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White Album as a single disc?
30 October 2012
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It could do with a lot of songs taken off. If I had to pick 14 songs for one album...

(This isn't the order I would put them in, but it's the order in which they appear on the official album)

1. Back In The USSR

2. Dear Prudence

3. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

4. Happiness Is A Warm Gun

5. Blackbird

6. Julia

7. Birthday

8. Yer Blues

9. Mother Nature's Son

10. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey

11. Sexy Sadie

12. Helter Skelter

13. Long Long Long

14. Revolution 1

 

Yeah, I know, there's everything from Side 3. I think that it is the absolute highlight of the album. Not a single bad song.

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30 October 2012
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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.

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30 October 2012
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Zig said
 

Over the weekend I was listening to the album again and thought I was glad it was released the way it was.

It has been said before:

Trimming down the White Album??

 

It's MADNESS!!!

 

I listened to it the last days in mono in the car, and apart from "Revolution" which I only heard once in completeness in my almost 40 year lifetime and can peacefully die without ever listening to it again, EVERY song has EVERY right to  be there.

 

Wild Honey Pie??

It's BRILLIANT!

Of course it's not DEEP or anything, but it sounds totally cool - and come on, it lasts 57 seconds or something. It's a joke, and it's a good one, because it doesn't get boring.

The other Honey Pie?

Brilliant piece of work from start to finish.

Don't Pass Me By doesn't drag so much in the original mono version, so it's still bearable.

Good night?

This is a fantastic arrangement (yes, I still could have done with the high pitched sound at the beginning) and a really touching vocal performance by Ringo.

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

How can anyone consider this one out? Fantastic instrumental and vocal work. John was totally angry because he didn't take part in this, because this is a totally cool song.

 

All these songs make the White Album the stylistic tour de force it is, from the hardest hard rock (nothing the Who or the Stones ever did ever touched Helter Skelter) to the most heartfelt ballads (Julia, Blackbird, I will...) and everything between.

 

So if you feel obliged to butcher this masterful album by cutting away integral parts, feel free to do so.

Maybe you would even enjoy the Mona Lisa with the smile cut out.

 

But THEN put in the whole two disc set and enjoy the FULL ride!

30 October 2012
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The Beatles were trying to exhaust their EMI contract, which means the more songs put out, the quicker the contract is satisfied. 

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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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)

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