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Beatles [Remastered]
     

The Beatles [Remastered]

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by The Beatles
 
A legendary Beatles recording that defies the very pop music conventions they themselves created, this album is the longest effort by the Fab Four, clocking in at a wild and wonderful 93 minutes. By 1968, the Beatles were less a band than an amalgamation of four rapidly diverging personalities who still made incredible music together. From the airplane sample in "Back

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A legendary Beatles recording that defies the very pop music conventions they themselves created, this album is the longest effort by the Fab Four, clocking in at a wild and wonderful 93 minutes. By 1968, the Beatles were less a band than an amalgamation of four rapidly diverging personalities who still made incredible music together. From the airplane sample in "Back in the U.S.S.R." to the musique concrète experimentation of "Revolution 9," The White Album is never less than striking. Despite the presence of sweet tunes like "Blackbird," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (which, yes, featured Eric Clapton), and "Dear Prudence," this is a bitter, caustic, and often sardonic recording. "Glass Onion" rips those who misread their songs, "Back in the U.S.S.R." sends up the Beach Boys, and many a self-proclaimed freedom fighter was skewered by "Revolution 1." Even the internal friction is evident: When Harrison, the most serene of the four, wrote, "We all know Obla-Di-Bla-Da/But can you show me, where you are?" in the gourmet-savvy "Savoy Truffle," it was clear that the party was all but over.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2009
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0094638246626
catalogNumber:
82466
Rank:
7839

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Back In The U.S.S.R.
  2. Dear Prudence
  3. Glass Onion
  4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  5. Wild Honey Pie
  6. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
  7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  8. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
  9. Martha My Dear
  10. I'm So Tired
  11. Blackbird
  12. Piggies
  13. Rocky Racoon
  14. Don't Pass Me By
  15. Why Don't We Do It In The Road?
  16. I Will
  17. Julia

Disc 2

  1. Birthday
  2. Yer Blues
  3. Mother Nature's Son
  4. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
  5. Sexy Sadie
  6. Helter Skelter
  7. Long, Long, Long
  8. Revolution 1
  9. Honey Pie
  10. Savoy Truffle
  11. Cry Baby Cry
  12. Revolution 9
  13. Good Night
  14. The Beatles Documentary

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White Album 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
djdrdisco More than 1 year ago
I'm an audio engineer, DJ and critical listener, as I have been for way too many years. I have been a Beatles fan since 1962 (very telling). I am not an unfair critic of anyone else's work, but after buying The Beatle's Remastered White Album to fill out my 1987 collection, I was not overly impressed with the implications of it somehow being so much greater than the original CD's that I would have to buy it again if I already had it. It is a good remastering. They clearly used up-to-date equipment to add clarity and reduce noise, but it wasn't bright in timbre. It was VERY clean! I can hear master tape hiss a mile away, and it was clearly absent on these CD's. Drums and guitars were very natural sounding, not gritty as digital tends to do. But that was the extent to which I was impressed, and novices used to digital music for 25 years now, may not think even as much of it. In some places, it sounded like mp3. That may be because that is how "well" it was recorded originally...analog. Those tapes degauss after a while and the highs go away permanently. Still much better than Neil Diamond's AAD CD transfers. Many of us would recognize artifice if they tried it, so they were boxed in from both sides. I can't play at least one of the disks on my computer monitors, because it is a multimedia disk--bummer. What will I play it on in ten years? I don't like that "trick" of them giving us something "additional" so we can't play it on our computer. The White Album was entertaining, but hardly dance music. It carries several hallowed standards such as "Blackbird" and "Revolution", and "Yer Birthday", but I hope that the Beatles magic will strike a new generation and impress them as I was 40 some years ago.
amok More than 1 year ago
yes, the remaster makes a positive difference. the mix is clearer -particularly the bass guitar and percussion. The packaging is beautiful:a cd gatefold with new photos and notes,pullout poster,and embossed slipcase.for newcomers as well as old school fans-this is a must-have!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely the best!
DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
babybird More than 1 year ago
I listen to this and it takes me back to me youth. Hopefully a new generation will enjoy the Beatles as much as mine does.
elston More than 1 year ago
i find it amusing that in this brave new age of digital media and internet access to everything that a record released in november of 1968 is the most interesting and listenable piece of work that has (re)surfaced in a good while. every possible way of praising the beatles in the english language has been explored already, so i'll just say that this is a worthy addition to any music collection in any medium. those four had some talent.
THEREADER23 More than 1 year ago
I just got it this sunday. The bass and drums are so much clearer. GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not vinyl but better the your normal cd.
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Stteveo More than 1 year ago
I know I wrote that Sgt. Peppers was ground breaking, but this is still my favorite Beatle Album. I also know that it is probably the least of all of their albums the group did together as a group, that is, each member did their own songs and had the others play along with them as they recorded them. Yet some of my favorite songs come from this album; Back In the USSR; Dear Prudence; I'm So Tired; Black Bird; Julia; Birthday; Helter Skelter; Long Long Long; Savory Truffle; Revolution I; Cry Baby Cry; are only some stand outs on a great album. I will admit, it is not the the most artistic, or creative, such as Pepper, or Revolver, but I love listening to it, and from the the first time I listened to it, receiving it for Christmas when I was in High School, I loved it, and don't think a month has gone by without listening to it since, something I can not say for any other Beatle's album, another must have for any music fan, much less Beatle fan. Great stereo sound, even before the remaster, and a completely different mono album!
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