Re: Best Solo Debut Album
Posted by **Beatles Fan Robert** on Sep 1, 2017 at 2:14:30 PM:
In Reply to: Re: Best Solo Debut Album posted by **backbeat** on Aug 31, 2017 at 8:12:16 PM:
****Here are the choices:
****Lennon - Plastic Ono Band
****McCartney - McCartney
****Harrison - All Things Must Pass
****Starr - Sentimental Journey
****I can go on on about my reasoning, but as far as I'm concerned it is thus:
****1) All Things Must Pass
****2) Plastic Ono Band
****4) Sentimental Journey
****I won't bore you to tears with reviews. Suffice it to say that Harrison's was the best produced, and mother lode of great songs.
****Of it Lennon, upon hearing that it was a triple album, said something like this, "is he fu***** mad!"
****Lennon's was a gut wrenching catharsis, unloading some of his demons. Brilliant, but not exactly tuneful.
****McCartney's, aside from Maybe I'm Amazed, was for the most part musical sketches, such as Junk, rather than fully developed great songs, aside from the aforementioned Maybe. But is was certainly memorable, and pleasant to listen t o.
****Harrison's was a brilliant debut of his then mastery of song writing, with great melodies. Of course he got in trouble with his monster hit My Sweet Lord, for which he was accused of plagiarizing “He’s So Fine."
****Nothing after that would approach it.
****Starr's was curious, a rehashing of, as he put it, some of this mother's songs.
****Classic Ringo, not very well sung, a novelty album, nothing too memorable, an anachronism.
****In summary, each proved that, aside from Harrison, they were less in parts than the sum of the whole, to paraphrase George Martin. Lennon missed McCartney's brilliant tunes, McCartney missed Lennon's clever lyricism, Harrison could veer into being too preachy, and Starr, well, he was just being Ringo.
***Lennon - POB - far and aways the best
***McCartney - love the simplicity - and some great, great songs
***All Things Must Pass - way over produced - ruined it for me - i like the songs but i hate the production
** All four Beatles made personal statements although in very different ways with their first proper solo albums. And you might ask how is Sentimental Journey personal? Well I think Ringo made the album for his mother with songs that she loved. Although POB and McCartney are excellent if I really had to choose I'd go with All Things Must Pass as the best solo debut album.
*again ATMP might be there but for the horrible production - Phil Spector killed it - i much prefer the demos where George was playing the songs acoustically to Phil
*besides all that POB is far superior, imho....
I kind of like the Spector wall of sound...just listen to wah wah with the volume cranked up.
He did wonders with the Righteous Brothers in the 60's (You've Lost the Lovin' Feeling), Let It Be, Ronettes (Be My Baby), Crystal (He's A Rebel).
Overproduced? It's a matter of taste. I like what he did with Harrison's voice, which naturally is thin and reedy. All Things Must Pass and Living in the Material World have a similar sound...after that it was a bit of a slippery slope downward until the Jeff Lynne produced Cloud Nine.
By the way, Lennon wanted Phil to produce it, but Spector had other obligations at the time. He ended up playing piano on the Love track and mixed the album over three days. So John dug him!
He also produced Instant Karma earlier (it preceded POB). Recording began on January 27, 1970, and was released on February 6 of that same year.
It was before they broke up officially on April 10th, and Let It Be was actually released a month later, on May 8.
If you want to hear some wacky Spector Lennon studio banter you need to listen to the John Lennon Anthology, during the Rock N' Roll sessions. It's a hoot!
- Re: Best Solo Debut Album - **backbeat** - Sep 8, 2017 at 8:21:02 PM
- Re: Best Solo Debut Album - **Beatles Fan Robert** - Sep 10, 2017 at 3:05:00 PM
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