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The Beatles: 1972

Growing up in the 1960's and 1970's I heard a lot of great music. I've been a Beatles fan since 1973 and Klaatu fan since 1977.

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1972 Beatle Music

In my previous articles, I have written about songs that The Beatles may have included on their albums in 1970 and 1971, had they stayed together.

1972 was not a very good year for The Beatles music wise. George did not release any albums; John released a non-critically acclaimed album "Some Time In New York City"; Paul was starting to get his group "Wings" going and they were far from reaching full stride. Ringo did not release an album, however he did release a top 10 single with "Back Off Boogaloo".

George Harrison



As I stated earlier, George did not release an album in 1972, however, he released a double album in 1970 with "All Things Must Pass". There is enough material on that album to use for several years.

I am selecting 3 songs from the "All Things Must Pass" album to be included in this album.

"Apple Scruffs"; Beware of Darkness" and "Awaiting on You All". You could pick just about any of the songs that I did not already use for previous albums and they would be good choices.

George released many good solo albums but "All Things Must Pass" was his best. The main reason was that he had accumulated a lot of songs that he wrote while with The Beatles that did not make it onto Beatle albums.

John Lennon



John's album "Sometime In New York City" was not very well received. The album peaked at number 48 on the U.S. charts. He did have some decent songs on the album plus there are many songs leftover from the "Imagine" album that could be used.

John is getting 6 songs on the album in this scenario. 3 songs from "Imagine" and 3 songs from "Sometime In New York City".

John released the controversial single "Woman Is The Nigger Of The World" in 1972 which made it to number 57 on the U.S. charts. That song along with "New York City" and "John Sinclair" would be on this album.

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"Crippled Inside"; "How?" and "Oh My Love" from the "Imagine" album would also be included.

Paul McCartney



Paul McCartney was just starting to get his group Wings off the ground. They released their first album ("Wild Life") in December of 1971. They spent 1972 touring at small venues in Great Britain in order to gain experience working with each other. It worked quite well.

Paul only contributes 4 songs in this scenario. "Wild Life" and "Some People May Never Know" for the Wings album "Wild Life". He also adds "Hi, Hi, Hi" which peaked at number 10 on the U.S. Charts along with "Give Ireland Back To The Irish" which made it to number 21 on the U.S. Charts.

Back Off Boogaloo


Ringo only released one single in 1972 but it was a very good single. "Back Off Boogaloo" made it to number 9 on the U.S. charts.

We all know that it would be very unlikely that Ringo would get one of his songs released as a single, but in this case there was not much to choose from. "Hi, Hi, Hi" would probably have been the first single released but "Back Off Boogaloo" would have had to have been the second.

14 Songs

There were many songs to choose from for 1972, however, it was not the strongest year for The Beatles. George and John had already released the best albums of their solo careers. That's not to say that they did not release any more good albums, they just never reached the pinnacle of "Imagine" and "All Things Must Pass".

Paul and Ringo had not yet reached their pinnacle but they were about to reach it very soon.

I had 14 songs on this album which may have been a couple of more than what would have been on a normal album in 1972. While the overall content of the album was not quite up to "Beatle" standards, they still have 3 top 40 songs and 2 top 10 songs on the album.

1972 Beatles Album Songs

Song TitlePeak on U.S. Charts

Woman Is The Nigger Of The World


New York City

John Sinclair

Hi, Hi, Hi


Give Ireland Back To The Irish


Wild Life

Back Off Boogaloo


Apple Scruffs

Beware Of Darkness

Awaiting On You All


Crippled Inside

Oh My Love


Some People Never Know


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© 2020 Art West

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