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White Album as a single disc?
30 October 2012
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Zig said
I think about this a lot. As I've written before, it always comes down to which songs to trim off.

Over the weekend I was listening to the album again and thought I was glad it was released the way it was. That is because 44 years later, we would all now be clamoring for the unreleased stuff to be released anyway.

I'm looking at you, meanmistermustard!a-hard-days-night-john-3

And we would be making do with some crappy piece of tat that nobody wants whilst Apple sit on their backsides staring at the blingingly obvious wondering what other pieces of tat they can put out at full price. blue-meanie (That was a deliberate made to order rant.)

 

And talking of the White Album where the heck are the demos the beatles tried out in May 1968? We know fine well they have excellent quality tapes of the songs in the vaults (see Anthology 3) and we know full well that the songs are excellent acoustic performances from the bootlegs with many of the songs with many differences to the commercially released versions. Sorry i forgot i can get a White Album table mat and bib so no need.

And whilst im on it why was Honey Pie pointlessly edited on Anthology 3

 

And to bring it all back i totally agree with Paulsbass, well maybe not about Good Night which is far too ssssssllllllllllllllloooooooooowwwww.

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1. Dear Prudence -- a great opener, love the feeling that builds up throughout the song

2. While My Guitar Gently Weeps -- it is profound, and just what everybody says it is

3. Happiness Is A Warm Gun -- a masterpiece of inventiveness…five different songs strung together in under three minutes!

4. I'm So Tired -- terrific Lennon lyrics, creative and expressed with vocal honesty

5. Blackbird -- an uplifting piece of poetry, simple and well done

6. Julia -- this and a couple other slow, spirtual melodies really balance the edited album out

7. Yer Blues -- another great Lennon rocker, the string-play near the end is awesome

8. Mother Nature's Son -- another great McCartney melody, awesome in its scope and echoing horns

9. Sexy Sadie -- what a great funky tune, just a lot of fun, a personal fav

10. Helter Skelter -- the first delve into heavy metal -- a must have

11. Long Long Long -- brooding and dark, very underrated Harrison song, leads up to a haunting conclusion

12. Revolution 1 -- much better than the amped up version, and the cacaphony of sounds at the end is wonderful

13. Cry Baby Cry -- I love the melancholy composition; seems like the most "white" track on the White Album the more you think about it

14. Revolution 9 -- you need that for that extra WTF thrown in--and I do appreciate the avant-garde approach, unlike many

2 December 2012
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I CAN'T DO IT!!! There are too many good songs on this album. I know that George Martin wanted it to be released as a single disc, but one of the good things about the album is the large amount of material it contains. I always discover something new whenever I listen to it!george-martin

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18 December 2012
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side 1: Back In the U.S.S.R., Dear PrudenceMother Nature's SonSexy SadieEverybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My MonkeyI'm So TiredBlackbird, Julia.

side 2: Revolution 1Martha My DearSavoy Truffle, I Will, Cry Baby CryHappiness Is A Warm GunLong, Long, LongGood Night.

Hm – too Lennony perhaps. Also both George songs on the same side. Is that allowed?

12 January 2013
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Hmmmm tough one, makes you think if it were a single disc what ones would make it on the Anthology?

But anyway

1.Back in the U.S.S.R

2.Dear Prudence

3. Glass Onion

4. Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da

5. Blackbird

6. I'm So Tired

7. While My Guitar Gentley Weeps (Anthology version)

Side 2

1. Helter Skelter

2. Revolution ( Single Version)

3. Don't Pass Me By

4. Not Guilty

5. Rocky Raccoon

6. Julia

7. Savoy Truffle

Wanted to add I Will and Birthday

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12 January 2013
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Wait, URRRRRRRRR Now I want to add Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey

 

 

 

Yeah I wrote the whole title and not just half way doing the … thing. Sue Me

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23 January 2013
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After reading everyones posts, and looking through the tracks this turned out to be tougher than i thought it would be but here goes:

side one: Dear Prudence, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, im so tired, blackbird, i will, mother natures son

side two: dont pass me by, Sexy Sadie, helter skelter, long long long, Revolution 1 (slow), Cry Baby Cry, good night

 

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23 January 2013
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I always think this is an interesting question, but maybe in a different to many of you. A disc in the 60s was around forty-fifty minutes. A disc in the 80s (with the change to CD) became 79+. That creates a whole different idea for a single disc White Album (needing to only lose 2 or 3 songs depending on your picks). I'll admit I could not do a single vinyl disc edit of the White Album. I could just about come up with a single CD. What I could excel on though would be a 158-ish double CD, pulling in those tracks lost in action. It's like I've always thought, related because the same sessions, the 7-inch Hey Jude would not have existed as it does ten years later, as 12-inches were beginning to appear. We would have had three-four minutes on the 7-inch, and the full version on the 12-inch. The available format at the time, with its restrictions and freedoms, gives us the music in the way we are used to hearing it. At least The Beatles filled the available vinyl, unlike say Dylan (who I love – but on Blonde on Blonde gave us an 11 minute side to a double vinyl).

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The test of time, I'm ready a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

Side 1:

1. Don't Pass Me By (with "A Beginning" at the beginning) (Starkey/Martin) 4:40

2.  Helter Skelter (Lennon/McCartney) 4:29

3. Piggies (Harrison) 2:04

4. Sexy Sadie (Lennon/McCartney) 3:15

5. Blackbird (Lennon/McCartney) 2:18

6. Birthday (Lennon/McCartney) 2:42

7. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Lennon/McCartney) 2:44

Side 2 :

1. Yer Blues (Lennon/McCartney) 4:00

2. Mother Nature's Son (Lennon/McCartney) 2:48

3. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Harrison) 4:45

4. Glass Onion (Lennon/McCartney) 2:17

5. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me and My Moneky (Lennon/McCartney) 2:24

6. Martha My Dear (Lennon/McCartney) 2:28

7. Cry Baby Cry (Without the "Can You Take Me Back Part") 2:35

Total Time: 43:09 Side 1 – 22:12 Side 2 – 20:57

Still a long album. If outtakes were included, I would replace While My Guitar Gently Weeps with the 4 minute version of "Not Guilty" cutting the album and side 2 by a few seconds.

This was actually quite difficult. I tried going in order, but I blanked out after Track 1.paul-mccartney Then I decided the fill the empty spaces along the way a-hard-days-night-george-10

 

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BUT think about this waht if it had been one disc and they used the left over material to make another album in 1968.

So my first album is:

Side Two:

Revolution

Dear Prudence

Not Guilty

Blackbird

Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except For Me and My Monkey

Helter Skelter

Side Two:

Sour Milk Sea

Child Of Nature

Junk

Ob La Di Ob La Da

Glass Onion

Birthday

Don't Pass Me By

Second album.

Side One:

Back in the U.S.S.R

Savoy Truffle

I Will

The Continuing Story of Bungallow Bill

Rocky Raccoon

Cry Baby Cry

I'm So Tired

Side Two:

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Martha My Dear

Mother Natures Son

Julia

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Honey Pie

Good Night

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5 February 2013
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Oh my computer is playing up.

 

Beatles in the Blood said
BUT think about this waht if it had been one disc and they used the left over material to make another album in 1968.

So my first album is:

Side Two:

Revolution

Dear Prudence

Not Guilty

Blackbird

Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except For Me and My Monkey

Helter Skelter

Side Two:

Sour Milk Sea

Child Of Nature

Junk

Ob La Di Ob La Da

Glass Onion

Birthday

Don't Pass Me By

Second album.

Side One:

Back in the U.S.S.R

Savoy Truffle

I Will

The Continuing Story of Bungallow Bill

Rocky Raccoon

Cry Baby Cry

I'm So Tired

Side Two:

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Martha My Dear

Mother Natures Son

Julia

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Honey Pie

Good Night

 

Firstly your first album has two side twos, would be a great headscratcher of which side to play first.

Secondly your two albums have 27 tracks including songs that werent included eg Junk and Sour Milk Sea, would you make a third album? Was there a triple album before, this might well have been the first.

 

Edit: Had that stupid compatabilty View nonsense on. Stupid option.

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meanmistermustard said
Oh my computer is playing up.

 

Beatles in the Blood said
BUT think about this waht if it had been one disc and they used the left over material to make another album in 1968.

So my first album is:

Side Two:

Revolution

Dear Prudence

Not Guilty

Blackbird

Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except For Me and My Monkey

Helter Skelter

Side Two:

Sour Milk Sea

Child Of Nature

Junk

Ob La Di Ob La Da

Glass Onion

Birthday

Don't Pass Me By

Second album.

Side One:

Back in the U.S.S.R

Savoy Truffle

I Will

The Continuing Story of Bungallow Bill

Rocky Raccoon

Cry Baby Cry

I'm So Tired

Side Two:

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Martha My Dear

Mother Natures Son

Julia

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Honey Pie

Good Night

 

Firstly your first album has two side twos, would be a great headscratcher of which side to play first.

Secondly your two albums have 27 tracks including songs that werent included eg Junk and Sour Milk Sea, would you make a third album? Was there a triple album before, this might well have been the first.

 

Edit: Had that stupid compatabilty View nonsense on. Stupid option.

 

The two side two's was a typo, not sure what I was thinking.

I'm not sure what you are saying at the second thing could you inlighten me?a-hard-days-night-john-2

 

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thewordislove94 said
I CAN'T DO IT!!! There are too many good songs on this album. I know that George Martin wanted it to be released as a single disc, but one of the good things about the album is the large amount of material it contains. I always discover something new whenever I listen to it!george-martin

I can't do it either. One of the great things about it is being a DOUBLE album and so much great material. I just can't imagine it any other way.

 

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This is impossible, but I'll do it, just for fun.

Not necessarily in this order (but I tried to pick 7 from each disc):

-Back In The USSR

-Dear Prudence

-Glass Onion

-Obladi Oblada

-While My Guitar Gently Weeps

-Happiness Is A Warm Gun

-Blackbird

-Yer Blues

-Mother Nature's Son

-[...] Me And My Monkey

-Helter Skelter

-Long, Long, Long

-Revolution 9 (…yes, I can't imagine the White Album without this "song")

-Good Night (just because it's a good ending IMHO)

7 March 2013
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When I listen to the White Album, I find I skip more songs than on any other Beatles album..  (all together I only skip Mr. Moonlight, Run For Your Life, and Blue Jay Way, really).

Here's my supreme list:

 

Honorable mention:  Revolution 1.  I prefer the single version.

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

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Ah but LongHairedLady, now comes the hard part: you have to whittle it down to 14 songs.

I would take your list and pare it down to:

(I myself haven't completely followed the rules: only one Harrison song and no Ringo)

 

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8 March 2013
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The White Album is not my favorite, so I had a bit of trouble coming up with more than 12 tracks while sticking to the rules and coming up with a listenable order. But I think I came up with a version that's pretty balanced between John/Paul songs. Here goes:

Side 1
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Dear Prudence
Glass Onion
Blackbird
Yer Blues
I Will
Julia

Side 2
Helter Skelter
Long, Long, Long
Mother Nature's Son
Revolution 1 (Take 20)
Martha My Dear
Cry Baby Cry
Good Night

I did cheat a bit with the Take 20 of Revolution 1. And I'd rather replace "I Will" with "Junk."

parlance

 

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As I was editing my list, I was reading the Wiki article on the article:

The Beatles was the first Beatles album released by Apple Records, as well as their only original double album. Producer George Martin has said that he was against the idea of a double album at the time and suggested to the group that they reduce the number of songs in order to form a single album featuring their stronger work, but that the band decided against this.[26] Interviewed for the Beatles Anthology, Starr said that he now felt that it should have been released as two separate albums (that he appropriately named The White Album and The Whiter Album). Harrison felt on reflection that some of the tracks could have been released as B-sides, but "there was a lot of ego in that band." He also supported the idea of the double album, to clear out the backlog of songs that the group had at the time. McCartney, by contrast, said that it was fine as it was ("It's great. It sold. It's the bloody Beatles White Album. Shut up."), and that its wide variety of songs was a major part of the album's appeal.[27]

That quote from Paul reminds me of his retort to his grandkids about getting beaten at Beatles Rock Band. "I'm a legend, shut up." LOL.

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