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So if I wanted to get into The Beatles catalog...

jb70

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i would say "magical mystery tour" first and then "revolver" but there's GREAT stuff on everything!
 

slopeshoulder

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It's the Beatles. They deserve the attention, so start and the beginning and go to the end. In one day. Then faint.

Or start with Revolver, then Hard Days Night, then Pepper, then Abbey Road. Then the rest. Then faint.
 

Monotremata

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My parents were both Beatles fans and I rejected them for about 22 years of my life until I 'got it'.. I had to start backwards. Mom loved the pre-White album stuff and I just cant stand their pre Revolver output myself (sorry as far as 60s rock goes Im a Who guy). First album I owned was Abbey Road and it 'clicked' so I worked my way from Abbey Road down to Revolver and those are the ones I own.

IMHO cant go wrong with Let It Be, The Beatles, Abbey Road, and then hit up Magical Mystery Tour for a good bit of Beatles psychedelia (Blue Jay Way FTW!!)..

EDIT: Actually now that I think of it.. A good 'starter kit' would be the two 'greatest hits' albums, the red and blue ones. I only own the blue one which is 1967-1970, but theyve both got a good selection of good stuff including alot of the singles you wont find on the regular albums..
 

Colors

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Start with Rubber Soul and go in order. It provides context (and keep in mind the short period of time this covers). Then go back to the beginning.
 

Rumble

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A good starting point to cover all the basics is getting the "Red" (1962-1966) compilation set, and the equivalent "Blue" (1967-1970) set.
 
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They did no bubble gum.
Of course they did. Ever heard Lennon talk about "She Loves You"? Sure, I like all of these songs as well, but let's not make our liking of them elevate them above what they are.

OP, don't get any albums just yet. Get the Red (1962-1966) and Blue (1967-1970) compilations, and based on that chart out a course.
 

mango

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A good starting point to cover all the basics is getting the "Red" (1962-1966) compilation set, and the equivalent "Blue" (1967-1970) set.
this is good advice ...Red then Blue..then everything in order .
 

aram

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My parents were both Beatles fans and I rejected them for about 22 years of my life until I 'got it'.. I had to start backwards. Mom loved the pre-White album stuff and I just cant stand their pre Revolver output myself (sorry as far as 60s rock goes Im a Who guy). First album I owned was Abbey Road and it 'clicked' so I worked my way from Abbey Road down to Revolver and those are the ones I own.

IMHO cant go wrong with Let It Be, The Beatles, Abbey Road, and then hit up Magical Mystery Tour for a good bit of Beatles psychedelia (Blue Jay Way FTW!!)..

EDIT: Actually now that I think of it.. A good 'starter kit' would be the two 'greatest hits' albums, the red and blue ones. I only own the blue one which is 1967-1970, but theyve both got a good selection of good stuff including alot of the singles you wont find on the regular albums..

This was my situation too until 10 years ago a friend kicked my ass.

I spent three months ONLY listening to them. I just made that commitment and I have to say, now I LOVE it all.

Revolver and Rubber Soul are where I'd start.

Also get Geoff emericks book. It's amazing.
 

gmann

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If I want to hold your hand ain't bubblegum, I don't know what is.
You said it, you don't know.

As to the OP's question, get The Beatles 1. It's their 27 #1 hits. Although how they left Nowhere Man off of that I'll never understand. Then, Rubber Soul and Revolver. Next I would recommend A Hard Day's Night. It's the last of the Beatlemania era LP's. then go to the White Album. Eventually, get them all.
 

Phoenix59

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Rubber Soul was the album that popped my Beatles cherry, so to speak. I got it when I was about 15 (1974ish), out of the used records bin at a thrift store, for a quarter.

I still love the acoustic guitar intro that opens "I've Just Seen A Face." It will forever be the song that introduced me to the Fab Four. Oh, I love everything else they did, too, but that one is my special Beatles song.

I suggest you listen until you find something that grabs onto you heart like that. It'll be there.
 

Jon Silberman

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No one else has suggested this so I will. Start with the movie Hard Days Night.
 






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