Beatles

Beatles

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by The Beatles
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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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:
10/25/1990
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0077774644327
catalogNumber:
46443

Tracks

Disc 1

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

Disc 2

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

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beatles   Primary Artist
George Harrison   Organ,Guitar,Violin,Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals
John Lennon   Organ,Guitar,Harmonica,Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Horn,Saxophone,Tambourine,Vocals
Paul McCartney   Bass,Flute,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Bass Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals
Billy Preston   Organ
Ringo Starr   Percussion,Piano,Bongos,Drums,Marimbas,Tambourine,Vocals
Derek Watkins   Trumpet
Nicky Hopkins   Piano,Track Performer
Don Lang   Trombone
Yoko Ono   Background Vocals
George Martin   Piano,Horn
Frederick J. Alexander   Cello
Ted Barker   Tuba
Leo Birnbaum   Viola
Leon Calvert   Trumpet,French Horn
Ronald Chamberlain   Saxophone
Jim Chester   Saxophone
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Freddy Clayton   Trumpet
Mal Evans   Trumpet,Tambourine
Jack Fallon   Violin
Patti Harrison   Background Vocals
Ron Hughes   Trumpet
Reginald Kilbey   Cello
Harry Klein   Saxophone
Maddox   Violin
Dennis McConnell   Violin
Bernard Miller   Violin
Andy Morris   Trombone,Saxophone
Henry Myerscough   Viola
Raymond Newman   Clarinet
Bill Povey   Trombone
Alf Reece   Tuba
Stanley Reynolds   Trumpet
Pete Shotton   Tambourine
David Smith   Clarinet
Lou Sofier   Violin
Maureen Starkey   Background Vocals
Tony Tunstall   French Horn
Dennis Walton   Saxophone
Chris Thomas   Harpsichord,Mellotron
John Power   Trombone

Technical Credits

George Harrison   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Ringo Starr   Composer
George Martin   Producer,Orchestration
Ken Scott   Engineer
Geoff Emerick   Engineer
Alan Rouse   Liner Notes
Kevin Howlett   Liner Notes
Chris Thomas   Producer
Steve Rooke   Remastering
Guy Massey   Remastering
Drew Lorimer   Redesign
Chris E. Thomas   Producer

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