Round one voting is closed. We ended up with two runaway winners, a squeaker, and because of the weird initial seeding, a couple of upsets.
In the George regional, #10 Let it Be put a deep hurt on #7 Beatles for Sale, pulling out an upset 12-4 victory without breaking a sweat. This was despite the fact that our two voluble music bloggers argued eloquently for a different outcome.
The Paul regional ended with a similar score, but along more expected lines. #11 Please Please Me fell before #6 Help 12-4, aided by a last minute vote switch by Paul devotee Carolyn. She was swayed by the revelation that we were talking about the Help album, not the movie. She could not choose against Yesterday, in the Paul region of all places. Sir Paul sent along his thanks.
Ringo's regional brought another upset. #12 With the Beatles upended sentimental favorite #5 Yellow Submarine, 10-6. Generations raised on classic Sesame Street wept bitter tears.
Finally, the John bracket brought us our most hotly contested battle, pitting #8 Revolver against #9 Hard Day's Night. Hard Day's Night held the lead early, but could not contend with Revolver's brilliant endgame. 9-7, Revolver.
So, on to the quarterfinals. Will any of the top seeds fall? Make your picks by March 6:
- John Regional: #1 Abbey Road v. #8 Revolver
- George Regional: #2 Sgt Pepper v. #10 Let It Be
- Paul Regional: #3 White Album v. #6 Help
- Ringo Regional #4 Rubber Soul v. #12 With the Beatles