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White Album as a single disc?
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That demo was quite interesting but I still don't see what's good about Glass Onion . I think they could have expressed that message in a much better format than what it is: an uninteresting melody with lyrics that lead nowhere. That's my problem with the White Album , it's just throwaway ideas that could have been brilliant if they'd been executed properly and with possibly the worst melodies in any of their studio era albums.

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That demo was quite interesting but I still don't see what's good about Glass Onion . I think they could have expressed that message in a much better format than what it is: an uninteresting melody with lyrics that lead nowhere. That's my problem with the White Album , it's just throwaway ideas that could have been brilliant if they'd been executed properly and with possibly the worst melodies in any of their studio era albums.  

As I understand it, it wasn't actually a demo. I believe @Mean Mr. Mustard referred to it as an "outfake." To me it sounded like the White Album version with some overdubs. Quite interesting...

Personally, I think the White Album is one of their best. Your enjoyment of a melody is subjective - to that criticism I can only say that my ears differ from yours. But for me it's a fascinating patchwork. Sure there are songs that are fragmentary - like Why Don't We Do It In The Road and Wild Honey Pie - but they serve as useful sonic bridges to the more fully realized songs. The album covers a wide variety of styles and subject matter and - most of all - paints a complete picture of the group at that particular moment. Interesting how they went from inventing a fictional alter-ego band to exposing themselves so thoroughly, a concept they would take even further with the Get Back project.

Anyway, I suppose it's always a matter of taste, but for me they would never be more intimate and personal than they were on the White Album .

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What I posted was the Beatles commercial version changed about with by non-Beatles people to give what was then falsely presented as a studio outtake, hence the term outfake. Such practice was and still is a common occurrence in bootleg land.

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I was bored on the plane so this is what I think it would look like had they shot for another Sgt. Pepper or Revolver (although I like the White Album as is despite its imperfections more every album besides Revolver and Abbey Road )

White Album as a single disc

Back In The USSR
Dear Prudence
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Martha My Dear
I'm So Tired
Blackbird
Rocky Raccoon

I Will
Yer Blues
Mother Nature's Son
Sexy Sadie
Helter Skelter
Long Long Long
Honey Pie
Cry Baby Cry

Singles
Hey Jude /Honey Pie

Revolution /Revolution 9

Rarities
Glass Onion
Ob La Di Ob La Da
Wild Honey Pie
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
Piggies
Don't Pass Me By
Why Don't We Do It In The Road
Julia
Birthday
Everybodys Got Something To Hide Except For Me and My Monkey
Revolution 1
Savoy Truffle
Good Night
Not Guilty
Sour Milk Sea
Circles
Whats The New Mary Jane
Child Of Nature
Junk
Los Paronoias
Can You Take Me Back

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-Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues

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Yes definitely with the album 'It's flaws are as essential to it's character as it's triumphs'.

I think the individual songs often don't work that well but together it's a fascinating album. And it has some of my favorites including USSR, Prudence, Ob-La-Di, Gently Weeps, Blackbird , Yer Blues , Helter Skelter

Looking back at my original post I would like to take back what I said about wishing the album was a single disc. It wouldn't have the same charm for sure. Though I do wish they had slightly upped the good to bad song ratio.

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I'm surprised to see such a massive Lennon fan include Ob La Di over both Dear Prudence and Happiness Is A Warm Gun

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I was trying to go for the crappiest version possible, but it does seem to have a nice overall theme of silliness to it. I might listen to it.

That being said, there is really nothing wrong with Ob-La-Di. It's at least as good as Happiness Is A Warm Gun (just in a different way), although nothing beats Dear Prudence .

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Can't a disk fit like 100 minuets of songs?

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Can't a disk fit like 100 minuets of songs?  

Like 80.

But I think these sorts of exercises are generally about boiling it down to a single vinyl record of about 40-45 minutes. Technically a vinyl 33 1/3 LP could hold up to 30 minutes a side, I believe, but 40-45 was the standard album length...

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Realistically a CD can hold 78 tops. If I'm making a CD-R I shoot for about 76 minutes. Some discs that hold 80 minutes are not playable on some of my CD players.

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The nitpicker in me has to point out that the eighty-minute limit applies to home-burned CDs. Commercially made CDs can exceed that. It is rare, but it does happen. The reason that this is generally avoided is that the longer the disc, the less likely the player is to be able to read it. But, some single-disc commercially-produced CDs have been known to run up to eighty-seven minutes long.

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I have a commercially produced set of CDs by the band Lush that one of my stereos cannot play because there are too many songs on them.

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 When I burned a CD-R a couple of months ago I was able to get 82 minutes 40 seconds. And it was playable on everything. 

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You can get blank CDs with 120 minutes. I got a sony super CD that could fit days of music. It uploads fine to the computer but i'm not sure if it has universal playability. Definetly won't play in my car. 

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I've had the same CD player in my living room since 1994. I wonder if the older ones are not compatible with longer discs.

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Expert Textpert said
I wonder if the older ones are not compatible with longer discs.  

Most likely. It's usually the older CD players that have issues with playing CDs more than eighty minutes in length. 

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I do agree with a lot of people that The White Album should remain a double album but in the spirit of this thread I will compile my version of The White Album :

Side A

1.Back in U.S.S.R (2:43)

2.Dear Prudence (3:56)

3.Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (3:08)

4.Glass Onion (2:17)

5.Blackbird (2:18)

6.While My Guitar Gently Weeps (4:45)

7.Happiness Is A Warm Gun (2:43)

Side B

8.Birthday (2:42)

9.Yer Blues (4:01)

10.Martha My Dear (2:28)

11.Savoy Truffle (2:54)

12.I'm So Tired (2:03)

13.Good Night (3:13)

14. Revolution #9 (8:22)

And because I will have my cake and eat it as well. I now present The Whiter Album:

Side A

1. Revolution 1 (4:15)

2.Mother Nature's Son (2:48)

3.The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (3:14)

4.Rocky Raccoon (3:33)

5.Piggies (2:04)

6.I Will (1:46)

7.Julia (2:54)

Side B

8.Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me and My Monkey (2:24)

9.Don't Pass Me By (3:51)

10.Long, Long, Long (3:04)

11.Sexy Sadie (3:15)

12.Honey Pie (2:41)

13.Cry Baby Cry (3:02)

14. Helter Skelter (4:29)

 

So Why Don't We Do it in the Road? and Wild Honey Pie didn't make the cut. The Whiter Album was a lot more mellow then I planned but to be honest I put more effort into the White Album then the Whiter album.

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That's a great compilation. Interesting, you put I'm So Tired , Good Night and Revolution 9 in this order. 

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