RedRiver wrote:MichiganJ, you had me buffaloed with RED ALBUM and BLUE ALBUM. Do people really call them that? I assume you refer to those tremendous greatest hits collections, some of the finest compilations ever available.
Oops, didn't mean to buffalo you, Red, but yes, many people I talk with do refer to them as the "Red Album" and the "Blue Album." It's a lot less cumbersome to say than "The Beatles 1962-1966" and "The Beatles 1967-1970." (Although I sometimes call them "62-66" and "67-70.") Of course the "White Album" is not really that record's name, either. But when referring to "The Beatles" album, vs. the Beatles, the band, it gets quite confusing.
Whatever they are called, I agree that they are among the greatest compilations--but not exactly "greatest hits." Both albums contain plenty of songs that were album cuts and were not released as singles so they didn't get near the airplay as the singles did.
Recently I learned that it was Harrison, of all people, who selected the tracks to be included. This fascinates me as he is not represented at all on the "Red Album." "Rubber Soul" is represented well by Lennon & McCartney, but Harrison's If I Needed Someone
would have easily fit comfortably. "Revolver" is only represented by Eleanor Rigby
and Yellow Submarine
, yet Harrison has three strong contenders that would better represent that awesome album.
The "Blue Album", on the other hand, Harrison chose his songs, While My Guitar Gentle Weeps, Here Comes the Sun
(his only A-Sided single). But, he also includes Old Brown Shoe
, a B-Side of his, which is a perfectly okay song, but, to my mind at least, is a pretty odd selection. (I think I would have instead added something like Birthday
from the "White Album.")
I much prefer these albums over the most recent collection "1", because of the deeper cuts. On about the fourth spin of the "Blue Album", I pretty much figured out the greatest song ever is A Day in the Life
, a song only released as a B-Side in the mid 70s (Sgt. Pepper/A Little Help From My Friends
was the A-side.)
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