AN IMAGINARY COMPILATION ALBUM : #244 : THE BEATLES

A GUEST POSTING by JULES

As a kid (I’m 59) I was sort of aware of The Beatles; All You Need Is Love, Here Comes The Sun, and of course Yellow Submarine but it was listening to the Ray Moore late night show on Radio 2 under the bed covers on a transistor radio that I had my epiphany.

The theme music was an instrumental version of Here, There and Everywhere.

Enthused with the knowledge that my top sleeping song was by The Beatles I saved up my pocket money and bought Revolver. Wow what a cracker not a duff track on it (er well see above) but this one made realise that popular music can be different

Tomorrow Never Knows

Next step down to the record shop for the “Blue” album – oh my what treasures as I discovered all the hits and random good stuff.

Back In The U.S.S.R.

Hey mum it will soon be my birthday any chance of the “Red” album? Well, what the thunder and lightning is this? No odd cool stuff just songs hmm…..Oh hang on these are good as well.

I Should Have Known Better

Back to the record shop

Sgt Pepper, later on at school we could bring an album to play at music class, never the coolest kid but this boosted my street cred (remained a virgin). Like a lot of things some lyrics ain’t aged well but at least we do try to improve.

I used to be cruel to my woman
I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved
Man I was mean but I’m changing my scene
And I’m doing the best that I can (Ooh)

I admit it’s getting better (Better)
A little better all the time (It can’t get no worse)
Yes I admit it’s getting better (Better)
It’s getting better since you’ve been mine
Getting so much better all the time

Getting Better

It was around this time that Dad informed me that Paul wrote all the music and John all the words, also if he wants to be Back in the U.S.S.R. no one is stopping him. As for myself I was getting to like George.

If I Needed Someone

Started trawling through The Beatles section on a more regular basis along with the discount box where I bagged Magical Mystery Tour double e.p. along with The Clash e.p. The Cost Of Living. And John Lennon’s Live Peace In Toronto. Sadly didn’t have enough cash for The Beatles In Italy, went back next week….

I’m A Loser

Some of the early LPs had good selection of covers for me the stand out track on their first album was a slow love song penned by Lennon and McCartney.

Ask Me Why

The last “proper” album I bought was Let It Be mainly because it was universally slagged off, and for good reason, Paul was pissed about the strings imposed on The Long And Winding Road (rectified with the horn section on Wings Over America) plus a rehashed charity song (Across The Universe) and studio out-takes and an old composition not considered worthy before, but on one track they got their mojo back and played like a rock band.

I`ve Got A Feeling

Oh bugger I forgot Ringo

The last album recorded was Abbey Road and featured the only Beatles drum solo.

The End

And his dulcet tones on the final obvious track

Goodnight

As a bonus bonus track The Rutles did the “Blue” album in one song.

Shangri-La

Goodnight and Good-luck

Love, Jules

9 thoughts on “AN IMAGINARY COMPILATION ALBUM : #244 : THE BEATLES

  1. Okay, that was last night before I went to bed. But now that it’s morning here in Zone 21 of the dystopian technostate formerly known as Los Angeles, I can begin. First, Jules, my respect for even thinking about taking on a Beatles ICA. Second, we already had a lengthy back and forth here on TVV about who does and doesn’t like the Beatles and, If I remember correctly, ultimately decided that everyone who doesn’t was horribly wrong, and then they apologized politely. Third, all Beatles tunes go from okay to amazingly fantastic so this selection is fine. Lastly, here’s mine in no particular order:

    She Loves You
    Here Comes The Sun
    The Night Before
    In My Life
    Hey Bulldog
    Lovely Rita
    Penny Lane
    Taxman
    We Can Work It Out
    Fixing A Hole

  2. And here are mine
    Come together
    Nowhere Man
    In my life
    Here comes the sun
    Eleanor Rigby
    You’ve got to hide your love away
    Penny lane
    She’s Leaving home
    Fool on the Hill
    Long and Winding Road

  3. To be fair to Jules, he’s created a short and humorous narrative into which he had weaved ten songs by the Beatles rather than a standard ICA…indeed he was quite mischievous in his covering e-mail in he said his contribution had the capacity to annoy a few folk!

    I was tempted to put his contribution up on 1st April but that would have bordered on being post-satirical…..😉

  4. I would rank this one right up there with the Elvis Costello and the Attractions ICA as the most insane exercise ever to grace these pages. I will add, however, that my favorite song from the Beatles since I was 9 years old has been the buried track I’ll Be Back. I have no explanation, but my brain lights up like a Christmas tree every time I hear it.

  5. The Beatles are just THE GROUP that you haven’t listened to them for a while…and then you do…and then you realise how utterly brilliant they really were. 8 years of amazing progression in the music and TBF George Martin’s production is genius…

  6. They were annoyingly good weren’t they? Looking at everyone’s lists every song is great – anyway here’s my 10

    Norwegian Wood
    Taxman
    Dear Prudence
    Here Comes The sun
    You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
    A Day In The Life
    And Your Bird Can Sing
    She’s Leaving Home
    Eleanor Rigby
    Strawberry Fields Forever

  7. Ah, my third favourite Liverpool band . . .
    Actually add some Rain to JIMC’s list and remove the millionaires’ whinge of Taxman (which ripped off The Jam anyway) and you’ve got a half-decent comp.

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