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What should have been the White Album A-side single?
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Von Bontee said

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Sounds good to our modern sensibilities, but is there room for 16 tracks on a piece of vinyl (from 1964)? Would the DJs play the designated "A side" and "B side" of the single on the radio if it were part of an album? Or are you saying that the single would be a single and part of the album? Which would be pretty fab-- if one could get away with 16 tracks. 

Anyway, we digress. Back on topic... 

Well, Bob Dylan was releasing 50-minute albums at around the same time, so I think an 8-song, 20 minute album side from the Beatles would be possible. And having the single taken from the album was done most of the time in the U.S. And the singles would still have their A-side promoted by the djs. (Also by the albums themselves, which would occasionally have "Contains the hit single...!" stamped on the cover.) But now I'm going to drive myself crazy thinking of 16-song albums from 1966 or earlier. (There HAS to be one!) 

LPs can hold up to fifty-two minutes of music, or up to twenty-six minutes per side.  Ultimately, it all depends on how long the songs are.

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New advances in mastering must have taken place in the '70s, since Todd Rundgren's Initiation album is something like 68 minutes - the extended suite on side two is slightly longer than most Beatle albums! But I think it had volume/clarity issues.

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There were certainly space and quality issues as some of Paul's 80's albums were shortened on LP due to space issues as was Queen's 'Innuendo'. 'Give My Regards To Broad Street ' runs for just over 61:10 but the cover notes on the LP read 

This record is longer than usual but due to the available playing time on a vinyl disc some editing of the sound track has been necessary to retain full volume and dynamic range. Even longer versions exist on cassette and compact disc.

On the flip side however if you bought the 'All The Best' LP or cassette you got 3 more tracks as the cd wasn't long enough (for some reason it was 2 LP's and only 1 cd).

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All of these songs belong as A-side singles, with the next track bring their B-side.  This whole album is just full of them, which makes it so unique.  

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Happiness Is A Warm Gun is my choice.  It's very unique and a is a good representation of the album it comes from.  The song that I would like to have seen as an A-side the least is probably Birthday .  That song is rubbish (in my opinion)

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For me a Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da and While My Guitar double A side single is the way to go

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I think While My Guitar Gently Weeps with Dear Prudence as the b-side would be great.

Why is tempo an issue for singles? Hey Jude was their biggest ever single and that's pretty slow.

If I had to choose two singles from the double LP it would be Revolution 9 and Wild Honey Pie .. 

Joking obviously, I think Hey Jude / Revolution should have been on the album and WMG/Dear Prudence the second single.

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Back In The USSR would have to be paired with Dear Prudence on side A

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The White Album  single was the great and glorious Hey Jude  Revolution . Whatever else you funny, funny people from Bongo Bongo Land got was just an added bonus.
 

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I think Blackbird would have made a great A-side, with either Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me and My Monkey as the B-side or WMGGW as the doublee A

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I have to agree with what The Beatles actually did for a The Beatles single, although unfortunately they chose not to release in the US or UK.

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It fits pretty well. For an A side, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da is a great sing-along number that shows us what The Beatles is really about. On the other hand, While My Guitar Gently Weeps fits perfectly as a B-side because it's such a great classic rock ballad with 2 excellent guitar solos by at the time Cream guitarist Eric Clapton.

If you're curious, here's a list of what I think The Beatles should've released as singles without altering the albums themselves and also, not including reissues:

Non-Album:

1961:

My Bonnie /The Saints

Please Please Me :

1962:

Love Me Do /P.S. I Love You

1963:

Please Please Me /Ask Me Why

Twist And Shout /I Saw Her Standing There

Non-Album:

1963:

From Me To You /Thank You Girl

She Loves You /I'll Get You

With The Beatles :

1963:

All My Loving /It Won't Be Long

Non-Album:

1963:

I Want To Hold Your Hand /This Boy

1964:

Long Tall Sally and I Call Your Name /Slow Down and Matchbox

A Hard Day's Night :

1964:

Can't Buy Me Love /You Can't Do That

A Hard Day's Night /I Should Have Known Better

Beatles For Sale :

1964:

Eight Days A Week /I'm A Loser

1965:

Rock And Roll Music /Every Little Thing

Non-Album:

1964:

I Feel Fine /She's A Woman

Help !:

1965:

Ticket To Ride /The Night Before

Help !/You're Going To Lose That Girl

Yesterday /Yes It Is

Dizzy Miss Lizzy and Bad Boy /I'm Down

Rubber Soul :

1965:

Drive My Car /The Word

1966:

Nowhere Man /What Goes On

Non-Album:

1965:

Day Tripper /We Can Work It Out (double A-side)

1966:

Paperback Writer /Rain

Revolver :

1966:

Eleanor Rigby /Yellow Submarine (double A-side)

Got To Get You Into My Life /Here, There, And Everywhere

Non-Album:

1967:

Strawberry Fields Forever /Penny Lane (double A-side)

Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band:

1967:

Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band and With A Little Help From My Friends /A Day In The Life

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds /Good Morning, Good Morning

Non-Album:

1967:

All You Need Is Love /Baby You're A Rich Man

Hello, Goodbye /I Am The Walrus (double A-side)

1968:

Lady Madonna /Hey Bulldog (double A-side)

Hey Jude /Revolution

The Beatles:

1968:

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da /While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Birthday /Revolution 1

Helter Skelter /Revolution (promo single only, not officially sold)

Non-Album:

1969:

The Ballad Of John And Yoko /Old Brown Shoe

Abbey Road :

1969:

Come Together /Something

1970:

Here Comes The Sun /I Me Mine

Let It Be :

1969:

Get Back /Don't Let Me Down

1970:

Let It Be /Two Of Us

The Long And Winding Road /For You Blue

Posthumous releases:

1973, to promote 1962-1966/1967-1970:

She Loves You /I Want To Hold Your Hand (double A-side)

Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band/With A Little Help From My Friends

Come Together /Hey Jude (double A-side)

1976, to promote Magical Mystery Tour 76':

Magical Mystery Tour /Flying and I Am The Walrus

1981, to market on the new Beatles fans after John's death:

Come Together /Cold Turkey (UK) or Imagine (US)

1988, to promote Past Masters :

I Want To Hold Your Hand /Komm Gib Mir Diene Hand (promo single only, not officially sold)

1995, to promote Anthology:

Free As A Bird /Real Love (double A-side)

1999, to promote the rerelease of Yellow Submarine :

Only A Northern Song and All Together Now /Hey Bulldog and It's All Too Much

2000, to promote the release of 1:

Come Together and Let It Be /Maybe I'm Amazed (triple A-side)

2006, to promote Love:

Strawberry Fields Forever (Love)/Strawberry Fields Forever

2009, to promote The Beatles Rock Band:

Come Together /The End and Untitled (hidden track, you can play the song in game at the end of practice mode for guitar)

2012:

Carnival Of Light (part 1)/Carnival Of Light (part 2)

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If I had to pick an A and B side from the album tracks on The White Album then I would go with Back In The USSR /While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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Necko said

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Well, Bob Dylan was releasing 50-minute albums at around the same time, so I think an 8-song, 20 minute album side from the Beatles would be possible. And having the single taken from the album was done most of the time in the U.S. And the singles would still have their A-side promoted by the djs. (Also by the albums themselves, which would occasionally have "Contains the hit single...!" stamped on the cover.) But now I'm going to drive myself crazy thinking of 16-song albums from 1966 or earlier. (There HAS to be one!) 

 

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This may be cheating but I think they should've cut out CYTMB, Revolution 9 , and Good Night and replaced it with Hey Jude as well as replace Revolution 1 with Revolution , which would make those 2 songs the album singles. If I can't do that though, then I guess we could have Birthday as the A side and for the B side, just have Paul talking about how much he loves his fans while fiddling around on his acoustic guitar, I bet the girls would kill for something like this back in 1968.

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