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I think it’s fair to assume that The Beatles’ later work is considered their best. Starting with 1965’s Rubber Soul, the Fab Four evolved from loveable mop tops to produce a series of LPs that cemented the band’s reputation and status as “the best group of all-time”.

Those LPs — Revolver, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles, aka the White Album, and Abbey Road — appear with unerring certainty in critics’, musicians’ and music buyers’ lists of the all-time greatest albums of all-time.

But give me a choice of the Beatles repertoire and I’d pick one of the earlier LPs, from the days when Lennon and McCartney really did write songs together and didn’t need George Harrison to remind them how it should be done. The poppy exuberance of With the Beatles or A Hard Day’s Night are the sound of a band simply enjoying what it does.

Sadly both were released before I was born, so don’t qualify for a song-from-each-year-of-my life. 1968’s offering instead comes from the aforementioned White Album and the aforementioned George Harrison and is probably, despite its vintage, my favourite Fab Four song.

The Beatles :: While My Guitar Gently Weeps
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