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White Album Lovers...Anyone?
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I will try to get another review out in the next few days @The Hole Got Fixed 

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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.  

Interesting observation... They certainly work best as a band, that's for sure.

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The White Album is one of my favorite collections of songs. Doesn’t have the feel of Revolver or Abbey Road where the Beatles operate as one tight unit, but the SONGS! My god what a collection of songs. Each track has just enough of every Beatle. Take Sexy Sadie for example. Phenomenal Lennon tune with magical chords, recorded with a beautiful piano part played by Paul that spins me in circles, with an underrated drum performance by Ringo, ending with some Lennon belting and an unbelievably impressive George solo, playing both chromatically and melodically on top of a progression that is almost impossible to solo on top of. 

Beatles magic...

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I did a 2nd album review if you care to read it @Beatlebug @The Hole Got Fixed 

Check the "Help !" album page to find a link to it in a new post!

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sir walter raleigh said
The White Album is one of my favorite collections of songs. Doesn’t have the feel of Revolver or Abbey Road where the Beatles operate as one tight unit, but the SONGS! My god what a collection of songs. Each track has just enough of every Beatle. Take Sexy Sadie for example. Phenomenal Lennon tune with magical chords, recorded with a beautiful piano part played by Paul that spins me in circles, with an underrated drum performance by Ringo, ending with some Lennon belting and an unbelievably impressive George solo, playing both chromatically and melodically on top of a progression that is almost impossible to solo on top of. 

Beatles magic...  

Sexy Sadie rules. John’s “oooooooooooooo” at the end is my favourite. The whole song is a nostalgia overload - I dig how it winds down at the end like a glorious sun setting...which makes me feel happy and bittersweet at the same time.

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Timothy said

sir walter raleigh said
The White Album is one of my favorite collections of songs. Doesn’t have the feel of Revolver or Abbey Road where the Beatles operate as one tight unit, but the SONGS! My god what a collection of songs. Each track has just enough of every Beatle. Take Sexy Sadie for example. Phenomenal Lennon tune with magical chords, recorded with a beautiful piano part played by Paul that spins me in circles, with an underrated drum performance by Ringo, ending with some Lennon belting and an unbelievably impressive George solo, playing both chromatically and melodically on top of a progression that is almost impossible to solo on top of. 

Beatles magic...  

Sexy Sadie rules. John’s “oooooooooooooo” at the end is my favourite. The whole song is a nostalgia overload - I dig how it winds down at the end like a glorious sun setting...which makes me feel happy and bittersweet at the same time.  

Yeah, Sexy Sadie never gets old... I could listen to it all day. So mych emotion, great lyrics, great music from everyone, its pretty much perfect.

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It is my favourite album. 

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I think Beatles For Sale and the White Album are my least favorites.

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I think Beatles For Sale and the White Album are my least favorites.  

Huh, that's surprising! I'd expect that you'd hold the white LP in high regard partly due to the Yoko influence.

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Internet acquaintance is listening to the whole thing for the first time today, is shocked by how good it is. It's just great to share the goodies!

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Internet acquaintance is listening to the whole thing for the first time today, is shocked by how good it is. It's just great to share the goodies!  

It boggles my mind that people are listening to this music for the first time ever, but that used to be me! 

What a great journey for your internet acquaintance to start. Once you get bitten by the Beatles bug that’s it.

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Von Bontee said

Huh, that's surprising! I'd expect that you'd hold the white LP in high regard partly due to the Yoko influence.  

I just don’t find it to be a cohesive whole. It’s like listening to a playlist. And while there are some great songs there is a lot of filler. 

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In fact the White Album is the reason I didn’t become a fan until I was 42. 

I heard it when I was 22 and the only other album I had heard before that was Let it Be, so in my mind I decided that they were a relatively boring straight rock and roll band with a bit of a quirky edge.

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This is my favourite Beatles album, and I suppose it always was, I just hadn't realised it. I can recall criticising it on these forums in the past, but I've grown to love pretty much every thing on both discs. If anyone is interested, there is a really great episode of the podcast 'Screw It We're Just Gonna Talk About The Beatles' on this album.

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I still feel that this album is neither fish nor flesh. In my opinion George Martin was right when suggesting that it would be better to take the best songs and produced just one LP. The quality and power of that one LP would have come close to the Abbey Road album.

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I still feel that this album is neither fish nor flesh. In my opinion George Martin was right when suggesting that it would be better to take the best songs and produced just one LP. The quality and power of that one LP would have come close to the Abbey Road album.
Hendrick99 / familiar with The Beatles since 1960  

Welcome to the forum! Great to have more original Beatles fans, that's amazing that you were aware of them so early!

Back on topic, I respectfully disagree. The album works because of it's messiness and variety in my opinion, not in spite of it. If it had been released as a single LP, then the variety of styles that would have had to be included by necessity wouldn't have made sense without the wider context, and we would have missed out on loads of great songs. If you actually line up a tracklisting for a single version, and follow the usual Beatles rules about George and Ringo songs, then what you get is an end result that is uneven and messy, but without the charm that the sheer excess on the full version bestows. 

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It's a fine line.  True, the White Album would be quite a different entity as a single disc.  Part of its allure is the fact that it is 2 discs long, which was a really new thing in 68 from what I understand (beaten only by The Mothers of Invention).  I'm glad the boys stuck to their (warm) guns and insisted on a double album.

That said, it's also quite obvious that there are one or two tracks that could have been left off without destroying the high quality of the White Album .  Perhaps you (the generic "you") could argue 3 or 4 could go.  Perhaps more, but soon you get into only-1-disc territory and by that point, you'd have to start excising good songs to fit onto a single disc.  That would have been a travesty!

So, I'm of the opinion that the White Album is perfect as it is, warts and all.

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Erm, @glazball, what about Dylan's Blonde on Blonde which came out 16 May 1966, beating Zappa's Freak Out by over a month, as that came out on 27 June 1966?

On point though, trimming the White to under 50 minutes (25 minutes a side was technically the upper limit for vinyl then, though it did get pushed up a little as time went by) means you lose too much in my opinion. Also, much as "we" like to invent perfect single album tracklistings, we'd be stupid to assume that had they decided to make it a single disc, they'd have come up with something that included our favourite 50 minutes. John, for instance, might have insisted on Revolution 9  going on a single disc as strongly as he insisted it be on the double.

This seems to me what people forget, however magnificent a single disc "we" can come up with, there's every chance that they would have come up with something that, when we got to hear what they'd left off we'd be asking why.

So, not disagreeing with your main point.

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glazball said
Part of its allure is the fact that it is 2 discs long

Yes...  Sir Paul himself even subscribes, with his "that's one of the things that's cool about it" remarks during 'Anthology'...  I've always likened it to an "Encyclopedia" of Music...  so many different styles and points of view that couldn't possibly be crammed onto one disc...  it covers such a gamut that you won't find on any other Beatles' record...  and it just keeps getting bigger!...  some things improve with age, like us!!…  and The Beatles' 'White Album '...:-)

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Oops, thank you @Ron Nasty - forgot about Blonde on Blonde!  Must have been getting my references crossed.  I knew Freak Out! had inspired something, but I suppose that was Sgt. Pepper !  Certainly by the time the Beatles were compiling The Beatles, they must have taken some double-disc inspiration from BoB and FO!

Though we all, I'm sure, love some White Album tracks and like others less, I've never felt that there was ever any filler.  I would hate to think that the boys would have added a bunch of stuff just to say they released a double album.  We now know that a bunch of great stuff was indeed given the axe.  Maybe that would be a great idea for another thread:  The Beatles as a triple album!

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