Monday, November 25, 2013

The White Album

Full disclosure, compulsively listened at age 14-15 on 8-track repeatedly overnight until the cartridge was white hot in the morning; overly familiar with TWA.

The Beatles album cover palette cleanser, generous with 30 album tracks.

So if we play the "reconfigure-as-single-album" game we reduce to 15 tracks.

Dear Prudence
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Happiness is a Warm Gun
Martha My Dear
Yer Blues
Mother Nature's Son
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
Sexy Sadie
Helter Skelter
Savoy Truffle
Cry Baby Cry

For the rest, Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da should have been on a single to be collected in on the Hey Jude collection, with Birthday as the B side, Revolution I should have been suppressed because of the single version,  Back in the USSR, Glass Onion (I accept disagreement on Glass Onion), Wild Honey Pie, Why Don't We Do It in the Road,  I Will, Long Long Long, and Honey Pie should have been out-takes, maybe a special out-take EP, as much as I've grown accustomed to Honey Pie; Revolution 9 should have gone on a Lennon/Yoko single EP, Good Night saved for Ringo's solo album.

Perhaps some of the songs could have been composed into medleys; McCartney showed on side 2 of Abbey Road he could tastefully arrange symphonic suites of Beatles songlets from him and John, maybe some of the numbers that go on too long on the White Album would benefit from the Abbey Road Side 2 treatment, with an Ob-la-da Ob-la-da, Glass Onion, Why Don't We Do It in the Road, Wild Honey Pie, Back in the USSR medley.

Happiness is a Warm Gun is already a medley.

Sexy Sadie is the most underrated cut, the chord pattern is fun.

Julia is the lost classic.

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