29 August 2013
^ 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
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
10 November 2009
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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