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White Album as a single disc?
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24 July 2018
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I think Riley got it right in Tell Me Why : there are tracks that come to mind as obvious trims, but there is no single-disc option that wouldn't sacrifice a great many strong tracks. I have always loved the variety of it, the sheer unpredictability (at least, unpredictable the first time through), the sound of a band that was beginning to splinter and also knew it could get away with just about anything, musically. Yes, with that freedom came no small amount of indulgence, but that's an important part of the story too.

When I listen to it, I never skip anything. Yes, that includes "Revolution 9 ." I cannot recall ever putting that track on in isolation, but when I listen to The Beatles from end to end, I listen to that too.  

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I saw on an ad and read that article. I’m not surprised to hear that there was dysfunction, but i’ll have to read the book to get the full story. 

"The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles!"

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21 August 2018
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Is that why they wanted Phil Spector for Let It Be .

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26 September 2018
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Now that The Beatles 50th Anniversary box set is coming out on 9/9/18 (love the date and symmetry), I made a Spotify list based on these rules (14 songs, two George, one Ringo) just to listen to before the glut of content and demos comes our way. Fun-- but not an easy-- exercise. They had so many songs, it;s difficult to determine how to follow-up a John song with a Paul song or vice versa. Which Ringo song? Include Savoy Truffle or Long, Long, Long ?

This an interesting track list: each side starts with rockers and ends with quieter tracks.  Each side has seven songs and is roughly 22 min long; each side almost as long as the whole Sgt Pepper album. But, a 33 rpm record can hold roughly 22 min per side, so this symmetry works out perfectly! If needed, I'm sure they could have faded out "Guitar" and "Skelter" sooner 🙂 

The "Whiter" Album

Side 1
Back In The USSR (perfect opener)
Dear Prudence (perfect follow-up)
Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da (did this song help break them up)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (great George song)  
Martha My Dear (love the horns, tempo)
Julia (perfect)
Mother Nature's Son (nice quiet end to a side with the horn fade)

Side 2
Revolution (Single)
Happiness Is A Warm Gun (great John pastiche)
Blackbird (perfect to follow next, balance with John)
Sexy Sadie (great John)
Helter Skelter (has to be there)
Long, Long, Long (maybe remorseful and quiet after Skelter)
Good Night (great end)


Leaving off: 

Glass Onion (love it, hate leaving it off, but)
I Will (could swap with Mother 's Nature Son or Martha My Dear as a short Paul song)
I'm So Tired (again, love it...)
Why Don't We Do It in the Road (solo Paul anyway)
Savoy Truffle (or swap with Long...)
Cry Bay Cry (fun, average song)
Revolution 1 (I like the faster version)
Revolution 9 (ugh, still)
Piggies (ugh)
Rocky Raccoon (ugh)
Yer Blues (never really liked)
Everybody Has Something ... (fun, but a b-side)
Wild Honey Pie (ugh)
Bungalow Bill (fun, but...)
Don't Pass Me By (could be the Ringo song, but Good Night closes well)
Birthday (a great B-side)

From that time period:
Hey Bulldog
Lady Madonna
all other Escher demos

26 September 2018
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I used to think that a single disc White Album would be better, but I have grown to appreciate the regular White Album with it warts and all. I love the variety and grandness of the whole project.

But I still wish I could personally destroy "Wild Honey Pie ".

26 September 2018
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I've been thinking about this one lately myself and have come up with this:

Side A:

Back In The USSR
Dear Prudence
Glass Onion
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
I'm So Tired
Blackbird

Side B:

Birthday
Yer Blues
Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey
Helter Skelter
Revolution 1
Savoy Truffle
Cry Baby Cry

A bit longer than most I've heard of but it includes only the good songs on the album.

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27 September 2018
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I'm a radical who ignores rules (sometimes). I’ve chosen to imagine a double-album where each Beatle is given his own side. I think John said they’d considered this at some point. Each Beatle is given an equal share off 22 mins 30 seconds. This meant I had to be creative with the track-listing.

Disc 1 Side 1 (Paul)

  1. Back In The USSR (02:43)
  2. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (03:08)
  3. Martha My Dear (02:28)
  4. Why Don't We Do It In The Road? (01:41)
  5. I Will (01:46)
  6. Mother Nature's Son (02:48)
  7. Helter Skelter (03:17) – edited so Ringo(?) doesn’t get blisters on his fingers.
  8. Honey Pie (02:41)

Disc 1 Side 2 (George)

  1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (04:45)
  2. Piggies (02:04)
  3. Long Long Long (03:04)
  4. Savoy Truffle (02:54)
  5. Who Ate My Biscuits? (01:00) - Previously unheard studio argument
  6. Not Guilty (04:28)
  7. Sour Milk Sea (03:43)

Disc 2 Side 1 (John)

  1. Dear Prudence (03:56)
  2. Glass Onion (02:18)
  3. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (02:43)
  4. I’m So Tired (02:03)
  5. Julia (02:54)
  6. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me and My Monkey (02:24)
  7. Sexy Sadie (03:15)
  8. Revolution 9 (02:30) edited to a more manageable length.

Disc 2 Side 2 (Ringo)

  1. Don’t Pass Me By (03:51)
  2. Silence to refer to the fact that Ringo left the band during the White Album sessions (15:26)
  3. Goodnight (03:13)

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laytonrushing said
I used to think that a single disc White Album would be better, but I have grown to appreciate the regular White Album with it warts and all. I love the variety and grandness of the whole project.

But I still wish I could personally destroy "Wild Honey Pie ".  

You see the truth! The length is why the album is so unique and cool. a-hard-days-night-george-10

1.The Beatles 2.Sgt. Pepper 3.Abbey Road 4.Magical Mystery Tour 5.Rubber Soul 6.Revolver 7.Help! 8.Let It Be
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QuarryMan said
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.  

Cringe paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif 

I'm guessing this was during the first time I listened to Revolution 9 all the way through, and hated it. I've now come to appreciate it, but only within the context of the album.

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29 September 2018
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I'm fine with fitting the White Album onto a single disc, as long as we wait until we have the sort of disc that can contain all four sides without leaving out a microsecond.

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29 September 2018
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You could fit the whole album onto a single disc if you ran the vinyl at 16 2/3 as opposed to 33 1/3 or if you used an SACD instead of a regular CD.

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