Monday, May 2, 2011
Poll Results - "Assume that the Beatles stayed together through the 1970s; which songs by the solo Beatles would have appeared on group albums?"
Had a lot of response to this poll question; I appreciate all of the participation. For my hypothetical Beatles greatest hit album 1971-1979 single-disc release, I used your votes - any song getting more than 50% (8 or more votes) was automatically included.
Generally speaking, Paul and Ringo's solo output, while successful in its time, appears to be poorly regarded in terms of the complete Beatles ouevre. A lot of the later stuff McCartney did with Wings, especially his pop hits "Let 'Em In" and "Silly Love Songs", were deemed unworthy, as was much of Ringo's 1970s stuff, most of which was lightweight at best. And generally, I agree with this assessment. Could you imagine Paul showing up at the studio and attempting to press John and George into recording something like "Coming Up"? Neither can I - they would have laughed him out of Abbey Road studios!
That being said, there were some songs that didn't make the 50% threshold that I feel the group would have definitely considered recording together. "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey", an early solo McCartney number, would easy have fit onto a Beatles album coming immediately after Abbey Road. And "Photograph" was the kind of song the band would throw at Ringo for his traditional one-song-per-album lead vocal. I've always thought that the boogie-woogie 4/4 beat of "Helen Wheels" would have been a logical followup to the stripped-down sound the Beatles showed on Let It Be. And I can't understand why "Give Me Love" didn't gain enough votes here - it's also one I thought would be right in the band's wheelhouse.
So, without further ado, here's the greatest hits album that never was, The Beatles' 1971-1979:
"Maybe I'm Amazed"
"My Sweet Lord"
"It Don't Come Easy"
"Give Peace A Chance"
"All Things Must Pass"
"Give Me Love"
"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"
For those of you keeping track, that's five Lennon songs, four McCartney songs, three Harrison songs, and two Starr songs. The complete vote breakdown is below:
"Maybe I'm Amazed" - 13 votes
"Imagine" - 13 votes
"My Sweet Lord" - 12 votes
"Jealous Guy" - 10 votes
"It Don't Come Easy" - 10 votes
"Give Peace A Chance" - 10 votes
"All Things Must Pass" - 9 votes
"Love" - 9 votes
"Mind Games" - 8 votes
"Jet" - 8 votes
"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" - 7 votes
"Photograph" - 7 votes
"Whatever Gets You Through The Night" - 7 votes
"Power To The People" - 6 votes
"What Is Life" - 6 votes
"Give Me Love" - 5 votes
"My Love" - 5 votes
"Oh Yoko!" - 5 votes
"Oh My My" - 4 votes
"Blow Away" - 4 votes
"Helen Wheels" - 4 votes
"You're Sixteen" - 3 votes
"Silly Love Songs" - 3 votes
"Coming Up" - 3 votes
"Crackerbox Palace" - 2 votes
"Let 'Em In" - 2 votes
Top Lennon solo song - "Imagine", 13 votes
Top McCartney solo song - "Maybe I'm Amazed", 13 votes
Top Harrison solo song - "My Sweet Lord", 12 votes
Top Starr solo song - "It Don't Come Easy", 10 votes
Again, thanks for voting. I'll post another poll soon, when I can think of a good topic. If you have anything to say regarding this survey, I'm always happy to hear your comments.
[ . . . and (finally) acting upon a great recommendation from a friend of mine here on this blog, here is a a faux-greatest hits compilation based on the selections above (with a couple of bonus tunes added):
Please use the email link below to contact me, and I will reply with the download link(s) ASAP:
Enjoy, and let me know what you think.]