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.
The Beatles In 1973
The Beatles released 5 albums in 1973. Red Rose Speedway by Paul McCartney and Wings was released in April; Living In The Material World was released by George in May; Mind Games was released by John Lennon in November as was Ringo by Ringo Starr. Paul McCartney and Wings also released Band on The Run in December but since that was released so late in the year, I am going to include those songs in 1974.
John Lennon 1973
John Lennon released his best solo album in 1971 with Imagine, however, in 1973 and 1974 he release albums that were nearly as good. In 1973 he released Mind Games and in my opinion, any of the songs on that album could have been included in this fictional album.
Due to the quality of songs released by each of The Beatles, I am going away from the standard formula of Ringo getting 1 song, George getting 1 or 2 songs and the rest going to John and Paul.
I am going with 14 songs on the album which is a couple of more than were usually on album in 1973. John was strong in 1973 so he is getting 6 songs on the album.
Mind Games which peaked at #18 on the U.S. charts. It's hard for me to believe that it did not even make the top 10. The album did peak at #9.
The other songs from his album that will be included are:Tight A$; Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple); Out The Blue; Only People and Meat City.
Ringo Starr 1973
Ringo was on fire in 1973. He released what was easily his best solo album...with a little help from his friends. All 3 of the other Beatles contributed to the album. Paul & Linda McCartney co-wrote a song and also played on it. John Lennon wrote a song as well as performed on the album and George Harrison has multiple contributions both as a song writer and musician.
Due to this great album and all of the contributions from the other Beatles, I am giving Ringo 3 songs on this album.
Photograph, which he co-wrote with George and went to #1 on the U.S. charts. Oh My My which Ringo co-wrote with Vini Poncia and I'm The Greatest which was written by John Lennon.
Living In The Material World
George Harrison's album Living In The Material World made it to #1 on the U.S. charts despite the fact that only 1 hit single was released from it.
George contributes 2 songs to this fictional album. Give Me Love (Give me Peace On Earth) which went to #1 on the U.S. Charts. I am also going to include the title track from his album Living In The Material World.
Paul McCartney was just starting to hit his stride with Wings. Just like George, Paul's album Red Rose Speedway reached the #1 spot on the chart despite the fact that only 1 hit song was released from the album. My Love which went to #1 on the U.S. charts. My Love is definitely Paul's greatest love song as a solo artist and possibly his greatest love song ever.
Paul (and Wings) also released the single Live And Let Die which reached #2 on the U.S. Charts. On a side note, Paul McCartney always puts on a great performance with this song when you see his live show.
The third song that Paul will contribute will be Single Pigeon.
As you can see by the chart below, this would be a very strong album.
There are 3 songs that reached #1 on the U.S. Charts and 2 others that made it to the top 5. It also includes Mind Games which is mind boggling to me that it only made it to #18 in the United States.
Songs on The Beatles Fictional 1973 Album
|Song||Singer||Peak Chart Position|
Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple)
Out The Blue
I'm The Greatest
Oh My My
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
Living In The Material World
Live And Let Die
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