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by Justin Farrar

October 15, 2013

The Beatles Gone Solo

by Justin Farrar  |  October 15, 2013

The Beatles were rock's greatest testament to the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Comprised of four distinct personalities creating a sound far bigger than their individual talents, The Beatles embodied equality, community, collective unity and cooperation. Moreover, they embodied them at a time (the '60s) when an entire generation of restless youth was desperately craving these very things.

In contrast, as solo artists John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr have had to really, truly struggle with their limitations and deficiencies. Unlike The Beatles' near-flawless discography, their catalogs are riddled with imperfections and misfires. Yet when you pull together the greatest of their solo achievements it becomes all too apparent that they have created some awfully amazing stuff. After all, "Band on the Run," ["Mother,"] ["My Sweet Lord,"] "It Don't Come Easy," ["What Is Life"] and ["Instant Karma!"] all rank up there with The Beatles' best.

Our Beatles Gone Solo playlist cherry-picks many of the finest songs from Paul, John, George and Ringo's solo years, in addition to those just mentioned. And be sure to check out McCartney's latest full-length, NEW. His best since 1997's [Flaming Pie], with touches of electronica, indie pop and folk rock audaciously worked into the mix, it proves that McCartney's talents are as potent as ever.

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