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Paul McCartney’s least favourite album by The Beatles

Paul McCartney’s least favourite album by The Beatles

Paul McCartney’s least favourite album by The Beatles
March 01
11:09 2021

To try and force your favourite artist into picking one of their albums to hold up as their favourite can sometimes be like getting blood out of a stone. In the case of The Beatles songwriting maestro, Paul McCartney, we’ve luckily had nearly six decades of critics and journalists pestering Sir Paul for his favourite record by the Fab Four, so that all the leg work has been done for us. But what about the album he likes least?

During a revealing 1991 interview, McCartney suggests that he had a love for all the albums he, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr made together. But he did confess that his favourite was the iconic concept album from 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and album released on 1st June, 1967. The singer revealed it was the concept behind the record that he feels was really engaging and naturally because he was meticulously involved in its creation. He said, “I’d pick Sgt. Pepper’s, meself, because I had a lot to do with it.”

He confirmed similarly in an interview from 1990 where he said: “If records had a director within a band, I sort of directed Pepper.” The record’s positive tone affirmed in songs like ‘Getting Better’ and ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ are all down to McCartney and his leadership. After the band’s manager Brian Epstein died, the group needed a focus, and Macca provided it. This decision to pick Macca’s own creation as his favourite may also give us a hint as to which was the singer’s least favourite.

Let It Be was the final album that The Beatles ever put out but the songs from the album were largely compiled from off-cuts and previous incarnations that had fallen by the wayside. Though the album is certainly worthy of being considered one of the band’s best records, there was something about the album that Paul McCartney really didn’t like — Phil Spector.

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