1 November 2012
99% of the Beatles songs I like (which in turn comprise about 98% of the songs on every album after Hard Day's Night), I liked from the first time I heard them.
There are other musicians and/or albums I actually disliked at first, then only learned to love after a few listens (e.g., the album in which Brazilian pop musicians Toquinho and Vinicius collaborated in 1974, Personalidade; or the albums of Cirque du Soleil composer René Dupéré -- Saltimbanco, Alegria, Mystère); but for some reason, the Beatles hit me right out of the box.
29 August 2013
What about "Why Don't We Do it in the Road?" GOSH Paul. You and your Indian monkeys.
John thought this was one of Paul's best songs.
I don't know if I have to agree with that but those vocals are AMAZING!
Sounds very "hoarse" too. Too bad the only lyrics are "Why don't we do it in the road?" (besides No one will be watching us). Very uncomfortable to listen to when you have family around
You did tell them he was talking about dancing, right?
6 December 2012
3 May 2012
^ 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!
29 August 2013
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."
1 November 2012
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 Delight.
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!
10 June 2013
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 and yeah totally – "Good Night" too haha
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20 August 2013
Egroeg Evoli said
My sister thinks it's about the Abbey Road cover photo shoot.
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"
"words that are a framework on which to hang Paul's voice" my musings on Choba B CCCP
14 September 2013
29 August 2013
3 September 2013
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…?
11 September 2013
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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29 November 2012
^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.
1 May 2011
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.
The Making of (sorry, the video wont embed itself)
29 August 2013
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:
- I still love it, an astonishing evolution from Peppers.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- I'm So Tired has aged awfully well – loved it.
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