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Jeremy Simington
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Posted: 19 January 2017 at 4:53pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

1. When considering the Beatles as a group, which one do you consider the greatest Beatle?

2. When considering the Beatles as solo artists (post-Beatles work only), which one do you consider the greatest Beatle?

Please go ahead and give any reasons you like for your choices. This is strictly subjective fun!

My picks:
1. John Lennon.  I think he was the most creative of the four and was more of an artistic visionary than the others.  I prefer his songs to Paul's (with a bunch of exceptions, of course!).

2. George Harrison.  George is the only one that has solo albums that I enjoy listening to in their entirety.
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1.Paul McCartney- writer of so much stuff. I know a ton of people that think that John Wrote most of everything. After all the credits say Lennon / McCartney. Sgt. Pepper is the best Album of all time and for me thier peak creatively. They were much better together than apart. 

2. Paul McCartney, he re-invented him self multiple times over the past years. From Wings to Solo to Flaming Pie (with Jeff Lynne) to Classical Music, Run Devil Run is the best cover album ever. He's the only one still making music. 

I always more on the pop side of things preferring Billy Joel and ELO to Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd, Journey & Queen compared to cream and Stevie Ray Vaughn. But when the only radio staiton is top 40, these things happen. When considering Beatles as a group I just think Best Ever. 
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Posted: 20 January 2017 at 10:23am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I really can't choose, as I like both Paul and John as artists pretty much equally. -- But the answer would be one of those two, no disrespect to George. Ringo... well, he's Ringo.

That noted, in defense of Paul being creative: The idea for Sgt. Pepper, the Magical Mystery Tour film, and the medley side of Abbey Road were all Paul's ideas. And though John gets the credit for being the avant garde of the group, Paul was experimental and away from the Beatles did interesting work as The Fireman with Martin Glover.
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 20 January 2017 at 11:01am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

1) McCartney.  For all the reasons Matt mentions as well as my just finding his best songs to make up the majority of my favorite Beatles songs.

2) McCartney.  Every Beatle had great post-Beatle moments (Ringo had RINGO, George had ALL THINGS MUST PASS and a sprinkling of other random hits / good songs, John had PLASTIC ONO BAND and IMAGINE and other good work; DOUBLE FANTASY suggested a greatly renewed period of creativity which his assassination robbed us of.  However, Paul has had a vastly larger output than all of them and he continues to write and record nearly 50 years later.  I'm not a fan of all his stuff but I can't deny the sheer volume of his creativity and that the total of solo works by him that I like equals or exceeds the total of the other three combined. 
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I'd say Paul. I have a friend who does a John Lennon act and he admits Paul was probably more talented overall. Herein might lie the difference. John did his own thing well. Paul tried everything.

I have to pick Paul solo, though I like George's solo work a lot also. It's hard to judge John. He may have eclipsed them all, but his life was cut too short.
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(1) John Lennon

As a multi-instrumentalist, as a singer with incredible range, as a creator of melodies almost without peer in popular music, Paul McCartney was clearly the superior talent, not just in The Beatles but pretty much compared to anybody else in the Rock'n'Roll genre. 

But Lennon's faculty for words and wit alone was truly great -- and when you add to that his ability to craft songs not only plainly, even superficially, appealing to millions yet also stunningly combining a virtually unfathomable depth of piercing intellect with raw, robust, and often brutally honest emotion, not just in the lyrics but in the music itself -- that achieved a genuine greatness above McCartney's practically peerless excellence.

That said, Lennon's greatest work, with but few post-Beatles exceptions, were produced with McCartney at his side, if not always as direct 50/50 collaborator, then as Lennon's most significant contributor and interpreter. The same goes for McCartney. Even where either man only added marginally to the other's work, the whole product was made infinitely superior to what it might have been alone. 


(2) As for solo, it's hard to judge because Lennon died only a decade out of The Beatles, and he was "retired" for nearly half of that time too! Even considering only up to 1980, McCartney certainly had more hits (than anybody!) and he hardly lost his facility for creating incredible melodies or his penchant for exploring a variety of styles. Yet, his work lacked gravitas, patently, consistently. Lennon's work sometimes was astonishing but also sometimes (too often?) was -- by his own admission -- little more than album filler. I also personally dislike that he became more and more insecure about his amazingly distinctive and moving vocals and buried them more and more under effects and thick production. He desperately needed to be stripped down! So, all in all, I'd say that George Harrison had the most "successful" solo material (again, up to 1980, just to be fair to Lennon), because his songs were catchy, thoughtful, consistently well-crafted, most often very well-produced, from-the-heart, and often quite beautiful.
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1. Paul McCartney.

A really tough to call, but I think Paul's skills as a musician, singer, song-writer combined with an overall musical vision that could turn even Lennon's more "out there" ideas into commercial success, nudges it in his favour.

Lennon excites me more, but over the years I've come to better appreciate the superior craftmanship of McCartney.

2. George Harrison.

There's a consistency in his solo work not found in any other Beatle (unless you count Ringo, whose consistency is negative).
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