Having noticed the debate in the thread about solo stars who were part of a band, I began to think about how terrible most of The Beatles’ solo albums are.
Let’s start with John Lennon
Two Virgins The one with the naked cover. Ok, that got some attention back then. However, I’ve heard the album and it is nothing but a bunch of noise and gibberish.
Life with the Lions Same as above, although no naked cover.
The Wedding Album. I think the orginal set was more of a collector’s piece. The music again was garbage.
Live Peace in Toronto Half the record is outstanding with John Lennon and Clapton playing some oldies live. The other half is more of Yoko screaming.
The remainder of his solo catalog is decent. Some of the are a bit uneven such as Sometime in New York City. I’m not sure Rock and Roll ever needed to be released.
Ok McCartney and Ram were both listenable, although not great efforts. Wild Life is just terrible. The remainder of the catalog is very uneven. Band on the Run ** and Venus and Mars ** are by far the two best albums with almost no “throwaway” tracks. Tug of War was well received at the time, although it does sound a bit dated now. London Town, Back to the Egg, and Pipes of Peace are very weak albums with lots of filler. I’ll stop there with Paul.
Wonderwall Music and **Electronic Sound ** are both experimental albums. In my opinion, they are as unlistenable as Lennon’s early solo work. All Things must Pass is an excellent album although there are a few filler tracks. Then it does downhill and fast. Living in the Material World, Dark Horse, **Extra Texture ** among others are all plagued with George’s voice problems, preachy (in my opinion) lyrics, and poor production.
Sentimental Journey was his attempt at doing old standards. Then, he turns around and does the country album Beaucops of Blues. The Ringo album was by far the highlight of his early solo career. The less said about his mid 70’s solo work, the better. Anyone listen to the disco songs on **Ringo the 4th ** in the past 25 years? I’ll give Ringo credit. He realized he was better as part of a band.
In fact, I think that is what made the Beatles’ solo albums so problematic. An idea which would have worked for one 3 minute song on a diverse Beatles album did not work when expanded to a full album. Even the immense talent of John Lennon and Paul McCartney was not able to overcome their own limitations. Perhaps they also need George Martin or each other to tell them when a song just…sucks!