Monday, August 30, 2010

The Beatles On Their Own

Over on the forum I moderate, we’ve had a discussion about the relative merits of the Beatles solo careers, so I put together my “10 Best” lists for each of the formerly fab four.

My choices reflect personal favorites and tracks that I feel are representative of each ex-Beatle’s work since the breakup of the band. No consideration was given to a song’s commercial potential or chart position...this exercise was completely subjective.

The songs aren’t in any order of preference, but I did try and provide a sequence that made for an interesting listening experience. As always, your mileage may vary.

Ringo Starr:
Photograph (from Ringo)
A Dose of Rock and Roll (from Ringo's Rotogravure)
Bye Bye Blackbird (from Sentimental Journey)
It Don't Come Easy (single)
Walk With You (from Y Not)
Choose Love (from Choose Love)
Weight of the World (from Time Takes Time)
She's About a Mover (from Old Wave)
Elizabeth Reigns (from Ringo Rama)
Back Off Boogaloo (from Goodnight Vienna)

George Harrison:
Give Me Love (from Living in the Material World)
When We Was Fab (from Cloud 9)
Marwa Blues (from Brainwashed)
Handle With Care (from Traveling Wilburys)
Love Comes To Everyone (from George Harrison)
Don't Let Me Wait Too Long (from Living in the Material World)
This Guitar Can't Keep From Crying (from Extra Texture)
That's the Way It Goes (from Gone Troppo)
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (from Brainwashed)
All Things Must Pass (from All Things Must Pass)

John Lennon:
Starting Over (from Double Fantasy)
Love (from Plastic Ono Band)
Crippled Inside (from Imagine)
Woman (from Double Fantasy)
Mind Games (from Mind Games)
#9 Dream (from Walls and Bridges)
Stand By Me (from Rock and Roll)
Whatever Gets You Through the Night (from Walls and Bridges)
Well (from Zappa's Playground Psychotics)
Grow Old With Me (from Milk and Honey)

Paul McCartney:
My Brave Face (from Flowers in the Dirt)
Maybe I'm Amazed (from McCartney)
Light From Your Lighthouse (from Fireman, Electric Arguments)
Tomorrow (from Wild Life)
She's Given Up Talking (from Driving Rain)
Friends To Go (from Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard)
Sing the Changes (from Electric Arguments)
You Want Her Too (from Flowers in the Dirt)
Back Seat of My Car (from Ram)
Only Love Remains (from Press to Play)