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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 03:07 AM
mine is george harrison. least favorite by far is paul. i'd rather listen to ringo's stuff than paul
 
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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 04:04 AM
i like ringo's stuff,,,,,,,,,he more bluesy than the rest of em,,,,,

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 04:10 AM
John Lennon. I like the albums Walls & Bridges, Plastic Ono Band, Imagine, Rock n Roll.
Mind Games and Somewhere in NYC have a lot of filler but also have goodies like
#9 Dream, John Sinclair, New York City, Freeda People, etc.
John's contributions to both Double Fantasy and Milk & Honey make for an
untimely but touching farewell. The JOHN LENNON: ANTHOLOGY
4-CD Box Set that came out in 1998 has a wealth of previously
unreleased treasures.

My second would be Harrison. All Things Must Pass is probably the best
solo lp that any of the four Beatles ever released. I also like Cloud Nine,
Brainwashed, Live in Japan, 1979's "George Harrison" and Living in the
Material World. 33 and 1/3 and Extra Texture have some good moments too.

[Edited on 6/23/2009 by woodsdweller]

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 05:00 AM
No contest. John.

The musician.

The artist.

The world weary cynic whose cynisism masked his true love of humankind, and his sincere hope that someday, we will learn to be be far better than we currently are.

The genius.

[Edited on 6/23/2009 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 05:44 AM
My signature gives a strong hint: George has come to be my favorite Beatle. Although I do love each Beatle very much. I'm been listening to the Beatles since I was small. Growing up, John was my favorite. I listened to his solo work the most; I related to him the best. But over the years I've fallen deeply in love with George's solo music. John was keenly intelligent, but George possesssed wisdom.

Who's your favorite Beatle can change over the course of a lifetime. Cameron Crowe has said basically the same thing(on the audio commentary for Vanilla Sky). And he asked does your favorite Beatle reflect your own personality? I've gotten quieter as I've grown older. So, no wonder I've gravitated to the Quiet Beatle.

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 05:46 AM
still waiting to see the first huge mccartney fan
 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 06:39 AM
George Martin. Love the Beck albums and without him none of them came close to Beatles quality or standards.

After that I have favorite albums by different guys. Lennon's songs got primitive without Martin. No one was fleshing out the ideas. Harrison's All Things....is great but many after that were not. Paul started out strong and remained that way through most of the Wings era.

They were much better together.

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 06:39 AM
I seem to go back and forth between John and George...
depends on the day I guess?

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 06:55 AM
First HUGE McCartney fan reporting for duty!

Silly love songs and all - Macca's one of the finest songsmiths in pop music history. He was probably the best guitarist in the Beatles, but relegated himself to bass because nobody else wanted to do it. Additonally, Paul's vocals were among the finest coming from British-white boy pipes in those days. He can switch between Little Richard and Elvis at the drop of a hat.

Important to the Beatles success - McCartney was a "meet and greet" type. While the others disdained the fans, Paul made it a point (especially early in their career) to meet fans and sign autographs. Being personable like that didn't hurt their chances for success!

I've seen Paul McCartney at least once on every U.S. tour since the Beatles (almost got to go to one of those shows, too! Almost!). And while it is a "cookie cutter" show, you'd be hard pressed to find any other act that plays as many songs or as long a set as McCartney.

One final point - while the other 3 Beatles would tour with known players in their bands - Paul often shows up with 3 or 4 guys you've never heard of - all who turn out to be phenomenal players!

No! I am no knocking any of the other 3! I love me some Fab 4! McCartney just happens to be my favorite!

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 07:08 AM
George...very deep & diverse... and his voice & musical skills are top notch!
followed by John ~ as lespaul said a few posts earlier ~ an artist, a musician & a genius, quite simply put

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 07:22 AM
The dead ones...

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 07:23 AM
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The dead ones...


well put ~ never thought of it that way that's the way ot seems to be all too often ~ the good dying young

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 07:43 AM
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First HUGE McCartney fan reporting for duty!

Silly love songs and all - Macca's one of the finest songsmiths in pop music history. He was probably the best guitarist in the Beatles, but relegated himself to bass because nobody else wanted to do it. Additonally, Paul's vocals were among the finest coming from British-white boy pipes in those days. He can switch between Little Richard and Elvis at the drop of a hat.

Important to the Beatles success - McCartney was a "meet and greet" type. While the others disdained the fans, Paul made it a point (especially early in their career) to meet fans and sign autographs. Being personable like that didn't hurt their chances for success!

I've seen Paul McCartney at least once on every U.S. tour since the Beatles (almost got to go to one of those shows, too! Almost!). And while it is a "cookie cutter" show, you'd be hard pressed to find any other act that plays as many songs or as long a set as McCartney.

One final point - while the other 3 Beatles would tour with known players in their bands - Paul often shows up with 3 or 4 guys you've never heard of - all who turn out to be phenomenal players!

No! I am no knocking any of the other 3! I love me some Fab 4! McCartney just happens to be my favorite!
I'll ditto on to this. ( Nice Post Rusty ) I was 4 years old when the Beatles were on Ed Sullivan in 1964 and I first fell in love with rock & roll that night and I'll attribute that to the great hooks to the Beatles songs. All though I believe they all had a hand in those great hooks IMO Mc Cartney was the one who was the main chef in that part of their writing. But they were truly a band who individually were never the equal to the sum of their parts.

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 07:53 AM
I'm a McCartney fan too. Especially the Wings years.

Believe it or not, I've always found John Lennon's solo career to be uneven.
He did have some great stuff, but quite a bit of it off SOMETIME IN NEW YORK CITY, WALLS AND BRIDGES and MIND GAMES was pretty mediocre or slight.

[Edited on 6/23/2009 by BarrySmith]

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 07:57 AM
Just made a playlist for the 'pod called Solo Fabs.

1. Mind Games
2. London Town
3. Beware of Darkness
4. It Don't Come Easy
5. Got My Mind Set On You
6. Instant Karma
7. Photograph
8. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
9. All Things Must Pass
10. Mull of Kintyre

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 07:57 AM
i love 'em all--i do prefer John's.George's, & Pauls solo efforts(in that order!)
 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 08:16 AM
Agree with Rusty about Paul's tours. Definitely real good and fun which R&R doesn't have enough of anymore.

Definitely the strongest musician in the Beatles IMO.

 

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Agree with Rusty about Paul's tours. Definitely real good and fun which R&R doesn't have enough of anymore.

Definitely the strongest musician in the Beatles IMO.


i saw Paul about 2 or 3 years ago--he was awesome live--started with Quarrymen songs,a ton of Beatle songs & his own songs--about 3 hours of pure magic hearing those songs....& Paul was tremendous on piano,guitar,bass, & lead guitar
one of the best shows i've ever seen



[Edited on 6/23/2009 by dadof2]

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 08:27 AM
As a bass player, I'd have to put Paul on the top of my list, but I have a great deal of love and admiration for John and George. Ringo has some good stuff as well. The Beatles paved the way for a lot of bands.

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 08:32 AM
George Harrison, no contest. I listen to All Things Must Pass more than any of the Beatles albums.
 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 08:42 AM
this interview with George may interest some of you....

http://www.rocksbackpages.com/article.html?ArticleID=13150

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 08:55 AM
I have been a fan since 1964. I grew up with John as my favorite. But it's apples and oranges now as far as Favorites. George the only Beatle I didn't see live as a solo performer has a special place in my heart because I play guitar ( since 1964 thanks to The Beatles ) and his playing is so unique, a true visionary. His slide playing is second to none. When you hear on of his slide lines there is no mistake who is playing ! I've seen Ringo and Paul several times each. Paul STILL delivers live . Vocally he is still brilliant . He still delivers . His playing to use the phrase again is second to none. Listen to the bass lines he plays while singing. You bass players out there know what I'm talking about . John was in a class all his own for not only being a great writer, singer , artist , author , activist and performer. So I guess what I'm saying is it's apples and oranges to me as Beatle Fan . I love'em all !
 

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this interview with George may interest some of you....

http://www.rocksbackpages.com/article.html?ArticleID=13150


" like Dickey Betts, there are a lot of guitar players Ry Cooder I think is sensational and I hope Warner Bros. will try and sell a few more of his albums. "

Nice to see that George had good taste.

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 09:25 AM
George Harrison was actually the frontrunner at the solo career starting gate back in 1970.

ALL THINGS MUST PASS was a bonifide masterpiece. But he definitely should have followed up with another studio album in 1971, because the time was right, and he was making some really good music. Unfortunately he did not, and by the time he got his next LP out in 1973 (LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD), there was a noticeable decline in the quality. There is some good stuff on that album, but overall the music was less exciting.

By the time of DARK HORSE, EXTRA TEXTURE and his 1974 tour, the public had moved on. The critics weren't kind to him either.

[Edited on 6/23/2009 by BarrySmith]

 

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  posted on 6/23/2009 at 09:29 AM
George

 

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