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The White Album

Beatles

1968

The White Album
Album Summary

The Beatles, also known colloquially as the White Album, is the ninth studio album and only double album by the English rock band the Beatles, released on 22 November 1968. Featuring a plain white sleeve, the cover contains no graphics or text other than the band's name embossed. This was intended as a direct contrast to the vivid cover artwork of the band's previous LP Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Beatles is recognised for its fragmentary style and diverse range of genres, including folk, British blues, ska, music hall, pre-heavy metal, and the avant-garde. It has since been viewed by some critics as a postmodern work, as well as among the greatest albums of all time.The album features 30 songs, 19 of which were written during March and April 1968 at a Transcendental Meditation course in Rishikesh, India. There, the only western instrument available to the band was the acoustic guitar; several of these songs remained acoustic on The Beatles and were recorded solo, or only by part of the group. The production aesthetic ensured that the album's sound was scaled-down and less reliant on studio innovation than most of their releases since Revolver (1966). The Beatles also broke with the band's tradition at the time of incorporating several musical styles in one song by keeping each piece of music consistently faithful to a select genre. At the end of May 1968, the Beatles returned to EMI Studios in London to commence recording sessions that lasted until mid-October. During these sessions, arguments broke out among the foursome over creative differences and John Lennon's new partner, Yoko Ono, whose constant presence subverted the Beatles' policy of excluding wives and girlfriends from the studio. After a series of various problems, including producer George Martin taking an unannounced holiday and engineer Geoff Emerick suddenly quitting during a session, Ringo Starr left the band for two weeks in August. The same tensions continued throughout the following year and led to the band's break-up. The Beatles received favourable reviews from most music critics; detractors found its satirical songs unimportant and apolitical amid the turbulent political and social climate of 1968. It topped record charts in Britain and the United States. No singles were issued in either territory, but "Hey Jude" and "Revolution" originated from the same recording sessions and were issued on a single in August 1968. The album has been certified 24× platinum by the RIAA. A remixed and expanded edition of the album was released in 2018 to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

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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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

I might get some hate for this, but I'm not a huge fan of this album. Let me explain. Obviously, the Beatles are great - and there are enough great songs on this album (some that got plenty of radio play and other lesser-knowns) to warrant a 5-star rating. But - there are a lot of duds on this album too. It sounds like the Beatles were just like, "let's record everything and throw it on there because we're the fucking Beatles and people will go ape-shit no matter what we do." Which, to be fair, is true - but it seems like there was a little lack of quality control. Part of this is likely contextual. Were they really "the Beatles" on this album - or just a bunch of guys recording their own shit and trying to get it included in the final product? There's Paul's songs, and John's songs, and George's songs - shit, even Ringo's songs - but only a handful of "Beatles" songs. Plus - what's with all the animal references? Piggies, and birds, and monkeys, and racoons. I feel like - more than any of their other albums - this one is full of songs where the story behind the song is probably more interesting than the actual song in a lot of cases. There's something to be said for that I suppose. It's a must-hear if you're interested in Beatles history, but if you just came for the music - it's a bit of a roller coaster.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Two bangers amongst a flock of bollocks

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Like I even have to rate this.

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Wed May 19 2021
5

youtube.com/watch?v=BD5TA0FVNf0

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Thu May 27 2021
5

I mean, it's the White Album.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

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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Mon Feb 15 2021
2

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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Fri Nov 13 2020
5

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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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

What a strange, lovely, and perfect album

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Mon May 17 2021
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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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

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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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

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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Sun Jan 23 2022
2

Time for my hottest take yet. I've listened to this entire album like 4 times now and every time it's the same thing: I start really enjoying it but by the time the second disc starts I'm so insanely over it. The best songs (Back in the USSR, Glass Onion, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Blackbird) are all around the beginning of the first disc and the rest just feels like bland filler. Come on, I know that nobody reading this has "Cry Baby Cry" in their "Favorites" playlist on Spotify. Revolution 9 is unironically one of my favorite disc 2 songs because at least it makes me feel something (existential dread), but still something. I like the Beatles but I genuinely believe that this is one of their worst records.

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Wed May 19 2021
5

Scattered gems among a pile of gold.

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Mon May 24 2021
5

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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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

Some of the best music ever made!

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

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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Fri Apr 16 2021
1

- 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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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

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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Sun Jul 25 2021
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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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

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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Mon Dec 20 2021
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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Tue Nov 21 2023
5

An extraordinary odyssey that ends with a warm embrace.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
2

An hour and 20 minutes of relentless twaddle in 2 and a half minute chunks with the exception of one good song - While my guitar gently weeps and a couple of OK tracks - Yer Blues and Helter Skelter. Why this band is considered the greatest ever is completely beyond my comprehension.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
5

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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Sun May 30 2021
5

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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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

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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Mon May 17 2021
5

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

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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

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

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Wed Aug 18 2021
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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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

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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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

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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Sat Oct 30 2021
5

Julia is one of my favorite Beatles songs

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Tue Nov 02 2021
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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Mon Dec 06 2021
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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Mon Nov 13 2023
5

already listened to this so many times. loved every bit of it.

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Mon Nov 20 2023
5

I mean cmon. It’s the beatles. Can’t wait for abbey road

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

It was decent, I just felt disappointed.

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Fri Feb 02 2024
4

The Beatles are probably the most important band in 75 years. Read the biography of almost any rock musician from the late 60’s through the early 80s and you’ll find out they were inspired to take up music by the Beatles. The Beatles released a dozen albums in just over 7 years in the UK, and 11 of them reached #1. Yellow Submarine “only” made it to #3. This was repackaged into 17 US releases, 14 of which hit #1 (with the other 3x hitting #2). They are iconic, they are pervasive. In the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, anybody who listened to music knew Beatles songs, even if they didn’t realize they were Beatles songs. So, what about The White Album? This is the 9th UK release, coming on the heels of the perfect trio of “Rubber Soul”, “Revolver” and “Sgt. Pepper…”. The bar couldn’t be set higher. And this album comes close to meeting expectations, but falls a little short. A double album, with 30 songs clocking in at over 90 minutes. It’s certainly ambitious. And there’s no shortage of brilliant music. From harder songs like “Helter Skelter” and “Back in the USSR”, to some of the prettiest songs they did, like “Blackbird” and “I Will”. And everything in between. And there-in lies the problem. This album is all over the place, and sometimes seem like the members are lurching 4 different directions from song to song. I’ve seen it referred to as having a “fragmentary style”. Strains within the band are well documented, and reportedly, only 14 of the 30 songs feature all four members performing. Revolution 9 brings Yoko Ono into the process, and should never have seen the light of day. In retrospect, this album showed that the Beatles were not going to last much longer. BUT (and a big but) it all works out and the wealth of high-spots outweigh the weak spots. I wish it were more cohesive, I wish that it were more concise. I wish that “Revolution 9” had been discarded. I wish I could go 4.5, but that’s not an option. And I can’t give 5 stars to an album that devotes 8+ minutes to Revolution 9. So 4/5 it is.

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Sat Feb 03 2024
4

Nr. 117/1001 Back in the U.S.S.R. 4/5 Dear Prudence 4/5 Glass Onion 4/5 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da 4/5 Wild Honey Pie 3/5 The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill 4/5 While My Guitar Gently Wheeps 5/5 Happiness Is A Warm Gun 5/5 Martha My Dear 5/5 I'm So Tired 4/5 Blackbird 5/5 Piggies 4/5 Rocky Raccoon 5/5 Don't Pass Me By 4/5 Why Don't We Do It In The Road? 3/5 I Will 4/5 Julia 5/5 Birthday 4/5 Yer Blues 4/5 Mother Nature's Son 4/5 Everybody's Got Something To Hide 4/5 Sexy Sadie 4/5 Helter Skelter 4/5 Long, Long, Long 4/5 Revolution 1 4/5 Honey Pie 3/5 Savoy Truffle 4/5 Cry Baby Cry 4/5 Revolution 9 1/5 Good Night 5/5 Average: 4,03 The most diverse and experimental Beatles album. This includes some incredible song e.g. Bluebird and While My Guitar Gently Wheeps. Overall a great record but not my favorite of them.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

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

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Tue May 11 2021
3

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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Sun Jul 25 2021
3

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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Thu Apr 27 2023
3

After first listen: some really good songs here no doubt but unfortunately the album suffers from being watered down by a lot of what I would consider to be filler. After hearing about the circumstances of this album I understand why it’s like that but it doesn’t change my enjoyment. Double albums always suck. Don’t do them. The highs are very high though, i mean it is the Beatles. Just listened again and yeah the second half of this album kinda blows. Favorites: back in the ussr, while my guitar gently weeps, blackbird MMM: BACK IN THE USSR, YOU DONT KNOW HOW LUCKY YOU ARE BOY💂🏼‍♀️

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Tue Jun 27 2023
3

While my guitar gently weeps is the only masterpiece. Double album of meh.

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Thu Aug 24 2023
3

The Harrison songs + Helter Skelter are very good, but the rest of the album is bland, vanilla filler. If it was trimmed down to about 7 or 8 songs it would be a decent album, but as it is it's far too bloated.

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Thu Oct 12 2023
3

I know this is one of the biggest bands on the planet but their music doesn't do much for me

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Sat Nov 04 2023
3

Heard it. I am just neutral with the Beatles.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

Not a Beatles fan, but if forced to choose, would say I prefer their later work. This one however is way too long and with too much filler and an abundance of the usual Beatle corny-ness. Stylistically inconsistent, soulless attempts at blues, rockabilly, surf rock are particularly jarring. Second disk better than first, overall a work with potential if only was more focused and trimmed of the fat. Best tracks; While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Helter Skelter.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
2

That was far more Beatles than I really needed. I knew it was in here somewhere (all Beatles albums are), I knew eventually I'd have to put up with it, but doing so wasn't fun. Almost 2 fucking hours. 2/5.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

I enjoyed the vocal harmonies and some guitar melodies on this album the most. Their more experimental, avant-garde stuff is lost on me, and I still struggle to hear the genius in this music so many people love.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
2

Some great stuff, mostly myeh, some bad stuff. Only a few caught my attention but nothing that I hadn't heard before unfortunately.

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Thu Dec 29 2022
2

yo this album is long. and i have a confession. i know fuck all about the beatles. one time my co-worker was talking about the beatles and he said 'surely everybody knows which beatles are alive and which are dead', and i said 'i don't think i could even name all four of the beatles, let alone tell you if they're dead or not'. i think that annoyed him quite a lot, turns out he was a big beatles fan. this is a real anecdote, and not one of those bullshit 'check out this awesome thing i said in real life' flexes that people make. how can you tell it's real? because the anecdote makes me look fucking stupid, so i would never choose that to flex about. i would only ever share it if i wanted to make myself look worse... which i do for some reason??? please forget you ever read this. anyway i realised that loads of songs i have heard before but didn't know were by the beatles are actually by the beatles. so this was a kinda enjoyable listen! turns out the beatles are not bad. bit weird i guess, and some of the tracks were kinda annoying, but not awful. wow. what a shock. mind = blown. i still wouldn't really say that they are my 'thing' though, so i don't think i'll bother listening to this album again in the future. halfway through disc 2 i was starting to wish it would hurry up and be finished lmao, but i stuck it out all the way to the end for the sake of the review. a 2/5 rating for me. but here in the space between xmas and new year when i have to spend half the day working remotely out of my father-in-law's home office and trying to find ways to be productive, it was a lot of fun having revelations about the beatles. and by 'revelations' i guess i mean just affirming what i already assumed to be true and had just never bothered to formalise, because i didn't care enough to do so. favourite song: man, i dunno. the one that goes oh-bla-dee-oh-bla-da i guess.

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Wed Sep 23 2020
5

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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Wed Sep 23 2020
5

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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Tue May 04 2021
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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Sat Mar 13 2021
5

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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Wed Mar 17 2021
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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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

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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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

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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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Still perfect. Still not a fan of Revolution 9.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

Very cool awesome album very distinct songs

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

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

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

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

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Thu Apr 22 2021
5

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

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

Everywhere you can be, one song at a time.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

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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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Super long but great tunes 4.75/5

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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

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

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Wed Jul 14 2021
5

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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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

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

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Wed May 05 2021
5

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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Tue May 04 2021
5

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

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

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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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

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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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

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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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

Nothing like a great Beatles album to whet the labium.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

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

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

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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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

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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