Lost Beatles ’70s albums (1970, 1971, 1973 & 1975)

For years I’ve kept going back to the idea of piecing together a Beatles album (or two … or four) that could hypothetically have been assembled post breakuphadtheynotbrokenup. Some of the key things: Plausibility and listenability. You will find a ton of hypotheticals out on the world wide webernets. I’ve really tried to listen to tracks in order and have painstakingly reordered them over the years for what I believe to be the the best collection of albums.

My thinking in terms of hypothetical albums developed using songs each of the four would have started in that time period … not necessarily going by the timelines of each song’s actual completion.

10,000,000 have done this same exercise. You may not agree with my take, but I sure like ’em. Probably more than I like yours.

The one caveat: You have to use some imagination. Imagine the songs on each album had the same brilliant George Martin production. Imagine feedback, clashes and collaboration made the songs a little stronger. Imagine track sequence was at least somewhat planned for.

Also I’m not going to give these albums shitty fantasy titles like “Imagine I’m Amazed” or whatever.


Anyway … here goes:

The album itself probably wouldn’t be released until December 1970. To pass the time during spring/summer, the Beatles release FOUR singles post Post Abbey Road:

Give Peace a Chance (John) (#14 U.S./#2 U.K.) / Wah-Wah (George)
Come And Get It (Paul) (Badfinger version: #7 U.S./#4 U.K.) / Gimme Some Truth (John)
I’d Have You Anytime (George) / Teddy Boy (Paul)
Cold Turkey (John) (#30 U.S./#12 U.K.) / That Would Be Something (Paul)

THE BEATLES 1970 (Possibly called “All Things Must Pass”):Beatles_All_Things_Must_Pass

SIDE A 24.08
1. What Is Life (George) 4.27 — #10 U.S.
2. Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) (John) 3.21 — #3 U.S./#5 U.K.
3. Maybe I’m Amazed (Paul) 3.50
4. Hold On (John) 1.52
5. Every Night (Paul) 2.33
6. My Sweet Lord (George) 4.44 — #1 U.S./#1 U.K.
7. Love (John) 3.23

SIDE B 23.44
1. The Back Seat of My Car (Paul) 4.31 — #39 U.K.
2. Mother (John) 3.56 — #43 U.S.
3. All Things Must Pass (George) 3.47
4. Another Day (Paul) 3.43 — #5 U.S./#2 U.K.
5. Look at Me (John) 2.54
6. Junk (Paul) 2.24
7. It Don’t Come Easy (George … er, Ringo) 3.02 — #4 U.S./#4 U.K.


The Beatles have so much material left over from their 1970 creative outburst that they hastily assemble an EP at the beginning of 1971. The EP is groundbreaking in its longer playing time than a standard EP, and it is cherished as a poignant and moving snapshot of the band in a transitional period:

THE BEATLES 1971 EP (Possibly called “God”):

SIDE A 13.48
1. Isn’t It a Pity (George) 7.13
2. 3 Legs (Paul) 2.48
3. Working Class Hero (John) 3.48

SIDE B 13.56
1. Run of the Mill (George) 2.52
2. Oh Woman, Oh Why (Paul) 4.36
3. Early 1970 (Ringo) 2.19
4. God (John) 4.13


Prior to a 1971 album, The Beatles release the singles:

Too Many People (Paul) / How Do You Sleep? (John) — best 1-2 punch A-B side ever?
You (George) (#20 U.S./#38 U.K.) / Dear Boy (Paul)
Power to the People (John) (#11 U.S./#6 U.K.) / Bangla Desh (George)

THE BEATLES 1971 (Possibly called “Imagine”):Beatles_Imagine

SIDE A 25.45
1. Imagine (John) 3.08 — #3 U.S./#6 U.K.
2. Eat At Home (Paul) 3.23
3. Awaiting on You All (George) 2.51
4. I’m the Greatest (Ringo/John) 3.26
5. Jealous Guy (John) 4.18
6. Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey (Paul) 4.55 — #1 U.S.
7. Deep Blue (George) 3.47

SIDE B 25.01
1. Oh Yoko! (John) 4.16
2. Heart of the Country (Paul) 2.24
3. Behind That Locked Door (George) 3.07
4. Oh My Love (John) 2.48
5. Ram On (Paul) 2.16
6. Remember (John) 4.33
7. Monkberry Moon Delight (Paul) 5.26


The Beatles are quiet during most of 1972, causing widespread rumors of a breakup. They release only these singles during the year:

My Love (Paul) (#1 U.S./#9 U.K.) / Back Off Boogaloo (Ringo) (#9 U.S./#2 U.K.)
Happy Xmas (War Is Over ) (John) (#2 U.K.) / Be Here Now (George)


Prior to a fall 1973 album, The Beatles release the singles:

Live and Let Die (Paul) (#2 U.S./#9 U.K.) / You and Me (Babe) (Ringo/George)
Hi, Hi, Hi (Paul) / C Moon (Paul) (#10 U.S./#5 U.K.)
Helen Wheels (Paul) (#10 U.S./#12 U.K.) / Steel and Glass (John)

THE BEATLES 1973 (Possibly called “Band on the Run”):

SIDE A 25.22
1. Band On The Run (Paul) 5.13 — #1 U.S./#1 U.K.
2. Mind Games (John) 4.14 — #18 U.S./#26 U.K.
3. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) (George) 3.39 — #1 U.S./#8 U.K.
4. Jet (Paul) 4.07 — #7 U.S./#7 U.K.
5. Out the Blue (John) 3.23
6. Let Me Roll It (Paul) 4.50

SIDE B 25.36
1. Photograph (Ringo/George) 3.59 — #1 U.S./#8 U.K.
2. New York City (John) 4.40
3. Mrs. Vandebilt (Paul) 4.42
4. Don’t Let Me Wait Too Long (George) 2.57
5. I Know (I Know) (John) 3.51
6. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five (Paul) 5.32


Prior to a late spring/early summer 1975 album, The Beatles release the singles:

Junior’s Farm (Paul) (#3 U.S./#16 U.K.) / What You Got (John)
Letting Go (Paul) (#39 U.S./#41 U.K.) / This Guitar (Can’t Keep from Crying) (George)

THE BEATLES 1975 (Possibly called “Beatles ’75”):

SIDE A 23.42
1. #9 Dream (John) 4.48 — #9 U.S./#23 U.K.
2. Venus and Mars 1.18 / Rock Show (Paul) 5.33 — #12 U.S.
3. Ding Dong, Ding Dong (George) 3.41 — #36 U.S./#38 U.K.
4. Whatever Gets You Thru the Night (John) 3.21 — #1 U.S./#36 U.K.
5. Call Me Back Again (Paul) 5.01

SIDE B 23.31
1. Dark Horse (George) 3.54 — #15 U.S.
2. Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox) (John) 2.57
3. Listen to What the Man Said (Paul) 3.57 — #1 U.S./#6 U.K.
4. So Sad (George) 5.00
5. Goodnight Vienna (It’s All Down To) (Ringo/John) 2.34 — #31 U.S.
6. Nobody Loves You (When You’re Down and Out) (John) 5.13

… You WILL have a different take on what these could be. The point is: I’ve spent years tinkering with these, and I think these make some mighty fine albums. Just listen to them and Imagine.

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