The Beatles (The White Album) (album) by The Beatles
|The Beatles record album LP 33 SWBO-101 "The White Album" 2 LPs 1968 vintage
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|THE BEATLES WHITE ALBUM 1/1/1/1 Apple Mono UK 2LP 1968 PMC 7067 KT TOP OPENER
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This may be the Beatles' most controversial album. A real case of "love it or hate it". It has a great deal of very good material, and way too much chaff or filler. As successful as it was, I think it would have been better as a single album. The miracle is that the album achieved near greatness despite the band being in the middle of breaking up. This bespeaks volumes about the true talent involved.
That The Beatles made their 9th UK album The White album in the first place is quite remarkable , the fact it's so incredibly good makes it all the more remarkable . For at the time there was a lot going on in and around the band . There were drug busts , drug habits (John was using heroin by this point ) , business deals (Apple Store / Apple Music) , John had separated from Cynthia and brought Yoko directly into the studio without consulting the others creating enormous tension , at one point Ringo walked out and left the band , George Martin walked out eventually as well,the albums recording which began in May 1968 was still going in October 1968 and had become bogged down with hundreds of takes for a single track and often in three different studios with John , Paul and George all doing their own thing . It should have been a disaster , but of course it wasn't.
This period also represents The Beatles at the absolute zenith of their creative powers for after Sgt Pepper they then released the 6 track 'Magical Mystery Tour' EP , the excellent "Lady Madonna" single , then during the White Album demo sessions rolled out "Child Of Nature" which would go on to be Lennon's "Jealous Guy" as well as "Mean Mr Mustard" and "Polythene Pam" which of course would appear on Abbey Road. Oh and for good measure they also released the single "Hey Jude / Revolution" in July 1968 . Side note: "Hey Jude" was never considered for inclusion on The White Album
(1) Back In The U.S.S.R (Paul): a Chuck Berry parody about a fellow who returns home to his beloved Russia
(2) Dear Prudence (John): written about Mia Farrow's sister Prudence who refused to leave her room meditating while in Rishikesh India
(3) Glass Onion (John): Lennon's response to those who looked for hidden meanings in Beatles songs
(4) Ob-La-Di, Ob La Da (Paul): McCartney's attempt at a Ska tune and refers to a saying from a Nigerian friend
(5) Wild Honey Pie (Paul): no hidden meanings , written in India
(6) The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (John): inspired by an incident in India when an american went Tiger hunting and returned to camp feeling bad for what he had done. Interestingly Yoko appears on backing vocals
(7) While My Guitar Gently Weeps George): inspired by Chinese philosophy that everything that happens is meant to be , so George opened a random book on a random page and the first words he saw were 'Gently Weeps' . Features Eric Clapton on lead guitar
(8) Happiness Is A Warm Gun (John): 3 part song (i) The title is from an american gun magazine with a headline Happiness Is a Warm Gun , this was shown to John by George Martin (ii) middle section is a combination of acid trip imagery and actual events (iii) Mother Superior part: refers to Yoko and is speculated as being of a sexual nature
(9) Martha My Dear (Paul): not about a person rather McCartney's pet dog
(10) So Tired (John): literally written at a time in India when he was having trouble falling asleep , the line "My mind is set on you" refers to Yoko ( remember at the time he was still married to Cynthia). Sir Walter Raleigh is credited with introducing tobacco into the UK
(11) Blackbird (Paul): inspired by the US civil rights movement . "Blackbird" refers to a Black Woman . Bird is UK slang for a woman
(12) Piggies (George): his social commentary about financial greed and class difference
(13) Rocky Raccoon (Paul): about a young american male seeking revenge against his love rival. The line "Found Gideon's Bible" is meant to be interpreted as finding the bible which is owned by someone named Gideon
(14) Don't Pass Me By (Ringo): features Ringo on vocals and was written as far back as 1964
(15) Why Don't We Do It In The Road (Paul): inspired by his seeing monkey's mating in India , it poses the question why don't we just have sex or the like out in the open ? Why ? Because we are civilised
(16) I Will (Paul): a straight up and down love song
(17) Julia (John): written by Lennon for his mother who had died in a car crash in 1958. The line "Ocean Child calls me" is another Yoko reference as her name means 'child of the sea' in Japanese
(18) Birthday (John and Paul): the only true collaboration on The White Album. It was felt if they included birthday or Christmas within the lyrics it would add life to the song
(19) Yer Blues (John): written in India when Lennon was feeling very depressed and lonely. The "Girl" in the lyrics is yet another Yoko reference
(20) Mother Nature's Son (Paul): inspired by a lecture in India by Maharishi Yogi about nature , as well as a Nat King Cole song called "Nature Boy"
(21) Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (John): about he and Yoko and specifically how those around them were concerned with the impact their relationship would have on The Beatles but the two of them were perfectly happy. It is speculated that the "Monkey" could also refer to heroin
(22) Sexy Sadie (John): references an incident in India that ultimately resulted in a huge falling out with Maharishi Yogi over allegations Maharishi had made sexual advances to young females
(23) Helter Skelter (Paul): Manson was correct , it's about the 4 Horsemen of the apocalypse . Only joking. It's actually named after a Fairground Ride and inspired by the fall of the Roman Empire. Primarily it was Paul's attempt to make the loudest brashest track in the history of rock and to out do The Who
(24) Long , Long , Long (George): about Harrison's joy at finding God , the "YOU" in the lyrics is god
(25) Revolution 1 (John): inspired by the student uprising in relation to the Vietnam War
(26) Honey Pie (Paul): a vaudeville song evoking imagery about an imaginary woman across the sea
(27) Savoy Truffle (George): inspired by friend Eric Clapton's love of chocolates. Specific chocolate references in the lyrics were taken directly from a box of actual chocolates
(28) Cry Baby Cry (John): most obvious reference point is the nursery rhyme Sing a Song Of Sixpence
(29) Revolution 9 (John): heavily influenced and orchestrated by Yoko . The "Number 9" vocal is taken from a studio engineer
(30) Goodnight (John): written by Lennon as a lullaby for his son Julian and sung by Ringo
Flawed but still a Masterpiece
Uma coletânea de individualismo com o seu melhor e o seu pior. O que falta de unidade, sobra em obras-primas. O início do fim soado com à musicas inesquecíveis.
Lots of opportunities to lift the needle and skip to the next track (or skip a half dozen tracks) on this one.
Interestingly, the highlights aren't the hits, but rather the likes of Everybody's Got Something To Hide but Me and My Monkey, Helter Skelter, and the George tunes.
How could an album with so much crappy filler be so captivating and brilliant?
An immense album due to the incredible creative output and the variety of genres and styles touched upon. There are only a few great individual songs though in my opinion.
A good album, with some all-time great songs and some garbage. More specifically, some songs that have virtually no value as songs in an of them selves. I think even if you cut this in half it doesn't beat Revolver/Abbey Road/Rubber Soul/Sgt Peppers.
Can’t explain just how much I love this album. Ironically for reasons that some critics sometimes criticise it- it’s varying styles. It’s The Beatles most eclectic album. Making it a single album would have made sense, but I’m glad they didn’t. I love how varied it is , even in terms of quality control. Revolution 9 is eerie and a bit unsettling and could only be on this album. So much to explore and enjoy from the best band in history. A classic.
I'd rate Disc 1 at 6,5/10 and Disc 2 at 9/10. There are some amazing songs in this album (especially on disc 2), but there are some very weak parts too (especially the end of disc 1, from Piggies to Julia). I think I would have prefered this to be a single album, but it's hard to tell because in the end, it is still great the way it is. But boy, some tracks are testing my patience! But when you get to disc 2, from Birthday to Revolution 1, you begin to understand how good this is. I can't rank it higher because I think they have done more consistent work, but it is still a very good album!
For me, it is the best album of the Beatles. Why? Because there are some of their best tracks here. My brother listened to this and thought it was a best of. I understand why. Here are the best tracks in my opinion: Dear Prudence, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Martha My Dear, Blackbird, Rocky Raccoon, Julia, Mother's Nature Son, Helter Skelter.
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