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White Album as a single disc?
14 August 2019
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Clerefor Sede
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Mine goes like this. Mind you, I'm obeying the rules. That goes: 14 tracks, two singed by Harrison, one by Ringo. Also, no Hey Jude or Revolution , and no unreleased tracks. Just tracks from the actual White Album .

 

Side A

1) Back in the U.S.S.R.

2) Dear Prudence

3) Glass Onion

4) Blackbird

5) While My Guitar Gently Weeps

6) Sexy Sadie

7) Julia

 

Side B

8) Savoy Truffle

9) Yer Blues

10) I'm So Tired

11) Helter Skelter

12) Happiness Is A Warm Gun

13) Cry Baby Cry

14) Good Night

 

First off, I know there are 8 tracks by John and just 3 by Paul. There's a reason for that. And that is... plainly... John's musicianship on this album shines more. And not because Paul's melodies aren't as sharp as always. But because Paul is always going silly on The White Album , whilst John's version of the White Album is a more serious one, which I appreciate way more, and I think makes for a very seriously thrilling experience. That's why I can't include Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da , or Honey Pie , or Rocky Raccoon , or Martha My Dear . Because if they are not together, they don't add to the album. And I can't put those four tracks inside the single LP, because it takes too much room that should instead be filled by John's serious writing. Besides, I structured the listing so John doesn't have more than two spots in a row. So it goes Paul, John, John, Paul, George, John, John, George, John, John, Paul, John, John, Ringo.

Then, the order. The first three tracks I don't need to change. Back in the U.S.S.R. dissolves perfectly into Dear Prudence , and after Dear Prudence , Glass Onion shakes the listener again for the rest of the album, besides, its lyrics get the listener invested. I think those three tracks are the only ones that changing from a double album to a single album, it doesn't loose its pace.

Then, Blackbird . Which I think comes perfectly after the descending string interludes of Glass Onion . If I put it after Dear Prudence , it goes guitar with guitar, and it sounds monotonous. And it already sells the variety of the album, as it is not only hard rock tunes, if Dear Prudence didn't sell that already. That invests the listener even more, unpredictability.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps has to be on Side A, because it's the reassurance of the unending quality of the album, including the Eric Clapton feature. And listen to this. I've always thought that While My Guitar Gently Weeps should come after Blackbird , because even though it doesn't include acoustic guitar, it is on the same scale, it has the same pace, but it starts with a piano and an electric guitar. As if it was a reprise, or a recontinuation of Blackbird , taking it to somewhere different.

Sexy Sadie is one of the tracks I put in as a filler, or more as a deflexer. Also, it sketches what Cry Baby Cry will reprise on Side B.

Oh, that. I arranged it in a way so Side A and Side B mirror each other. For example, the only two tracks that have reprises within them are Blackbird and Helter Skelter . The softer and louder tracks on the album, and they are both on fourth position. Also, Sexy Sadie and Cry Baby Cry sound alike point blank period, and are the sixth track on their respective sides. Also, Julia and Good Night are both quiet endings. Back in the U.S.S.R. and Savoy Truffle are hard hitting beginnings.

Savoy Truffle to me is the most Beatlesque song on the album, and it's paradoxically written by our boy George. I think it starts up Side B better than Birthday does on the double album. Then after it, Yer Blues comes right after it, a blues tune, astounding new sound, jam session, I think it confirms the ways this album has to reinvent itself time and time again. Then, just like in Side A, the chilling songs make a sort of medley (Blackbird , While My Guitar Gently Weeps , Sexy Sadie , Julia ), in Side B the protagonism goes to the hard rock tunes, and they also create a short vignette soup.

That is: Yer Blues , I'm So Tired , Helter Skelter , Happiness Is A Warm Gun . This four tracks flow like a river on that order. I'm So Tired feels like a melancholic interlude, one of my favourite tracks. Because Helter Skelter can't just appear from nothing, and it also feels like a continuation of I'm So Tired , being on the same scale. I'm So Tired drives to it increasing the power of the sound slowly. Happiness Is A Warm Gun sounds like a soft song after something like Helter Skelter , which is the point.

Then, finally, Cry Baby Cry and Good Night . Cry Baby Cry feels to me like the Carry That Weight of the White Album , so it should be included as a pre-closer. You know, a catchy refrain, sung by more than one member of the band. The lyrics sound like a combination of the irony on Happiness Is A Warm Gun and the sweet lullaby of Good Night . Not one of the best tracks on the original album, but it makes perfect sense. It slows down the pace of Happiness Is A Warm Gun , it prepares you for the slow beautiful fairy-like ending Good Night .

And well, Good Night is a perfect closer, that, alone, turns the album into a beautiful experience that means everything other than if it just abruptly ends with no Ringo voice. Also, Ringo is perfect for closing the album. As, if the White Album (single LP) was a studio concert,  jam session of a lot of different genres and unresolved ideas, after Cry Baby Cry , all of the members of the band are tired and want to go to sleep, and while they pack everything up and leave the room and turn off the lights slowly, Ringo sings the last lullaby, orchestrated by George Martin. Beautiful.

 

---Tracks I didn't include.---

 

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da / Martha My Dear / Rocky Raccoon / Honey Pie

Too corny. Paul being silly, even thought it improves the double album, it harms the single version.

 

Wild Honey Pie / Why Don't We Do It in the Road? / I Will / Revolution 9

Interludes, that don't make sense on a 14 track album. And Revoultion 9 even thought it's particular and it could give personality to the album, it's too damn long!

 

The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill / Piggies / Don't Pass Me By / Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey / Long, Long, Long

Truthfully, not good enough. I mean, I like some of these songs but it's the White Albums and we have to keep it tight.

 

Birthday : there's already Back in the U.S.S.R., better, and not in need of a reprise.

Mother Nature's Son : there's already Blackbird , better, and not in need of a reprise.

Revolultion 1: speaking in context, with the Revolution single already out. It is a waste of space that could be filled with better, brand new songs. Still a very good version.

 

I think I covered everything. The album value, the point of the tracks, cohesion, diversity, hit singles like While My Guitar Gently Weeps , Blackbird and Helter Skelter , which are beautiful tracks of their own. And also, filler songs that work in context such as Glass Onion , Sexy Sadie , I'm So Tired and Good Night . That's my single LP White Album , tell me what you think of it.

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@Clerefor Sede I find your list incredibly interesting, and I mostly agree with it. However I think that either "Yer Blues " or "Helter Skelter " should be the opening track to start Side 2, instead of "Savoy Truffle ". I think it will be a better transition to place "Savoy Truffle " in between the two as a sort of charming interlude too both tracks. But that's just my opinion.

A very nice track-list you've got here, though I would've changed a few things. Nevertheless, still very good.

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Just for fun, I tried to pick out the 14 "worst" tracks, just to see what kind of album it would make.  You might say it breaks the rules, because there are two Ringo songs on there.  So if you have a problem with that, substitute Birthday .

Some of these songs I love, but I included them for various reasons.  Ob-La-Di is arguably commercial, but a lot of people don't like it (John included).  Revolution I is awesome, but the Revolution single had already been out, so some say it doesn't need to be on there.  Looking at it, the album still looks pretty strong.

 

Glass Onion
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Wild Honey Pie
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
Piggies
Rocky Raccoon
Don’t Pass Me By

Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?
I Will
Long Long Long
Revolution 1
Honey Pie
Revolution 9
Good Night

28 October 2019
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This is my final version.  In fact, I have the songs in a folder on my PC and it's all I ever listen to for the White Album .  I only have 12 songs for two reasons.  First, I'm not fond of the remainder of the LP.  Secondly, it clocks in at roughly the same amount of time as Revolver , Rubber Soul , etc., like their usual 14 song albums. 

Also, the order is just as they appear on the album.  So, you get a nice opening and closing to the album.  And, the pace/flow of the album is excellent too. 

1) Back In The USSR

2) Dear Prudence

3) While My Guitar Gently Weeps

4) Martha My Dear

5) Blackbird

6) Julia

7) Yer Blues

8) Mother Nature's Son

9) Helter Skelter

10) Revolution 1

11) Savoy Truffle

12) Good Night

I also like the fact that there are 5 Lennon songs, 5 McCartney songs, and 2 Harrison songs.  It's a good balance.  I just now noticed that there are 3 songs from each side.  This was not intentional.  But, I think they're the 3 best songs from each side.

I welcome your thoughts.  Thanks!

If I were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring one album with me, it would be Revolver. 

I just hope that I would have some means of playing it.  Ha ha!

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I'd swap Julia for Birthday because the former is like the disc 1 equivalent of Good Night whereas Birthday is this upbeat energetic song that transitions into Yer Blues very well.

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For me:

1. Back In The USSR (a great rocking start to any album)

2. Dear Prudence

3. Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da

4. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

5. I'm So Tired

6. Blackbird

7. Piggies

8.Don't Pass Me By

9. I will

10. Julia

11. Birthday

12. Helter Skelter

13. Long long long

14. Revolution 1

The only problem being that we would all want the other tracks released somewhere else (Rarities, Anthology, etc.)

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Dark Overlord said
I'd swap Julia for Birthday because the former is like the disc 1 equivalent of Good Night whereas Birthday is this upbeat energetic song that transitions into Yer Blues very well.

  

LOL!  I think Birthday is one of the worst Beatles songs ever!  Julia is a much better composition, in my opinion.

If I were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring one album with me, it would be Revolver. 

I just hope that I would have some means of playing it.  Ha ha!

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Emmett said

Dark Overlord said

I'd swap Julia for Birthday because the former is like the disc 1 equivalent of Good Night whereas Birthday is this upbeat energetic song that transitions into Yer Blues very well.

  

LOL!  I think Birthday is one of the worst Beatles songs ever!  Julia is a much better composition, in my opinion.

  

Birthday is kinda weak, but it's a fun song.  Nowhere near their worst.

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Emmett said

Dark Overlord said

I'd swap Julia for Birthday because the former is like the disc 1 equivalent of Good Night whereas Birthday is this upbeat energetic song that transitions into Yer Blues very well.

  

LOL!  I think Birthday is one of the worst Beatles songs ever!  Julia is a much better composition, in my opinion.

  

Gasp! Certainly not! Birthday is good fun. 

Your disc looks very nice, though, I applaud you for including Savoy Truffle .

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Okay, here goes my first "proper" forum post!

I actually made a single-album playlist awhile ago, and it goes like this:

1. Back In The USSR

2. Dear Prudence

3. Glass Onion

4. Ob-La-Di, Ob La-Da

5. Wild Honey Pie

6. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill

7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

8. Happiness Is A Warm Gun

9. Mother Nature's Son

10. Everybody's Got Something To Hide

11. Blackbird

12. Sexy Sadie

13. Long Long Long

14. Helter Skelter

Now, before anyone says anything: yes, I realize I didn't even slightly alter the order of the first 8 songs. Even I found this suspicious, and I was the one who made the selection. Perhaps it's because I heard those songs more than the rest of the album when I was younger, I don't really know. I can't give a good reason for keeping Wild Honey Pie either–I guess I can't imagine Bungalow Bill without that song preceding it.

As for the list as a whole–it has the virtues of having a perfect balance of John and Paul songs, as well as two stunning George pieces. The problem is the lack of Ringo. Does his part in the Bungalow Bill chorus count?

I think Good Night is an amazing album closer, but once I hit upon Helter Skelter as the album closer, I fell in love with the idea. It's a perfect closer: loud, climactic, with Ringo's scream completing the whole experience. It shows how, despite many of his other contributions to the album, Paul was still the most forward-thinking of the Fab Four in many ways. 

I originally had Birthday on the list instead of Mother Nature's Son , until a friend of mine reminded me how great the latter is, and I don't regret that decision at all.

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