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White Album Lovers...Anyone?
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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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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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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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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"

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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.

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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.

 

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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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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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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.
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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.

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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.

 

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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*

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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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