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White Album Lovers...Anyone?
24 September 2016
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@Pineapple Records said

Just about two years ago, in my former incarnation on BB as “Funny Paper”, I described the White Album as:

“a wondrously luxuriating garden full of bypaths and stone gnomes and gurgling piscines overshrouded by ivy”

Other Beatles albums seem more tidy and manicured, even though of course they are great in their own way.  The only album that comes close in that sense of diversity is Abbey Road , though the metaphor I would use for that album is more of a marvelous machine of amazingly diverse moving parts.  

That’s a good description of the White Album , but that’s not the post I was thinking of.

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Said it before, I’ll say it again. mal-evans

The White Album is my Fav Fab LP apple02apple01

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@Bongo said
Said it before, I’ll say it again. mal-evans

The White Album is my Fav Fab LP apple02apple01  

Said it before, I’ll say it again. mal-evans

The White Album is my Fav LP.apple02apple01  

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I too have said it before. Sometimes the White Album is my favorite (basically, whenever I listen to any of it, Abbey Road , Revolver , and Sgt. Pepper ‘s, they are my favorite). I can pretty much listen to it anytime, even multiple times a day sometimes heart

I love the rhythm, the ebb & flow of the White. I also like all the animal references, and references to other Beatles’ songs.

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This album is edging into the #1 spot. I’ve always loved it, I just didn’t really realise how much I actually did.

It’s also probably my most listened to album. (I give it a whirl around twice a week). Which is amazing since once I’ve listened to an album a gazillion times, it doesn’t see the light of the turntable until a month between listens.

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This is still my favorite album. I mean I love Sgt Pepper , Abbey Road , and Revolver as much as the next guy, but none of them come close to this album. From the jet engine fade in all the way to Ringo saying goodnight, this album never fails to entertain me. I think many albums would get dull when listened to so many times, but this album with it’s vast array of genres never gets old. It’s a solid album.

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William Shears Campbell said
This is still my favorite album. I mean I love Sgt Pepper , Abbey Road , and Revolver as much as the next guy, but none of them come close to this album. From the jet engine fade in all the way to Ringo saying goodnight, this album never fails to entertain me. I think many albums would get dull when listened to so many times, but this album with it’s vast array of genres never gets old. It’s a solid album.  

I agree with you and have been listening since as a kid in the 60’s.  But your words brought to mind a passage in a book I read not long ago.

In The Beatles In Dream and History at page 225, author Devin McKinney wrote: “The Beatles is their most fractured album, and their ugliest; their most unsettling and their most moving.  It’s their best album, and nothing else in rock and roll has ever come close to it.”

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@Heath said

I agree with you and have been listening since as a kid in the 60’s.  But your words brought to mind a passage in a book I read not long ago.

In The Beatles In Dream and History at page 225, author Devin McKinney wrote: “The Beatles is their most fractured album, and their ugliest; their most unsettling and their most moving.  It’s their best album, and nothing else in rock and roll has ever come close to it.”  

Yeah those words pretty much sum it up. The White Album is amazing.

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emmybear said
My uncle thinks the White Album is bad, and my dad doesn’t like over half the songs on it a-hard-days-night-ringo-6, so I was just curios if ANYONE besides me thinks The White Album is at least in the top 3 of The Beatles best albums they ever made?  

I like it very much. More than Abbey Road or Sgt Pepper . There is a rawness to this record.

I don’t love all of it. I really like the Lennon & Harrison tunes. They do well in the less-produced setting. They have an edge to them that comes across. John really benefited artistically from the India trip. His contributions here are stronger, more numerous, more diverse than on the other late-in-the-career Beatles albums.

There is not a lot of vocal harmonizing going on. Which is interesting. At the beginning, above all, that’s what set them apart. But not here. You can tell they are in a different place.

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William Shears Campbell said
This is still my favorite album. I mean I love Sgt Pepper , Abbey Road , and Revolver as much as the next guy, but none of them come close to this album. From the jet engine fade in all the way to Ringo saying goodnight, this album never fails to entertain me. I think many albums would get dull when listened to so many times, but this album with it’s vast array of genres never gets old. It’s a solid album.  

This explains my love of the White Album really well. It’s my go to Beatles album whenever I need a fix. I love the 30 song track-list because I can press play and let the journey unfold over 93 minutes. I see the album as a modern day symphony. 

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It’s one of my least favorite Beatles albums.

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The White Album is the first album i listened to by them… I remembering being kind of indifferent then but now i love all the variety. Listening to the whole thing is something i really enjoy doing. It has such great songs. It makes me happy despite knowing they weren’t too happy while recording it.

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I respect the hell out of the album for having so much variety and trying many different things, but at the same time that makes me not enjoy about half of the album. I just listened to the whole thing from start to finish, and wrote a review of the entire thing as I was doing it. It’s an extremely long document, so I won’t post it here (I might get lynched for how much I dislike some of the songs, too), but just know that I think it has some of the Beatles best work and some of their worst work. I gave it a 6.5/10 for consistency, but it’s got some of my favorite songs on it, too, so it’s quite high in my ranking of all of their album. Essentially, the rating was just for fun and doesn’t dictate my ranking.

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(I might get lynched for how much I dislike some of the songs, too), but just know that I think it has some of the Beatles best work and some of their worst work. 

Best way of summing the White Album up that I’ve heard. Some incredibly overrated stuff, some utter awfulness, and some gold.

 

Do post your review, I’d be interested to read it!!

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Killerviolin said
(I might get lynched for how much I dislike some of the songs, too), but just know that I think it has some of the Beatles best work and some of their worst work. 

Best way of summing the White Album up that I’ve heard. Some incredibly overrated stuff, some utter awfulness, and some gold.

 

Do post your review, I’d be interested to read it!!  

Thanks! I’ll post a link to the document where I wrote the review, because I don’t want to leave a gargantuan comment. I’m a bit too hard on the album, but my judgements reflect my personal taste. I like music for the music itself, not the lyrics, and not any sort of deeper meaning. I do prefer the lyrics to be good, but it’s not something I really care about. Also, just to get a better understanding of what I’m looking for in a Beatles record, my favorite is Revolver . It is perfect aside from Good Day Sunshine .

 

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Enjoyable read, @Killerviolin. I was particularly pleased to see you laud Martha My Dear , a song which is — as many BBers will know — quite dear to my heart. a-hard-days-night-george-9

And this.

It’s ironic; the one album called “The Beatles” is the only one where they did not work together whatsoever.

EXCELLENT POINT. Overall you pretty much summed up how I feel about the album (although for me, Yoko’s contribution is the best part of The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill ).

Also, yes, Paul played the guitar on Blackbird . The guitar/chord structure is really the best part of the song.

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Thank You @Beatlebug! When it comes to Blackbird , I certainly don’t think it’s a bad song, but the song itself and the way it’s presented to the listener do not appeal to me in the slightest. Paul has much better stuff on this album (and certainly on other albums, too).

I plan to do other album reviews when I get around to it if anybody cares to read them, because I primarily did it for my own enjoyment.

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Very agreeable overall! Great to see someone else who doesn’t care too much about lyrics as well. 

Agree entirely with (a lot of songs, but especially) Yer Blues

But WMGGW being number 1?blue-meanie Only major thing I disagree with! 

 

Absolutely do some more reviews – I really enjoyed it!

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Great review, although i’d rank Martha My Dear lower.

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Thank you for the interesting review, @Killerviolin.

With regard to your comments about Blackbird and Julia , I think the Beatles were at their very best when all four of them performed on a song, and these two songs are of course solo performances (by Paul and John respectively).  Looking at the results of the Beatles Bible 2018 Canon Poll, it’s notable that the top 10 songs all feature John, Paul, George and Ringo.

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