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It's the #1 top selling Beatles Album.

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GlassOnionArchitecture said

It's the #1 top selling Beatles Album.

...'cause it's counted as two records when they do the compiling, therefore doubling the sales figures. Already covered this territory upthread! (Abbey Road and SPLHCB both sold more actual copies.)

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In a reverse of The White Albums sales being doubled for being 2 lps, Starwberry Fields b/w Penny Lane didnt reach #1 because sales were halved for each song due to it being a double a-side.

Would it not be easier to say 1 person bought The White Album so thats 1 sale and not 1 person bought 1 album but it has 2 lps so thats 2 sales?

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Random thought.

Was there an early plan to have each side of the While Album end with tracks by John, Paul, George and Ringo but it was forgotten about during the 24 hour running order work out?

What i mean is as follows

Side 1 - Happiness Is A Warm Gun = John.

Side 3. Long, Long, Long = George.

Side 4. Goodnight = Ringo.

the only wrong one is side 2 which ends with Julia (John) and not a Paul track.

Was there a late switch with Julia and I Will as they felt it worked better?

John, Paul and George Martin did put all the animal themed tracks on side 2, the more rock tracks are on side 3, so there is a precedent for such an idea. 

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meanmistermustard said
Random thought.

Was there a late switch with Julia and I Will as they felt it worked better?

That's an interesting random thought. Now I'm trying to imagine "I Will" as a closing song on an album side... and for some reason, it's not working for me. There's something about that understated scat-sung ending, followed by the three percussive foot-taps that kind of leaves me, the listener, hanging... it seems to need to be "completed." Of course, maybe that's just because I'm so used to the way I've always heard it. I don't have any problem with the ending to "Her Majesty." :)

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meanmistermustard said
In a reverse of The White Albums sales being doubled for being 2 lps, Starwberry Fields b/w Penny Lane didnt reach #1 because sales were halved for each song due to it being a double a-side.

Would it not be easier to say 1 person bought The White Album so thats 1 sale and not 1 person bought 1 album but it has 2 lps so thats 2 sales?

 

Wow is it really like that? Never knew that's how that works, that's kind of interesting. 

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^ Yes, I think the sales are all like that, buying "Concert for Bangladesh" was 3 records sold etc. - kind of makes sense when you look at the cost, and those charts proxy for revenue.

My old "White" didn't raise too much when I sold it years ago - but that was back before LPs were popular again, it had the numbers etc.  I really missed the boat when I sold my collection - the Beatles box sold for about $50 and is around $400 now, even allowing for inflation it is still more than triple what I got for it.

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Was listening to the end of side 1 and beginning of side two and it occured to me that sides 1, 2 and 3 open with a Paul track which is quite a big deal considering side openers were a big deal with LP running orders back in the day (John closed all but one album (Beatles For Sale) up to and including Pepper, Pepper, no lead singer gets two tracks in a row on Revolver etc) and it got me thinking.

John, Paul and George Martin spent 24 hours working out the sequencing: the animal themed songs are on side 2, the heavier tracks on side 3; George gets 1 track on each side of each LP, Ringo gets one song on each LP; John and Paul get a maximum of two songs in a row. It was very clearly organised and diplomatic. So would it be too far fetched to think the original plan was that John and Paul got two side openers on the album and that each Beatle got to close a side (see this post above) but it proved too difficult to achieve? Its damn close for it to happen as for that to be achieved all thats needed is that on side two for Julia to become a Paul track and Martha My Dear be switched for a John track (tho not a direct switch as that wouldnt work well). Too damn close.

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I wonder if there is a way to make it work.ahdn_george_01a-hard-days-night-ringo-4

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Nice observations, sir - no apologies necessary. 

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Wonder why another John song didn't open a disc?

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Just put on TWA. For the first time, I'm thinking "Man, that airplane sound effect in 'Back In The USSR' is overused". Now, I find it annoying.

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What a great LP apple02but, I still can't listen to Revolution 9 & Good Night paul-mccartney

And what's with the mono version not featuring Ringo Screaming: I've Got Blisters On My Fingers....  WTF! a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

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I think this album has some of John's best work ever. HIAWG could be my favorite song from this record.

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I always thought 'Mother Nature's Son' was inspired by Paul's time spent in Rishikesh and also written there but in this 1994 interview (located above the pic of Paul and Linda) Paul says it was written in Liverpool whilst visiting his dad with the title inspired by the song 'Nature Boy'. 

Liverpool is also mentioned in 'Many Years For Now':

     'Mother Nature's Son' was inspired by a lecture on nature given by the Maharishi but mostly written in Liverpool when they got back. The same lecture inspired John to write a piece called 'I'm Just a Child Of Nature', which he later turned into 'Jealous Guy'. Many of the songs written in India, however, had a more informal genesis in rooftop sing-alongs with George playing sitar and Mike Love, Donovan, Paul and John on guitars. Paul wrote 'Rocky Raccoon' sitting on the roof of the ashram with John and Donovan helping out. It sounds like a story being told to friends.

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After the seance in Cry Baby Cry we hear the ethereal, other-worldly voice saying

Can you take me back where I came from?
Can you take me back?

Revolution 9 seems like the fragments and distortion the spirit hears as he is trying to get back to the spirit world from being summoned during the seance.

Then we have the spirit finally making it back to his place of rest with Good Night.

Warning: Total poppycock ahead in this spoiler. It is Paul who is the spirit who was summoned. He was assigned the number 9 as he left the spirit world when he was summoned during the seance. He was told to listen for the number 9 to help guide him back to the spirit world. He is floating around in Studio 2 hearing bits and pieces of Faul and The Beatles as they go about their work. Seeing as how the Queen is the one who summoned Paul, we then get the song Her Majesty.

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The lyrics in the booklet for the 1987 CD release are kinda crazy-- seemingly random punctuation, odd spacing. They're technically correct, but the layout is daft. Were they that bad on the original vinyl sleeve? a-hard-days-night-paul-3 

Actually come to think of it Pepper is like that too. 

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beatlebug the lyrics originally appeared on the reverse of the poster:

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And were presented like this:

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If this isn't large enough to read (I've noticed not all pictures show at the original size when uploaded), you can find the image here and it's perfectly readable.

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And Pepper lyrics were on the back of the album cover

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I will give you my theory behind the spacing, @Silly Girl. It's to reflect the phrasing of the lyric rather than just the lyric.

If we take Martha My Dear as an example. Part of it has the lyric:

Remember me Martha my love
Don't forget me Martha My Dear

While on the White Album those lines are printed as:

Remember me         Martha my love
Don't forget me        Martha My Dear

Which I would suggest echoes the way Paul sings those lines, with a pause between the two halves of the line.

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Ron Nasty quoted 
I will give you my theory behind the spacing, Silly Girl. It's to reflect the phrasing of the lyric rather than just the lyric.

If we take Martha My Dear as an example. Part of it has the lyric:

Remember me Martha my love
Don't forget me Martha My Dear

While on the White Album those lines are printed as:

Remember me         Martha my love
Don't forget me        Martha My Dear

Which I would suggest echoes the way Paul sings those lines, with a pause between the two halves of the line.

Yeah, you're probably right. That occurred to me. It makes sense if you've heard the song, but it looks daft. 

Hmmm, is it just coincidence that you picked that song?... a-hard-days-night-john-6 

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