Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Beatles - 1967-1970 (1973)

Note: this release was originally purchased as an LP, later replaced by a CD.

The first Beatles album I ever owned.  Purchased again as a CD because I didn't have digital versions of non-album tracks (Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane, Hey Jude, etc.).  I'm a little uncomfortable writing about The Beatles for two reasons: 1) pretty much everything has already been written better by someone else, and 2) I'm afraid I'll gush too much.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #1 (1 week, May 26, 1973)

Tracks:  28 tracks, 99 minutes of Beatles' hits.  Here's the breakdown:
4 cuts from Sgt. Pepper
5 cuts from the US version of Magical Mystery Tour
3 cuts from The Beatles (a.k.a. The White Album)
4 cuts from Abbey Road
4 cuts from Let It Be
8 singles/b-sides
To be honest, I don't listen much to CD 2.  I could do without The Ballad Of John and Yoko and Old Brown Shoe.  Plus, Abbey Road is one of those albums that has to be listened to in its entirety from start to finish.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  Upon the first listening to this album (I'm guessing summer 1980), I remember being surprised when I heard George Harrison's song Something because I didn't know it was a Beatles song.

Also, when I saw Paul McCartney in 2005, he performed Hey Jude near the end of the set and, of course, the four minute ending became a sing-along.  Hearing 20,000 people singing that song was incredible.  I get goose bumps just remembering it.

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