I am the egg man…..I am the walrus goo goo g’joob!

I had been tempted to use: “I am the egg man…..” to head yesterday’s ‘Prezza’ posting but saved it for today: the 3rd annual Beatles Day.

This year it’s going global with cities around the world joining Liverpool in celebrating the legacy of the Beatles. Simultaneous events will be taking place in Hamburg, New York, Shanghai, Sydney and Moscow.    

The 10th July was chosen as it was the date of the group’s triumphant return to Liverpool from the States and the premiere of their Hard Day’s Night film in 1964. The Liverpool hotel of the same name will be staging a balcony concert with tribute band the Backbeat Beatles re-enacting the famous rooftop concert at the Abbey Road studios in 1969.  

All proceeds from today’s events go to the Beatles Day Foundation. Last year 20,000 mop-tops were worn and cheques amounting to £45,000 presented to the Imagine Appeal for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Liverpool Unites, by charity patron Ricky Tomlinson aka Jim Royle.

I count myself fortunate to have been a child of the 50’s and a teen of the 60’s, a period of huge social and cultural change.

The ‘four frenzied Little Lord Fauntleroys who are earning £5,000 per week’ (Donald Zec in the Daily Mirror September 10th 1963) were central to the popular music revolution of that time and arguably the most influential band of all time.

In 1963, as a 10-year-old at Hucknall, Spring Street Juniors, I was bowled over by the fab four and saved pocket money to buy my first ever piece of 12 inch vinyl, ‘Please Please Me’, in mono. It’s still up in the loft – a collector’s item!

Like Rob, the main character and owner of the Championship Vinyl  shop in Nick Hornby’s Hi-Fidelity, I’m a sucker for Top 5 lists of any description. Of course every Beatles fan will have their own favourite albums, album tracks and single releases, and committing myself in writing may prove not only contentious but embarrassing .       

Having spent a while thinking this through, it’s an almost impossible task because the Beatles’ back catalogue surpasses anything ever produced by any other artists, embracing a range of genres and jammed pack  full of ground breaking classics and more under stated hidden gems.  Anyway, without further pre-amble or any attempt to justify my selections – here goes:

Top 5 Albums:

  1. Abbey Road(1969)
  2. Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
  3. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  4. Rubber Soul (1965)
  5. Revolver (1966)

Top 5 Singles:

  1. Get Back (1969)
  2. Strawberry Fields Forever (1967)
  3. Hey Jude (1968)
  4. Lady Madonna (1968)
  5. All You Need is Love (1967)

 Top 5 Album tracks (not released as singles):

1. Here Comes the Sun (Abbey Road)

2. I am the Walrus (Magical Mystery Tour)

3. Penny Lane (Magical Mystery Tour)

4. Revolution (The Beatles – White Album)

5. Norwegian Wood (Rubber Soul)

 

 

 

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8 Responses

  1. Agree with you totally about Abbey Road – a ground breaking piece of music (apart from Maxwell’s Silver Hammer)

    Point of Information though Phil – Magical Mystery Tour was not an LP it was an EP (Exteneded Play) on 7″vinyl

    • I thought some smart —- would come back with that one. However I included it on the basis that it was issued on CD with 11 tracks – 6 from the MMT sound track + 5 other selections: Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane etc.

  2. Further point of Information. A Magical Mystery Tour LP was only released in the USA and was unavailable in the UK

    • Ok, if I can’t include MMT, I’ll shunt those below up a place and bring Let it Be in at 5.

  3. Enjoyed The Beatles article, especially fitting as Ringo turns 70 this month. Get the vinyl out of the loft and play it! Talking of lists the really difficult one is top five LPs. I’d certainly have

    After The Goldrush
    Dark Side Of The Moon
    The Yes Album

    then I can’t make my mind up but it’s fun trying

    • I’d definitely go with Neil Young. Personally I was never overwhelmed by Pink Floyd & as for Yes, a bit like ELP I feel they were very much of their time.

      We can continue this debate when we meet up soon!

  4. Abbey Road all the way as best album, best track being Come Together. Can’t believe you have Let It Be trailing at 5, though, and that it wasn’t even in the original line up. Shameful!

    1. Abbey Road
    2. Revolver
    3. Sgt Pepper’s LHCB
    4. Let it Be
    5. White Album

    Ah, we could be on a car journey to the Dordogne. Those were the days…

    • Only 4/12 tracks really do it for me: Across the Universe, Let it Be, The Long & Winding Road & Get Back which I’ve included as number 1 in my single releases list!

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