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THE BEATLES

The Beatles

 

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4.15 | 537 ratings

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Gatot
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4 stars It was quite odd for me personally because I knew this album for the first time not directly interacted with this release. But, I was at that time having a cassette titled "A Concert for Bangladesh" whereby one of the performers was George Harrison. What interested me was actually one song in that cassette, i.e. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". Wow! The song blew me away at first listen and I was not aware at all that the song was originally published in The Beatles "White" album. But that cassette, I always repeated when the "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" played wonderfully from my cassette deck. Later, I knew that there was The Beatles album released in 1968 which people usually called it as "White" album. I was really happy knowing that the song was actually one of excellent songs from the album.

Another thing that surprised me as well was "Sexy Sadie" where I found it also appeared in a compilation by local radio station Prambors. So when I knew this album contained this song as well. I was happy as well. This song remained great even after decades of knowing it.

In addition to those two memorable songs, this album is an excellent release by the band. The straight rocker "Back In The U.S.S.R." (2:43) opens the album beautifully with its pondering guitar sounds and eerie vocal harmonies. Right after this rocker, the music moves into break with an acoustic "Dear Prudence" (3:56). ""Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" (3:08) was very popular in the 70s and it has popular chorus line that made the song was a major hit. The other interesting aspect after "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (4:45) is the follow-up song "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" (2:43) which has uplifting mood. Really cool! The music flows naturally to a ballad "Martha My Dear" (2:28) followed wonderfully with "I'm So Tired" (2:03). "Blackbird" (2:18) is a great track with wonderful melody and great guitar work.

Other tracks in Disc Two are also excellent, in addition to "Sexy Saddie". "Yer Blues" is a great track that has been covered by some blues musicians like Jeff Hailey. "Helter Skelter" is a great rocker.

Overall, this is an excellent addition to any rock music collection.

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 4/5 |

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