MMT is more than a compilation. Flying, Blue Jay Way, Fool on the Hill, Your Mother Should Know - if you didn't have the EPs that were released, then it would have been totally amazing to grab this album at the time, especially with all the singles and b-sides - to have that on an ALBUM! It's a remarkable album really. The likes of I Am The Walrus is wasted on a b-side or an EP....an 'album' is its home - MMT is its logical 'home'. To my way of thinking anyway.
As for the #4s, yes it's a definite pattern. I think it's like John and Paul have a chance to hog the limelight, then George sort of hobbles on after the initial onslaught and gets the chance to do his thing. It's almost like a disrespect, like they're begrudging him getting an opening spot. However, with Something (Abbey Road) they simply couldn't put it any lower than #2.
I needed comfort of love just to get me some piece of mind.. wo-oh