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Beatles White Album
5 March 2012
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GlassOnionArchitecture
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It's the #1 top selling Beatles Album.

7 March 2012
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vonbontee
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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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7 March 2012
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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?

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
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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. 

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
28 October 2013
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Bungalow Bob
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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." :)

28 October 2013
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Linde
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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. 

28 October 2013
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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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