In 1969, after ten long years together living their lives in a bubble, touring and recording, The Beatles were just plain sick and tired of each other.
They were no longer giddy 19-year-olds, they were married 29-year-olds. They’d done it all — world tours, movies, an incredible run of #1 hits and albums, 220 songs in all. They’d rewritten the rules on the impact that music could make on popular culture. But they were spent, and you couldn’t blame them for deciding to call it a day.
But… what if?
Just for fun, let’s pose this question: What if Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr had taken a well-needed break — six months, nine months, maybe a year — and then reconvened to assemble one last fabulous album?
Take a good look at the singles and albums each Beatle member released in the 18 to 24 months immediately following the band’s breakup. There are some really outstanding tracks to be found there — some of them obvious hits, others less well known — but they stand up pretty damn well when compared to the songs the Beatles wrote and recorded as Beatles in 1968 and 1969.