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The White Album

Beatles

1968

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Well, of course. Unlike other albums in the 1001 Albums project that I’ve commented on thus far, this album is one that I’ve owned and listened to hundreds of times over many decades. So these comments will be of a different nature. They will not reflect an analytical and synthetic appraisal of a new experience. Instead, they will bring (nearly) a lifetime of experience to bear on the declamation of a capstone assessment. I will not, however, charge tuition. Listened to in context from a distance of 53 years, it is plain to see that this album was artistically definitive at the time. Lennon and McCartney turned the musical world in a direction we are still following. It elevated mainstream rock from “culture-caused” to “culture-causing”. The tracks on this album are discrete, in that they each represent distinct musical compositions. This distinguishes it from the previous Sgt. Pepper and Revolver, each of which had unifying elements of composition and style. Despite this, it is revealing that no worldwide distribution singles were ever released from this album. More on this below. What unifies The White Album is not composition and style, but its determination to assert freedom from recording a “product” and forcing the production team to attend to the needs of the music itself. On every track, the musicians are now in charge. The White Album has been described (justifiably) as the first postmodern rock album. While this is true, many of these observers don’t seem to understand what postmodernism is. Without going into a long discussion on the philosophy of history, a brief description will enhance any listener’s appreciation of this particular album. Postmodernism is the philosophical/cultural development of the twentieth century that is characterized by the transcendence of the ‘settled’ verities of the Enlightenment (that is, it goes beyond modernity). Hence, it is “post-“ modern. A highly respected progressive Methodist pastor once asked me how was it possible that something could be “post-“ modern (He mistakenly equated “modern” with “up-to-date”). I explained it like I did in the previous paragraph and he nodded in a sincere attempt to overcome the disconnect I had just created in his entire worldview. Shortly thereafter he began losing his mind, although I’m not sure the two events are related. Anyway, The White Album is postmodern. Listening to it today with the digital tools we have at our disposal (Wikipedia, Genius, etc.), ‘boomers like me learn some things about the music we never knew before. We can correct some erroneous assumptions. For example, I never knew Ringo Starr did not play drums on “Back in the U.S.S.R.” Running out of time here, so I’ll continue this in another venue as time allows.

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This is an amazing album and it was made at a time the band was incredibly dysfunctional. There are a number of gems and imo this album contains John's best songwriting.  While John’s songs are the highlight, Paul also has a couple of good songs. To be sure, he also has a lot of hot dog songs. Paul is still Paul.  Side 1 The album kicks off with a bang w Paul’s Back in the USSR.  I recall pointing out previously (I think in comparing John's and Paul's parts of A Day in The Life) that John's writing, being so much more creative,  attracts / allows his bandmates to be creative.  Dear Prudence is another example of this as Ringo lays down some killer drumming. (Same comment on Ringo's drumming applies to I’m so Tired)  It's unfortunate that Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da  made it on this album. Paul sure does write some weenie stuff. I would have preferred they left this one off and made Revolution 9 three minutes longer lol  While my Guitar . . is my favourite Harrisong. Clapton's guitar playing is top shelf. Happiness is a Warm Gun is the best song on the album. It's a beast and a strong finish to Side 1.   Side 2 Side 2 starts with another of Paul's weenie songs but wakes up with I'm So Tired.  The song makes me feel sleep deprived and I can hear the colour grey when I listen to this track. Black Bird is a powerful anti-black racism song by Paul. This message was as appropriate as ever in 1968 but the message was so subtle I never got that it was anti-racism until someone told me years later. Was it just me? Part of me thinks that Paul was camouflaging  the message since the listeners who might not approve of the anti-racism message were probably the same folks who would buy songs like Uncle Albert after the inevitable split with John.  Bob Dylan, known for having cryptic lyrics,  was far less subtle with his anti-black racism message in the opening line of Blowing in the Wind. Paul was always more of an Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da type of guy.  George's Piggies is less subtle and his anti-establishment message is loud and clear.  OK some might label Rocky Raccoon fluff but I really like that song. Ringo's singing on his composition Don’t Pass Me By really is very good and entertaining. Our Canadian brother Jack Fallon lays down some excellent fiddle on this tune.  Why Don't we do it in the Road? OK, mom always said "if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all". For one song I will bite my lip and take this advice.  I Will is a hot dog song but Paul’s voice on this ballad  is at it’s best. Julia is John's  beautiful ballad about how he misses his mom. I understand Paul made the decision on ordering the songs and purposely put John’s ballad Julia after I Will since the different tempo and relative singing makes John's voice sound comparatively bad. What a weiner.  Side 3 Yer Blues is one of the best rock and roll songs ever recorded. This song might, on its own, justify a 5 for this double LP.  If you have a chance, check out the live version of this song performed by The Dirty Mac. Great song by a great band but it’s the only song the band ever recorded.  Our loss. On Sexy Sadie Lennon displays his venom to the Maharishi in the way only John could. I read that the Maharishi was trying to get some of the American women between the sheets. I know it was the sexual revolution and all but one of the things about being in the enlightenment business is you can't bang the hot Americans who visit you. I read that when the  Maharishi asked why they were leaving, Lennon responded "Your the one who is suppose to be so fucking cosmic, why don't you tell us why we are leaving." John's song hits the point so well but, unfortunately, he was still in trouble for his “We’re more popular than Jesus” comment so decided not to stir the pot and changed the word "Maharishi" to "Sexy Sadie". Too bad for everyone named Sadie since they now have a vicious song written about them.  Helter Skelter is a good rocker by  Paul. The false endings are fun and the song eventually ends with the classic line "I got blisters on my fingers" I recall years ago reading that John screamed those ending words but later saw an interview where Ringo says the words were his. This makes more sense. You get calluses rather than blisters from playing guitar too much .   Side 4 Revolution is an excellent song. I like this acoustic version more than the hard rock version released as a single. Revolution 9 is still bizarre but much less bizarre today than it must have been in 1968. I recall Revolution 9 and Helter Skelter were Charles Manson's favourite songs. I wonder if Paul was more pissed that his song was associated with a mass murderer or that somebody liked his song and Revolution 9 the same amount. (He's such a TubeSteak.) The best thing I can say about Rev 9 is that it makes the following song such a welcome change. Good Night  is the lullaby I have sung to my children forever. When I play this LP, the needle always comes off the album around 8 minutes before Good Night starts. (DUH - I wonder why?) I completely forgot what album this song was on and haven't heard anyone other than me sing it for decades. It was so nice to hear Richard Starkey's  lovely version.

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All I knew from this before was While my Guitar Gently Weeps and the Revolutions. I still think "Weeps" is my favorite song from the album (for nostalgia reasons), but I really understand now this album has received universal praise since it's release (and also why parents thought rock was devil music). This album is disjointed in all the right ways, basically inviting you to want to learn more about the Beatles and their story. All four of the members have songwriting credits appear somewhere on the album, and it's apparent especially when Paul and John weren't writing together. Fookin hell, I didn't think I would actually be able to write more than Alex on any particular entry here. Looks like I'm the winner this time, hehehe...

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Here's my hot take on The Beatles. Everything I hear about them centers around how excellent/original they were, or how overrated they are, or the dynamics between the band members, or hidden messages in their songs. No one talks about just how freaking weird their music is. I can't think of too many bands that have lyrics as strange as The Beatles. I was surprised to see that The White Album was 31 tracks long, especially since there weren't really any "filler" tracks. So from a value perspective, this record was an A+. The album was eclectic, as only a 31 song album could be, and I liked most of it. Back in the USSR is probably my favorite Beatles song (what can I say, I like jams) so that was a nice way to start off the record. Paul and John have near perfect rock music vocals, to my ear, which adds to the quality of the record. Overall, I think this lived up to the hype. My personal enjoyment: 3.5/5 Did it belong on this list: 5/5

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Va voir la vidéo

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Two genuinely brilliant songs - possibly two of the best ever, but so much average on it. Really disappointed.

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Two bangers amongst a flock of bollocks

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Some good tracks but a lot of nonsense as well. Still beyond me why so many people are obsessed with the Beatles.

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Mediocre album, it isn‘t terrible; has like 3 good songs but it is too long for my taste. (beatles are overrated)

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Yeah this was pretty class. Potentially their most versatile album? Like there are so many different sounds thrown in here and they all sound pretty great.

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This was excellent to re-visit, as I was an avid fan of the Beatles in middle through high school. Having heard everything at least 5 times already, it was lovely noticing all the little details (usually instrumental licks or riffs here and there) I've missed before.

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I feel like this is an album I "get" more than I truly enjoy. Made me wanna put on eyeliner and wear all black clothing. A song like "Hong Kong Garden" has NOT aged well, even if it means well. The Beatles cover is so on-brand for what I expected this to be: dramatic, over-the-top, artsy. Favorite tracks: "Jigsaw Feeling", "Carcass", "Suburban Relapse".

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Every Beetle album past Rubber Soul gets 5 stars, because, duh. They pretty much influenced all popular music for the next 30 years. The White Album is special because it showcases the Beatles both collectively and individually. Not a bad track on this double LP, even Revolution #9 is good in it's own way.

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nåt av det bästa jag vet

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5

very good album

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The greatest

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5

One of my favorite albums from them. Really good. At this point they were getting closer to a real good prog sound.

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Great

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this album has many of the great songs from the Beatles. It is fit together in a continuous way. Really a great album to own.

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5

Fantastic album from front to back. Great songs, great flow to it. Feels like an album. 2 discs and I never got bored.

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Like I even have to rate this.

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the greatest!

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Listened to it soooo much funny this was the first one because it’s probably the first album I ever listened to. Love it to bits!!

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If you want to talk to me about this album, shoot me a text. There’s too much to say here. This album is near perfect. Favorite song: all of them Least favorite song: probably Revolution 9, but even then I still dig it

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Classic. WMGGW is my fav.

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Still perfect. Still not a fan of Revolution 9.

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klsddikrt

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Very cool awesome album very distinct songs

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Great album, but Revolution 9 is such a strange Song 😅

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Wowza what an album, never really listened to the Beatles before this and holy cats am I dumb

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An absolute classic

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Impeccable

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Tantas rolas buenas en un solo disco... uno de tantos

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Everywhere you can be, one song at a time.

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Shelter Skelter was a genuine surprise and a delight. Punk! I thought the beatles were all more like While My Guitar Gently Weeps which I enjoy too and know is good but it doesn't surprise and delight me. Maybe because I've heard too much like it.

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Super long but great tunes 4.75/5

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One of my favorite Beatles albums. Couple of odd ones, but the rest make up for it.

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Amazing album. Definitely not perfect, rough around the edges at times but all in all, there's enough great songs to form a 10/10 album. 9/10 1. Happiness is a Warm Gun 2. While My Guitar Gently Weeps 3. Rocky Raccoon

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Loving it, hard not to find at least one song you'd like in here.

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Yes

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This is silly.

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Lives up to the hype.

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Pretty cool, and interesting to see where people have joked about this before, plus "When my guitar slowly weeps" is just such a banger

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Beatlemanico

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It is a concept album... and we are here for this...

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You can tell that this album is being pulled in all sorts of directions by each of the members. But despite the length and clear fillers, below other Beatles work, to me it’s a masterpiece.

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30 canciones en el doble album de los Beatles, hora y media de la mejor música posible capaz de trascender realidades paralelas. Más de 5 estrellas. Hay canciones buenas y muy buenas como: Back in the U.S.S.R., Dear Prudence, Glass Onion, "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", The continuing history of Bungalow Bill, Will my guitar gently weeps, Happiness is a warm gun, Blackbird, Piggies o Sexy Sadie. Y por supuesto la canción que quisieron robarles: Helter Skelter.

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I've heard this album and most of the songs before. It's not my favorite Beatles album but I like it.

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Nothing like a great Beatles album to whet the labium.

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Scattered gems among a pile of gold.

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2LP, mais les fillers sont smooth et satisfaisants. Top tier album

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It's pretty messy and doesn't fit together as an album that well but still so so much good stuff on there. Amazing they were knocking these out twice a year

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30 tracks. A handful of absolute jams (While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Blackbird and Helter Skelter probably top my list), a lot of quirky yet well executed stuff, and another handful of throwaways. I get that there’s more than enough odd stuff to turn some folks off, but to me this still one of the must-listen Beatles albums. Even some of the deeper tracks here are gems

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5

Amazing album, everything holds up well, even though I played it virtually every day for awhile in high school.

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The greatest album ever made by the greatest band. Simple. I could pick any three tracks from this album - even Revolution 9.Best Tracks: Back In The USSR, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Helter Skelter

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What a strange, lovely, and perfect album

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This might be my favorite Beatles album. It definitely has some all-timers on it, like Blackbird (my favorite Beatles track) and While My Guitar Gently Weeps (maybe my 3rd favorite after Hey Jude).

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Great album, shame no one told John that revolution #9 is best left off the album.

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Superb. Is it a concept album? Or just a Beatles Masterpiece? Early signs of George's brilliance.

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Masterpiece. Even if you strip out the seemingly "throw-away" tracks (which actually are an important part of blending it all together) you would still have enough tracks to make a classic double album. Admittedly, this might be a tough listen to a non Beatles fan.

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It's the Beatles and it's hard to rate any of their work as anything but excellent. That being said, this album is as much of a release of a bunch of material prior to their break-up and could've potentially benefited from a single album's treatment.

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These guys are pretty good. I should listen to them a lot more. Seriously though, I dug into the history of this album and loved both the songs and the history.

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С двойными альбомами ситуация интересная. Сделать полноценный двойной LP с единым звучанием и без проходных треков - дело более трудное, чем запилить обычный LP. На самом деле навскидку только "Сто лет одиночества" летовский вспоминается. В The Wall некоторые треки альбом будто аморфным делали. Так вот, стоит ли скидочку делать? Думаю, как минимум стоит глядеть иначе. В данном случае наберётся ли треков на пиздатый стандартный альбом? Думаю, да. Навскидку отметил: 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 17, 19, 20, 23, 26, 30. Helter Skelter вообще, возможно, в сотку моих любимых песен попадает. Или несколько соток, как минимум. Остальные треки раздражают, нагоняют скуки или душат? Да вроде нет. Есть и есть, пусть будут. Не лучший альбом в дискографии The Beatles, но, вероятно, один из 1001 лучших альбомов в истории человечества.

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it’s the beatles. you know

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5

I mean, it's the White Album.

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5

I love this album top to bottom. It's exactly the kind of album I like and I like this one in particular.

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5

❤️‍🩹

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5

Classic.

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5

There aren’t words.

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5

Some of the best music ever made!

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best album

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Rating: 10/10 Best songs: all

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One of the best albums ever

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5

This album has some of my favorite Beatles songs, but I’ve often overlooked many of the other songs. Despite a couple duds, still a great album!

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5

Some dumb crap at the end, thought I left a 5 minute long youtube pest control commercial on or something. There are a lot hits on this album, more than i realized.

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5

The Beatles experimental album. Every song has unique feeling to it. But John's and George's songs are better than Paul's. If i had to choose the the most revolutionary song I'd choose "Helter Skelter", for what a pioneer it was for metal genre.

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5

I don’t know how this can’t be five stars.

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5

This album is very long! And 90% of it is my favorite music of all time. The other 10% inspired some of the most horrific murders of all time. You win some you lose some.

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5

Classic

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5

The best.

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5

An absolute joy and marvel of an album.

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5

Yes it’s long and yes it suffers from that thing all double albums suffer from in that its maybe bloated in places. And yes it takes a great deal of willpower to not skip past Revolution 9. However the fact of the matter is there are simply to many brilliant tracks here to list. A staggering, unrivalled collection of songs in one place. On the White album The Beatles are having fun, and they want you to have fun too.

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5

What a mixture - some mad stuff in with the greats. Difficult to rate because this is all just a part of history. It's not their best album but includes some of their best songs. Obviously I love it but I'm torn. 4.5 would be about right, really. 4 isn't eniugh but 5 is too much. oh well..

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Jag har av någon anledning tänkt på The White Album som ett album någon nivå under deras absolut bästa, och följaktligen förtjänt av max en 4:a. Kanske har det att göra med omfattningen, jag har aldrig tidigare lyssnat på alla 30 låtar som en helhet, och bara sett det som ett spretigt projekt innehållandes några svaga låtar. Ett spretigt album är det definitivt, men, efter en grundlig genomlyssning känner jag att ett album som innehåller While My Guitar, Happiness is a Warm Gun, Julia, Yer Blues, Mother Nature's Son, Sexy Sadie, Helter Skelter; Long, Long, Long; Revolution 1, och Revolution 9 (ja) kan inte förtjäna något annat än en femma. Det spelar ingen roll hur många Wild Honey Pies man slänger in. Bästa låt: Happiness is a Warm Gun.

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5

This is easily in my top 10 favorite albums of all time.

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5

One of my favorite albums of all time. This is a freewheeling expression, going in a million directions, different genres, styles, and moods piling up one atop another. Jokes, jams, and profound statements coexist as one. I can think of nothing else quite like this. Additionally, several of the best individual Beatles songs are on here. Highlights: "Dear Prudence," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Martha My Dear," "I'm So Tired," "Blackbird," "Rocky Raccoon," "Yer Blues," "Helter Skelter," "Revolution 1," and "Revolution 9".

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5

Iconic.

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5

Obviously ground breaking, a classic. Incredible etc.. probably will never listen through again so I don't have to put up with tracks like Revolution 9

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Haven’t personally sat and listened to any Beatles album before from beginning to end. I know as a child no one in my family owned any of their albums. Very curious how the next 99 minutes will be… I recall hearing most, but not all, the songs on The White Album before (from the can't recall hearing category is "Honey Pie", one of my favorites during this listen). There were also some songs that I have heard somewhere in the past, but completely forgot about ("The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill", “Rocky Racoon”). I think what surprises me most (but really shouldn’t) is how whimsical this all is. Maybe because I mostly associated this album with Revolution 9 and Helter Skelter/Charles Manson I hadn’t expected that. Glad to have cleared up a terrible overgeneralization. Very much enjoyed The White Album's wild eclecticism. Only took me 53 years to get here but I am very glad I did.

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5

There's too much to say about this album. It's just terrific. Picked up on a lot of new things listening this time: disquieting stereo effects, interesting fade-outs and transitions between songs, lyrics I've never quite caught ("trying to make a dove-tail joint"). Such diverse musical styles but nothing sounds out of place. I love it mucho.

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5

I had never listened to this whole album. I owned and loved Sgt Pepper and listened to that over and over again back in the day, but I couldn't afford many albums, and so I had Beatles compilations. They threw every kind of thing in this one, didn't they? I found some old loves, and some new favorites (including, but not limited to, Glass Onion, Bungalow Bill, Savoy Truffle). I liked the blues songs the least. I didn't finish the album in my first session, so when I was able to get back and listen to the rest, the first "song" was Revolution 9. Oh. Oh. Was it a local radio station that ended broadcasting each night with "Good Night"?

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Number 9... Number 9... Number 9... Number 9... Number 9... Number 9... Number 9... Number 9... Number 9... Number 9... Number 9... Number 9... Number 9... Number 9... Number 9... Number 9... Number 9... Number 9... Number 9... Number 9...

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The Beatles are so omnipresent in our culture that I don’t often go back & listen to them. Playing this entire album made me realise, once again, how amazing they were. Even the duff/joke tracks are fantastic. But then I’ve always liked Rocky Raccoon more than most 😁

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A genre-bending masterpiece. A work of art. 1. Back In The USSR - Madness of an opener 10/10 2. Dear Prudence - And a banging follow up 9.5/10 3. Glass Onion - Not a favourite but a big tune 8/10 4. Ob La Di - a marmite Beatles track, I fucking love it 9/10 5. Wild Honey Pie - have a weird soft spot for this 8/10 6. Bungalow Bill - as above 8.5/10 7. While My Guitar - A triumph from George the #lad 10/10 8. Happiness Is A Warm Gun - One of Lennon's finest 10/10 9. Martha My Dear - The best of 'Paul's granny shit'. 8.5/10 10. I'm So Tired - A big tune 9.5/10 12. Blackbird - Genius in it's simplicity 10/10 13. Piggies - fucking weird man haha 6/10 14. Rocky Racoon - paints an interesting picture 8.5/10 15. Don't Pass Me By - a right old thigh slapper 8.5/10 16. Why Don't We Do It In The Road - a fairly average Beatles track 7/10 17. I Will - delightful 9/10 18. Julia - classic 10/10 19. Birthday - it's alright 8/10 20. Yer Blues - aye class 8.5/10 21. Mother Nature's Son - As above 8.5/10 22. Everybody's got Something To hide - ballsy 8.5/10 23. Sexy Sadie - big tune 9/10 24. Helter Skelter - colossal tune 10/10 25. Long, Long, Long - absolutely fucking love it v underated 10/10 26. Revolution 1 - The original version but not the best 9/10 27. Honey Pie - inoffensive 7.5/10 28. Savoy Truffle - one of my least favourite tracks 6/10 29. Cry Baby Cry - Lovely tune 8/10 30. Revolution 9 - once is enough really ain't it, only listen to it cos it's long skipping a track on the vinyl 4/10 31. Good Night - A perfect ending, reminds me of something from one of the proper old Disney films 7.5/10

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5

First of all, I just want to point out the obvious: "The Beatles" must be the worst ever name for a band. Now that that's taken care of this album is incredible. Very eclectic but just about every song is amazing.

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5

Already knew it well. How could it not be a 5?!

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One of my favorite albums of all time. I could spend all day talking about each of the tracks, but I'll just focus on the overarching nature of the songs. The key aspect is the diversity in genre and styles. The Beatles had just come back from their trip in Rishikesh with nearly their entire career under their belt. Each of the Beatles had creative freedom to do whatever they wanted in their songs, despite the constant bickering in the studio. Many are acoustic written during their Rishikesh trip others like "Glass Onion" follow from their psychedelic trend since Revolver, and others are like nothing else in their catalog (most notably the ska "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da" and metal "Helter Skelter"). But despite these differences, the album flows seamlessly from track to track. It's incredibly smooth and there aren't any unintended rough cuts between contrasting songs. I've always been able to tell people exactly what the next song on the album was without having memorized the track listing... only by listening to the current song. "Back in the USSR" which the airline landing calming down the mood from the energetic opening to something exactly the opposite, serene and blissful. Or the sudden "ay oh" and chords from the folk "Bungalow Bill" to "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Maybe it's because the first half of each song is so distinctive that you immediately know the sudden stylistic shift from track to track. A lot of these tracks don't belong on any other album except this one. They're a lot simpler, and often very weird, but distinctively Beatles. There aren't any bad tracks. Some cases could be made. "Honey Pie" is experimental and could be forgettable by its unmelodic nature, but that trippy sound is ingrained in my mind. "Why Don't We Do It In the Road" is catchy and fun and doesn't disrupt the flow or character of the album. I always interpreted it as McCartney making fun of Lennon's rough vocals, especially since it's followed by "I Will." Yoko's vocals in "Bungalow Bill" is a little annoying, but it grows on you, and I love McCartney's vocal and lyrical refrains. "Rocky Raccoon" is one of the first songs I really paid attention to lyrics, and I recall over a decade ago watching a fan-made claymation on Youtube. I read too much into "Don't Pass Me By" with the conspiracy theories. To me, the climax of the album felt like it started with "Helter Skelter" despite there still being a half hour left. My favorite transition is from the frightening "Helter Skelter" to the peaceful "Long Long Long" that feels like the quiet following a storm. I always preferred the album "Revolution" to the single, but that's probably because I would only hear the single on the radio, while I've listened to this album hundreds of times. "Savoy Truffle" has been a personal favorite of mine. Not that it's on of my favorite tracks on the album, that would be an impossible task for me to decide on. But that no one talks about or references it nearly as much as I do. I love that midway transition so much. Then the avant-garde "Revolution 9" freaked the hell out of my 11 year old mind. I was really confused and frankly scared my first few times hearing it, and I remember recording it on my phone then back-masking it. I blame this song for me liking weird avant-garde songs. Album ends on a lovely note, another quiet after the storm, kinda like the closing track "Radio 4" on PIL's Metal Box. I always underestimate the effect that Beatles music had on my life. If not for the Beatles, I would not be here writing these reviews. I believe it was this album in particular that gave me an appreciation for all sorts of music built on rock and pop. And it may have extended to allow me to appreciate different styles of art, and in general, different people's perspectives. Maybe that's a stretch. Not bad for an album I discovered myself as an 11 year old just because I heard the word Beatles thrown around on the radio along with popular songs I liked.

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5

The prototypical messy, overindulgent, late career double album. I almost always appreciate them but sometimes it's more about the ambition and cohones then it is the final result but I mean, it's the Beatles, it's perfect. I'm pretty sure this was the first Beatles album I ever owned and I've listened to it hundreds of times probably. It holds up of course, it's fun, it's weird and there's nothing else I can say that hasn't already been said by smarter people and better writers.

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5

I mean, it's the Beatles

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5

Julia is one of my favorite Beatles songs

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5

Uno de mis albums favoritos, lo he escuchado dscenas de veces y cada vez que lo vuelvo a escuchar me enamoro más de el. Sin duda es fascinante

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5

Another fantastic Beatles album. Has something for everyone.

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5

On earlier Beatles albums I used to have a hard time telling John & Paul apart, but here it was much easier - even though I always thought Helter Skelter was a John song. It seems like everybody is doing their own thing, but it makes for a lot of variety, which you need for a double album. Side 4 drags a bit but it was good to hear the original Revolution. It was a smart move to make a single of the more aggressive version. I like George Harrison’s contributions and even the Ringo stuff is OK especially the lullaby for John’s son that he sings to close it out. And of course the album will always have a great historical impact because of it's influence on Charlie Manson.

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5

Well, duh. This is the best record by The Beatles. Sgt. Peppers and Abbey Road come in a close 2nd/3rd though. That being said, the White Album is amazing. So many incredible tracks and a complete effort by all four members. Revolution 9 still confuses me, but hey - Yoko and experimental this or that. Whatever. It doesn't matter. Best Beatles album hands down, and possibly #1 album on this list. 6 stars!

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5

Not a huge Beatles fan- my dad drowned me with them while growing up. That said, this album is spectacular and really enjoyed it for a double album.

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5

Incredible.

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5

ONe of the history best albums

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5

5.0

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5

🔥🔥🔥

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5

An absolute stone-cold classic. An album you can listen to on repeat forever and never get sick of.

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5

If this album isn't the greatest music, well check out the album art... Har! Some of my favourite Beatles songs on this one, love it.

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5

Know this album from my youth, have always been a huge Beatles fan. Definitely one of the top 3 albums by this band.

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5

Any time I listen to the Beatles I'm never not astounded that they existed for such a short period, pulled songs out of the ether as it was nothing, released them on records year-after-year, and we're still talking about them more than 50 years after they split up. And that McCartney was still in his 20s when they split. This should probably lose points for 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' and 'Why Don't We Do It In the Road'. It's a far easier job to name the worst Beatles songs than the best songs. Worth listening to the extended version for the 'Esher Demos'

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5

A few tracks maybe shouldn't have made the cut, but still...

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5

Such a sick variety of songs that you’re never bored or feel the length of this project. This time around Happiness is a Warm Gun has become a favorite

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5

Iconic!

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5

My esteem with The Beatles only grows over time. I am not sure if they are truly, objectively the *best* band of the 60s. I know for a fact they weren't the *first* band to make the choices they did or have the sound they did. However, when you listen to the White Album you cannot help but go, "oh, literally every band for the last 60 years has been trying to emulate this sound".

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5

Soft spot

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5

Yeah this has always been my favorite Beatles album.

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5

Better than I remember

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5

Way better than I was expecting other than Wild Honey Pie, everything else was mostly enjoyable. I really like Rocky Raccoon, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Blackbird, and recognized Glass Onion from an MF DOOM sample.

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5

Enjoyed it, brought back memories

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5

Great, start to finish.

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5

Forgotten that it was such a long album great range of styles and moods great songwriting

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5

An excellent record. Unfortunately it's plagued by some mediocre songs, but more than 2/3rds of this record is full of masterpieces. So close to being a front-to-backer for me. Overall excellent album.

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5

In an album of stunning rock monuments and some of the most iconic pop culture statements, you get the colossal stinker Why Don't We Do It In The Road. Wild Honey Pie is in the same vein. The thing about this album is that the Beatles still had expiraments they wanted to do. It doesn't sound like a band ready to explode and splinter. Helter Skelter kicks so much ass. Revolution 1! Goddamn the final act of a cultural juggernaut.

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5

So good

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4

Its a bit all over the place with mixed genres, but still somehow, much like Sandinista by The Clash, the end result come together(!) as a great album. Had no idea Eric Claption played guitar on Whil My Guitar Gently Weeps!

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4

I like it

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4

Some good ones.

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d1 - 5 d2 - 3.5

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4

En meget blandet omgang. Flere vildt gode sange men også meget lettere fjollet

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4

Even though the album was too long and had too many fillers, it was still an interesting and enjoyable album

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4

This was my self-appointed "favorite Beatles album" when I was a kid (despite not hearing all of the Beatles albums). I'm not sure it holds up to it's reputation. Some great songs on here-- Blackbird, Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da, Helter Skelter-- but there's also a lot of just plain weirdness, and very ego-centric "we can do no wrong" energy, with a lot of songs seeming like they could probably use a little more studio precision. This was the beginning of the end for this band, so the schizophrenic nature of the record makes sense. Still a solid outing, the Beatles are one of the greatest of all time for a reason.

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4

Lots of good songs, but lots of ok songs

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4

Way too long. 5 or so great songs, a few lesser heard good songs, and some awful songs.

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Fantastic album with some of my favorite songs (Glass Onion, While my Guitar Gently Weeps, Helter Skelter), but there's also some filler. Did we really need piggies?

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4

Excellent

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4

Listened to this a fair bit several decades ago... Many great pieces but I'm not sure that it holds up so well as other selections from the band's catalog. Some serious self indulgence and filler in the mix.

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4

My album today is the White Album by the Beatles. There looks to be a lot of upheaval during the recording of this album. And people talk about how fragmented and disjointed the album is. It's also the first album where Yoko Ono became part of the recording process apparently. Which affected the connection between Lennon and McCartney. I think it's always something that sounded like the individual parts of the album didn't always come together to make a cohesive presentation like other albums. But there are songs and moments on the album that stand up there with any of the major work that the Beatles have done. It's always been a great listen, no matter where I've been in my life. Maybe just because it's not as polished or thematically connected like previous ones - people don't like it?

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4

absolute classic innit man

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4

There's a bunch of rubbish on here, but also some ab so lute slappers

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4

good but not good enough

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4

Some weird and skippable tracks on this album but the good tracks are so good they make the whole listen worth it

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4

Yup. A few tracks that are just blatantly bad but with over 30 tracks and a handful of gems, it’s an easy 4.

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Classic

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I mean, what can you say about this album that hasn't been said? It's such a complete experience to listen to this album, even though some songs are simple, and poppy, there are songs like "Yer Blues" that are sadly unheard by people, which is criminal. this is definitely one of my top 20 albums i'll probably ever hear in my life.

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Sexy sadie bester Song

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Albumet starter ganske svakt, men med en gang WMGGW starter, er det en syk opptur. Når album 2 kommer, går det ganske opp og ned. Mange sykt fine eller kule sanger, ispedd med noen jeg ikke er så fan av. Alt i alt, et veldig bra album med høye høydepunkt, med noen ganske store dypp.

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not really a fan of double albums. should have been 1 album of really good songs

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4

Beaucoup de classique sur cette album, mais pas mon pref des beatles. 4.75

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4

Re-listening for the generator; catching up to this one late to give it the continuous listen it deserves. So much interesting varied material; some of which, like the achingly beautiful "Blackbird", I saw Paul himself play in the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University in 2017. Awesome show, great album. (P.S. - "Good Night" is one of the best closers ever, particularly as the chaser to the legendarily inscrutable "Revolution 9".) 8/10

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Merka at jeg er litt ferdig med beatles, men det er jo et godt album.

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4

Quite a varied influence here from soul blues and rock to music hall style.

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4

We need to do more drugs

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4

I stand by what i said about the Beatles when we reviewed the Rolling Stones. The amazing highs here (Back in the USSR, While my Guitar, Blackbird, Helter Skelter) are soaring and better than anything the Stones ever did. Most of the album tracks wouldn't have made a stones b-side and are well below average. Some of the album tracks however are majestic (Yer Blues, honey pie, Rocky Raccoon). Did this need to be a double album and 30 songs long? No. There's a perfect 11 or 12 song album in there somewhere- its just a little bloated. Was it a massive step forward for rock n roll music globally? Absolutely. Did I enjoy listening for the first time since my post Oasis beatles phase in the early noughties? Of course I did. The lows are too low for a 5. but lets remember the highs! 4/5

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An eclectic collection, but I can't say I didn't enjoy some of the tracks even if some of the lyrics are nonsensical. The fact that my hearing issues make me not able to listen binaurauly probably impacted my enjoyment a good bit since it seems they used those types of soundscapes often.

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4

a melange of Beatles classics. An interesting amount of unvarnished satirical raw energy. Enough variety that some of the lesser tracks fall through the cracks.

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4

classik

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4

4/5 Everything has been said about this from others

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4

Good album but a few filler tracks

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4

Takes a few listens before the ‘filler’ tracks start to make a bit more sense. There’s a lot of good stuff on here

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4

Another classic

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4

Solid album. Some epic songs. It's fascinating to me the variation in Lennon and McCartney's songwriting style, it feels like your feeling different influences coming through even if both were credited.

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4

very much a mix of greats and rubbish. Beatles in crisis. Skipped quite a few tracks. Blackbird on headphones

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4

solid

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Un commentaire sous forme de mea-culpa: il est de notoriété publique que j'ai consacré une grande partie de mon existence à critiquer la trinité du surcotage Beatles/Pink Floyd/Rolling Stones, la presence des Beatles dans ce groupe de privilégiés étant en grande partie dûe à leur affreux tube Yellow Submarine. Force est de constater que cet album est de grande qualité, c'est donc une grande partie de ma personnalité musicale qui s'effondre, la trinité n'étant desormais plus qu'un duo. Messieurs Beatles, vous ne perdez rien pour attendre, Pink Floyd/Rolling Stones: à très vite

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4

Its not perfect, but it tells the story of the Beatles better than any other album. As discussed, you can make an easy 5 star album out of it, but for the presence of a few fillers (and the fact Revolver is better), it gets 4.

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4

About three times as long as it should be. Some great, timeless songs here though.

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4

THIS IS LORDE - MELODRAMA

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I really enjoy listening to this album - my favourite songs are Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Martha My Dear and I Will. But there are some songs that I don't enjoy so that's why I'm giving it a 4/5 stars.

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No review of this is going to break any ground obviously :D but this is a 4/5 for me. Seems more relevant to mention the (few) negatives rather than why this always rates among the "best albums of all-time" - first off, it's obviously a bit long, and many (most?) of the filler songs are bad or pointless (Wild Honey Pie, Why Don't We Do It In The Road good god man haha). I do love experimental weirdness but I think The Who did this kind of thing better (Sell Out; Tommy). Maybe not a popular opinion but some of John's songs are often mediocre to me, and that holds here as well (Yer Blues and I'm So Tired for example) - I'll take Paul's "corny" and melodic songs every day (e.g. "Mother Nature's Son" and "Martha My Dear"). Also this album made it clear we needed more George Harrison songs overall. While My Guitar Gently Weeps is for me a top 5 Beatles song. No more negatives - the 20 (!!!!) or so best songs on this are legendary for a reason. Hard for me to give a 5 since I'd end up skipping/cutting maybe 20% of this but if we had a 10 scale this would be 9/10.

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4

There are so many interesting ideas in this album. I loved the parodies of the Beach Boys, and there were lots of memorable guitar licks and chord progressions. Some of the Beatles' most creative work.

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I’m conflicted by this album. It was the first Beatles album I ever listened to, and it has them at their most experimental, but it also has just so many bad songs: “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” and “Revolution 1” particularly stand out (no, I did not mistype “9” there; I said “1” and I meant “1”). The Beatles’ worst songs are all on this album. At the same time, I love it; I just recognize it takes a lot of effort to love it. I will say the production on this album is phenomenal. Favourite track: “Happiness Is a Warm Gun”

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I feel a little indoctrinated already but hits are hits and there were too many to ignore. This album went from cringe to experimental to pop classics and was both fun and foundational throughout. Was very long with many songs that lacked much cohesion or flow.

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4

Very weird. Each song was a different experience.

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4

Excellent album and a true classic. My only wish was that the album was a bit shorter. I think some songs could be cut. My mom listened to this album a lot, and I've only now realized just how much.

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Kinda crazy this was made in 1968 as it sounds like a lot of stuff made after it, really goes to show how influential the Beatles have been on music! Catchy vocals, driving guitar chords, rock music was never the same haha favs - Blackbird, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

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love anything by them!

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4

Thoughts: I mean, it's a classic Beatles album. Some *very* high highs here, but this double album is very front loaded - I skip 7 of the last 11 songs.

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Had decided long ago that I did not particularly enjoy The Beatles. Guess I hadn’t listened to this in a long time because I was definitely wrong. 4.5 out of 5 for me.

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Nicht Ihr bestes, aber halt Beatles

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Not the Beatles' best album, but it's definitely one of their best. Some favourites included While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Glass Onion, and Sexy Sadie.

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I can tell it's objectively good - but it's still not my favorite music I've heard!

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The only album worthy of 2

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5th August 2021 Listened in the morning and throughout the day on my phone while working. One of the most influential albums ever, I'm not sure how I feel about the more experimental aspects of this but no doubting it's place in history. Number 8

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He intentado que me gusten los Beatles de una manera que no he intentado, creo, con nadie más, jaja. Sin embargo, no sé, no logran cuajar en mí. Luego tanta influencia (asumo) hace que muchas cosas me suenen a los Beatles, o incluso con bandas en el momento, como Pink Floyd. Agradable este disco, con altibajos para mí o sin mucha cohesión. No logro encontrar voces distintivas, pero la instrumentación está suave. "Dear Prudence", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "The Continuing Story..." (que se parece mucho a Pink Floyd), "Rocky Raccoon" (muy divertida, todo suena bonito además) y "Savoy Truffle" (que The Kills ahora pienso homenajearon con "Bitter Fruit") fueron las que más me gustaron. El final, al menos la edición remasterizada de dos discos, con "Revolution 9" y "Good Night" se me hizo muy extraño. Más parece el inicio de otro disco y la primera pues muy buena en su experimentación, la segunda suena a canción de cuna, justo, y que pudo usarse en La Bella Durmiente de Disney. 8/10

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Un poco ya sabíamos todxs que esperar. Debo decir que, aunque nunca había escuchado todo el álbum, “Blackbird” y “Helter Skelter” sí son dos canciones que me gustan bastante. Mención honorífica incluso a “Birthday” por divertida

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Can't stand the Honey Pie songs, Bungalow Bill, and especially Revolution #9, but there's a ton to like here. The most uneven album of their later years, but still has so many essential songs. Best track: Dear Prudence

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4

Pretty good album.

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4

Not my favorite Beatles album but still great material.

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4

Kill ur darlings in would say

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4

It's a corker even if not my cup of tea. Jaunty and weird.

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Never listened to it in it's entirety before. A lot better than I was expecting somehow.

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Marvellous album, though could probably be edited down into something even better.

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Normaaliin Beatles-tyyliin aika hajanainen (ja tällä kertaa myös ylimittainen) kokonaisuus. Parhaimmillaan jumalaisen hienoja sävellyksiä (While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Glass Onion, Blackbird, I Will), mutta huteja löytyy enemmän kuin monelta muulta Beatles-levyltä. Pääosin kuitenkin erittäin nautinnollista musisointia musiikkihistorian merkittävimmältä orkesterilta. Ei edelleenkään ihan vitosen arvoinen kokonaisuus levyn selkeiden puutteiden takia, mutta erittäin vahvalla nelosella mennään.

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Beatlesin parhaimmistoa oleva ylipitkä lätty. Sisältää monta hittibiisiä, jonkin verran täytebiisejä ja sitten himpun verran ihan täyttä sekoilua (tai äänitaidetta, jota en ymmärrä). Tämän olisi voinut tiivistää yhdeksi täysin timanttiseksi levyksi, niin vitonen olisi ollut taattu. Mikähän siinä on aikanaan ollut, että kaikista Beatles-levyistä on tullut sekametelisoppaa, vai onko se juuri se juttu, että koskaan ei tiedä mitä seuraavaksi tapahtuu? Omat suosikkibiisit löytyy ykköslevyn alusta, U.S.S.R., Dear Prudence ja Glass Onion.

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Some of finest

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There are many great songs on this album most on disc 1. However, it did not need to be two discs. Disc two suffers and only a couple of songs are noteworthy.

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Not a big beatles fan but I enjoyed most of this album

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damn this is an hour and a half long? But theres a ton of good songs on here and some deep(not that deep) cuts that arent referenced in the Beatles doscog

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I've actually never listened to the entire album because so many of the tracks from it are widely available. I found a lot of filler, but also a lot of nice gems. Revolution 1 is a nice alt version. Revolution 9 is an interesting avant garde track that is sure to raise a few eyebrows. I had to check twice that Good Night was by them because its sounded so different, Wiki informs me that the vocals are by Ringo and he can actually sing! Long, long, long and Yer Blues are good. But despite the filler there's a lot of killer. The strength of this album is the fact that its all over the map but it still hangs together quite well.

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Nice

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7/10

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Grew up with this album so no chore here. Wildly uneven, starts with a piss take, ends with a piss take. Not sure even the Beatles wanted us to take this album seriously. Lots to enjoy, lots of fast forward.

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First ever listen to that album! It’s a doozy. I see why folks put it in the list of best ever. Epic, and such a variety of sounds. Never been much of a Beatles fan—but respect where respect is due.

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7/10

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It's the Beatles, so it was good, but it's supposed to be one of their best. I just don't see how. Still good, all things considered.

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Some really classic Beatles and some wacky stuff too. 4/4 beatles

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Not my favorite Beatles album. Very all over the place musically which is both its strength and weakness. The highs are very high the lows...well even the lows are pretty good. I want to give it 5 stars because it's very enjoyable, but it just isn't a 5 star album.

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“Musically, there is beauty, horror, surprise, chaos, order. And that is the world; and that is what The Beatles are on about. Created by, creating for, their age.”

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Fitting that this comes up shortly after the release of Peter Jackson's Get Back documentary. Apparently the sessions for the White Album were the start of the fractures that led to the Beatles break up. Lennon even said "the break-up of the Beatles can be heard on that album". I guess it's a double-album in part because it's basically several solo albums jammed together and only 16 of the 30 tracks have all four members contributing. This definitely contributes to the album, it's all over the map musically. I find most double-albums to be a bit boring at some point but I think this avoids it mostly because it's so diverse. Some great stuff on here for sure but it's never really been my favorite Beatles record. This also becomes the point where Paul's contributions start to get a bit too saccharine. Also, small rant. I hate when people credit the Beatles for "inventing" all sorts of genres on this record. For instance people say they invented heavy metal and/or punk rock on Helter Skelter. I like the Beatles but this is a crazy statement. Both of these things are true: They are a great band and the most overrated band in history.

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Revolution 9 😍😍😍

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A sprawling, messy album that highlights a pop sensibility backed with vaudeville and experimentalism, as well as some kick-ass guitar. Holds up a lot better than I'd remembered, especially on headphones.

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It's the beatles!

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I think there are two kinds of people: those whose families listened to the Beatles and those who didn't. I'm in the 2nd category so even though I remember reading a John Lennon bio in high school and covered Back in the USSR, I never listened to the Beatles that much. I certainly didn't get the dance hall flourishes that they use on some of their songs. I knew a lot of the songs on this album because of covers so it was nice to listen to the whole album. It is especially interesting as a document about their trip to India.

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The best of this album IMO: - Glass Onion - Wild Honey Pie - Happiness Is A Warm Gun - Rocky Raccoon - Julia - Yer Blues - Sexy Sadie It lives up to the hype. Honestly super enjoyable. "Side one" is the best out of the four. Album is long though. 4.1/5

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A bloated classic. Would have been a great single album.

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it's a 4 I suppose. I'm not trying to be edgy by not giving it a 5, it's just ok to me. It starts off super strong and then gets a bit forgettable. And personally I've always found that Number 9 track extremely annoying.

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A few duds on this one, but there are obviously some absolute stand outs.

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It's notable that a ninety-minute album can feel so purposely incomplete. The band is technically brilliant, but seem to be combining these songs toward an entirely different end than Sgt. Pepper's. The lynchpin of my reading is While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and my affection for that song is due in no small part to nostalgia. The first disc is killer; With the second, it seems a step down from the band's output. Still great to my ears, though this album seems extremely vulnerable to one's overall opinion of the Beatles.

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These Beatles seem to be good at that music thing. Favourite Songs: Dear Prudence. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, I'm So Tired, Helter Skelter, Good Night

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To say that White Album is experimental is like saying that grass is green and sky is blue. It's quite a mixed bag, it has some of The Beatles' best work and some of their least memorable. Regardless of inconsistency it's still an amazing achievement in their discography. Some bands can only dream to achieve the heights of this album but the Beatles have had even better ones. Truly one of the best bands of all time.

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Not my favorite Beatles album

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Easily better than the other Beatles we had

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Erg goed album maar kan nooit helemaal in beatles komen, Helter Skelter is wel een enorm goede song

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the shorter more rock songs were acc cool. first side was better. so many unnecessary songs?

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Qué dificil. Está bien chido pero no sé cómo calificarlo. Seguramente los maestros del análisis musical me dirían que es una obra maestra por detalles técnicos y de composición que yo ni logro comprender o detectar. Me gustan mucho varias rolas del disco y muchas otras están bien. En una de esas me gusta más el disco de billy brag con wilco y le puse nomás dos estrellas. Si todo fuera como en mi marco de referencia este disco merecería tres estrellas. Y me apegaré a ello.

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A bit lukewarm on this. The minor, downtempo tracks are the strongest whilst the rest feel overdone. 6/10, I preferred Sgt. Pepper's.

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So we've had Abbey Road, Revolver and White Album. This one I am the most conflicted on - I love while my guitar gently weeps and blackbird then there is a LOT of crap I really dont like. Honeyyyy PIEEEEEEEEEEEEEE HONEY PIEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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Excellent first 10 or so tracks but the rest of the album left me a little underwhelmed. Bit of bias coming into it I guess as this is often mentioned as one of the best albums of all time. But again, hard to score when it's clearly an album of it's time and was revolutionary.

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"I told you about the walrus and me, man You know we're as close as can be, man Well here's another clue for you all The walrus was Paul." (Glass Onion) "The children asked him if to kill was not a sin Not when he looked so fierce, his mother butted in If looks could kill it would have been us instead of him All the children sing" (Bungalow Bill) Me pasa una cosa con los Beatles que es que no me disgustan, pero escuchar una hora y media de ellos me da TANTÍSIMA PEREZA. Este disco tiene "Blackbird", que es la canción suya que más me gusta, así que al menos eso bien.

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Never been the biggest fan of the Beatles, was hoping listening to an album of theirs in full may help to change that. It didn’t. 3/5

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Ok, blackbird e skön

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30 songs. Long. Good.

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fine. fun. not what id listen to normally.

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Some killer, lots of filler. There’s a handful of very good tracks on this and a couple of classics but it’s bloated too

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Some really good songs but a really unfocused album. If it had half the songs it would have been twice as good

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Some of my fave Beatles songs on this album, some ok, but it's too long, long, long.

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This is absolutely an album everyone has to hear, but it isn't the Beatles at their best. The backstory and drama of the album are better than the album itself. It really should have been an album and then an outtakes album. The album has many good songs that were either ahead of their time or stood the test of time. Hey Jude came out of these sessions, but Rocky raccoon, back in the user, ob la di ob la da, helter skelter, bungalow bill, and while my guitar gently weeps are fantastic. Listening to the album, I hear songs that I forgot existed - Long long long, cry baby cry, and don't pass me by come to mind. Not a perfect album, but their most creative and still above average. I'm glad we have it. 3.5 stars

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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Es-2MTRWMAEgNVo.jpg

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Pretty good album, but it was way too long.

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Solid album, however did not like the "artistic" tracks.

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El disco 2 no me vuelve loca la verdad, mi muy favorita while my guitar gently weeps

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Awesome I got this on a Friday. I enjoyed the album

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Honestly, the singles that I already knew and loved were the only ones that stuck out - and of course, they're great. They tell good and sad stories and they're entertaining to listen to. The rest of the album was still good rock and roll but I tuned out.

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Eh

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Some killer, lots of filler. There’s a handful of very good tracks on this and a couple of classics but it’s bloated too

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Trzecie objawienie sie beatlesowe na liscie, tym razem z chyba najbardziej popularnym materialem, bo plyta the beatles, czy jak proponuje lista the white album, z oczywistych okladkowych wzgledow, jest najlepiej sprzedanym krazkiem bandy, ktory w statusie platynowo diamentowym wybija sie nawet ponad abbey road, jest to takze jedyna podwojne wydanie bandy, wiec na albumie mamy do przesluchania 30 kawalkow, ktore prezentuja mozliwosci stylowe beatlesow, w troche odmiennej wersji niz na pepperze czy revolverze, bo nie ma tutaj zmian granej muzyki w przeciagu jednego traku, tylko cale piosenki sa utrzymane jednym zdefiniowanym gatunku i tak dostajemy muzyke od klasycznego rokowania na modle hamerykanska, folkowanie, ballady, satyry na klasyki, bluesowanie, czy nawet wyspiarskie ska, no i mozna tez pokusic sie o awangardowe granie, ale tak fangeje zukowatych nazywaja wiekszosc tej plyty, a moze i nawet wiekszosc ich dyskografii, ale cos w tym jest bo jednak wyznaczyli tredy ktorymi sie kierowala muzyka popularna w latach pozniejszych, nie ma tez co sie rozwodzic nad grupowaniem poszczegolnych trakow na gatunki, bo jest ich zbyt duzo, plyta jest takim natlokiem muzycznym z ktorego ciezko wylowic cos co naprawde blyszczy, nie jest to konceptowy album, wiec kawalki nie sa ze soba zbyt powiazane co jeszcze bardziej wprowadza popowy armagedon, bo w tamtym okresie wszyscy co wychodzilo od beatlesow musialo byc hitem i czyms sluchalnym, bo zespol mial prawdziwy kult wokol siebie, nie chodzi mi tu o mansonowe interpretacje plyty, ktore mialy kierowac jego rozwojem organizacji, co poza utrzymaniem stylow w ryzach jest nowoscia na plycie, z pewnoscia powrot do bardziej klasycznego wyboru instrumentow, co najbardziej zmienia brzmienie tego albumu, nie ma tu juz egzotyki, a raczej klasyka zachodniej muzyki, wiec gitarki, zwlaszcza akustyki, chociaz i clapton sie pojawia, wiec elektryki tez maja swoje miejsce, drumersy, a nie jakies bongosy, no i tamburino jak przystalo na cyganskich wyspiarzy, nowoscia jest takze lenonowa oblubienica, ktora mogla byc punktem zapalnym konfliktu miedzy bandowego, ktory doprowadzil do rozpadu zespolu w przeciagu roku, bo jak to babe do studia spraszac na schadzki i jeszcze dawac jej udzial na plytach, a skoro duet lenonowo kartnejowy jest odpowiedzialny za kontent liryczny, to jako zakochany czlek lenon mial parcie na najbardziej popowy motyw, czyli songi milosne, wiec songi o samym sobie i joko onie sie pojawia, najlepszym przykladem tego jest monkowy song, no i jeszcze byl ten trip beatlesowy do jakiegos namaste ktory mial ich oswiecic i tak ich oswiecil, ze wypluli z siebie podwojny album i zaczeli ostrzyc na siebie noze, godzina i pol sluchania, wiec trzeba cos wylowic, znowu sie potwierdza regula, ze im dluzszy material z srednia zawartoscia, najbardziej przypadnie do gustu ta czesc, ktora byla sluchana na poczatku, wiec pierwszej strony pierwszej plyty lenonowy folk songer, ktory podchodzi pod balladowa opowiesc czyli the continuing story of bungalow bill, zaraz po nim jest grany gitarowy song pana harrisona, ktory gra tutaj pierwsze skrzypce, a moze raczej gitarki, choc to i tak nie do konca bo jednak leaduje clapton, ale jednak song pisany i spiewany przez harrisona, harde granie i jego powrot na gitarke, bo na poprzednich materialach robil na sitarkowca bardziej niz za gitarzyste, wiec do kompletu musze dodac savory truffle o podobnej genezie powstania, wiec czwartym ostatnim kawalkiem bedzie blackbird od mccartneya, czyli folkowy song oparty na samym akustyku w akompaniamencie klapersowym, o ile zrodla wikiowej dotyczace poprzednich plyt byly obszerne, to bialy album ma tak fanatycznych pisarzy, ze kazdy song ma swoja rozprawe, teraz zostaje pytanie ile beatlesowych wydan zostalo do konca listy, chociaz odpowiedz jest oczywista, reszta

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Saved Prior: Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, Blackbird, Birthday Off Rip: Back in the USSR, Dear Prudence, The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Martha My Dear, Rocky Raccoon, Helter Skelter Cutting Edge: I'm So Tired, Piggies Overall Notes: There is a 5 star album in here. There's just soooooo much that doesn't need to be here, particularly in the second half of the album, that the album suffers as a whole. To be fair, if any band had ever earned the right to make this album it's the Beatles, and I'm glad that people really like this. But this feels so much more like a collection of outtakes than a cohesive album. That's not a comment on the quality of the songs, as some of these songs are some of my favorite Beatles songs (notably Martha My Dear), but rather that there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to this album. 3.5 that I'm going to round down because good lord is the second disc tedious to get through.

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ну я ваще не против битлов всяких, но и не фанат дикий ака битломан. Альбомчик ничо так, есть классные мотивы. Больше слушать наверно не буду

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This was a chore for me to get through, to be honest, There are definitely a few good songs to enjoy, but way too many silly or boring ones. For me, Blackbird is by far the best song.

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I like this album more than I used to, I've always been more of a Revolver fan. I still think it's a bit sprawling, but I guess that's the idea, and there are some moments of utter genius in there too

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An absolute masterpiece, only a fool would argue otherwise

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Tried multiple times to like this but don't think the album hangs together

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Signs of the real Beatles in amongst some strange childish noise, not great.

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Es un ejercicio artistico, amparrados por la fama conseguida se dispusieron a ver que se puede hacer probar y experimentar, es o explica la cantidad de temas que incluye y la variedad de estilos. No es un disco solido conceptualmente, tiene un par de puntos altos eso si pero parece mas ser resumen un popurri, muy eclectico.

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Too long!

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Eh

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Loses a star for being far too long and loses a star for the absolutely horrific ob-la-di, ob-la-da. It was clearly ahead of its time but if I never listen to it again I won't be disappointed.

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Funnily enough, this was the first Beatles record I listened to end-to-end. Doing so again now, it clearly has some amazing tracks like Dear Prudence, Back in the USSR, Revolution 1. But it can also feel pretty indulgent and off the rails despite the amazing production.

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רגיל מדי, אבל קלאסיקה

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I like The Beatles... but I think this album is a little too long. The singles are good though and I appreciate how many different things they tried. Favorite: Blackbird

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not that great 2.5

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Beatles put out a lot of songs in their time. I feel with this double album they've went for the opposite of a greatest hits album.

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About 1/5 of the songs are decent, the rest are not. Overrated

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The well known songs are awesome, listening to the rest was painful.

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2 good songs surrounded by dross. If this goes on the list of albums better than Ash I riot

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'The White Album' from the Beatles - as it's mostly referred to as - is the ninth album from the band and their only double album. It's technically a rock or pop album, but has songs originating from other genres including: folk, blues, reggae, and avant-garde. As a result of 30 songs and different types of music, individual listeners may like certain songs and not others from the album. However this album will in fact have something for every listener, so it's fun to find out which songs you like. The album was a critical and commercial success, going 24x platinum which technically makes it twice diamond certified! You can tell the band had fun putting this album together because it shows in the music, but behind the scenes the band was slowly imploding...

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blergh

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Fro ruined it for me

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- before listening to this album I’ve been of the firm belief that any album above 20 tracks should be thrown in the trash. Listening to this album has not changed that

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i won’t listen to albums by these men... i just tried and it wasn’t working for me

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A masterpiece.

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Not convinced

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Sucked

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Great album. A bit overlong with plenty of filler but still a classic.

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