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John Lennon once said that if we wanted a new Beatles album (after the break-up), then buy the solo albums and make a mix tape. And so I did. And here they are according to my favorites. Yes, "Too Many People" and "How Do You Sleep" are both on one album. I looked at it like this; they recorded them and released them. I cannot change the history of the who, the what, the why, the where. It is what it is and if they were feuding and putting these songs on their albums, who am I to argue? Enjoy the effort for what it is.

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ALL THINGS MUST PASS

OCTOBER, 1970

 

  1. Every Night (2:35)

  2. I Found Out (3:38)

  3. Run of the Mill (2:52)

  4. Isolation (2:52)

  5. Teddy Boy (2:25)

  6. I'd Have You Anytime (2:58)

 

  1. Remember (4:33)

  2. All Things Must Pass (3:47)

  3. Another Day (3:43)

  4. Early 1970 (2:19)

  5. Love (3:22)

  6. Maybe I'm Amazed (3:53)

 

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THE BEATLES AGAIN

MARCH, 1971

 

  1. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) (Single Release, 1970) (3:22)

  2. That Would Be Something (2:42)

  3. Come and Get It (2:30)

  4. Coochy Coochy (4:48)

  5. Give Peace A Chance (Single Release, Recorded in 1969) (4:54)

  6. Behind That Locked Door (3:07)

 

  1. Oo You (2:50)

  2. Well (Baby Please Don't Go) (4:08)

  3. It Don't Come Easy (3:31)

  4. Man We Was Lonely (3:00)

  5. God Save Us (3:15)

  6. Goodbye (Recorded in 1969) (2:24)

 

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IMAGINE

SEPTEMBER, 1971

 

  1. How? (3:46)

  2. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (4:55)

  3. Crippled Inside (3:53)

  4. My Sweet Lord (4:41)

  5. Ram On (2:30)

 

  1. Heart of the Country (2:24)

  2. How Do You Sleep? (5:39)

  3. Art of Dying (3:39)

  4. Jealous Guy (4:18)

  5. Monkberry Moon Delight (5:26)

 

  1. It Don't Come Easy (3:02)

  2. What Is Life (4:24)

  3. Imagine (3:08)

  4. Too Many People (4:11)

  5. Awaiting On You All (2:48)

  6. Uncle Albert Jam (2:12)

 

  1. Dear Boy (2:16)

  2. Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) (3:48)

  3. The Back Seat of My Car (4:31)

  4. Oh Yoko! (4:21)

  5. Wah-Wah (5:38)

  6. Ram On (Reprise) (0:56)

 

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NEW YORK CITY

JUNE, 1972

 

  1. New York City (4:34)

  2. Eat at Home (3:23)

  3. Bangla Desh (3:57)

  4. Woman Is The Nigger Of The World (5:19)

  5. Smile Away (3:53)

  6. Apple Scruffs (3:07)

 

  1. Back Off Boogaloo (3:20)

  2. Gimme Some Truth (3:14)

  3. Tomorrow (3:25)

  4. Power To The People (3:23)

  5. Beware of Darkness (3:51)

  6. Dear Friend (5:49)

 

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OUT THE BLUE

APRIL, 1973

 

  1. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) (3:33)

  2. Mind Games (4:10)

  3. Helen Wheels (3:44)

  4. I'm The Greatest (3:26)

  5. I Know (I Know) (3:48)

  6. The Light That Has Lighted the World (3:31)

 

  1. My Love (4:12)

  2. Photograph (3:58)

  3. One More Kiss (2:29)

  4. You're Sixteen (2:50)

  5. Living in the Material World (5:31)

  6. Out The Blue (3:23)

 

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BAND ON THE RUN

DECEMBER, 1973

 

  1. Band On The Run (:14)

  2. Jet (4:09)

  3. Maya Love (4:23)

  4. Whatever Gets You Through The Night (*) (3:28)

  5. #9 Dream (4:47)

 

  1. Old Dirt Road (4:14)

  2. Mrs. Vanderbilt (4:42)

  3. Let Me Roll It (4:51)

  4. Snookeroo (*) (3:24)

  5. Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird Of Paradox) (*) (2:57)

  6. Nineteen Hundred & Eighty Five (:32)

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I love the album, Hey Jude / The Beatles Again, mostly for historic reasons, at least in my own history. I had a copy of this and it unleashed so much of The Beatles to me when I was 12 years old in 1980. But in this fantasy "what-if" world, we're playing this one up as a "wrap-up" album of the releases we didn't get to place anywhere, mostly Paul McCartney's solo album.

This is the gem of the bunch, one of the absolute best fantasy albums to date. This one is filled with like the cream of Beatles. It sounds like a Beatles album, minus the bickering, it's a classic line-up of all four members at their peak. The comedy of "Monkberry Moon Delight" to the seriousness of "Jealous Guy". The heart and soul of the band really shines here. This is, for me, clearly a 5-star release. Not a bad song. Some of the best; "Ballad of Frankie Crisp" and "Crippled Inside", "Heart Of The Country", "It Don't Come Easy" - this is simply a classic album. Even if it is fake.

This one here is an odd man out. This is a darker and more political album. The cover has banable content. The Apple label is all washed out. Even Ringo comes around to bash Paul, and Paul gives the only light-hearted moments, and yet, the darkest song of them all, "Dear Friend". I'm limited with space here, but all of that said, it's a great album with some deeper and clever moments.

Another stellar masterpiece. Not up to Imagine's level, but godamn close. Even the "unknowns", like "The Light That Has Lighted" and "I Know" are wonderful tracks in a sea of great hits and classic tracks. And it's a great comeback from the year before's dark trip through New York City.

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Band On The Run both in the fantasy and the real world are immaculate albums. But this fantasy album is the last of the classic period with a set filled with nothing less than top hits and excellent album cuts. Elton John appears three times in this record, noted with a (*)

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JUNIOR’S FARM (EP)

SEPTEMBER, 1975

 

  1. Junior’s Farm (4:23)

  2. Slippin' And Slidin (2:18)

 

  1. Rock And Roll People (4:18)

  2. World of Stone (4:45)

 

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ROCK SHOW

NOVEMBER, 1975

 

  1. Venus & Mars / Rock Show (6:51)

  2. You (3:44)

  3. Stand By Me (3:32)

  4. Letting Go (4:33)

  5. Cookin' In The Kitchen Of Love (3:42)

  6. Ain't She Sweet (0:29)

 

  1. This Guitar (Can't Keep from Crying) (4:13)

  2. You Gave Me the Answer (2:15)

  3. (It's All Down To) Good Night Vienna (3:02)

  4. The Answer's at the End (5:33)

  5. Listen to What the Man Said (4:01)

  6. Venus and Mars (Reprise) (2:16)

 

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CAN’T CATCH ME

AUGUST, 1976

 

  1. A Dose Of Rock N Roll (3:24)

  2. Let 'Em In (5:11)

  3. Move Over Ms. L (2:58)

  4. Hey Baby (3:11)

  5. Beware My Love (6:28)

  6. True Love (2:45)

 

  1. Only You (3:26)

  2. Silly Love Songs (5:54)

  3. Crackerbox Palace (3:48)

  4. San Ferry Anne (2:08)

  5. You Can't Catch Me (4:54)

  6. This Song (4:14)

 

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ROCK SHOW LIVE

JANUARY, 1977

 

  1. New York City (Live) (3:13)

  2. I've Just Seen A Face (Live) (1:53)

  3. Imagine (Live) (3:04)

  4. The Long and Winding Road (Live) (3:56)

  5. My Sweet Lord (Live) (4:36)

 

  1. Instant Karma (Live) (3:47)

  2. Lady Madonna (Live) (2:21)

  3. It Don't Come Easy (Live) (2:45)

  4. Maybe I'm Amazed (Live) (5:15)

  5. Come Together (Live) (4:05)

 

  1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Live) (4:46)

  2. Here Comes The Sun (Live) (2:58)

  3. Yesterday (Live) (1:43)

  4. Woman Is The Nigger Of The World (Live) (5:15)

  5. Blackbird (Live) (2:28)

 

  1. Listen To What The Man Said (Live) (3:29)

  2. Hound Dog (Live) (2:50)

  3. Something (Live) (3:42)

  4. Band On The Run (Live) (5:16)

  5. Wah-Wah (Live) (3:30)

 

  1. Attica State (Live) (3:01)

  2. Awaiting On You All (Live) (2:49)

  3. Venus & Mars Rock Show / Jet (Live) (10:05)

  4. It's So Hard (Live) (3:10)

 

  1. Live and Let Die (Live) (3:08)

  2. Money (That's What I Want) (Live) (3:02)

  3. Beware of Darkness (Live) (3:39)

  4. Hi Hi Hi (Live) (3:14)

  5. Well (Please Don't Go) (Live) (3:48)

 

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A LITTLE LUCK

APRIL, 1978

 

  1. Girls' School (4:38)

  2. Wings (3:26)

  3. Name And Address (3:08)

  4. Waterspout (4:49)

  5. Sat Singing (4:28)

 

  1. London Town (4:09)

  2. Backwards Traveller (1:09)

  3. Morse Moose And The Grey Goose (6:25)

  4. Beautiful Girl (3:39)

  5. With A Little Luck (5:46)

 

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WE’RE OPEN TONIGHT

MAY, 1979

 

  1. We're Open Tonight (1:29)

  2. Blow Away (4:01)

  3. Now And Then (3:45)

  4. To You (3:13)

  5. Monkey See-Monkey Do (3:36)

  6. Again And Again And Again (3:34)

  7. Old Siam, Sir (4:11)

 

  1. Reception (1:06)

  2. Getting Closer (3:26)

  3. Faster (4:48)

  4. Love Comes To Everyone (4:36)

  5. Arrow Through Me (3:37)

  6. If You Believe (2:58)

  7. Baby's Request (2:51)

 

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THE PLASTIC MACS

APRIL, 1980

 

  1. Coming Up (5:36)

  2. Unconsciousness Rules (3:38)

  3. Temporary Secretary (3:17)

  4. I'm Losing You (3:56)

  5. That Which I Have Lost (3:47)

 

  1. Spin It On (2:12)

  2. Stop! And Take Time To Smell The Roses (2:54)

  3. Check My Machine (9:06)

  4. Nobody Told Me (3:24)

  5. Hong Kong Blues (2:56)

  6. Stop! You Don't Know Where She Came From (1:41)

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STARTING OVER

NOVEMBER, 1980

 

  1. (Just Like) Starting Over (3:57)

  2. I'll Give You A Ring (3:09)

  3. Soft-Hearted Hana (4:04)

  4. I'm Losing You (3:57)

  5. One Of These Days (3:38)

  6. Cleanup Time (2:55)

  7. Not Guilty (3:35)

 

  1. Woman (3:33)

  2. Somebody Who Cares (3:20)

  3. Wrack My Brain (2:25)

  4. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) (4:06)

  5. Daytime Nightime Suffering (3:23)

  6. Watching the Wheels (4:00)

  7. The Pound Is Sinking (2:51)

 

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WAR & PEACE

MAY, 1982

 

  1. Nobody Told Me (3:35)

  2. Take It Away (4:04)

  3. Picture Show Life (4:19)

  4. Flying Hour (4:31)

  5. Borrowed Time (4:30)

  6. Wanderlust (3:50)

 

  1. I'm Stepping Out (4:06)

  2. Tug Of War (4:00)

  3. Ballroom Dancing (4:09)

  4. All Those Years Ago (3:48)

  5. I Don't Wanna Face It (3:22)

  6. Here Today (2:29)

 

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BORROWED TIME

SEPTEMBER, 1984

 

  1. No More Lonely Nights (5:00)

  2. In My Car (3:11)

  3. Valotte (4:17)

  4. Not Such A Bad Boy (3:25)

  5. Long Lost John (1:57)

  6. Too Late for Goodbyes (3:35)

 

  1. Keep Under Cover (3:04)

  2. That's The Way It Goes (3:38)

  3. Say You're Wrong (3:29)

  4. No Values (4:12)

  5. Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him (3:19)

  6. Mystical One (3:46)

 

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BEAUTIFUL NIGHTS

MAY, 1999

 

  1. Any Road (3:53)

  2. Young Boy (3:54)

  3. King Of The Broken Hearts (4:44)

  4. Stuck Inside A Cloud (4:05)

  5. Flaming Pie (2:27)

 

  1. Grow Old With Me * (3:07)

  2. Little Willow (2:51)

  3. Great Day (2:04)

  4. Beautiful Night (3:32)

  5. Free As A Bird * (3:59)

  6. Beautiful Night (Reprise) (1:30)

 

  1. The World Tonight (4:03)

  2. This Guitar Can't Keep from Crying (3:56)

  3. La De Da (4:08)

  4. Real Love * (3:53)

  5. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (2:35)

 

  1. If You Wanna (4:38)

  2. Run So Far (4:06)

  3. The Rising Sun (5:28)

  4. Now And Then * (4:17)

 

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LOVE & CHAOS

OCTOBER, 2005

 

  1. Fine Line (3:06)

  2. Day After Day (4:18)

  3. Oh My Lord (5:33)

  4. English Tea (2:12)

  5. Satisfied (3:19)

  6. Jenny Wren (3:47)

  7. Faithful (3:44)

 

  1. Too Much Rain (3:39)

  2. Free Drinks (4:25)

  3. Friends To Go (2:43)

  4. Believe (4:54)

  5. English Garden (2:18)

  6. Whole Life (Remix) (3:55)

  7. Anyway (3:54)

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EGYPT STATION

AUGUST, 2018

 

  1. Never Know (6:04)

  2. Bring It Down (3:42)

  3. Come On To Me (4:11)

  4. #WarOnFalse (3:59)

 

  1. Watching The Rain (5:31)

  2. All About Waiting (4:14)

  3. I Don't Know (4:27)

  4. Calling (4:20)

 

  1. Despite Repeated Warnings (6:58)

  2. Laughable (2:59)

  3. Downtown Tigers (6:22)

  4. Tabetai (2:45)

  5. We’re On The Road Again (4:34)

 

  1. Let Love Lead (4:11)

  2. Station II (0:47)

  3. Hunt You Down / Naked / C-Link (6:23)

 

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LAST CALL

OCTOBER, 2019

 

  1. Fuh You (3:25)

  2. Better Days (2:49)

  3. Motorways (Erase It) (3:20)

  4. Thank God For Music (3:39)

  5. Get Started (3:41)

  6. Home Tonight (3:05)

  7. The Other Side Of Liverpool (3:24)

 

  1. In A Hurry (4:05)

  2. Summertime Police (4:30)

  3. What’s My Name (3:44)

  4. Frank Sinatra’s Party (2:45)

  5. Nothing For Free (3:13)

  6. Sixty Second Street (3:55)

  7. Grow Old With Me (3:19)

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I have several singles in this fantasy collection, and very few EPs, which were not popular in the 70s, but were still made from time to time. I decided to make a rather unique EP, maybe for the UK market (even if it is on Capitol Records), for the one outliar single, "Junior's Farm", a great song that just got left behind.

 

I threw in a John Lennon Rock & Roll track, a then-rare Lennon track and a George song.

I've always loved the Venus & Mars album. It was one of my earliest McCartney albums in my youth. But there was a curious pattern going on here. The Beatles were recording some retro-like Rock and Roll music. John's Rock and Roll album was a covers album, and Venus & Mars celebrated rock history. George revamped an old Beatles song and it all had an underbelly of oldies Rock and Roll, which led to the album, Can't Catch Me, which intergrates the Lennon Rock and Roll album with more oldies by Ringo ("Only You" and "Hey Baby").

Can't Catch Me is not a great or classic album, but does have classic tracks, "Silly Love Songs", "This Song" and "Let 'Em In" and the Ringo opener, "A Dose Of Rock and Roll" lays out the concept.

This is an actual live album. I made this collection that can be burned easily to CD or even onto vinyl LPs. I crossfaded audience applause and "remastered" tracks to be more evenly EQ'd. I made it a 3-LP (or 2-CD) set to comply with Paul's Wings Over America record, which was also a 3-LP set. Sources included that Wings Over America, Concert For Bangladesh and John Lennon Live in New York CIty. I was appreciative that many pre-solo songs were performed along with solo stuff which made the fantasy album very realistic.

The cover is a photoshopped job, obviously, but found on the internet. Not my work. The label is a very old classic Capitol style I thought would be classy. But I was lazy to print up both sides so I just made one-side labels.

This is the closest you'll ever get to a Beatles concert post-1966 (or rooftop). You have the addition of Yoko Ono and Linda McCartney, additional guitars by Denny Laine and 29 songs that run for 1 hour and 46 minutes.

A Little Luck was not going to be a "Beatles" release. I originally intended on making it more of a McCartney solo release, but some of George's releases up in around this time fit so well. It's uneven about as much as the original Wings release of it but does have a few shining moments, "Beautiful Girl" and "Waterspout" being two of them.

Back To The Egg is one my all-time favorite albums - STILL! Since I got my precious copy in 1979 at the age of 11, I've been inamoured with this record. "Blow Away" was / is my favorite George tune and with that, and the excellent "If You Believe" and "Love Comes To Everyone", this is one of my favorite records in the fantasy universe.

Okay, this one deserves an explanation. Some of you will get it right away, but others might not. The Plastic Macs were a ficticious band Paul put together for the video of, "Coming Up". The Plastic Macs was an obvious take on John's Plastic Ono Band, and John made mention of it to Paul with a laugh. But it also was a slight nod to Rubber Soul where at the end of a recording session, Paul ends the song with, "plastic soul, man". This turned into Rubber Soul, but the "plastic" part of it was stolen by John and then taken back for the one 1980 video by Paul.

This album was going to be the next-to-last as it was a return for John and I mixed up all I had from all four, with Paul being the hardest. I refused but eventually gave in to adding the '79 cuts, "Daytime Nighttime Suffering" and still don't like it being here, but it works... kinda. John's Double Fantasy songs were detrimental and everything was placed around those songs.

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And this was intended to be the last of all fantasy Beatles - until 1995 rolled around and this became an issue again. But I managed to just mix up the Milk & Honey tracks and the excellent Tug Of War. But what I ended up loving most was Ringo's "Picture Show Life" and George's "Flying Hour" to make this another of the Top 5 favorites of Beatle fantasy records.

If Julian was asked to join and he did and it worked, this would be the result. His contributions fit perfectly and in many ways might have been what John composed had he lived.

I absolutely LOVE this album. It is my #1 Beatles fantasy album, even more than All Things Must Pass and Imagine. This is a nostalgic record with moments referring to The White Album and just the British charm of the Beatles and their upbringing. It rocks in places and  is soft and beautiful in others. It's a solid record - a nostalgic record and is the one I listen to the most as an album.

The Anthology series came and with it came a new perspective. With Paul making Flaming Pie and the Anthology thing, it was inevitable that we reunited in fantasy land, too. And back in 1995/96, I let it go for the longest time but I wanted to somehow collect the Anthology songs with Paul's newly inspired Pie album.

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So when Egypt Station was released, I knew it would be half filled with great stuff and other duds. And I was right. So I took the best and filled it in a bowl of Ringo stuff and mixed and voila! A decent record. I added some Dhani Harrison and it got better. So this is another of the "pretty decent but not amazing" records.

Last Call is just an outtake of Egypt Station (some songs are the "extras" Paul released after ES initial release). Mixed with Dhani and Ringo material, this is actually a fun listening experience.

STAY TUNED FOR MY NEXT FANTASY PROJECT OF BRYAN ADAMS FANTASY ALBUMS.

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