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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The white post

The debate about the Beatles White Album has raged ever since the album was released way back in 1968 - should it have been a single album? Or is it fine the way it was? I'm not really sure where I stand on that though there is a lot of filler on the White Album - I've always felt it would be a better album without that awful Revolution No 9 and dirge like Long, Long, Long. But there are times when I think the album is just perfect the way it is.

I listened to the album again today and started to wonder what it would be like as a single album. I Googled the question, hoping to find some suggestions posted by Beatle fans.And there were many but I can across this cool site HERE which had a little program that allowed you to compile your own single White Album using album tracks and others that were recorded around the same time. The running time of each side must be between 15 and 25 minutes, and the program works this out for you.

This was my attempt at an Alternative White Album
Side 1
1. Back in the USSR (2:43)
2. Glass Onion (2:17)
3. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (4:45)
4. Happiness Is a Warm Gun (2:43)
5. Honey Pie (2:41)
6. Martha My Dear (2:28)
7. I'm So Tired (2:03)
8. Julia (2:54)
9. I Will (1:46)
Side 2
1. Yer Blues (4:01)
2. Mother Nature's Son (2:48)
3. Revolution 1 (4:15)
4. Piggies (2:04)
5. Everybody's Got Something to Hide... (2:24)
6. Cry Baby Cry (3:10)
7. What's the New Mary Jane (6:12)
It's great fun trying this out so why not turn Beatles producer and go and compile your
own White Album. 


Davieboy said...

Thanks, fun!

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

Davieboy - post your version in these comments. Would be interested to see it.

Ben Willans said...

Side 1
1. Back in the USSR (2:43)
2. Dear Prudence (3:56)
3. Glass Onion (2:17)
4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (3:08)
5. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (4:45)
6. Happiness Is a Warm Gun (2:43)
7. I'm So Tired (2:03)
8. Blackbird (2:18)
Side 2
1. Birthday (2:42)
2. Yer Blues (4:01)
3. Sexy Sadie (3:15)
4. Helter Skelter (4:29)
5. Why Don't We Do It in the Road? (1:41)
6. Martha My Dear (2:28)
7. I Will (1:46)
8. Mother Nature's Son (2:48)

Although this only proves that a one LP version of the White Album is an unnatural abomination