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.Wikipedia
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.
Two bangers amongst a flock of bollocks
Some good tracks but a lot of nonsense as well. Still beyond me why so many people are obsessed with the Beatles.
Mediocre album, it isn‘t terrible; has like 3 good songs but it is too long for my taste. (beatles are overrated)
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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
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.
Like I even have to rate this.
Scattered gems among a pile of gold.
What a strange, lovely, and perfect album
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.
I mean, it's the White Album.
There aren’t words.
Some of the best music ever made!
I don’t know how this can’t be five stars.
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.
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.
This is easily in my top 10 favorite albums of all time.
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".
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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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 😁
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.
Julia is one of my favorite Beatles songs
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.
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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Two genuinely brilliant songs - possibly two of the best ever, but so much average on it. Really disappointed.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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very good album
One of my favorite albums from them. Really good. At this point they were getting closer to a real good prog sound.
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.
Fantastic album from front to back. Great songs, great flow to it. Feels like an album. 2 discs and I never got bored.
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!!
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
Classic. WMGGW is my fav.
Still perfect. Still not a fan of Revolution 9.
Very cool awesome album very distinct songs
Great album, but Revolution 9 is such a strange Song 😅
Wowza what an album, never really listened to the Beatles before this and holy cats am I dumb
An absolute classic
Tantas rolas buenas en un solo disco... uno de tantos
Everywhere you can be, one song at a time.
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.
Super long but great tunes 4.75/5
One of my favorite Beatles albums. Couple of odd ones, but the rest make up for it.
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
Loving it, hard not to find at least one song you'd like in here.
This is silly.
Lives up to the hype.
Pretty cool, and interesting to see where people have joked about this before, plus "When my guitar slowly weeps" is just such a banger
It is a concept album... and we are here for this...
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.
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.
I've heard this album and most of the songs before. It's not my favorite Beatles album but I like it.
Nothing like a great Beatles album to whet the labium.
2LP, mais les fillers sont smooth et satisfaisants. Top tier album
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
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
Amazing album, everything holds up well, even though I played it virtually every day for awhile in high school.
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
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).
Great album, shame no one told John that revolution #9 is best left off the album.
Superb. Is it a concept album? Or just a Beatles Masterpiece? Early signs of George's brilliance.
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.
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.
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.
it’s the beatles. you know
I love this album top to bottom. It's exactly the kind of album I like and I like this one in particular.
Rating: 10/10 Best songs: all
One of the best albums ever
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!
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.
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.
An absolute joy and marvel of an album.
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..
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.
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
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.
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"?
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
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.
Already knew it well. How could it not be a 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.
I mean, it's the Beatles
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
Another fantastic Beatles album. Has something for everyone.
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!
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.
ONe of the history best albums
An absolute stone-cold classic. An album you can listen to on repeat forever and never get sick of.
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.
Know this album from my youth, have always been a huge Beatles fan. Definitely one of the top 3 albums by this band.
A few tracks maybe shouldn't have made the cut, but still...
First Beatles album was amazing way to end Fall 2021 semester!! Time to start Spring 2022 Semester Music!!
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".
Yeah this has always been my favorite Beatles album.
Better than I remember
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.
Enjoyed it, brought back memories
Great, start to finish.
Forgotten that it was such a long album great range of styles and moods great songwriting
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.
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.
10/5. Oh, that's not possible? Then 5/5. I can't pick a favorite Beatles record, but this one is tied for first with a handful of others. I probably know this record better than any other Beatles record. It represents the band wringing the sponge of every drop of music they could muster, at the tail end of their harmonious/collaborative times. The songs are so varied. Every song on this record could have spawned an entire generation of bands that try to emulate that one 3-4 minute moment in the Beatles catalog. Eric Clapton's finest moment (by 10 miles) is on this record. I thought about listing my favorite songs, but the list basically just became the full record. People say this could have been a single album. They just haven't listened to it enough.
Classique, excellent Back in the ussr Glass onion Ob la di ob la da Dear Prudence While my guitar gently weeps Happiness is a warm gun Blackbird Yer Blues Sexy Sadie Helter Skelter Savoy Truffle.. Ca prend beaucoup de place
I love this album. Complete ego trip of some of the greatest rock song writers. The richness and self mythologising and stupid pastiche songs and some of the best rock pieces ever written. while my guitar gently weeps morphing into happiness is a warm gun is some of the coolest sounding things from the 60s.
1. John, Paul, George and Ringo really put their whole Beatussy into this album. The combination of sex, drugs and rock and roll was at its apex. 2. So many of the songs on this album have been covered. And so many of those covers are actually better than the original. However, the Beatles' originals still hold up, especially when listening to the album as a whole. But you cannot tell me that the Breeders version of "Happiness is a Warm Gun" is not vastly superior to the original. 3. I owned this album on vinyl in the 90s. It wasn't even a good pressing and I never got much enjoyment out of listening to it, so I mostly associate it with listening on my crappy record player and all the associated garbage of the mid 90s. 4. How many albums can be a product of their era and also sound like something from 20 years later and also sound kind of modern but in a throwback way? 5. When I was 11, a deeply Christian girl in my class told us about a Satanic song where a man just said "number nine, number nine" over and over and if you played it backwards there was a Satanic message and a boy she knew listened to it and he started acting strangely. Years later I realised it was just the Beatles sound collage. I listened to it and started acting normal.
People might say this album is a bit of a creative mess, but most of the songs on here are better than almost all of the songs on any other artists' albums. This is the Beatles, plain and simple. The best, the catchiest, and the most interesting to listen to.
A smorgasbord of styles all with an unistakable Beatles feel, which is weird but I liked it. A concept album without a central concept, which appears to be the concept, unless it isn't. I even like the 'lesser' tracks which build the landscape. An album of 'We do this, which is showing off, and you can listen if you want' An album to Muso over.
One of the greatest of all time
Wowee. I’d never sat and listened to the whole thing but this is something else. What a progressive, post modern, avant garden piece of work. The sounds of the future… what a masterpiece.
5/5. Top three beeduls 🤘
I've not listened to the White Album in full for a long time. I know some people think that there are too many "novelty" songs post Sgt Pepper. But this feels like the Beatles issuing a challenge. "Give us a style and a subject and we'll write a song about it and not just any song but a fucking good one, go on we dare you. We're that good."
What can I say more? It's a classic. Anybody say otherwise, they a hater.
A masterpiece, complete with perfect flaws.
An exceptional album. Really displays how talented the group is. This one is in my top 3 for Beatles ablums.
I think this is my favorite Beatles album. There's just so much good content on it. John's voice sometimes gets on my nerves. I love Dear Prudence but John's voice really irritates me on that one; the Beatles discography would be improved if John was only allowed to sing one or two songs on each album. I don't see how people can hate the Beatles. The Beatles aren't even in my top 30 favorite bands but they're so quality. They've got a good balance of accessible and weird.
Vinilo. Aunque hay alguna canción demasiado experimental.
Qué más se va a decir. Es una obra maestra
This was amazing, how were the Beatles this good 9/10
Its the beatles, love.
Rich and varied, weird and wonderful, one can make a case that this is not just the best Beatles album, but the best two. Good records make it hard to pick the best 2 or 3 songs, great records the best 4-5; for this one, the top 8 or 10 are debatable. So many underappreciated gems – both from Lennon (“Happiness Is a Warm Gun,” “I’m So Tired” “Julia,” “Sexy Sadie,” “Me & My Monkey) and McCartney (“Mother Nature’s Son” and “Helter Skelter” [one wishes we’d heard from extreme Paul down the years.]) Plus solid contributions from Ringo and George. The contrasting cuts between tracks makes for compelling texture – from “Piggies” to “Rocky Raccoon” to “Don’t Pass Me By;” from “Bungalow Bill” to “While My Guitar;” from “Do It in the Road” to “I Will” are all attention-grabbing segues. Yes, “Revolution No 9” might have been a few minutes shorter and binning “Ob-La-Di” would be addition by subtraction, but it’s the excess that makes the overall record so excellent and endearing. I can’t get enough of this record, which is saying something, considering how much of it there is. So good that “Hey Jude” failed to make the cut. 4.8/5
From 1001 recommended albums this is the one that started the next thousands to come also not recommended in this list. The weird thing is that you need to listen to many of these recommended albums to realise it and appreciate this one
Cool and awesome!!!!
So much richness in one [double] album! There's literally every genre of contemporary western (and a bit of non western) music in the mix here, as well as stuff from each individual Beatle. And, for one reason or another, it is all packaged in what I consider a very cohesive album. So much so that even the much maligned Revolution 9 feels like a logical conclusion. For these reasons, while I don't consider The White Album to be the Beatles' best (there's very tough competition there), it does happen to be the Beatles album I listen to the most.
I don't know if additional listenings to this album added anything musically to what I already thought and heard with previous listenings. A great album and one of their best in my mind. I did, however, learn a lot about its history and the state of The Beatles at the time. 19 of the 30 songs were written and initially acoustically recorded in India during their Transcendental Meditation. Although lots of different musical styles/genres between songs, there were no style changes within a song (a change). There were lots of signals that this might be the beginning of the end for The Beatles as a group; George Martin left during the recordings. Ringo also left for two weeks. Yoko presence during the recording seemed to annoy everyone. And, in only 16 of the 30 songs were all four band members performing. Regardless, none of this appears to have affected the quality. The songs on this album cover many styles: Rock, Blues, Country, Reggae and Experimental. I'd have to write a book (and there is a lot written commentary already) on each song. For the album as a whole, I'm not sure it's necessary or imperative to listen to everything at once or even in its album order. I really don't find a connection between songs. Maybe, there is one. Lots of song highlights, some of mine: "Happiness is a Warm Gun" - Lennon's vocals and overall band performance, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - maybe my favorite Beatles' song, "Helter Skelter" - McCartney vocals and finding out Helter Skelter is British slang for a playground slide and "Good Night" - maybe Lennon's best singing and a lullaby for Julian. Some may say some of these songs are fillers but hard to argue with their final decision to keep everything the way they did.
It's tough because this is no Abbey Road, but one band having a monumental album shouldn't negatively impact their not-best-album-that-is-still-miles-above-most-music. While My Guitar Gently Weeps is the best Beatles song and lots of other great stuff here too.
A few songs here almost merit giving 5 stars on their own. Then some skip worthy filler. Classic gets 4.5 and rounding up.
Besta plata ársins 1968 og á köflum finnst mér hún besta Bítlaplatan. Endar samt líklega oftast í þriðja sæti.
Always an amazing album to listen to
Not uniformly great but if you don't miss sometimes you aren't shooting high enough, right? Overall this album is an astonishing achievement. But you already know that.
Qué más vamos a decir, es perfecto.
Amazing album, lots of depth, will come back to it again and again.
Another 5/5 stars album by the Beatles, I think this one might be my second or third favorite from them, i don’t really care for some of the tracks but none of them are bad, maybe Obladi lol… I really like this album, even Revolution 9 although I do remember it use to scare me when I was a child. When I saw it on the draw I went and unpacked my moon version from 2014, my god it is an excellent recording. Love it.
This is my favorite album from one of my favorite bands. Everything you could want from the Beatles can be found there: pop songs, deeper folk ballads, psychedelic moments, their heaviest piece, experimental material, etc. I could listen to it anytime!
5 stars, no question.
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Итак, 68-ой год. Битлы стали звучать сложнее и солиднее. Зрело. Это уже не четыре мальчика, а автономные творческие единицы, которые могут сделать хит. Каждый. Помимо Леннона и Маккартни в альбом внёс заметный вклад и Харрисон со своими песнями. Один из любимых альбомов Битлов. Один из тех альбомов, которые я смело могу указать как некий эталон того, каким может быть музыкальный альбом. Здесь как мелодичные песни, так и ритмичные. Как привычные по звучанию для Битлов песни, так и эксперименты, блюз, хардрок. Хит на хите. Некоторые песни просто для меня одни из любимых вообще. Например, Sexy Sadie, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Glass Onion, Helter Skelter, Revolution 1. Так ли много в истории прекрасно звучащих альбомов с таким количеством хитов, достаточно непростым содержанием и таким жанровым разнообразием? Ответ ясен. Это 10 из 10.
Els The Beatles més experimentals, i en alguns moments, més brillants. Un dels grans dobles discos de la història, merescudament. Aquí no es pot dir allò que si fos un sol disc brillaria molt més. Més aviat el contrari, hauria d'haver estat triple!
In which the Beatles both rock and suck at the same time. It’s hard for me to remain objective about the White Album. I love it because it’s so messy and all over the shop. It triumphs because of its indulgences and lack of quality control and screening. It’s also incredibly well sequenced (the real secret to its success) meaning that things stay interesting for the whole 90 minutes, and the record never drags. It’s the original ‘whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ album, because let’s face, a lot of these songs wouldn’t work in any other context.
The best Beatles album.
Where to even begin with this album? This is the second album I ever owned (Bob Seger's Beautiful Loser was the first - what can I say, I was young). I got it for Christmas probably when I was 10 or 11, around 1975. I still have it, but it's completely worn out and unplayable at this point. I hung the posters in my room, I played it forward and backward looking for secret messages (turn me on, dead man!), I analyzed it inside and out. In short, I loved it and I still do. Listening to it again with fresh ears, this album still blows me away. It's not perfect, but it's utterly mind blowing. This is a band who had reached the pinnacle and decided to go into the studio and throw away all the rules. The result? It's not just a collection of tunes, it's a new world to explore, full of beautiful vistas, curious landscapes, and dark crevices. It showcases the talent of each individual but also somehow holds together as a band working together with full freedom to explore. The pure variety of musical styles and genres alone is mind boggling. Paul's channeling of the Beach Boys on the opening track. Both John and Paul displaying some beautiful acoustic/folk inclinations with Dear Prudence, Mother Nature's Son, Julia, I Will, and Blackbird. John tackling the blues in fine form with Yer Blues, Paul continuing his vaudeville explorations with Martha My Dear and Honey Pie. John going avant garde with Revolution 9. George has the amazing While My Guitar Gently Weeps, but I also love his lesser known works on this album - Long, Long, Long is a beautiful, understated tune and Savoy Truffle is a great rock n' roller. (Piggies? Eh, not so much.) Not to mention the meta world of Glass Onion, the ska dabbling of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, a few dips into country with Ringo's Don't Pass Me By and Rocky Raccoon, and some hard rock and roll from Paul and John with Helter Skelter, Birthday, and Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me and My Monkey. I'm So Tired is another beautiful song from John, really a sequel to I'm Only Sleeping. Sexy Sadie, Happiness is a Warm Gun, and Revolution 1 are additional highlights from John that are hard to classify. There's just so much to explore here. 5 stars, of course.
It’s actually called “The Beatles”
It’s crazy to think that this is probably one of the greatest albums ever made but not even one of the best Beatles albums. Fuckin yoko just had to ruin it for everyone
What can you say?!? It's the bloody White Album. 25 years ago I thought it was half full of filler, now ALL of it is essential.
Great album though I was expecting maybe more hits or known songs the way everyone talks about this initiative? 9/10.
Probably the wildest that any Beatles album got, and I love it to pieces. "Happiness is a Warm Gun" is still one of their most addictive, mystifying songs. "Blackbird" is one of the Beatles' best songs ever, and "Yer Blues" is an interesting excursion into a new genre for the group. "Piggies" is downright haunting. The whole thing just rules, I still think about years after my first listen!
One of the few Beatles albums that I actually like and return to a lot. I feel the new mix also does a lot to modernize and lift up the blemishes that existed in the older mastering. I've only grown to like the White Album as time goes by.
A great album! Everyone needs to hear it! Lots of classic and little treasures. Gets trippy sometimes.
Has to be 5 stars. A classic
Just incredible, so many iconic songs.
The Beatles. The White Album. What do you fucking think?
I KNOW THIS IS AWESOME
It's not my favourite Beatles album but it has some real standout moments. Blackbird, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Dear Prudence, Helter Skelter etc. Will have to give it a 5 but it's probably more like a 4.6.
Probably my favorite beatles album cuz it sounds the least like the beatles
By far, the most influential album of my youth.
O ápice da força criativa com elementos pesados.
An amazing album.
Not necessarily their best, but certainly my favourite Beatles album. McCartney’s saccharine sweetness works here in tempering the darker, weirder edges of these songs. And the sinister undertones temper the silliness in a way that doesn’t happen with Sgt Pepper, for example. I usually avoid double albums, but this one is the perfect length. Eclectic, bonkers, silly and dark, all in one beautiful package.
Альбом хоть и длинный, но жанрово и стилистически он разнообразный и содержит очень хорошие песни, в особенности в плане мелодии и звука. Великая вещь, которая по сей день звучит свежо и способна раскачать.
Revolution 1 - super groovy
There are a whole lot of extremely weird but memorable songs on this album (sexy Sadie, wild honey pie, piggies) which I always though was an odd choice to pair with so many serious and iconic Beatles songs (Blackbird, Julia, happiness is a warm gun). A heady mix. Used to listen to my dads vinyl of this all the time.