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View Poll Results: Best Beatles Album Opener: and your choice is....?
I Saw Her Standing There
10.34%
It Won't Be Long
1.72%
I Want To Hold Your Hand
3.45%
Roll Over Beethoven
0
0%
A Hard Day's Night
24.14%
I'll Cry Instead
0
0%
No Reply
3.45%
Love Me Do
0
0%
Kansas City / Hey Hey Hey Hey
0
0%
Help!
13.79%
Drive My Car
5.17%
I've Just Seen A Face
1.72%
Taxman
3.45%
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
1.72%
Magical Mystery Tour
5.17%
Back in the USSR
13.79%
Yellow Submarine
0
0%
Come Together
10.34%
Two Of Us
1.72%
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Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

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Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

Which one do you consider to be the "best"? And define best however you want. Your personal favorite song, the strongest song to introduce an album as a body of work, your favorite Ringo drum moment on an album opener, whatever. I got enough aggravation.

I'm also throwing the US Capitol albums into the mix, because I love those records dearly, and it's my poll so BLEARGH! Also: Magical Mystery Tour.

And the nominees are:
  • "I Saw Her Standing There" -- Please Please Me (1963) [UK]
  • "It Won't Be Long" -- With The Beatles (1963) [UK]
  • "I Want To Hold Your Hand" -- Meet The Beatles (1964) [US]
  • "Roll Over Beethoven" -- The Beatles Second Album (1964) [US]
  • "A Hard Day's Night" -- A Hard Day's Night (1964) [US/UK]
  • "I'll Cry Instead" -- Something New (1964) [US]
  • "No Reply" -- Beatles For Sale (1964) [UK] / Beatles '65 (1964) [US]
  • "Love Me Do" -- The Early Beatles (1965) [US]
  • "Kansas City"/"Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey" -- Beatles VI (1965) [US]
  • "Help!" -- Help! (1965) [US/UK]
  • "Drive My Car" -- Rubber Soul (1965) [UK] / "Yesterday and Today" (1966) [US]
  • "I've Just Seen A Face" -- Rubber Soul (1965) [US]
  • "Taxman" -- Revolver (1966) [US/UK]
  • "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" -- Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • "Magical Mystery Tour" -- Magical Mystery Tour (1967) [US]
  • "Back in the USSR" -- The Beatles (1968)
  • "Yellow Submarine" -- Yellow Submarine (1969)
  • "Come Together" -- Abbey Road (1969)
  • "Two Of Us" -- Let It Be (1970)

Poll forthcoming, as well as my own choice.
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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

The easy answer was almost Sgt. Pepper's, but I went with I've Just Seen A Face from the US Rubber Soul. It set the tone for what was The Beatles first artistic and evolutionary triumph of an album, as well as its repackaging in the US as a more folksy, acoustic affair. A nostalgic favorite of mine for sure, but it really works beautifully as a way of introducing the album as a singular work.
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Beatles For Sale is the weakest Beatles album (not including Yellow Submarine, which I consider an EP with film score tacked onto it), but No Reply is their best opener. From the spare start to the accusatory tone, the song feels like a statement.
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What a great list of songs. I voted "I Want To Hold Your Hand". It's just a perfect pop song and full of energy.
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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

The U.S. Rubber Soul is what really hooked me on the Beatles, and Sgt Pepper and Come Together are great openers, but I voted Hard Day's Night for the opening strum alone.
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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

I've always thought Help! was one of their best songs, so I went with it. The film wasn't bad either, if you are into '60s nostalgia.

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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

doesn't get any better than "One, two, three, FAH!"
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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

The "One, two, three, FARRRRRRR" chant that introduces "I Saw Her Standing There" was a tempting choice as well.

With the exception of "Kansas City", there isn't a clunker in the bunch.


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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

Two of Us because it's the best song on the list.
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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

Magical Mystery Tour, with Help! and A Hard Day's Night very close behind.
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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

A Hard Day's Night. It sets the tone perfectly for the fun, vivacious album and for the nuttiness of the movie. And while the same could be said of Help!, there's something amazing, magical, unique and un-reproducible about that first note of Hard Day's Night. That crazy, metallic twang that lingers for a few seconds. Is it an accident? I don't know, but it's so awesome that there's no mistaking it for any other song once you hear it.
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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

17 votes after nearly nine hours...well, I know I ain't in the Steve Hoffman forums.
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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

Someone had to vote for Sgt. Pepper. I love it and the segue into A Little Help is magical.
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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

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17 votes after nearly nine hours...well, i know i ain't in the steve hoffman forums.
Reported.
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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

I went with "A Hard Day's Night" because I love that opening cord. I almost went with "Come Together" since it was the last album recorded together and it seemed like John was telling the other Beatles "let's do this last one together."
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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

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doesn't get any better than "One, two, three, FAH!"
My thoughts exactly. Not only a great album opener, but one of the best openings to any song, ever.
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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

Taxman, bar none. Come Together in second.
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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

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Can I please change my vote to "Taxman"?
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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

Taxman!

Originally Posted by Fist of Doom View Post
17 votes after nearly nine hours...well, I know I ain't in the Steve Hoffman forums.
Otherwise this thread would be 15 pages by now.
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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

Not even close . . . A Hard Day's Night. It was heavy before there was heavy.
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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

I went with It Won't Be Long. The song is just all kinds of kick ass. It starts off with the rushed, urgent chorus which had to be unique in the pop music world at that time. George's guitar work stands out and Ringo's drums are rocking. Paul and George blend together well behind John smooth singing after the chorus. John's singing "Yeah" back and forth with a screaming, repeating Paul in the background just adds to the frenzy. They even give you a little harmony at the end.

That is the way to start off a second album and it proved to the naysayers that they weren't fucking around and were not a one album wonder. And they amazingly do all of this in a scant 2 minutes 15 seconds. I miss short songs like this.
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Tough tough call but I went with Magical Mystery Tour. Hard Days Night was tied. Yes that STRUM!!!
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I voted Back In The USSR. Just a great opeining rocking tune.
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Re: Best BEATLES Album Opener (UK & US albums)

I'm actually surprised that Sgt. Pepper's didn't run away with this poll.

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