release Date 12th December 1969




Let It Be (Lennon-McCartney) 3:49
You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) (Lennon-McCartney) 4:19
Producer: George Martin & Chris Thomas
Apple
Release Date 6th March 1970
Highest Position : 2



Let It Be (LP)
Producer: Phil Spector
Apple
Release dates 8th May 1970
Highest Position : 1

Side 1
Two Of Us (Lennon-McCartney) 3:33
Dig A Pony (Lennon-McCartney) 3:52
Across The Universe (Lennon-McCartney) 3:45
I Me Mine (Harrison) 2:24
Dig It (Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starr) 0:50
Let It Be (Lennon-McCartney) 4:02
Maggie Mae (Trad.) 0:39

Side 2
I've Got A Feeling (Lennon-McCartney) 3:35
One After 909 (Lennon-McCartney) 2:51
The Long And Winding Road (Lennon-McCartney) 3:37
For You Blue (Harrison) 2:30
Get Back (Lennon-McCartney) 3:06



10 comments:

Mr Bigpants Cock (of the) Walk said...

AWS!!!!

Anonymous said...

What about Rarities (with the German versions)?

Richard said...

I originally wrote a long, involved answer to your question, and when I went to hit POST, my connection crapped out, and I lost it all, and got very discouraged, so here is my less interesting, less well written, truncated second version...

Very good question...there are two reasons I did not include Rarities in my listening guide. They are...

1) If you scroll up on the list, you'll see I included the German single (originally released on the Odeon label, which I did not know until I put this list together), right underneath the "Can't Buy Me Love" single. The two songs are of course included on Past Masters, which are of course a part of the new remasters series. Basically, upon getting the new discs, I decided to listen to everything as the Beatles released it (singles and EPs included), and made this little guide for myself...upon completing that, I decided to put in artwork and promo clips and share it. With the new remasters, we can play everything in order, as The Beatles saw fit.

2) Rarities is a post-mortem release, and as such, not included. Just like the Anthology series, Live At The Hollywood Bowl, and Live At The BBC (to say nothing of Rock N Roll Music, Reel Music, Love Songs, etc). I wanted this to strictly be about what The Beatles created and oversaw during their lifetime as functioning recording artists. So, viewed from that perspective, Let It Be, is of course IT. If The German versions had never been included on the Past Masters discs (or, for instance, the earlier mix of "Across The Universe" on the World Wildlife Find album), I would probably have included the Rarities album, or maybe even the Anthology discs. But EMI, Paul, Ringo, Yoko, Olivia, and the fine folks at Abbey Road got it right by including the sum total of their released output from 1962-1970. It's wonderful to see that after so much butchering (especially here in America) of their discography, they have resolutely stood by their body of work, and basically demand it be treated as a just that, a body of work. The best body of work any rock n roll band ever created. When I was 12 and just getting into The Beatles, I happened to inherit all the American albums from my aunt, and even not knowing about the British, Beatle controlled versions, I could always tell something wasn't right. I went to England in 1992, and discovered the INCREDIBLE book by Tim Riley, called Tell Me Why (seriously, fuck Revolution In The Head, I know all the critics reference it, but I find it dreadful, and ultimately condescending towards each Beatle), which charted their artistic growth by studying the British versions of albums, singles, and EPs. When I got back to the USA, I took the American albums, and made mix tape versions replicating the British sequencing and chronology (did not have a CD player at the time). In fact I suggest to anyone reading this, buy the remasters, buy Mr Riley's book, use my little guide, and have a magnificent time.

So anyway, the second time around, I hope I answered your question well, and thank you for asking. If you have anything else you'd like to ask or say, please feel welcome.

Thanks, and have a fantastic day.

Richard said...

Oh yes, one thing I forgot from my original answer, I chose to include 1966's compilation A Collection Of Beatle Oldies for very good reason(s), first off, the band chose the artwork (and it's in line with their aesthetics from the time, especially when you view the promo clips), second off, it includes the British debut of their great cover of Larry Williams' "Bad Boy" (released on the Past Masters discs), and finally, I see it as a fascinating glimpse of how The Beatles saw themselves and their accomplishments in their brief post-retiring from touring/pre-Sgt Pepper period.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the thorough answer, and thank you for the guide. I am starting my journey through their work again, and this is very helpful (especially the more obscure records). This will tide me over until I can actually afford the remasters. I will also check out that Riley book...

--A Beatles fan who chooses to embrace anonymity

Anonymous said...

http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2007/10/the-complete-be.html

Deanna said...

Anon, that is a sweet link. Thanks!

Rich, have you heard the remasters yet? Chris's sound engineering group is having a listening party on the last Tuesday of the month. I will go and report back.

Rich said...

Hey Deanna, yeah I got the stereo box (hope to get the mono as well), and I have been listening in order (singles and EPs included)...I am hoping to listen to Rubber Soul and the We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper single if not tonight, then soon. So far, yeah, I am very impressed, hearing all sorts of things I never noticed, and thats just on the early period albums, cant imagine what Sgt Pepper, White Album, or Abbey Rpad will sound like. I am super curious to hear the mono versions though too...given thats how the beatles envisioned all their early music to sound.

Oh and yeah, thanks Anon for the link.

And one more thing, I am absolutely steering people in the right direction with the Tim Riley book suggestions, I re-read a couple of paragraphs this weekend, and the guy is brilliant (ok, so he's got something of a pro-John bias, that's just fine with me, though I wish he liked George's songs a bit more...Within You, Without You is a fucking masterpiece), he even has a blog which I havent had time to read yet.

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