The Beatles [White Album] – The Beatles

The Beatles [White Album] - The Beatles Artist: The Beatles
Album: The Beatles [White Album]
Release Date: November 22, 1968
Duration: 01:33:43
Genre: Pop/Rock
Styles: Contemporary Pop/Rock, Hard Rock, Album Rock, AM Pop, British Psychedelia, Psychedelic/Garage, Rock & Roll
Recording Date: May 30, 1968 – October 14, 1968

Each song on the sprawling double album The Beatles is an entity to itself, as the band touches on anything and everything it can. This makes for a frustratingly scattershot record or a singularly gripping musical experience, depending on your view, but what makes the so-called White Album interesting is its mess. Never before had a rock record been so self-reflective, or so ironic; the Beach Boys send-up “Back in the U.S.S.R.” and the British blooze parody “Yer Blues” are delivered straight-faced, so it’s never clear if these are affectionate tributes or wicked satires. Lennon turns in two of his best ballads with “Dear Prudence” and “Julia”; scours the Abbey Road vaults for the musique concrète collage “Revolution 9”; pours on the schmaltz for Ringo’s closing number, “Good Night”; celebrates the Beatles cult with “Glass Onion”; and, with “Cry Baby Cry,” rivals Syd Barrett. McCartney doesn’t reach quite as far, yet his songs are stunning — the music hall romp “Honey Pie,” the mock country of “Rocky Raccoon,” the ska-inflected “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” and the proto-metal roar of “Helter Skelter.” Clearly, the Beatles’ two main songwriting forces were no longer on the same page, but neither were George and Ringo.

Harrison still had just two songs per LP, but it’s clear from “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” the canned soul of “Savoy Truffle,” the haunting “Long, Long, Long,” and even the silly “Piggies” that he had developed into a songwriter who deserved wider exposure. And Ringo turns in a delight with his first original, the lumbering country-carnival stomp “Don’t Pass Me By.” None of it sounds like it was meant to share album space together, but somehow The Beatles creates its own style and sound through its mess.

Title/Composer Performer Time
Back in the U.S.S.R. / John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 2:43
Dear Prudence / John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 3:55
Glass Onion / John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 2:17
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da / John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 3:08
Wild Honey Pie / John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 0:52
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill / John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 3:14
While My Guitar Gently Weeps / George Harrison The Beatles 4:44
Happiness Is a Warm Gun / John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 2:44
Martha My Dear / John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 2:28
I’m So Tired / John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 2:03
Blackbird / John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 2:18
Piggies / George Harrison The Beatles 2:04
Rocky Raccoon / John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 3:33
Don’t Pass Me By / Richard Starkey The Beatles 3:50
Why Don’t We Do It in the Road? / John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 1:41
I Will / John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 1:45
Julia / John Lennon / Paul McCartney The Beatles 2:56

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