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Di solito la voce "Discografia" di un artista è una specie di agile sommario della sua parabola artistica ed esistenziale. Se oggi ci piace considerare i dischi (gli LP, soprattutto) come capitoli di una biografia, lo dobbiamo anche ai Beatles che sin dall'inizio cercarono di dare a ogni disco un'identità diversa dal precedente, una cosa che oggi sembra scontata ma nel 1963 no. Questa idea che i dischi dei Beatles fossero qualcosa di più di mere collezioni di canzoni ci mise un po' a passare, e nel frattempo i discografici più o meno speculatori avevano creato il caos (soprattutto in America). Un ginepraio di uscite in cui non ha senso infilarsi.

Qui sotto c'è solo un'agile mappa delle uscite dei Beatles. Ci sono i dodici LP 'canonici', ovvero gli undici pubblicati nel Regno Unito più la versione americana di Magical Mystery Tour, che contiene altri singoli importanti del 1967 e che sempre più spesso vedo inserita nel canone. C'è anche la colonna sonora originale di Yellow Submarine, ma solo il primo lato (nel secondo ci sono i brani strumentali di George Martin, che di solito non sono attribuiti ai Beatles). Ci sono i singoli, ma solo quelli usciti nel Regno Unito che non sono stati stampati su un album tra il 1962 e il 1970. Per lo stesso motivo c'è l'EP Long Tall Sally. Ci sono altri insiemi di canzoni che erano inedite fino all'uscita di Anthology e di altri cofanetti celebrativi, e per ora questo è tutto.



1963

Please Please Me (album, 22/3/1963, LP Parlophone).
I Saw Her Standing There – Misery – Anna (Go To Him) – Chains – Boys – Ask Me Why – Please Please Me
Love Me DoPS I Love YouBaby It's YouDo You Want To Know A SecretA Taste Of HoneyThere's A PlaceTwist And Shout

From Me to You – Thank You Girl (singolo, Parlophone, 11/4/1963)

She Loves YouI'll Get You (singolo, Parlophone, 23/8/1963)

With The Beatles (22/11/1963, Parlophone)
It Won't Be LongAll I've Got To DoAll My LovingDon't Bother Me – Little Child – Till There Was YouPlease Mister Postman
– Roll Over BeethovenHold Me TightYou Really Got A Hold On MeI Wanna Be Your ManDevil In Her Heart – Not A Second Time – Money (That's What I Want)

I Want to Hold Your HandThis Boy (singolo, Parlophone, 29/11/1963)

1964

Long Tall Sally (Extended Play, 19/6/1964, Parlophone).
– Long Tall SallyI Call Your Name
Slow DownMatchbox

A Hard Day's Night (10/7/1964, Parlophone)
A Hard Day's NightI Should Have Known BetterIf I FellI'm Happy Just To Dance With YouAnd I Love HerTell Me WhyCan't Buy Me Love
Any Time At AllI'll Cry InsteadThings We Said TodayWhen I Get HomeYou Can't Do ThatI'll Be Back

I Feel FineShe's a Woman (singolo, 23/11/1964, Parlophone)

Beatles For Sale (4/12/1964, Parlophone)
No ReplyI'm A LoserBaby's In BlackRock And Roll MusicI'll Follow The SunMr MoonlightKansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!
Eight Days A WeekWords Of LoveHoney Don'tEvery Little ThingI Don't Want To Spoil The PartyWhat You're Doing – Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby


1965

Ticket to RideYes It Is (singolo, 9/4/1965, Parlophone)

Help! (6/8/1965, Parlophone)
Help!The Night BeforeYou've Got To Hide Your Love AwayI Need YouAnother GirlYou're Going To Lose That GirlTicket To Ride
Act NaturallyIt's Only Love – You Like Me Too Much – Tell Me What You See – I've Just Seen A FaceYesterday – Dizzy Miss Lizzy

– Help! – I'm Down (singolo, 19/7/1965, Parlophone)

Rubber Soul (3/12/1965, Parlophone)
Drive My CarNorwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)You Won't See MeNowhere ManThink For YourselfThe WordMichelle
What Goes OnGirlI'm Looking Through YouIn My LifeWait If I Needed SomeoneRun For Your Life

We Can Work It OutDay Tripper (3/12/1965, singolo, Parlophone)


1966

Paperback WriterRain (singolo, 30/5/1966, Parlophone)

Revolver (5/8/1966, Parlophone)
TaxmanEleanor RigbyI'm Only SleepingLove You ToHere, There And EverywhereYellow SubmarineShe Said She Said
Good Day SunshineAnd Your Bird Can SingFor No OneDoctor RobertI Want To Tell YouGot To Get You Into My LifeTomorrow Never Knows


1967

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1/6/1967, Parlophone)
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandWith A Little Help From My FriendsLucy In The Sky With DiamondsGetting BetterFixing A HoleShe's Leaving HomeBeing For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!
Within You Without YouWhen I'm Sixty-FourLovely RitaGood Morning Good MorningSgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) – A Day In The Life


Magical Mystery Tour (27/11/1967, Capitol)
Magical Mystery TourThe Fool On The HillFlyingBlue Jay WayYour Mother Should Know I Am The Walrus
Hello, GoodbyeStrawberry Fields ForeverPenny LaneBaby You're A Rich ManAll You Need Is Love

1968

Lady MadonnaThe Inner Light (singolo, 15/3/1968, Parlophone)

Hey JudeRevolution (singolo, 26/8/1968, Apple)

The Beatles (il "Disco Bianco") (22/11/1968, Apple)
Back In The USSRDear PrudenceGlass OnionOb-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – Wild Honey Pie – The Continuing Story Of Bungalow BillWhile My Guitar Gently WeepsHappiness Is A Warm Gun
Martha My DearI'm So TiredBlackbirdPiggiesRocky RaccoonDon't Pass Me ByWhy Don't We Do It In The Road?I WillJulia
BirthdayYer BluesMother Nature's SonEverybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My MonkeySexy SadieHelter SkelterLong, Long, Long
Revolution 1Honey PieSavoy TruffleCry Baby Cry(Can You Take Me Back?)Revolution 9Good Night
(Outtakes: – (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care – St Louis Blues – Circles – Sour Milk Sea – Child of Nature – Blue Moon)


1969

Yellow Submarine (17/1/1969, Apple/Parlophone)
Yellow SubmarineOnly A Northern SongAll Together NowHey Bulldog It's All Too MuchAll You Need Is Love

Get BackDon't Let Me Down (singolo con Billy Preston, 11/4/1969, Apple)

The Ballad of John and YokoOld Brown Shoe (singolo, 30/5/1969, Apple)

Abbey Road (26/9/1969, Apple)
Come TogetherSomething Maxwell's Silver HammerOh! DarlingOctopus's GardenI Want You (She's So Heavy)
Here Comes The SunBecauseYou Never Give Me Your MoneySun KingMean Mr MustardPolythene PamShe Came In Through The Bathroom WindowGolden SlumbersCarry That WeightThe EndHer Majesty


1970

Let It BeYou Know My Name (Look Up the Number) (singolo, 6/3/1970, Apple)

Let It Be (8/5/1970, Apple)
Two Of UsDig A PonyAcross The UniverseI Me Mine – Dig It – Let It BeMaggie Mae
I've Got A FeelingOne After 909The Long And Winding Road For You BlueGet Back


Appendice: Anthology

I
Free as a BirdThat'll Be the DayIn Spite of All the DangerHallelujah, I Love Her SoYou'll Be MineCayenne My BonnieAin't She SweetCry For A ShadowSearchin'Three Cool CatsThe Sheik of ArabyLike Dreamers DoHello Little GirlBésame MuchoHow Do You Do ItLend Me Your CombMoonlight Bay – Shout – You Know What To DoLeave My Kitten Alone

II
Real Love – If You Got TroubleThat Means A Lot – 12-Bar Blues Original

III
Junk Not GuiltyWhat's the New Mary JaneStep Inside LoveLos ParanoiasTeddy BoyMedley: Rip It Up / Shake Rattle and Roll / Blue Suede ShoesAll Things Must PassMailman, Bring Me No More BluesCome and Get ItAin't She Sweet

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