89 episodes

Welcome to The Big Beatles Sort Out a show in which I, author and musician Garry Abbott, attempt to finally decide my favourite Beatles recordings by scoring each and every one for lyrical content, musicality and production.

I am assisted in this venture by my brother and resident Beatles expert, Paul Abbott, with a deep knowledge of the Beatles and the wider context in which they operated.

Each episode we explore and score 5 songs drawn at random from the Beatles full recording catalogue.

Keep in touch on Twitter and Instagram @big_sort

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    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

Welcome to The Big Beatles Sort Out a show in which I, author and musician Garry Abbott, attempt to finally decide my favourite Beatles recordings by scoring each and every one for lyrical content, musicality and production.

I am assisted in this venture by my brother and resident Beatles expert, Paul Abbott, with a deep knowledge of the Beatles and the wider context in which they operated.

Each episode we explore and score 5 songs drawn at random from the Beatles full recording catalogue.

Keep in touch on Twitter and Instagram @big_sort

    Series 3 Episode 14: I Don't Mull Over Your Goodnight

    Series 3 Episode 14: I Don't Mull Over Your Goodnight

    Welcome to the Big Beatles Sort Out Series 3! Every episode we explore and score 5 songs taken at random from the solo singles of the individual Beatles released in the decade following their break up.

    If you are enjoying this podcast please let us know at @Big_Sort on Twitter and Instagram, and please leave us a review! You can also email us at BigBeatlesSortOut@Gmail.Com

    Paul's band, Good Grief, have a new 'Tape' out on digital and, you guessed it, Tape. Get it here! https://goodgriefliverpool.bandcamp.com/album/tape

    Garry is also a musician and his latest song links can be found here: Garry's Linktree Links!

    Please listen out for Paul's other Podcasts, 'The Head Ballet' - all about novelty music, and 'Hark! 87th Precinct Podcast'  - all about Ed McBain's seminal police procedural novel series.

    This week's songs: Goodnight Tonight (McCartney), I Don't Care Anymore (Harrison), Mull Of Kintyre (McCartney), Just Like Starting Over (Lennon), Deliver Your Children (McCartney/Lane)

    Click here for a handy Spotify Playlist.

    Click here for the Series 3 Chart up to this episode!

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Series 3 Episode 13: Woman, Don't You Snookeroo Enough True Love?

    Series 3 Episode 13: Woman, Don't You Snookeroo Enough True Love?

    Welcome to the Big Beatles Sort Out Series 3! Every episode we explore and score 5 songs taken at random from the solo singles of the individual Beatles released in the decade following their break up.

    If you are enjoying this podcast please let us know at @Big_Sort on Twitter and Instagram, and please leave us a review! You can also email us at BigBeatlesSortOut@Gmail.Com

    Paul's band, Good Grief, have a new 'Tape' out on digital and, you guessed it, Tape. Get it here! https://goodgriefliverpool.bandcamp.com/album/tape

    Garry is also a musician and his latest song links can be found here: Garry's Linktree Links!

    Please listen out for Paul's other Podcasts, 'The Head Ballet' - all about novelty music, and 'Hark! 87th Precinct Podcast'  - all about Ed McBain's seminal police procedural novel series.

    This week's songs: Woman (Lennon), Woman Don't You Cry For Me (Harrison), Snookeroo (Starr), True Love (Harrison), I've Had Enough (McCartney)

    Click here for a handy Spotify Playlist.

    Click here for the Series 3 Chart up to this episode!

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Series 3 Episode 12: Merry Ding Dong Wonderful Falling Rudolph!

    Series 3 Episode 12: Merry Ding Dong Wonderful Falling Rudolph!

    Welcome to the Big Beatles Sort Out Series 3! Every episode we explore and score 5 songs taken at random from the solo singles of the individual Beatles released in the decade following their break up.

    If you are enjoying this podcast please let us know at @Big_Sort on Twitter and Instagram, and please leave us a review! You can also email us at BigBeatlesSortOut@Gmail.Com

    Paul's band, Good Grief, have a new 'Tape' out on digital and, you guessed it, Tape. Get it here! https://goodgriefliverpool.bandcamp.com/album/tape

    Garry is also a musician and his latest song links can be found here: Garry's Linktree Links!

    Please listen out for Paul's other Podcasts, 'The Head Ballet' - all about novelty music, and 'Hark! 87th Precinct Podcast'  - all about Ed McBain's seminal police procedural novel series.

    This week's songs: Merry Xmas (War is Over) (Lennon), Rudolph the Red Nose Reggae (McCartney),  Ding Dong Ding Dong (Harrison), Wonderful Christmastime (McCartney), Listen The Snow Is Falling (Ono)

    Click here for a handy Spotify Playlist.

    Click here for the Series 3 Chart up to this episode!

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Series 3 Episode 11: Liverpool University Interview with Cass Sunstein

    Series 3 Episode 11: Liverpool University Interview with Cass Sunstein

    Welcome to a Big Beatles Sort Out Special Episode featuring a live interview with Professor Cass Sunstein.

    This event was hosted by Liverpool University Press (@LivUniPress), in conjunction with the Institute of Popular Music (@InstPopMusic) at the University of Liverpool and was presented by Dr Holly Tessler (@drhollytessler), the programme leader of the MA in Beatles, Music Industry and Heritage. The special guest was Professor Cass Sunstein (@CassSunstein), a legal scholar from Harvard Law School as well as a New York Times bestselling author and Beatles enthusiast.

     If you are enjoying this podcast please let us know at @Big_Sort on Twitter and Instagram, and please leave us a review! You can also email us at BigBeatlesSortOut@Gmail.Com

    Paul's band, Good Grief, have a new 'Tape' out on digital and, you guessed it, Tape. Get it here! https://goodgriefliverpool.bandcamp.com/album/tape

    Garry is also a musician and his latest song links can be found here: Garry's Linktree Links!

    Please listen out for Paul's other Podcasts, 'The Head Ballet' - all about novelty music, and 'Hark! 87th Precinct Podcast'  - all about Ed McBain's seminal police procedural novel series.

    Click here for a handy Spotify Playlist.

    Click here for the Series 3 Chart up to this episode!

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Series 3 Episode 10: Suffering Pure Deep Meat Wheels

    Series 3 Episode 10: Suffering Pure Deep Meat Wheels

    Welcome to the Big Beatles Sort Out Series 3! Every episode we explore and score 5 songs taken at random from the solo singles of the individual Beatles released in the decade following their break up.

    If you are enjoying this podcast please let us know at @Big_Sort on Twitter and Instagram, and please leave us a review! You can also email us at BigBeatlesSortOut@Gmail.Com

    Garry is also a musician and his latest song links can be found here: Garry's Linktree Links!

    Please listen out for Paul's other Podcasts, 'The Head Ballet' - all about novelty music, and 'Hark! 87th Precinct Podcast'  - all about Ed McBain's seminal police procedural novel series.

    This week's songs: Daytime Nighttime Suffering (McCartney), Meat City (Lennon), Deep Blue (Harrison), Helen Wheels (McCartney), Pure Smokey (Harrison)

    Click here for a handy Spotify Playlist.

    Click here for the Series 3 Chart up to this episode!

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Series 3 Ep 9: Blow Little Turkey School Down

    Series 3 Ep 9: Blow Little Turkey School Down

    Welcome to the Big Beatles Sort Out Series 3! Every episode we explore and score 5 songs taken at random from the solo singles of the individual Beatles released in the decade following their break up.

    If you are enjoying this podcast please let us know at @Big_Sort on Twitter and Instagram, and please leave us a review! You can also email us at BigBeatlesSortOut@Gmail.Com

    Garry is also a musician and his latest song links can be found here: Garry's Linktree Links!

    Please listen out for Paul's other Podcasts, 'The Head Ballet' - all about novelty music, and 'Hark! 87th Precinct Podcast'  - all about Ed McBain's seminal police procedural novel series.

    This week's songs: Cold Turkey (Lennon), Blow Away (Harrison), Little Woman Love (McCartney), Down and Out (Starr), Girl's School (McCartney)

    Click here for a handy Spotify Playlist.

    Click here for the Series 3 Chart up to this episode!

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

KrisFoxKristian ,

Series (3) :- The solo years ‘What a great idea!’

The Abbotts (Garry & Paul) have never failed to impress and entertain with their ‘TBBSO’ podcast however in my opinion they’ve upped their game even further in series 3 with the inspired idea of a deep dive into the ‘Beatles’ solo years… Each week a lucky dip(or otherwise) of randomly selected Beatle solo tracks are discussed and rated on their comparative ‘merits’.
Being a Beatles fan for 40+ years I can still genuinely say that for me there is so much ‘new ground’ to be explored here and songs I have simply never come across before (some for probably very good reasons ) so thank you Garry and Paul for being the most engaging of hosts and for this fresh exploration of music which veers between timeless classics, the downright dated, under developed ideas (the songs that could have been, the songs that could never have been) , formulaic pop and songs which would never have made it past the Beatles quality control etc etc… This is the show more than any other that proves just how much the Beatles needed each other professionally. It highlights their all too ‘human’ ‘solo output’ musical frailties (alongside the brilliance of course)and makes for fascinating comparison with their collective mythology and perceived ‘otherworldliness’ of ‘Beatledom’

AlbionLewis ,

A Joy

This podcast is a joy. The chemistry between the two hosts is fantastic. Always entertaining, informative and charming, if you’ve not listened to this podcast yet you are in for such a treat. WARNING: Some episodes may contain Rutles.

Bugsy snake ,

The Big Beatles Sort Out

Such an interesting podcast. Paul and Garry are very knowledgeable, both on music and production, but above all are huge Beatles fans, and engaging company. A real find.

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