Out of the early albums, I like Help! the best....despite it's thin production, it's just solid from top to bottom and covers all the bases the other early albums do effectively enough.
I tend to perfer Magical Mystery Tour over Pepper as well. For a collection of singles and an E.P., it holds up much better than Pepper...which, not diminishing it's historical imporatance any, is a pretty flimsy record in terms of both material and concept.
My overall fave, however, is The White Album. Here the band again covers all stylistic bases, but this time with an aura of dissolution hanging over the proceedings that isn't present on any other album they did save for Let It Be. You can tell that something is wrong here when you're listening to it and yet, no conclusion to that notion is ever reached. As a result, you're left to explore it again and again to get to the bottom of it (and you never can). You can hear something new upon every listening and even the over ballyhooed sound collage "Revolution #9" holds up to repeated listenings when you're looking for clues....it's the group's collective apex, after this, McCartney dominates...not a bad thing by a long shot but Abbey Road really doesn't really have the "group effort" feel to it either. So there ya go.
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