"Strawberry Fields Forever" - the first version I heard this one was an exquisite cover by Noel Gallagher, that's still my favorite version. But John Lennon's recording captures the psychedelic dreamy feel I love about so much of the Beatles' music. The single was originally paired with Paul McCartney's "Penny Lane", such a neat track with interesting lyrics! Both titles refer to actual places in Liverpool; Strawberry Fields was actually an orphanage near a childhood home of Lennon's.
"With a Little Help from My Friends" - man, the fact that I'd never heard Ringo Starr's original version of this song makes me realize how musically deprived I have been all my life. I'd also never heard "Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds" until very recently - always heard OF it, the supposed drug references etc. But I actually love this song. Very psychedelic, it's wonderful how the song goes along slow and mellow as it describes a dreamy make-believe world and then speeds up for the chorus.
"I Am the Walrus" - a classic nonsensical song. I've read that John Lennon meant it to be a response to folks that were determined to analyze his lyrics. I'd be hard pressed to name a song with more bizarre lyrics. But I love it (especially Oasis' live covers). Goo goo g'joob!
"Back in the U.S.S.R." - that's an insanely catchy little song, lol. Meant to parody the Beach Boys a bit in the sound and concept (not California girls, Ukraine girls!!). Interesting idea for a song.
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - one of the few Beatles' songs I'd actually heard before my recent fascination with classic rock. Written and sung by George Harrison, it's still a favorite of mine.
I finally got to hear "The Ballad of John and Yoko" as well and I love it! Controversial for the time because some of its lyrics were considered sacrilegious. Anyway it's a really catchy uptempo song that recounts John Lennon and Yoko Ono's marriage and subsequent efforts for peace (such as their Bed-Ins). I don't really know much about Yoko Ono and how much she actually had to do with the Beatles' breaking up but I do like this song.
For whatever reason I'm a little more familiar with "Abbey Road", and this "1967-70" compilation contains a few tracks from that album. "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something" are both beautiful songs written and sung by George Harrison. If you've listened to much of Oasis's music you may have caught their many references to "Octopus's Garden" ("I'd like to be, under the sea"); written and sung by Ringo Starr.
Do I even need to say anything about Paul McCartney's "Let It Be"? That's a timelessly exquisite song. "Across the Universe" is another one of those "how have I gone my whole life without hearing this??" Liam Gallagher (as Beady Eye) did a wonderful cover of "Across the Universe" in 2011, but sometimes you gotta hear the original. John Lennon just makes this song so tranquil and beautiful. So, while I'm not a diehard Beatles fan just yet, "The Beatles 1967-70" is an awesome compilation. It makes their massive discography quite approachable even for a casual listener and includes some of their best music.