In the final episode of Deconstructing The Beatles, Sam and Jake cover the non-album tracks the Fab Four released in the second half of their career as an ensemble from Christmas 1965 to their breakup in 1970. Also, now at the end of all things, the duo ponder why The Beatles in the first place and about the power of music in general. Thanks for following along, folks.

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Just because Sam and Jake have covered all The Beatles' studio albums doesn't mean they're quite done with the Fab Four just yet. As the boys have alluded, the band released dozens of non-album tracks and a double compilation was assembled years after the band's break-up collecting them all from EPs to B-sides to other curios (Did you know The Beatles re-recorded their two biggest singles at the time for the German-language market?). Listen as Sam and Jake begin to wrap up their Beatles podcast by looking at the first volume of this compilation.

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This week, the boys talk about the final studio album the Fab Four ever recorded together, 1969's Abbey Road! After the fractious, acrimonious Get Back sessions of the beginning of the year, the band began to sense that the end of their time as an ensemble was imminent so they decided to put aside their differences for one last time to record what would ultimately become the final musical collaboration the four Beatles would participate together. Listen what Sam and Jake think of the album track-by-track in a wild, crazy episode.

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Even though Let It Be was the last studio album The Beatles released, it was written and recorded months before their penultimate album, Abbey Road, so we're covering it next! While there had been increasing tension and strife for months, Let It Be marked the moment where the Fab Four would be dealt irreversible blows that would ultimately lead the band's break-up. However, despite the acrimonious sessions and divisive production, it does have several songs that stand among the band's pantheon of truly great songs; listen as Sam and Jake go track-by-track discussing it. 

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Sam and Jake reconvene to talk about the second disc from The Beatles' eponymous 1968 studio album. Having outlined the major factors of the band's growing tension and internal strife while discussing the first half of the album and its origins, the duo jump right in as they go through the record's second disc from the electrified guitar licks of Paul McCartney's raucous birthday to the tranquil orchestration of John Lennon's Good Night. The Fab Four are beginning to splinter and things aren't going to be pretty...

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Sam and Jake start examining the work of The Beatles' late period that sees the Fab Four gradually start to come apart at the seams. This episode focuses on the numerous reasons their favorite band begins to break up but, despite the relatively heavy subject matter, the episode is a real goofy one from jump. The real focus is on the first half of the band's self-titled album to help launch their own record label Apple Corps but what do the boys think of it? And do they think The White Album needs to be a double album? Listen and find out!

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In what shapes up to be the shortest episode of Deconstructing The Beatles, Sam and Jake talk about the original tracks on the soundtrack album for the Fab Four's animated film, Yellow Submarine...all four of them. Contractually obligated to include four brand-new songs, The Beatles provided the record label with four songs before leaving to study Transcendental Meditation in India in what would ultimately become their final extended period of the camaraderie and unity that had defined their early rapport. Listen as Sam and Jake talk about those songs and the film as a whole!

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Now with a title that Sam and Jake are a bit more satisfied with! This time around, the duo go track-by-track over the Fab Four's follow-up to Sgt. Pepper's, Magical Mystery Tour. The band's ninth studio album served as the soundtrack to a self-produced television film that received the first universally negative reviews of anything the band had done so far...but how does the music itself hold up? Listen as Sam and Jake discuss Magical Mystery Tour from start to finish and what they consider one of the more melancholy Beatles' albums despite its enchanting title!

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This is the big one, what many music critics and think pieces call the most groundbreaking album of all time, let alone the most groundbreaking album by the already prolific Beatles. While the Fab Four had been experimenting in the studio for some time, now, without the exhausting obligations of near-constant touring and public appearances, they were free to capitalize on everything they had learned so far to push popular music as far as it could go and produce their masterpiece. Listen as Sam and Jake go track-by-track on the landmark 1967 album that finally won over the critics and made the world realize The Beatles were more than a simple pop act when many had already written the ensemble off as irrelevant. A gamechanger of an album and a super-sized special episode to go along with it.

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Sam and Jake dive into what Jake considers his favorite Beatles album and a tremendous leap forward for the Fab Four. With an unexpected three months of free time in the studio, the band took the opportunity to experiment with songwriting and recording techniques. Listen as the duo discusses Paul McCartney's rise as the dominant songwriting presence within the band, the stylistic split between John Lennon and Paul with this album's sound, and the various anecdotes and inspirations from the Revolver sessions. Also listen to what Jake suggests may be his favorite Beatles song of all time and what Sam thinks of the song that inspired the title to this miniseries.

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Sam and Jake are back talking about the first album in what Sam refers to as the Fab Four's middle period. With touring beginning to wind down and Beatlemania subsiding, The Beatles began to grow more comfortable with pushing themselves in their songwriting and experimenting with different elements within the recording studio...experimenting with more drugs too! Rubber Soul marks John Lennon's last major presence as the dominant force within the band, the official songwriting debut of Ringo Starr, and the documented beginnings of George Harrison's love of Indian culture. Strap yourselves in, The Beatles are taking things to the next level!

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Sam and Jake are back to talking about The Beatles, this time around about the band's fifth full-length album and soundtrack to their second feature film, Help! With influences from Bob Dylan and the fledgling American folk rock movement running deep, The Beatles put out an album that was half pop hits and half a folksy, country-western exploration that would serve as a fitting end to their early period and inform where they would go as a band next. Listen as Sam and Jake go track-by-track to reveal some of their favorites along with trivia and backstory behind some of The Beatles' most iconic songs!

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Sam and Jake's Beatles podcast miniseries continues with a look at the Fab Four's fourth album, Beatles for Sale! Often lost in the shuffle, Beatles for Sale was the product of a band exhausted after two years of nonstop recording, touring, and making public appearances. While the early influences of Bob Dylan on John Lennon are felt, as well as the band's love of folk rock and western music, Sam and Jake look at the album as a bit of a step back for the band. Listen as the duo go track by track citing where they feel the album succeeds and where it falters.

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Sam and Jake are back to discuss The Fab Four's third studio album, a tie-in to their film debut, and their first studio album with entirely original material. Sam regards A Hard Day's Night as his personal favorite Beatles' album for the dichotomy of poppy love songs on the first side and the darker, moodier songs on the second. Jake lists the landmark album as possibly Lennon's most dominant and strongest with the acerbic rhythm guitarist taking up the lion's share of the songwriting duties. Listen as the duo jump into one of the greatest albums in Beatles' history, A Hard Day's Night!

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Sam and Jake are back to talk about the Fab Four's sophomore album, With The Beatles. Now a national phenomena in their native UK, The Beatles were afforded with a bigger budget and more studio time to follow-up their debut but having exhausted the backbone of their live set, they had to come up with new material quickly. Listen as the boys examine each song on the album track by track, offer their impressions and trivia, and elaborate on the relationship The Beatles had with the then-nascent Rolling Stones!

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The start of a new podcast miniseries! Sam and Jake's favorite band of all time is The Beatles and they're going through and re-examining every one of their official albums from top to bottom starting with their 1964 debut album Please Please Me! Very much a product of its time and epitomizes the popular music of the early 1960s. Full of Lennon/McCartney's nascent songwriting and slam-bang gathering of covers, Please Please Me was the first much of the world heard from four boys in Liverpool that were just breaking into the music business. Listen how the band that changed the world got started here!

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