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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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4.15

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4487

Genres

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

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youtube.com/watch?v=BD5TA0FVNf0

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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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Two bangers amongst a flock of bollocks

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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4

Va voir la vidéo

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

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Girl she’s messy

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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.

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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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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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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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5

nåt av det bästa jag vet

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5

very good album

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5

The greatest

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5

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

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5

Great

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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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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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5

Like I even have to rate this.

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the greatest!

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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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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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5

Classic. WMGGW is my fav.

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5

Still perfect. Still not a fan of Revolution 9.

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5

klsddikrt

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5

Very cool awesome album very distinct songs

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5

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

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5

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

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5

An absolute classic

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5

Impeccable

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5

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

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5

Everywhere you can be, one song at a time.

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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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5

Super long but great tunes 4.75/5

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5

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

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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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5

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

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5

Yes

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5

This is silly.

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5

Lives up to the hype.

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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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5

Beatlemanico

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5

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

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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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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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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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5

Nothing like a great Beatles album to whet the labium.

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5

Scattered gems among a pile of gold.

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5

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

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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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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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5

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

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5

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

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5

What a strange, lovely, and perfect album

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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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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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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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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5

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

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5

it’s the beatles. you know

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5

I mean, it's the White Album.

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5

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

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5

❤️‍🩹

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5

Classic.

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5

There aren’t words.

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5

Some of the best music ever made!

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5

best album

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Rating: 10/10 Best songs: all

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5

One of the best albums ever

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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Classic

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5

The best.

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5

An absolute joy and marvel of an album.

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5

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

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5

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

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

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5

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

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5

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

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5

Iconic.

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5

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

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

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5

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

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5

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

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

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

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5

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

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

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5

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

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5

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

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I mean, it's the Beatles

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Julia is one of my favorite Beatles songs

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

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5

Another fantastic Beatles album. Has something for everyone.

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

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5

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

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5

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

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5

Incredible.

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5

ONe of the history best albums

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5.0

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5

🔥🔥🔥

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

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

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5

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

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

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5

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

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First Beatles album was amazing way to end Fall 2021 semester!! Time to start Spring 2022 Semester Music!!

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Iconic!

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

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5

Soft spot

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Yeah this has always been my favorite Beatles album.

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5

Better than I remember

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

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5

Enjoyed it, brought back memories

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5

Great, start to finish.

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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5

So good

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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.

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5

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

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5

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.

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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.

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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

10 points

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5

One of the greatest of all time

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5

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.

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5/5. Top three beeduls 🤘

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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."

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5

👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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What can I say more? It's a classic. Anybody say otherwise, they a hater.

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5

A masterpiece, complete with perfect flaws.

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An exceptional album. Really displays how talented the group is. This one is in my top 3 for Beatles ablums.

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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.

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Noice

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Vinilo. Aunque hay alguna canción demasiado experimental.

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Qué más se va a decir. Es una obra maestra

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This was amazing, how were the Beatles this good 9/10

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Its the beatles, love.

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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

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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

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Cool and awesome!!!!

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5

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.

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5

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.

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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.

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5

A few songs here almost merit giving 5 stars on their own. Then some skip worthy filler. Classic gets 4.5 and rounding up.

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Besta plata ársins 1968 og á köflum finnst mér hún besta Bítlaplatan. Endar samt líklega oftast í þriðja sæti.

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Always an amazing album to listen to

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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.

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Qué más vamos a decir, es perfecto.

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Amazing album, lots of depth, will come back to it again and again.

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5

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.

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5

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!

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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.

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Fantastic

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klasse

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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!

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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.

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The best Beatles album.

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5

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.

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It’s actually called “The Beatles”

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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

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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.

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Great album though I was expecting maybe more hits or known songs the way everyone talks about this initiative? 9/10.

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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!

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5

Wonderful!!!

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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.

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5

A great album! Everyone needs to hear it! Lots of classic and little treasures. Gets trippy sometimes.

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Has to be 5 stars. A classic

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Just incredible, so many iconic songs.

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5

The Beatles. The White Album. What do you fucking think?

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I KNOW THIS IS AWESOME

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Beautiful

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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.

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Probably my favorite beatles album cuz it sounds the least like the beatles

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By far, the most influential album of my youth.

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O ápice da força criativa com elementos pesados.

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

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I like it

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Some good ones.

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d1 - 5 d2 - 3.5

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

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

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

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Lots of good songs, but lots of ok songs

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

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

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Excellent

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

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

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absolute classic innit man

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

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good but not good enough

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

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

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Classic

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

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Sexy sadie bester Song

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We need to do more drugs

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

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

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

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classik

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4/5 Everything has been said about this from others

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Good album but a few filler tracks

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

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Another classic

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

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

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solid

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

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

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

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THIS IS LORDE - MELODRAMA

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

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

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

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

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

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Very weird. Each song was a different experience.

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

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

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love anything by them!

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

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

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Nicht Ihr bestes, aber halt Beatles

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

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

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The only album worthy of 2

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

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

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

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

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Pretty good album.

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Not my favorite Beatles album but still great material.

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Kill ur darlings in would say

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

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

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

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

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

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Some of finest

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

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

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

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

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Nice

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7/10

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

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

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7/10

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

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

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

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

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

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Revolution 9 😍😍😍

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

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It's the beatles!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The so-called White Album was an example of the change of mood in rock music towards a simpler and more traditional way of making music. It's an album my parents listened to and so I have a more emotional approach to it. (8/10) FT: While my Guitar Gently Weeps, Hapiness is a Warm Gun, Blacckbird, Dear Prudence

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The Beatles' White Album is an oft-discussed contender for greatest double album of all time, and has a runtime of roughly the same length as a feature film. This will test my patience. White Album has a strong first half, that much is for certain. Back in the USSR kicks things off with great energy, Dear Prudence is one of the best songs ever done by The Beatles, I actually enjoy Ob-La-Di for it's simple fun, the list goes on. Though there are weak spots along the way (looking at you, Wild Honey Pie), the eccentricity gives the album a sort of carefree fun quality. This serves a stark contrast from the album cover, which is nothing. Somewhere after Blackbird, I feel as though we've lost the plot. Sure, they're well-made songs, but they're songs that sort of just wash over me. One of the pitfalls of making so many great songs is that the good songs sound just okay. This is also a pitfall of double albums, in that it becomes difficult to maintain consistent quality the longer the tracklist gets. Sure, there are plenty of great songs to talk about on White Album, but there are an equal amount of songs that get lost in the mix. Piggies, I Will, Mother Nature's Son, and many others are perfectly fine songs that lose momentum due to the other tracks that are miles better. White Album is a lesson in Beatles songwriting. It showcases how they are both good musicians and fantastic songwriters. I mean, gosh, Helter Skelter did heavy metal a full year before Black Sabbath. And props to Revolution 9 for scaring the folks at home

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It was decent, I just felt disappointed.

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4/5

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I like it. Old classics.

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I am very familiar with the band THE BEATLES and their ninth UK (or tenth US) studio album entitled, THE BEATLES (aka THE WHITE ALBUM, I like the album, but I’m not a big fan of their latter experimental work beginning with MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR (1967). After listening to THE BEATLES (aka THE WHITE ALBUM, I still liked the album, there are some great songs, but still some throwaway tunes which bring the rating down. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, THE BEATLES’ self-titled/eponymous album (aka THE WHITE ALBUM) Is joined by following five BEATLES albums: WITH THE BEATLES (1963) / A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (1964) / RUBBER SOUL (1965) / REVOLVER (1966) / SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (1967) / ABBEY ROAD (1969) Rate Artist: THE BEATLES (4.50) Rate Album (Year): THE BEATLES (aka THE WHITE ALBUM) (UK 1968 Original) (4.0) Rate Album (Year): THE BEATLES (aka THE WHITE ALBUM) (UK 2018 Box Set) (4.0) Ranking of THE BEATLES - THE BEATLES (aka THE WHITE ALBUM) songs No. Title Length Ranking The Beatles (aka The White Album) CD1-001 Back In The U.S.S.R. 2:41 10.0/10 CD1-002 Dear Prudence 3:55 10.0/10 CD1-003 Glass Onion 2:18 09.0/10 CD1-004 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da 3:08 10.0/10 CD1-005 Wild Honey Pie 0:53 07.0/10 CD1-006 The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill 3:13 09.0/10 CD1-007 While My Guitar Gently Weeps 4:44 10.0/10 CD1-008 Happiness Is A Warm Gun 2:44 08.0/10 CD1-009 Martha My Dear 2:28 08.0/10 CD1-010 I'm So Tired 2:02 07.0/10 CD1-011 Blackbird 2:18 10.0/10 CD1-012 Piggies 2:04 08.0/10 CD1-013 Rocky Raccoon 3:32 10.0/10 CD1-014 Don't Pass Me By 3:50 09.5/10 CD1-015 Why Don't We Do It In The Road? 1:41 07.5/10 CD1-016 I Will 1:46 09.0/10 CD1-017 Julia 2:54 07.5/10 CD2-018 Birthday 2:43 07.5/10 CD2-019 Yer Blues 4:01 09.5/10 CD2-020 Mother Nature's Son 2:46 08.0/10 CD2-021 Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey 2:24 08.0/10 CD2-022 Sexy Sadie 3:15 07.0/10 CD2-023 Helter Skelter 4:29 08.5/10 CD2-024 Long, Long, Long 3:07 07.0/10 CD2-025 Revolution I 4:15 10.0/10 CD2-026 Honey Pie 2:41 09.0/10 CD2-027 Savoy Truffle 2:54 07.0/10 CD2-028 Cry Baby Cry 3:01 08.0/10 CD2-029 Revolution 9 8:21 06.0/10 CD2-030 Good Night 3:13 07.0/10 US 2018 Box Set (20 Bonus) Release 252.0/300 = 8.40 / 2 = 4.20 Esher Demos CD3-031 Back In The U.S.S.R. 3:00 09.0/10 CD3-032 Dear Prudence 4:47 10.0/10 CD3-033 Glass Onion 1:55 07.0/10 CD3-034 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da 3:10 10.0/10 CD3-035 The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill 2:40 09.0/10 CD3-036 While My Guitar Gently Weeps 2:41 10.0/10 CD3-037 Happiness Is A Warm Gun 1:55 09.0/10 CD3-038 I'm So Tired 3:10 06.0/10 CD3-039 Blackbird 2:34 10.0/10 CD3-040 Piggies 2:05 08.0/10 CD3-041 Rocky Raccoon 2:44 10.0/10 CD3-042 Julia 3:56 07.0/10 CD3-043 Yer Blues 3:31 08.0/10 CD3-044 Mother Nature's Son 2:24 07.0/10 CD3-045 Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey 3:03 07.0/10 CD3-046 Sexy Sadie 2:26 07.0/10 CD3-047 Revolution 4:06 10.0/10 CD3-048 Honey Pie 1:59 09.0/10 CD3-049 Cry Baby Cry 2:27 09.0/10 CD3-050 Sour Milk Sea 3:43 06.0/10 US 2018 Box Set (20 Bonus) Release 420.0/500 = 8.40 / 2 = 4.20

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Good album; really interesting how it explores so many different styles.

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classic!

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This album is mostly great but the greatness is combined with some annoying experimental songs that left out would make this a solid five star experience. Now it is a mediocre four.

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Such a great and diverse album

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I can respect being eclectic but holy shit dude. Almost every song on this album was good in its own right but had no continuity from one to the other. Also what the fuck was revolution 9. Back in the ussr and obladi = classics. Also liked the blues songs

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Plenty of songs, loads of variety. Some real oddities but enough very good songs. Overall rather sprawling but it is a double album so offers room for experimentation.

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Yeah it was good. Liked the production. T’was odd. Rocked hard in 68’. I’m really tired. The album was good. I’ve got blisters on my fingers.

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4, lots and lots on this, very long

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4

Its the beatles. Some cool things but not really for me.

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I mean, what is there to say except it's The Beatles' White Album. While My Guitar Gently Weeps has been among my most loved songs since the first time I heard it as a child. It still provokes emotion now, it's so beautiful. I didn't give this the full 5 because being forced to sing Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da in infant school has left scars. Not so much the singing but listening to 30 other seven year olds reguarly ruin it leaves lasting marks on a person.

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4

High points are obviously very high, there's no real consistency to the album though and some of it is very forgettable.

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The Beatles on 'The Beatles' seem to be doing what beetles do best, often working alone, solitary, and independent of the others. You can almost feel them starting to distance themselves from one another. But all species evolve, and in their case they would adapt and move on, successfully. Think of some of this as the molting phase- ‘Glass Onion,’ ‘Helter Skelter,’ and ‘Long, Long, Long’ seem like flashbacks of the LSD influenced, 'The Magical Mystery Tour.' There’s also a splash of early Beatles’ here and there with ‘Back in the U.S.S.R.’ and ‘Birthday.’ But then there’s an awful lot of solo material from both Lennon and McCartney, almost as if they’re feeling their respective ways to wherever the next place is. Between Ringo’s obligatory good-natured but corny tune, ‘Don’t Pass My By,’ and just plain weird shit like ‘Revolution 9,’ 'The Beatles' tends to wander. But its still the Beatles, so its still great. At least the great parts are great. Out of the thirty songs, Lennon scored the best with eleven good ones, McCartney in second place with seven, and Harrison a solid four. However, if you consider Harrison’s average, four of four a winner, that’s batting a thousand my friends, just edging out Lennon, by contrast, with twelve out of thirteen. McCartney, unfortunately, had the same number of songs as Lennon, but five of those stunk (as well as a couple of their shared ones), giving him not much better than a 50% average. Mind you, this is purely my judgement, and adversely affected by offerings like ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ and ‘Honey Pie,’ McCartney numbers that Lennon referred to derisively as ‘granny music.’ So, my scores are admittedly subjective. But I’m going with that, and if you like to come along and wander with me just a bit farther down this path, I’d like to propose my own alternate LP track list, and on just one record, as opposed to the double album set on which we all grew up. Leaving the order untampered with, 'The Beatles': Side One: 1) Back in the U.S.S.R. 2) Dear Prudence 3) Glass Onion 4) While My Guitar Gently Weeps 5) Happiness Is a Warm Gun 6) Martha My Dear 7) I’m So Tired 8) Blackbird 9) Piggies 10) Rocky Raccoon 11) I Will Total Length: 28.41 Side Two: 1) Julia 2) Birthday 3) Yer Blues 4) Mother Nature’s Son 5) Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey 6) Sexy Sadie 7) Long, Long Time 8) Revolution 1 9) Savoy Truffle 10) Cry Baby Cry 11) Good Night Total Length: 32.80 And the songs we left off? Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Wild Honey Pie, The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill (my only Lennon reject), Don’t Pass Me By, Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?, Helter Skelter, Honey Pie, and Revolution 9. If it were in the name of making a tighter single record LP, are there any amongst these eight that you just couldn’t live without? Finally (drum roll), awards for the best four songs, one on each side, and side one’s pick should be no surprise: George Harrison’s ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,’ with honorable mention for McCartney’s always unique melodic bass lines, at times playing entire chords and offering counter melodies and such. Side two goes to Sir Paul himself with ‘Rocky Raccoon.’ I remember this playing on the radio practically every time we climbed in my Dad’s big ol’ Pontiac Bonneville for a Sunday afternoon ride to Baskin r’ Robbins. Side three: the Lennon rocker, ‘Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey. Great guitars accompanying Lennon’s biting sarcasm and surreal lyrics. And my pick for side four: Another Harrison work, ‘Savoy Truffle.’ This sounds like something right off 'Revolver.' And special thanks to producer Chris Thomas for his terrific horn arrangement on this and others. I don’t know what this means exactly, but two of the best belonged to George, and along with Lennon’s one, most sound like the complete Beatles playing as a unit. Rocky Raccoon was pretty much all Paul. A shadow of things to come?

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Some undeniable classics on here obviously, but there’s also some incredibly weird tracks (what the hell is Revolution 9?). I appreciate The White Album and it’s place in the top whatever albums, and it has some of my favourite Beatles songs, but are the 31 songs each a great listen, would I be listening to it in full regularly? No, probably not.

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4

It’s the white album. Nothing more needs to be said.

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4

Some great songs, most of which you've already heard a thousand times. Some filler, some stuff that doesn't work. All in all it's decent. Could have been a killer single album.

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I always eagerly look forward to this album and finish it disappointed. Some songs are among my favourites (including Blackbird, Martha, Glass Onion, Dear Prudence, while my guitar), others are quite poor. George Martin was right: should have been an amazing 2-sided LP, but we know selecting songs would have broken up The Beatles way before Let it be and Abbey Road. Pick and choose your favourites into a playlist and avoid the mishmash of great, awful, good, weak.

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I've heard this one recently, so I will skip listening to it this time around. I feel like it's one of their least talked about records, despite it being so heavily praised. There's some great songs on here, but it's not all good. There's almost too much material here, so unless you already like The Beatles this won't do much for you. Easily a top 5 Beatles album for me, though.

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4

A wonderful Beatles album with a variety of songs. This album is long but being a fan of the Beatles it’s only appreciated. This album has a little bit of everything that made their other albums great. Obviously that means this one isn’t too cohesive or flowing but it doesn’t necessarily matter if you just want to hear more Beatles. Excellent album. 8.4/10

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I've listened to this album 10 000 times and I still can't remember anything about Long, Long, Long.

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Some really great songs and some really weird songs.

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If I had to pick one word to describe The White Album, it would be UNEVEN. The White Album has some of the Beatles' best songs, a bunch of ok but generally uninspiring (and often derivative) songs, and then some songs they should have left on the cutting room floor (e.g., Wild Honey Pie, Piggies, and Revolution 9). Basically, if they were to take the best songs and a few of the ok songs they'd have a great single album. Maybe the Beatles were over-convinced of their greatness, but someone needed to tell them NO on making it a double album (sounds like George Martin tried unsuccessfully). If I were to pick which songs to turn into an amazing single album, this would be the track listing. I added Hey Jude and the single version of Revolution because they were recorded in the same sessions but only released as singles. I kept the order they used, except for adding Hey Jude. I'd probably find a different spot for Julia because it's just too mellow to have Blackbird followed by Julia. Similarly, Helter Skelter is a little stark following Mother Nature's Son: Back in the USSR Dear Prudence Glass Onion Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da (apparently a lot of people hate this, but I like it). While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Amazing song - of course, everyone should hear Prince's solo in the 2004 Rock Hall Tribute to George Harrison) Blackbird Julia (this is one of the ok ones I pulled in to fill up the single album) Birthday Mother Nature's Son (another ok one to fill the album) Helter Skelter Revolution (single version, but Revolution 1 is still good) Hey Jude (not on the album, but recorded during these sessions) Goodnight (always holds a special place for me because my son used to fall asleep listening to Jason Falkner's Bedtime with the Beatles and his version of Goodnight is magical). Total run time = slightly under 46 minutes. One great album, boys.

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There are definitely some lowlights on this album; how could you not have any with 30 songs? But give credit to the sheer vastness of the production - a double album with many good songs. Is it great? TBD. I call BS on those who criticized the lyrics for being too simple. There are a lot of double meanings and songs that you only truly understand if you think through it a lot. Side One is pretty solid though I've never really liked Ob La Di Ob La Da and the next two tracks dip (though I love the underlying meaning of lyrics in Bungalow Bill). Back in the USSR is still fun and Dear Prudence is beautiful. While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Happiness is a Warm Gun are songs that show the musicianship the Beatles lacked when they were younger. Side Two is a bit more of the same - so good to start, including I'm So Tired and Blackbird. And then it gets a little weird with Piggies through to Why Don't We Do it In the Road, though the first has some thought-provoking lyrics and when you know the back story behind the others they're more interesting. But the last two tracks pick it up again with two sweet pieces by Paul and John in I Will and Julia. Side Three is probably my favorite for its energy. Birthday is a joke but kudos to it being mostly improvised. And it is fun! Yer Blues is a solid blues attempt. Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey is a hidden gem for rock lovers or lovers of early Beatles. Helter Skelter, like Yer Blues, shows the Beatles virtuosity in being able to do something heavy, pretty damn well. If they ended after Side Three I'd say it's 5-star. Side Four makes things iffy. Revolution is a great song with the musical arrangement on the eventual single, not with the one on this album (still good because it's lyrics are awesome). Honey Pie and Savoy Truffle grow on you but both are a bit juvenile. Cry Baby Cry is pretty good, but not as good as stuff on the other sides. Revolution 9 is terrible. Good Night sounds like the end to some cute kids movie; it's actually kind of endearing. Maybe I'm overweighting Side Four or some of the other so-so tracks but after an internal struggle I landed on 4-star.

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This album rates pretty high for me because it was one of the first ones I got on CD. That first side is just so strong, back to back to back killer tracks, although "Wild Honey Pie" is a bit of a filler. The second side has "Don't Pass Me By," which isn't bad for a first track by Ringo. Little heavy on the keys, making it feel very calliope-like. The third side doesn't have a real clunker, although Sexy Sadie is probably the one I like least of those, but it's still real good. Then there's side four. First off, I like the single version of "Revolution" that was released. I think it's much better than Revolution 1. I wish they had included it as a bonus on the remaster or something. Then there's "Revolution 9." Look, I get that they were experimenting with all different styles throughout the album. Sgt. Pepper is strictly an album of its time, but it opened up everyone to the possibility of doing more than just "rock and roll." The White Album is more malleable, much looser in form because of the experimentation. Having said that, "Revolution 9" is just... boring. Boring and too long. So I usually skip it. "Good Night" closes ou tthe album, and it's a bit too mich treacle. SO since I've skipped "Revolution 9" I usually skip that too. So there you have it. I've played this album so many times since it was one of my first CDs. But even so, there are still a few tracks I tend to skip, so as much as I have a fondness for it, I can only give 4 out of 5 because of those weak tracks.

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En klassiker, mere eksperimenterende, stadig simpelt, både poppet og rocket

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4

Took forever, nice to finally know what all the songs are.

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4

A sprawling epic pop rock adventure. Silly, engaging, rocking, light, heavy and more.

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4

Some of my absolute favorite Beatles tracks on this one. The range of sonic and lyrical experimentation here is astounding, and demonstrates how innovative the band could be once they dropped the pop focus. The use of early distortion tones is a key feature to note - my dad told me how the blown-out intro riff on 'Revolution' floored him at the time because nothing else before it had sounded quite like that. I do think this album falls a bit short of 5 stars as there's no hope of cohesion as a full LP given how many genres and styles exist alongside one another, but the highs are plentiful and represent the most exciting and out-there tracks of the Beatles' long career.

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4

It’s The Beatles. There’s a certain level of quality there. Too many filler songs hurts a record that has some all time great tracks.

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Wow, this makes me happy. I haven't listened to this album in decades. I used to listen to my dad's vinyl copy over and over as a kid. I still anticipate a skip about 1 min in on "I'm So Tired" where his record was scratched. I wasn't sure if this would hold up for me. In general, I don't love the Beattles. But there is so much to love about this album and it's not all nostalgia. So many of the songs have a heaviness, a gritty, bluesy feeling. Then some are just weird and goofy. It's a really fun album

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back in the USSR is very beach boy vibes. Each track has its own sound which I love

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4

There’s some absolutely epic songs on here but man could the Beatles be weird sometimes

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4

My 100th album on this project! And what an iconic one! This double album is packed with music! Not only that, but there is so much diversity and variation of styles from song to song. This album is interesting if for no other reason than that it's on the precipice of the 60s ending and the 70s beginning. Sounds from both decades permeate this album, showing just how influential the Beatles were on both decades. Helter Skelter is also a song I personally enjoy a lot, partially for this reason -- I love how McCartney just went full force on this song, his goal to make something loud and raw and "dirty". Not only did he achieve that, but it's obvious that the song would inspire heavy metal sounds of the 70s. Other songs on this album (While My Guitar Gently Weeps) would go on to inform other definitive sounds of the 70s as well. I'll be the first to admit that I am not the biggest Beatles fan, and that a lot of what they do is lost on me. While I found this album to be great, I don't think the entire album is at the same caliber as the best songs off of the album; there was definitely some filler (thanks, Lennon). Nothing on the album is BAD, but not everything is downright great. That said, this is a good album for George Harrison, as it features his best Beatles song ever (and one of the band's best songs in general), While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Savoy Truffle is another easy standout from Harrison's side of the catalog, which also features on this album. An interesting album that, in my opinion, really challenged and pushed the state of music at the time. I would rank this album at about a 3.5, so I'm going to go ahead and round up to 4.

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i was surprised to realize i had never listened to the white album all the way through. i enjoyed hearing many new songs! i wasn't expecting this amount of experimental music, though. this album recorded and released in 1968 definitely shows the year with its brand of experimental music. some songs were just weird, but others like "piggies" were charming enough to forget any eclectic aspects. this album demonstrates a more grown-up sound, different from the solid pop their beginning--which isn't to say one is better than the other. the hits on this album are unbelievable. memorable, catchy, delightful, beautiful. the album balances itself so nicely. "back in the ussr" starts you off high. the album bounces between sweet, somber, fun. george's "while my guitar gently weeps" is the scene stealer. "glass onion" contains throwbacks delightful for even a casual beatles fan. "blackbird" is a lovely, soft number, worthy of its hit status. "ob-la-di" and "birthday" are plain fun, undeniably. how can you not clap along with "bungalow bill"? the guitar on "helter skelter" goes so hard, and edges this album toward some harder rock. no two songs are alike! we end with "goodnight," a simple and gentle song i wasn't expecting for ringo but provides a perfect end to the album. we all know beatles' songs were not equally distributed through its four members, but george's songs are always delightful; this album is no exception. it's always a treat to listen to new george music. an album i was so excited for, threw me some surprises, and left me so satisfied. an album which its hype is so, so valid.

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Listened to the remastered 2009 version - some things seemed a little over produced so some sound took over the vocals

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I mean it's Beatles isn't it. I've heard most of these songs before, but was still surprised by some bits, such as Revolution 9... I thought the album ended and I got some random psychedelic band on. Helter Skelter was much 'harder' than I remembered too.

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I'll give this album 4 stars because it has some great singles, but I thought it was an incoherent mess that also had some mediocre tracks.

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Probably my favorite Beatles album.

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An extremely easy summary to write. The best songs on The White Album (e.g., Back in the U.S.S.R., Happiness Is a Warm Gun) make the album a firm 4, whereas the worst songs on it (e.g., Wild Hairy Pie, Good Night) prevent it from being a 5. Job done. Okay, I suppose I better look under the bonnet. After Sgt. Pepper cemented them as the most feted longhairs on the planet, the Beatles fled to India to to learn Transcendal Meditation and to try and comprehend their extraordinary position on the world's stage. Ringo returned to Blighty within a fortnight, because he was craving a nice, juicy steak after all that curry malarkey. Macca stayed a bit longer, and John and George longer still. George especially became further entranced with Indian culture, and the stay at Rishikesh saw his blossoming as a capable songwriter. The group wrote songs voluminously whilst in India, but the recording sessions in London proved highly trying. Their recently formed business Apple Corps sapped the Fabs' cash amid a series of failed projects. Along with this, the bandmembers had grown more distinct from each other artistically, fragmenting their previously unified vision of the band's direction. Ringo left for a period, upset at all the bickering and his apparent peripheral status within the band. With egos and hostility percolating in the studio, the bandmembers rejected George Martin's suggestion that they edit the album into a spliffing single album of the best songs from the recording sessions, and so came to pass the Beatles' double album. Oh, and Yoko had begun hanging out around the studio. There's that familiar challenge concerning the White Album, over what 15 songs you'd choose for a single-record edition of the White Album. I suspect that everyone would choose pretty much the same songs. To restate that, the White Album meanders wildly in terms of quality, but a consensus over which tracks are good became established rather swiftly. As such, the supposed innovations of the White Album have faded so much that the contemporary listener struggles to see the invention. Yes, I know that may seem comparable to that dismissal of Hamlet as a ropey old plot strung along with the mouldiest of clichés, yet I think that I not only can defend that position, but also argue that the White Album wasn't that innovative anyway. Take Helter Skelter, for instance. The standard assessment of Helter Skelter is that it's the song that forges heavy metal with Macca's declaration that he wanted to write a song as loud and dirty as possble. I humbly suggest that this is piffle. Jimi Hendrix had released the much louder, much dirtier, much heavier, much better Purple Haze the previous year. But no, fanboys insist that credit must go to the Beatles just because of those murders. Or what about the claim that the White Album is the first postmodern record? Without getting too abstract, one definition of postmodernism that consistently works is that it's the stuff that came after modernism. By that definition, rock n roll itself is a postmodern construction. Or for a more rigorous candidate, you have David Bowie and his band adopting the personae of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars to record The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders of Mars, an album telling the fable of the rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. That's far closer in spirit to If on a winter's night a traveller. The White Album isn't postmodern just because the Fabs were too atomised to enact proper quality assurance. I recognise that I have only named two examples. I have written long enough already, and you don't need me cracking out the microscope to examine every instance of the White Album not being quite as novel as its reputation claims. Why not give it a go yourself? For starters. try tackling the role of pastiche on the album. And console yourself with the thought that innovation is not quite a virtue in itself: your bright idea of an onion milkshake will shock, but not because it's new. You can love the album even if it's not the Nikola Tesla of music. Anyway, in conclusion, just read the first paragraph again. I'm off for a kip.

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It's the famous Beatles White Album. A record I've heard dozens of times during my life, and it's the typical double-album with double-album issues. There are some masterful songs on here, but also some songs I loathe with such a passion I could never rate it as high as some of the Beatles' other works than are just amazing albums start to finish. An album where I start skipping songs is just not worthy of 5*. Still, the album never gets boring and the Beatles play a wide range of songs and styles. Stay for: While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, I'm So Tired, Julia, Helter Skelter, Long Long Long Skip every time: Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill, Rocky Raccoon, Honey Pie, Sexy Sadie, Revolution No.9

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Didn't Helter Skelter inspire Charles Manson

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A bit too sprawling and uneven to be counted as truly great, but credit where credit is due-the Beatles fearlessly throw everything at the wall to see what sticks, and most of it does. Even ideas that aren’t fully formed contain intriguing lyrics and melodies, showing just how far they’ve come as a band.

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It's the Beatles.

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I know that this album is regarded as one of their best, I didn't know it was a double album. I enjoyed and can see why The White Album is held in such high regard.

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4

Very decent and memorable experience. Classic Beatles album

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im a beetle slut so it's hard for me to rate any of their albums below a 4 but this one has some special tracks but it's also a bit all over the place because the band started having arguments at this point of time but still a solid album👍

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16/29, 55%

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Not my favorite Beatles album

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Easily better than the other Beatles we had

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ok, blackbird e skön

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30 songs. Long. Good.

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fine. fun. not what id listen to normally.

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

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

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

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

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

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Pretty good album, but it was way too long.

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

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

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

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

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Eh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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An absolute masterpiece, only a fool would argue otherwise

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

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

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

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Too long!

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Eh

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

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

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My favourite Beatles album is "The Best of the Beatles" (from the ages of 7-11 it actually was because it was the only one we had on tape). I was excited for "The White Album," and the crescendo of "Back in the USSR" followed by the melancholy crush of "Dear Prudence" (my favourite Beatles song) is a hell of a way to open an album and set its tone. But there are some duff tracks here too: "Ob-La-Di" and "Piggies" have dated awfully, and I'm sad to say I found the whole thing more irritating than enjoyable.

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רגיל מדי, אבל קלאסיקה

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

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1968. Back In The U.S.S.R, Blackbird, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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swansongs

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A very patchy album with the second disk marginally better than the first. Some great tracks and some absolute dross. A strong argument against double albums in principle.

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Some of the greatest songs ever written but this album has too much “stuff” on it. I think it’s a little overrated and needed to be trimmed down. Still love it.

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It undeniably has some beautiful songs on it, but it also has some jangly irritating tracks. The 90 minute runtime just isn't justified, this could be cut down to an excellent 40 minute album just by taking out the actually good songs

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Good

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Probably my least listened to Fabs L.P. An extraordinary record by any standard, there is a problem with Beatles fatigue and parts of it (Revolution 9) are unlistenable.

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This is not the classic I expected. Random throwaways paired with well-recognized tunes extended for a very long time.

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i fucking hate this album. except for the songs i like. this is tough because i do really like the beatles but this is where it starts to go downhill for me.

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Mixed bag of classic and totally forgettable. Highlights: While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Blackbird, Rocky Raccoon.

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Chock full of classics with some weird ones in there. Back in the USSR, While my guitar and helter skelter are orgasmic. Obviously massively influential but too long and too many shitters. Bungalow Bill carried. 3.9/5

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white, massive influence on younger generations and wayyy too long. remind you of anything???😘 i don’t mind a long album, but this didn’t need to be so long, got fairly repetitive and a few album fillers. lots of strong songs i liked revolution 9, good to see musically good, shame they’re scouse downloaded the first half best beatles album 6.8/10

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Some classic songs on the White Album, but I feel it is overly long with too many of the weird concept songs to listen all the way through on a regular basis.

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some extremely good songs mixed in with filler wacky songs. there's not a cohesive sound for the album. dear prudence is really good, if it was more songs like this id listen to the album again.

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A LOT of filler, and a few gems. Earlier Beatles albums are much stronger and more worthy of the praise this one gets. Also LOL at drugged out hippies killing people because of this album.

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Even though ive heard many of the these songs hundreds? of times, I dont remember ever actually listening *the album*, in order. Here we go. Starts off rocking, with the Beatles doing their best impression of the Beach Boys. I dont think ive ever heard Glass Onion.... wow, drugs. OblaDa - fun and silly. classic. Wild Honey Pie. WHAT. THE. FUCK. While my Guitar Gently Weeps - I absolutely love this song. So far, it does not belong in the album at all....ever? hmm. Blackbird is lovely of course. It is strange to hear these great songs just mixed in with these other songs. Yer Blues was enjoyed by me. HelterSkelter - nice and heavy. I didnt know they did different versions of Revolution. Savoy Truffle. Sounds delicious. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. I do like the ending on a soft lullaby, good night song. IMO and disappointingly, this album is not great and should not be included in this list of greatest albums. There are some serious tone/vibe management issues. And just because there are GREAT songs mixed in, there are also plenty of songs that are straight up bad.

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Released while the group was going through some rough times, and it shows. First time listening to the complete album is years, I forgot how many animal mentions there are (goofy Paul). Speaking of Paul, his choice to keep songs like Ob-la-di, Why Don't We Do It In The Road and I Will on an already bloated album. Also his order of tracks on side 1 and 2 and equally bizarre (I Will into Julia specifically). His contributions to this album are mostly goofy and do nothing for me, the one exception being Blackbird, a lovely song. This is really some of John's best work; Dear Prudence, Glass Onion, Happiness is a Warm Gun, and Yer Blues. His ability to help everyone else shine is never more clear. George and Eric Clapton on While My Guitar Gently Weeps is another stand out track, and my favorite Harrison Beatle song. Overall a disjointed and overloaded album, that includes some beautiful moments. The highs are high and the lows and low.

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The White Album was a trip to listen to with it being an 1 hour and 30 minutes long. This record is unbalanced and far from polished. I do love the experimentation throughout the album, even if sometimes it didn't sound great. The album had it's peaks and it's filler. You can always expect filler on a double album. Overall, I did enjoy the album even if it was very long and bloated at times. Favorite Tracks: Back in the U.S.S.R., Dear Prudence, Helter Skelter Least Favorite Tracks: Wild Honey Pie, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Revolution 9

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not that great 2.5

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

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

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

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

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

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blergh

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Fro ruined it for me

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

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

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A masterpiece.

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Not convinced

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Sucked

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

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