This, along with Sgt. Peppers, are probably the best Beatles albums. Interestingly, my one of my favorite Beatle's songs on this album is widely considered one of their worst, namely "Don't Pass Me By." This tune demonstrates Ringo's capabilities, which were vastly underestimated during the tenure of the band.
I'm not saying it's the best Beatles album, but I'm not not saying that either.
"The White Album" may not be as cohesive as the back half of "Abbey Road" or as paradigm shifting as "Sergeant Pepper," but man, it's one hell of an album. Wonderful track after wonderful track. It's terrifically diverse, tremendously fun, and endlessly listenable.
PS: That moment when "Bungalow Bill" transitions to "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" gets me every time. Love it.
PPS: Sure "Revolution 9" is you know, whatever, but when every single other song on the album is this great, I can overlook and even appreciate—depending on my mood—a sound collage.
this album was the first I ever borrowed from a library. Hey Bungalow Bill really got to my childish ears, maybe it was Yoko singing along in the chorus, and, "But when he looked so fierce,"and I am sure I liked the jet sounds of Back In the USSR. There just is not a weak song here, and there are 32, in all. Yer Blues was recorded in a closet sized room. Thusly were the Beatles able to achieve authenticity. I'm so Tired is a real goodun, also. I'm glad I stopped smoking, decades ago. Honey Pie's good. Don't Pass Me By is decent. What was I smoking then? Anything, including butts I could find, on the ground. Merits, Camels, Benson and Hedges, Tareytons, Marlboros (my original brand, the brand Elaine bought for herself and her kids), oh any old kind you were smoking, and I could ask you for. Yes, that stop-start song by John Lennon which references the conflicting desires to smoke or not to smoke, called IM SO TIRED, is on this album. What a gem. He even references Sir Walter Raleigh ('He was such a stupid get'). Got me to thinking, up in that apartment on Hermann street that craig and Julie were renting, later rented by Jocelyn. I only visited the one time to craig and Julie. the one time I visited joss, roddy bottum, keyboardist for Faith No More, was there. I don't know why he was there; I was playing surprise surprise sweet bird of paradox on her music player. Roddy turned up his nose at this. SSSP can be found on Walls and Bridges, John's L.A. album that also has Elton john on it (and is likely the finest of his solo work: just listen to SCARED. harrowing. STEEL AND GLASS (who is it? who is it?). NOBODY LOVES YOU WHEN YER DOWN AND OUT (Everybody loves you when yer 6 foot in the ground); the instrumental, BEEF JERKY. Julian, the first son, sitting in on drums, for a YA YA outtake. PIGGIES, and SAVOY TRUFFLE are the best songs of the whole collection, and they were by Beatle George. hardly anyone knows him as a trenchant social commentator. it didn't start on this album..check out RUBBER SOUL, for the beginnings, with the oft-underrated THINK FOR YOURSELF.
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The most remarkable thing about the White Album to me is the amazing diversity of music contained within its tracks. I can't think of another record that comes close to matching it for the sheer diversity of styles and sounds. If you are bored listening to this one or can't find anything you like, well, you're a tough nut to crack.
The second Beatles album opens with a bang. The opening track, “It Won’t Be Long”, is fast-paced and filled with a hopeful energy. It’s a classic early Beatles song; fluffy, but too catchy to ignore. It’s comprised of a scaling guitar riff and an intense rhythm. As is the case with all great pop hits, it all ends too soon, and the album moves onto the next song.
“All I’ve Gotta Do” is sung by Lennon, and displays a naked vulnerability uncommon in the band’s earlier work. The way the vocals change from softer lines to the loud yelling is perfectly complemented by Starr’s drumming in this R&B-inspired second-track delight.
Next is “All My Loving”, a McCartney song notable for its fast and driving tempo. Charmingly simple, it’s among the album’s most iconic numbers. Early Beatles tracks almost always move rapidly and end leaving the listener pleading for me. “All My Loving” is one of the best of McCartney’s, simply because you never want it to end.
It’s followed by “Don’t Bother Me”, a song written and sung by Harrison. It’s certainly not representative of his tremendous lyrics skills (exhibited primarily in his solo work) and feels mostly unremarkable. But, it serves its purpose on the album as a perfectly adequate contribution to fill the space.
From the harmonica to the dreadful (and frankly, creepy) lyrics, “Little Child” is the album at its very worst. Lennon’s voice is shrill, obnoxious, and the backing music is downright drab and distasteful.
The next track is “Till There Was You”, a gentle and romantic ballad sung by McCartney. It marks the only attempt the band ever made to record a broadway song (it’s originally from The Music Man). But it also demonstrates how well McCartney’s voice lends itself to softer pieces. This tender and passionate track is among the album’s major highlights.
Then we transition into “Please Mister Postman”, which continues the album’s trend of exuberant and hopeful love songs. This one, however, is the most memorable. Cute, catchy, and rhythmic, the song brings out the very best of The Beatles’
“Roll Over Beethoven”, a Chuck Berry cover from Harrison is completely unnecessary. The vocals are bland, the lyrics (written by Berry) are vapid and boring. Even Harrison’s guitar isn’t enough to hold the song together. It’s an average song, easily identified as one of the album’s lowpoints.
McCartney was often discredited by Lennon for writing songs were too sweet. “Hold Me Tight” is the perfect example. It has very little to offer, but it’s carried on a comforting sense of charm.
“You Really Got a Hold on Me” is a superb and triumphant, generally due to Lennon’s vocal ability. As he increases in volume and belts his words, the whole song comes together. This tragically underrated Smokey Robinson cover feels like one of the more sincere early-career Beatles love song.
Starr had hardly any vocal range as a singer which was why he wound up providing the vocals for “I Wanna Be Your Man”, a short, foot-tapping, enjoyable little song. As the Beatles delve into full-blown rock ’n’ roll, songs like this came more naturally.
“Devil in Her Heart” doesn’t make much of an impact, but is a mildly amusing addition to the album. Harrison was at his weakest in general on “With The Beatles”, as exhibited on this decent, but unextraordinary track.
Lennon’s voice comes booming in with “Not a Second Time”, a great piece with a fast beat, dominated by rejective lyrics. It’s another underrated delight buried towards the end of the album.
“Money (That’s What I Want)” is a satirical piece about greed and materialism. The vocals are as harsh in sound as the lyrics are cynical. But it shows Beatles trying to master a more rugged and rockish sound they’d use as a starting point for their evolution into their innovative late 60’s experimentations. It’s the final track of a fascinating album with tracks that range from excellent to average, but never is there a downright weak song.
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In 1968, the band that was “more popular than Jesus” reached its peak. The Beatles released their album titled “The Beatles” (or as it’s more commonly known; “The White Album”). The album provides a tremendous mixture of The Beatles unique musical styles, which ultimately presents their complete versatility. The first track on the album, “Back in the USSR” is a song celebrating the ‘beauty’ (perhaps as a subtle satire) of Western civilization. The song itself contains terrific work from Harrison on the guitar. “Dear Prudence” is one of the many showcases of Lennon’s vocal abilities. Due to Lennon’s hypnotic voice, this is one of the album’s many highlights. “Glass Onion” is interesting in how it connects to other Beatles songs, but the song itself isn’t particularly inspired. “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” is a song about class comparison. It also shows a more unique side to McCartney’s songwriting skills. “Wild Honey Pie” is a useless song that shouldn’t have made its way onto the album. “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill” is a representation of Lennon’s dark sense of humor. The song is very clever and uses several instruments to bring everything together. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is one of Harrison’s greatest triumphs. From the mesmerizing simplicity of the lyrics to the astonishing complexity of the guitar, Harrison creates a classic. “Happiness is a Warm Gun” is one of the greatest Beatles songs ever recorded. It’s yet another dark satire from Lennon, as it bounces from blues to hard rock. The lyrics are an anti-violence commentary, and a very effective one. “Martha My Dear” is McCartney doing what he’d done over the course of his career. It’s nothing genius, but as a simplistic song; it works. “I’m So Tired” is a great combination of anger and melancholy sadness. It’s yet another reason as to why Lennon makes this album great. “Blackbird” is considered a classic, but despite being very serene, it lacks impact. “Piggies” is a societal commentary, yet it’s too quirky for its own good. “Rocky Raccoon” is a tradition folk song tribute, and it works in that respect. “Don’t Pass Me By” is one of Starr’s few songs. Although his voice was never great, it works within the boundaries of the song, and helps the album vary its texture. “Why Don’t We do it in the Road?” is McCartney at his worst. “I Will” comes across as McCartney trying to impersonate Lennon, and failing to do so. Yet the song is delicate and soft, and an enjoyable experience for the ears. “Julia” is a beautiful song used as a way for Lennon to connect to his mother. It’s filled to the brink with sadness, and beauty. “Birthday” is mindless entertainment, un-worthy of The Beatles. “Yer Blues” is a unique song that contrasts faith with nihilism in an aggressive style. “Mother Nature’s Son” seems to be heavily influenced by McCartney’s understanding of spirituality, and for that reason, is very intelligent. “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey” is the mindless babbling of Lennon on heroin. “Sexy Sady” is a fun song, with Lennon playing around. “Helter Skelter” is a heavy song with intense guitar rhythms and lots of screaming. “Long, Long, Long” is Harrison sounding somber, and yet very sweet. “Revolution 1” is a societal observation that sounds better without the acoustics. “Honey Pie” is McCartney’s soft love songs at their very best; easily the most ‘catchy’ song on the album. “Savoy Truffle” is Harrison fooling around, and not quite succeeding. “Cry Baby Cry” possesses a charming harmony that is just shy of greatness. “Revolution 9” is a representation of what LSD can do to musicians. It’s not a great song, but an interesting experiment. “Good Night” is a lullaby sung by Ringo Starr. He succeeds quite sweetly. When “The White Album” ends, it’s versatility proves it to be that greatest album The Beatles ever reordered.
Too good. Loved it and not ashamed to say that I am a Beatles fan even at 13 years old.
This is what music sounds like with no rules. And it's absolutely heaven.
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A compilation of songs from The Beatles.
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