The Beatles albums for different moods
Trying to find a favorite Beatles record is like trying to decide what your favorite ice cream flavor is or what your favorite color is. One day it could be funky Come Together (Abbey Road, 1969), other days it could be green. One day it could be the early rocker You Can’t Do That (A Hard Day’s Night, 1964), other days it could be chocolate and vanilla. That’s the problem – perhaps the only problem – with the fabulous four; they just have too many wonderful songs.
Considering there was only a seven-year gap between their first album (Please Please Me, 1963) and their last album (Let it Be, 1970), The Beatles’ catalog is pretty phenomenal. In addition to 13 albums, there are also a number of singles, EPs, bootlegs, compilations, and greatest hits to choose from. What’s even more remarkable is how each album is different from the one before it in terms of style, tone, and influences. It’s hard to imagine how a band could create something that epitomizes rock and roll like I Saw Her Standing There (1963) and then, four years later, produce something as psychedelic and yet provocative as A Day in The Life (1967).
However, with that said, this variety and diversity can be beneficial for those looking to get into the Liverpool boys with a mop. For example, if you’re a fan of early rock and roll hits heavily influenced by Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley, look no further: the band’s debut album, Please Please Me, from 1963. It features hits like I Saw Her Standing There , Love Me Do, Please Please Me, and of course Twist and Shout, the album reproduces the band’s live sound and is ideal for any swing party.
If you like something a little more suggestive and mellow, then definitely check out the 1965 release, Rubber Soul. Heavily influenced by Bob Dylan and demonstrating the band’s willingness to explore different musical cultures (this is the first album to feature George Harrison’s sitar skills, after all), Rubber Soul offers classics like Norwegian Wood (this bird has flown ), Nowhere Man and the timeless in my life.
And then there are the albums for the psychedelic at heart, and there are few better in that sense than Revolver, 1966, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967, and even The Magical Mystery Tour, 1968. For many, these albums, especially Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, represent the band at the peak of their powers and with songs like Love You Too, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Tomorrow Never Knows, A Day in the Life and I am the Walrus, it is very difficult to deny that fact.
Whatever you like, the Beatles recorded it. It’s all very well to sit here and read this for advice, but the best thing to do when trying to figure out where to start with the fabulous four is to start listening. Get started now and see exactly how awesome these four boys from Liverpool were. You will not regret.