Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of The Beatles' Solo Careers

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Scarecrow Press, Jul 20, 2012 - Music - 288 pages
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As recommended by USA Today and excerpted on Rolling!

More than forty years after breaking up, The Beatles remain the biggest-selling and most influential group in the history of popular music. Fans endlessly replay their songs, craving more, while thousands of cover versions of their songs have been recorded and performed. Band biographies, pop music histories, song books, and academic titles on the Fab Four clutter shelves. But never has there been a definitive guide to the finest songs of The Beatles after they called it quits.

Still the Greatest is a love song to the songwriting and recording achievements of Paul, John, George, and Ringo after each struck out on his own. In this creative history, Jackson selects the best songs in each solo career and organizes them into fantasy albums they might have formed had the legendary group stayed together. This romp through the post–Beatles history of each artist delves into the circumstances behind the composition, recording, and reception of each work, offering a refreshing take on how spectacular much of The Beatles’ second act truly is.

Jackson assesses the more than seventy albums and nine hundred songs the four collectively released, selecting the crème de la crème of their output. Still the Greatest brims with facts (release dates, writing and performing credits, and information about production techniques) and insightful analyses of the music and lyrics. In telling the stories behind the songs, Jackson recounts the remarkable influence the Post Fab Four continued to have long after the big split. Both a handy reference and an engrossing cover-to-cover read, Still the Greatest is an invaluable companion for those who thought it all ended with the 1970 album Let It Be.

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The biggest compliment I can pay this book is that it made me want to start working through my own Beatles collection and pull together playlists to create these "what if" albums pulled together from ... Read full review

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Early this year (2014), I took a MOOC on the Beatles through Coursera. It was fantastic. I learned about the early days of the Fab Four in Liverpool and Germany, the phenomena of Beatlemania in the ... Read full review


Year One
It Dont Come Easy
Gimme Some Truth
Lost Weekends
Pizza and Fairy Tales
Other Plans
Borrowed Time
Ever Present Past
Further Listening
Solo Beatles No 1 Singles
19702011 Anthology The Yellow Green and Indigo Albums
Album Discography
Singles Discography

When We Was Fab
The Song We Were Singing
Never without You
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Andrew Grant Jackson has written for Rolling Stone, Yahoo!, Slate’s “Blogging the Beatles,” Baseline Studio System, music magazines Burn Lounge, Mean Street, and Dispatch, and copyedited the Hollywood monthly magazine Ingenue. He directed and cowrote the feature film The Discontents starring Perry King and Amy Madigan and served as actor Jeff Bridges’s development associate at AsIs Productions.

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