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Favourite and Least Favourite "White Album" Songs
19 September 2013
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kelandwood
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The White Album is something I have very mixed feelings about. The Beatles where evolving musically, they were going in a very progressive direction, they were singing hard rock songs. There's so much good about this album and I just love the good stuff on it, but if I had to listen to the entire album from start to finish, i'd probably shoot myself in the head. There's just so many filler songs. Some of them are pretty weak, some of them are down right awful. So I thought it'd be interesting to hear what every one's favourite and least favourite songs. And what does everyone think of The White Album as a whole? Anyways here's my favourite's:

 

Dear Prudence

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

I'm So Tired

Julia

Birthday

Sexy Sadie

Helter Skelter

Good Night.

And here's my least favourites: 

Wild Honey Pie

Piggies

Why Don't We Do It In The Road??

Honey Pie

Revolution 9

(I didn't pick 10 least favourites because it wouldn't be fair. Those are the only songs on the album I really don't enjoy. The rest of the weaker songs are just that. Weak.)

 

19 September 2013
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I really only love 3 songs, Back In The USSR, Sexy Sadie and While My Guitar Gently Weeps. The main reason I don't like this album is Paul and John shoe horning George and Ringo's work. For example, putting WMGGW next to Bungalow Bill and Happiness Is A Warm Gun – really? Granted, most of it isn't even by the Beatles, but surely that must be better than most of the rest of the album? Paul and John were really controlling and big headed towards the later period of The Beatles.

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19 September 2013
5.42pm
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Interesting you should post this now.  I am slowly replacing all my Beatle CD's and I bought the White Album last Friday.

I agree with comments above…I feel a lot of this album is "filler".  Having said that, I also think there are some incredible songs on the album too.

My personal fav's are:

Helter Skelter

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Revolution #9

And….I personally like both "Honey Pie" (I love that old style music tho) & "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?" :)

Least Fav's:

Piggies

Wild Honey Pie

 

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19 September 2013
7.11pm
Hannah
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I adore the White Album and always listen to it from start to finish. However I can see why it's not for everyone, there are some weird ones on it (cough number 9, number 9!) 

My favourites are:

Helter Skelter

I'm So Tired

Why Don't We Do It In The Road?

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Savoy Truffle

Honey Pie

Actually I think I have to abandon this as I've suddenly realised the only ones I'm not keen on are Bungalow Bill, Revolution 9 and Goodnight.  I truly love all the the rest. 

19 September 2013
8.29pm
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There's not a song on the White Album I don't like a lot.  I like some more than others, but even the ones I like less, I like a lot.

I'm the only person on this forum who actually enthusiastically likes "Wild Honey Pie".  I love demented songs, and in that song, they obviously said, "let's play like we're mental asylum patients", and I love it.  The chords are cool too and reflect the madness:

A7 to G#7 to G7 to F#7 to F7 to E7 -- then back to A.  With these chords stairstepping down one rung at a time you get the sense of a madman careening slowly but with an obsessed glint in his eye down a rickety staircase.  I imagine Marty Feldman with his bulging eye, wearing a bedshirt and a nightcap, limping down an old staircase of a grand old mansion. 

Also, the time it's for the duration of each cycle of chords is off-kilter:

A7 for 2 measures

G#7 for 2 measures

G7 for 1 measure

F#7 for 1 measure

F7 for 1 measure

E7 for 4 measures.

Thus, the cycle from A7 to the end of F7 (which sounds to the ear like one whole run) is 7 measures, while the E7 run goes for 4 measures.  Not only does this throw off our expectations of having sets of 4 measures all the way through, it amounts to 11 measures, which is an exceedingly odd number.

And the way the acoustic guitar sounds, like the strings have been loosened way past normal, contributes to the overall effect.

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19 September 2013
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Hannah
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Funny Paper, I too like Wild Honey Pie! I've never found it annoying, I don't know why I like it, it just sounds pleasing to my ears. That almost sounds like a confession because i know most people hate it! 

19 September 2013
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I love everything about "Wild Honey Pie" – its atonality, its ramshackle rhythm – everything EXCEPT that final "I love youwoowoo Honey Pie", which comes too close to minstrelsy for my liking. I don't know whether that's what Paul intended or not, but it's almost enough to ruin the entire thing for me.

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19 September 2013
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vonbontee said
I love everything about "Wild Honey Pie" – its atonality, its ramshackle rhythm – everything EXCEPT that final "I love youwoowoo Honey Pie", which comes too close to minstrelsy for my liking. I don't know whether that's what Paul intended or not, but it's almost enough to ruin the entire thing for me.

We almost got you vonbontee! I've never thought of the ending like that before (excuse my ignorance but I assume you mean it sounds like the black and white minstrels?) If I thought that I probably would have reservations too but I don't think that was the intention. Please give me more info to back up your thoughts! 

20 September 2013
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Funny Paper
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Hannah and vonbontee, I'm heartened to find other "Wild Honey Pie" fans.  We could start a special club.

I disagree about the ending.  I mean, how else would that song be ended?  It's a crazy disaster of a song anyway, why not end it that way?  I don't know, it just doesn't bother me I guess.

I can imagine an alternative ending, but I'd have to describe it in words:  As they do, they could all sing "I love you" in unison but instead of Paul doing his woo thing, they could just drag out their voices in exaggerated raspy form on the "you" for an unnaturally extended time, ending up by having a collective coughing fit, then at the very end, Ringo strikes a gong.  (It would be the only Beatles song with a gong, too.)

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20 September 2013
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Funny Paper said
Hannah and vonbontee, I'm heartened to find other "Wild Honey Pie" fans.  We could start a special club.

I disagree about the ending.  I mean, how else would that song be ended?  It's a crazy disaster of a song anyway, why not end it that way?  I don't know, it just doesn't bother me I guess.

I can imagine an alternative ending, but I'd have to describe it in words:  As they do, they could all sing "I love you" in unison but instead of Paul doing his woo thing, they could just drag out their voices in exaggerated raspy form on the "you" for an unnaturally extended time, ending up by having a collective coughing fit, then at the very end, Ringo strikes a gong.  (It would be the only Beatles song with a gong, too.)

 

Kind of like at the end of "the barber of seville" in Help! (without the gong).

WHP isn't the greatest cut on The White Album but its not the worst either. 50-odd seconds of bizarreness that is fun. File in the same category as Dig It and Maggie Mae: any longer it would be getting annoying but as it stands its good fun and has some interesting moments. Certainly not a skipper.

"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)
20 September 2013
8.20pm
Hannah
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Would you like to join our club meanmistermustard? That would bring the number up to four! 

20 September 2013
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vonbontee
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Hannah said

vonbontee said
I love everything about "Wild Honey Pie" – its atonality, its ramshackle rhythm – everything EXCEPT that final "I love youwoowoo Honey Pie", which comes too close to minstrelsy for my liking. I don't know whether that's what Paul intended or not, but it's almost enough to ruin the entire thing for me.

We almost got you vonbontee! I've never thought of the ending like that before (excuse my ignorance but I assume you mean it sounds like the black and white minstrels?) If I thought that I probably would have reservations too but I don't think that was the intention. Please give me more info to back up your thoughts! 

Yeah, blackface minstrelry is exactly what I'm talking about – Paul singing like a "darkie". Again, I have no idea if that's the effect Paul was going for or if it's just my imagination. But if it was deliiberate and I'm hearing what I fear I'm hearing, I have a huge problem with that, and regard it as an embarrassing anachronism on a 1968 album.

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20 September 2013
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Do we get matching t-shirts and badges? If so, definitely.

"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)
20 September 2013
9.25pm
Hannah
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I'm sure that can be arranged. They will read We Support WHP!

20 September 2013
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Favorite? Julia.

Least favorite? I don't know, man, but, if i seriously had to choose one… Wild Honey Pie, I guess. I love that song, though! Choosing least favorites is haaaaaard! paul-mccartney

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20 September 2013
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BrettB said
Favorite? Julia.

Least favorite? I don't know, man, but, if i seriously had to choose one… Wild Honey Pie, I guess. I love that song, though! Choosing least favorites is haaaaaard! paul-mccartney

Julia and Helterr Skelter both gave me goosebumps this morning as I drove to OKC for work-related meetings. So, for today, one of those two would qualify as a favorite.

Can buy Joe love! Here's the link that explains how. http://www.beatlesbible.com/forum/getting-better/forum-changes/page-9/#p110183

 

20 September 2013
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I like mostly everything about the "White Album." I've even listened to "Revolution 9" enough times to "kind-of-knowing-it-not-exactly-by-heart,-but-nothing-surprises-me." One of the songs that I think could have been improved is "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey." It's always felt "dashed-off" and underwritten to me. John was probably trying to impress Yoko with his mimicking, minimalist lyrics, or maybe she had an uncredited hand in writing the words. Anyway, the song seems to have Yoko's influental fingerprints all over it. It has a good rock beat and a driving lead guitar, and I can't help thinking that it could have been better. Maybe it just needs more cowbell.

20 September 2013
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Bungalow Bob said
I like mostly everything about the "White Album." I've even listened to "Revolution 9" enough times to "kind-of-knowing-it-not-exactly-by-heart,-but-nothing-surprises-me." One of the songs that I think could have been improved is "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey." It's always felt "dashed-off" and underwritten to me. John was probably trying to impress Yoko with his mimicking, minimalist lyrics, or maybe she had an uncredited hand in writing the words. Anyway, the song seems to have Yoko's influental fingerprints all over it. It has a good rock beat and a driving lead guitar, and I can't help thinking that it could have been better. Maybe it just needs more cowbell.

I think it's absolute perfection.  The bell they're using is not a cowbell but some kind of larger bell.  If you look up the song in the "Songs" section of this website and read the comments, you'll see everyone is speculating on what kind of bell it is, and who played it.  Someone mentions that some book says it's Paul playing a "fireman's bell".  It would be nice to know exactly what it is, and who played it.  But I guess since this is 1,000 year-old medieval history, we'll never know for sure…blue-meanie

But whatever it is, it is being played MADLY and wonderfully, and there's no need for "more".

 

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21 September 2013
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Wild Honey Pie, and Revolution 9 end up as my least favorites. Sexy Saide, Cry Baby Cry, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Goodnight, Piggies, Yer Blues, and Mother Nature's Son have to be my some of my favorites.

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23 September 2013
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Hate Revolution 9 and Yer Blues. Savoy Truffle isn't my favourite either, but I don't hate it as much as the two I just mentioned. Oh and Revolution 1. I just prefer the single version. The album version is so boring.

As for my favourite..WMGGW, Dear Prudence and Cry Baby Cry are my three most favourite songs I think. WMGGW and DP have been favourites for a long time, but it's only been recently that I've grown so fond of CBC. 

 

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