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White Album Lovers...Anyone?
30 August 2013
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 My sister thinks it's about the Abbey Road cover photo shoot. :D

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^ Haha, that's so funny. Wait 'till she's older and she learns what it's really about. I bet she'll be embarrased that you let her believe it was about the next album cover! :D

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It still ceases to amaze me how George let Eric Clapton play on WMGGW even though he took his wife! Although it seemed to me George wasn't too fussed about it all.

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"White Album - My joint-fave Beatles album along with Revolver. They show the two sides of Beatles. Revolver's very controlled - even though it's also very innovative. The White Album's playful and almost ramshackle. It's like a scrapbook kept by a genius. Fantastic stuff."

30 August 2013
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About the song "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?" (as with song titles like "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", I feel like I have to show my respect by typing it out rather than abbreviating it to "WDWDIITR"), MeanMrs.Mustard wrote:

"Very uncomfortable to listen to when you have family around…"

I can just see some youngster putting the record on that track while a very straitlaced starch-collared stiff-upper-lip family sits listening.  In fact, I had an experience much like this many years ago (early 1970s).  A high school friend invited me over to his house where we used to listen to records and play around on his guitar in his room, and once for some reason he brought me down to the living room where his mother, father and little sister were just sitting there.  I guess they wanted to meet me, his friend, and I think they asked me what music we were listening to.  That day, it was an album I was very excited about, Ram.  And for some crazy reason, the one song I wanted to "share" with this decidedly "square" family was the most brazenly outrageous song on that album -- Monkberry Moon Delightblue-meanie

The mother and father just sat there, trying to mask with pained politeness their growing horror as Paul kept escalating his screaming.  When it was over, they said calmly but firmly that they didn't care for it.  At the time, as a teenager, I couldn't understand why they didn't like it.  In retrospect, I didn't appreciate the astounding fact that at least those parents sat there to listen to the entire song!

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4 September 2013
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unknown said

WhereArtEsteban said
There was also a period of time when I would put on Revolution 9 as I woke up in the morning/went to sleep every night.

Wow, that's a lot of dedication. Did you end up not being able to listen to it for awhile afterwards?

 

I used to not like The White Album too much. I liked the individual songs better than the whole album. I listened to it straight through a couple months ago, though, and it was magical. I never really liked Back In The USSR either but now it's one of my favorites, same with Dear Prudence and Julia.

It was more laziness than dedication- I left side 4 on the record player for like a week and a half and I don't know- it felt like 1968 for a second there a-hard-days-night-ringo-6and yeah totally – "Good Night" too haha

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14 September 2013
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Egroeg Evoli said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 My sister thinks it's about the Abbey Road cover photo shoot. :D

Let her keep the innocence as long as she can. You're only a kid once.

My observation about White:

2 songs mention the ultimate flower child flower, the daisy. I'm guessing Paul and John saw a lot of daisy during those years.

"Mother Nature's Son" has "Swaying daisies, sing a lazy song" and

"Dear Prudence" has "The clouds will be a daisy chain"

15 September 2013
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The White Album is my all-time Favorite Beatles album.  I love its eclecticism.  I think it represents the peak of the Beatles as songwriters.

15 September 2013
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The White Album is my all-time Favorite Beatles album.  I love its eclecticism.  I think it represents the peak of the Beatles as songwriters.

Pretty much captures my thoughts on it as well.  It's not my 'go-to' album but I really like the variety.

 

16 September 2013
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LOVE this album, cousin gave it to me Christmas 1968, I was 8 years old! Some of the songs scared the crap outta me….often wondered, since Sir George Martin wanted to put out 'a very good single album', what his tracklisting would have been…?

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16 September 2013
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The White Album has always been my favorite. I'll admit that Abbey Road and Revolver are stronger pieces of work, but the White Album has always had such a unique charm to it. Sure, it might have some weak songs (how the hell did 'Wild Honey Pie' beat out 'Not Guilty' anyway?), but the strong songs easily Carry That Weight.

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16 September 2013
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^agreed, it's my favorite. It has such atmosphere to it…not necessarily dark, but a bit unsettling and foreboding, but in a good way. Almost like you can picture them recording the entire album in a dimly lit studio with a lot of cigarette smoke wafting around. And it has a very unique sound and feel to it, unlike anything before or since. Finally, all of the little oddities and curios tucked into every corner and nook and cranny of the album make it unique amongst Beatles' albums, in my view.

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What with all the ongoing celebrations by Apple for the 50th anniversary of With The Beatles, the 45th anniversary of the White Album, occurring on the same day, will no doubt go past without much attention. The greatest sprawling wide-ranging collection of tracks on one album by one band ever deserves some praise.

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5 December 2013
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As noted earlier in this thread I really liked this album 'back in the day'.  Well, I am now up to this point in my listening rediscovery and just finished the first CD.  A few random thoughts:

  1. I still love it, an astonishing evolution from Peppers.
  2. I love the variety, even by the same lead writer.  Not many other albums could have Why Don't We Do It In The Road? followed by I Will.
  3. While I still can't remember if I ever actually owned Venus and Mars it is amazing how memory works on song lyrics.  I haven't heard this album in 25 years or so and yet was still able to sing along to Rocky Raccoon as if it was yesterday.
  4. Unfortunately I don't have the mono albums to compare with just yet, and won't be able to afford them for some time – but just from the stereo ones I have been listening to this is the first one that struck me as having a really great stereo mix.  Sgt. Peppers had some nice effects but this one just sounded so natural by comparison.
  5. I'm So Tired has aged awfully well – loved it.
18 December 2013
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For unknown reasons, The White Album got deleted from my cell phone, so for a month, I didn't even know it existed. I was always wondering why I never came across songs like The Long And Winding Road and Blackbird which I knew from youtube. Then google told me I had missed a whole Beatles album! You can imagine my happiness!
My love for this album is endless, it is perhaps one of my favorite. Maybe I'm listening to it as much as I do to make up for the time I didn't have it, but I adore it nevertheless.

18 December 2013
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ScrambledEggs said
For unknown reasons, The White Album got deleted from my cell phone, so for a month, I didn't even know it existed. I was always wondering why I never came across songs like The Long And Winding Road and Blackbird which I knew from youtube. Then google told me I had missed a whole Beatles album! You can imagine my happiness!
My love for this album is endless, it is perhaps one of my favorite. Maybe I'm listening to it as much as I do to make up for the time I didn't have it, but I adore it nevertheless.

Sounds like you may also be missing part of Let it Be with that first song you mention.

 

18 December 2013
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trcanberra said

ScrambledEggs said
For unknown reasons, The White Album got deleted from my cell phone, so for a month, I didn't even know it existed. I was always wondering why I never came across songs like The Long And Winding Road and Blackbird which I knew from youtube. Then google told me I had missed a whole Beatles album! You can imagine my happiness!
My love for this album is endless, it is perhaps one of my favorite. Maybe I'm listening to it as much as I do to make up for the time I didn't have it, but I adore it nevertheless.

Sounds like you may also be missing part of Let it Be with that first song you mention.

 

Oh my goodness, what a horrible mistake. I meant to say "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" while listening to "The Long And Winding Road". *time to sit in the corner of shame*

18 December 2013
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^ Heh – no worries – I thought it 'might' have been something like that, I just wasn't sure.  All great songs – they must have been circulating around inside your head :)

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trcanberra said
^ Heh – no worries – I thought it 'might' have been something like that, I just wasn't sure.  All great songs – they must have been circulating around inside your head :)

I do need to get some sleep, also.
Or maybe get over the laziness to re-read what I type, as I am famously known as the typo-Queen :D

18 December 2013
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ScrambledEggs said

trcanberra said
^ Heh – no worries – I thought it 'might' have been something like that, I just wasn't sure.  All great songs – they must have been circulating around inside your head :)

I do need to get some sleep, also.
Or maybe get over the laziness to re-read what I type, as I am famously known as the typo-Queen :D

We must be distant relations.  I started a thread on another forum last night.  I thought I typed Mike Oldfield.  I actually put Miuke Oldfield and everyone was going on about Mike's Japanese relative :)

 

18 December 2013
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The White Album…this album represents a transitional stage for The Beatles.

I love all Beatles albums that is no doubt. And while I don't have a definitive list of which albums is the best and the least best, I can surely put The White Album nearly on the top, probably behind Abbey Road & Sgt. Pepper.

I have indeed loved all the songs from this album, including the ones that didn't make the final cut, though I would have followed George Martin & Ringo Starr's conception of making either a strong single album or two single albums (White & Whiter album).

This is the period where the tensions started to dominate The Beatles circle, following the backlash of Lennon's commentaries about Jesus, to the end of touring, passing through the death of their manager (Brian Epstein), their failure on their independent film effort (Magical Mystery Tour), and the India trip, all leading to start thinking about doing things independently, solo. This is noticeable in several tracks of the album where the author of the song used the others more like assistants than actually work like a group, and some other tracks only had certain number of Beatles, and others more were done solo. I do agree with a comment that I read a long time ago about this album, and went something like this: ''Four solo albums in one''.

These tensions were so unbearable, that Geoff Emerick, their audio engineer since Revolver, quit and didn't come back until The Ballad of John & Yoko around nine months later, and these went so far that Ringo also quit for two weeks and went replaced in the drums by the other three (mainly Paul) on Back In The U.S.S.R. and Dear Prudence.

For me, this album represents a shift in The Beatles status as a group, and starts to give signs of independence from all four members. There were still, songs that were actually full Beatles effort, like While My Guitar Gently Weeps (after Harrison brought Eric Clapton to play with them), Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Yer Blues, Helter Skelter or Revolution 1, just to mention the ones I can recall right now.

The final result, is an approximately, 90 minute-30 song trip on The Beatles group and individual thoughts at the time, from parody to a Chuck Berry song, to the reclusive Prudence, Beatles lyrics references and Paul rumor's, a ska-influenced from a phrase of a Nigerian friend, experiments, to a tale of a visitor going to a tiger-killer-spree and return to look for God, I Ching, magazines, dogs, addiction, civil rights, social commentary, revenge from a love rival, first song, wild & rough, love, mother, birthday, suicidal thoughts, lecture of nature, nonsense, Maharishi, dirty & raw rock n' roll, found God, politic, music hall, love for chocolate, nursery rhymes, musique concrète, and lullaby.

It is probably, their most complex album lyrically, and that makes it one of their best. It reflects what was happening with The Beatles and what was about to come.

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