One of the best albums of all-time. This is when the psychedelia wore off and the group just started cranking out TUNES! The album-ending suite is just fantastic, progenitor of progressive rock, as usual, The Beatles way ahead of their time.
RE "unfinished outtakes": it's called a suite. Progressive rock bands would do all the time, and honestly few of them were ever able to do it with such conciseness and consistently interesting songwriting as the Beatles did.
I don't understand how it's possible for one human being to be so completely wrong as Abomination317 is below. It's not their best album (that would be the White Album) but it's literally only a hair behind it. It's also their only recording that truly sounds good in stereo. All the others have that godawful stereo separation with the drums or vocals all pushed to one side on at least some of the songs. Plus, the Beatles basically invented doom metal with I Want You (She's So Heavy). That alone makes this album great.
Most overrated Beatles album. There's some good stuff on here (I Want You being the highlight) but there's a lot of... other stuff and the Medley is literally just a bunch of unfinished outtakes stuck together for no good reason.
A good album but like MisterJunior said, it's far from their best. Still, it's a good album and it has one of my favorite Beatles songs ("Something") but my pick for best Beatles album would be either Revolver or Rubber Soul.
pleasant enough but totally lightweight. I don't see how so many view this as being their best album when the competition includes the likes of A Hard Day's Night, Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper. Oh well.
I've never liked this one as much as I've felt like I'm supposed to. I love The Beatles and consider them the best Pop group and songwriting collective ever, but they just sound like they're running on fumes here to me. Granted there is still a lot to like here, but the best thing on the album (the medley of song fragments on side 2) is more of a production triumph and evidence of writer's block than it is an indication that the band and its songwriting were at peak levels. If you doubt me, give a listen to the full version of, say, "Polythene Pam" on the Anthology set; it's one of the worst songs they ever wrote when taken as a whole. Fortunately George's contributions are both classics, "Oh! Darling" is a nothing song saved by a great vocal and "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" is a fascinating excursion into proto-Drone/Doom despite also not being much of a songwriting triumph. Neither "Come Together" or "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" has ever done anything for me and "Octopus's Garden" is
If you like this album, I would highly recommend Paul McCartney's [album artist=paul mccartney]Chaos and Creation in the Backyard[/album]. It's a very similar album, a modern successor. These two are my favorite albums of all time.