The Beatles Discography

I’ve been listening to entire albums on weekends, usually in the morning. The Beatles seem like a good band to listen on a Saturday or Sunday morning (at least that’s how I feel right now). But instead of writing reactions in the “Saturday/Sunday” morning thread, I thought I’d create a separate thread for Beatles albums specifically. My plan is to listen to the albums in chronological order.

8 thoughts on “The Beatles Discography

  1. Please Please Me (1963)

    Notes

    • A friend of mine said that some people don’t consider the Beatles a rock band. This album is almost pure rock n’ roll. If I made a list of the best rock n’ roll songs from this time, “I Saw Her Standing There” might make the list. At the same time, some may (understandably) argue that rock n’ roll, as exemplified by this music, is not really rock–that it is actually pop music.
    • I can hear how rock n’ roll is a white version of the rhythm and blues of the same time period.
    • “Baby It’s You” is not a Beatles song, but I enjoyed it. (I curious to hear the best version of this song.
  2. I considered doing this once but couldn’t figure out a good approach. Early in their career, their UK releases and US releases were different, so chronological order was confusing to me. Follow the US chronology and you miss songs, or maybe it was the other way around, or maybe it’s both.

    Anyway, there’s pop rock and pop country and pop r&b so people who don’t think the Beatles are a rock band are putting a weird definition on what rock music is.

    1. If you allow for a distinction between pop rock and rock, then it makes sense that some would say they’re not a rock band. Between these two categories, I would categorize the Beatles in the former. At the very least, I think this is a legitimate argument.

      As for chronology, I’m just going by the dates listed at apple music.

  3. With the Beatles (1963)

    The songs aren’t bad, but my guess is that this might be one of the weakest of their albums. For whatever reason, I don’t care for the covers (although I really like “Till There Was You,” a song by Meredith Wilson, but I suspect that’s partly because this is the first time I’ve heard it. It’s a good song.) The original songs aren’t bad, but they’re not really strong in my view. The singing and performances are just OK, too.

    1. That’s not the first time you’ve heard it. It’s the love song in The Music Man. Marion the Librarian sings it to Harold Hill.

    2. When I wrote that I never heard of that song, I wondered if that were the case. I figured there was a good chance that if I did hear of it, you would let me know. And voila!

      I think I like the Beatles version better than the two you posted.

      On a related note, I think there are several Beatles songs where they have this kind of show tunes quality, and I tend to like these songs, particularly putting them in a pop-rock format. “Martha My Dear” would be another example. Off the top of my head, I don’t know if that’s an original, but that’s one of my favorites off the White album.

  4. A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

    I’m not sure if I’m not just in the mood for this music, but this album feels a little flat for me. I had higher expectations for this, too–based on the soundtrack from the movie of the same name.

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