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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Finnforest Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 28 2013 at 21:23
My version of the White album - a single album.

Dear Prudence
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
While My Guitar Gently Weeps 
Martha My Dear
 Im So Tired
Blackbird
Piggies
Rocky Raccoon

I Will
Julia
Mother Nature's Son
Sexy Sadie
Helter Skelter
Honey Pie
Cry Baby Cry
Good Night


Not sure how it works out time wise......At first I was going to juggle the track order, but I think I like the two sides like they came out. 

And now if you'll excuse me I'll be ducking the incoming tomatoes, eggs, and empties.....Wink




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 28 2013 at 21:31
Originally posted by ExittheLemming ExittheLemming wrote:

The White Album can be considered a very elaborate homage to a wide variety of popular music styles from Blues, Calypso, Soul, Metal, Folk, Pop, Rock'n'Roll, Chanson etc

However, as brilliantly executed as these expert homages are, the very nature of pastiche means the Beatles are deliberately cribbing from existing styles and will of course be less groundbreakingly original than some of their other albums. That said, the likes of Julia, Dear Prudence and Sexy Sadie have no precedent in popular music in my view and represented freshly minted originals.

Let It Be ain't a great Beatles album but it's certainly not their worst (Yellow Submarine might qualify?)
 
 
That's right on the money for me.....I would include 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps...' in that list of good original music.
Revolver will always be my personal favorite with Pepper next.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote smartpatrol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 28 2013 at 21:56
Originally posted by Finnforest Finnforest wrote:

My version of the White album - a single album....

Personally I think it's just fine how it is. Almost every song is great
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Snow Dog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 29 2013 at 04:45
Originally posted by smartpatrol smartpatrol wrote:

Originally posted by Finnforest Finnforest wrote:

My version of the White album - a single album....

Personally I think it's just fine how it is. Almost every song is great

I like it as it is too. It is the variety and the little gems here and there I like.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Stool Man Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 29 2013 at 05:02
After Sgt Pepper, their albums went like this:
 
 
Yellow Submarine - George Martin's album.
White Album - effectively a compilation albums by four solo acts, sometimes playing on each other's pieces.
Abbey Road - a great Beatles album.
Let It Be - Phil Spector's album.
 
I love the white album.
(Magical Mystery Tour was not an album, it was a double single.)
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I  disagree on your analasys.
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ok then, only half  of Yellow Submarine was George Martin's album
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 29 2013 at 05:20
I think there is merit in Stewart's thumbnail analysis if you just look at production, but for song-writing and playing I don't think it is that accurate. Most of the material that appears on those last four albums was pretty much contemporaneous (Let It Be was originally recorded between Yellow Submarine and Abbey Road).


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Snow Dog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 29 2013 at 05:29
Originally posted by Stool Man Stool Man wrote:

ok then, only half  of Yellow Submarine was George Martin's album

I mean The Beatles album
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Maybe Sgt Pepper was more groundbreaking, because it was more unified.
Or Rubber Soul, because then they were really entering a new phase in their music.
Critics sometimes single out Revolver as their best album, their most unified effort and also very artistic.
Me, personally, I'd say Sgt. Pepper.
(But my personal favorite is Abbey Road)
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Back In The USSR, Dear Prudence, I Will, Long Long Long, Savoy Truffle - 3 Beatles 
Don't Pass Me By, Why Don't We Do It In The Road, Revolution 9 - 2 Beatles
Wild Honey Pie, Martha My Dear, Blackbird, Julia, Mother Nature's Son, Goodnight - 1 Beatle
 
Almost half the songs on the album were lacking all four Beatles, and 1-in-5 only had a single Beatle.
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Originally posted by Stool Man Stool Man wrote:

Back In The USSR, Dear Prudence, I Will, Long Long Long, Savoy Truffle - 3 Beatles 
Don't Pass Me By, Why Don't We Do It In The Road, Revolution 9 - 2 Beatles
Wild Honey Pie, Martha My Dear, Blackbird, Julia, Mother Nature's Son, Goodnight - 1 Beatle
 
Almost half the songs on the album were lacking all four Beatles, and 1-in-5 only had a single Beatle.
Also, the tracks that feature all four Beatles were not recorded "ensemble" but were overdubs - Let It be and Abbey Road were a return to the Beatles being "a band".


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So who isn't on Back in the USSR?Confused
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Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

So who isn't on Back in the USSR?Confused
 
Ringo.  Paul drums on it
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Originally posted by Stool Man Stool Man wrote:

Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

So who isn't on Back in the USSR?Confused
 
Ringo.  Paul drums on it

Oh good.

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Originally posted by Stool Man Stool Man wrote:

 
(Magical Mystery Tour was not an album, it was a double single.)
In the UK it was a double EP, in the USA it was a full album with the same tracklist as the CD version.
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Their best period was from Revolver to Abbey Road. I think the white album is my second or third favourite, after Revolver and maybe Abbey Road.
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Originally posted by ExittheLemming ExittheLemming wrote:

The White Album can be considered a very elaborate homage to a wide variety of popular music styles from Blues, Calypso, Soul, Metal, Folk, Pop, Rock'n'Roll, Chanson etc

However, as brilliantly executed as these expert homages are, the very nature of pastiche means the Beatles are deliberately cribbing from existing styles and will of course be less groundbreakingly original than some of their other albums. That said, the likes of Julia, Dear Prudence and Sexy Sadie have no precedent in popular music in my view and represented freshly minted originals.

Let It Be ain't a great Beatles album but it's certainly not their worst (Yellow Submarine might qualify?)

Strange about Yellow Submarine, as it is a rather "orchestral" album but it does contain one of my all-time favorite song "Hey Bulldog"Ouch I guess there is no such thing as a poor Beatles album
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Rubber Soul to Abbey Road for me. I think The White Album was one of their better albums, though I'm reluctant to call it their best since, let's face it, that honor could apply to a large chunk of their output - particularly A Hard Day's Night, Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, The White Album and Abbey Road.


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Originally posted by Anthony Anthony wrote:

Originally posted by Stool Man Stool Man wrote:

 
(Magical Mystery Tour was not an album, it was a double single.)
In the UK it was a double EP, in the USA it was a full album with the same tracklist as the CD version.
It wasn't an LP where The Beatles come from until 1976.  Capitol Records did it, one of those cash-in  hybrids
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