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A Review of The Beatles White Album

Updated on February 26, 2018
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David enjoys music, some from past decades, others that is more recent. He reviews the Beatles White Album here.

An Unusual Album Cover

The cover of this album is unusual in that it has no images on it; it has a white background with only 'The Beatles' written on it. Okay, it has picture of a green apple below the text near the top left corner. I was about fourteen years old when I first heard it; our neighbours older son played the record and that's where I was first introduced to the many songs on the album. It's a double album and became known as The White Album.

The vinyl record came out in 1968 when the Beatles were going through difficult times; some of the songs don't feature all the members of the band and some are even solo recordings. There were disagreements amongst the band members at the time and drummer Ringo Star left them for a while.

My Favourite Songs

While listening to clips of the songs recently I found myself remembering the ones I liked on it, and not the ones I wasn't so fond of. Most of the songs were written and sung by Lennon and McCartney but George Harrison features on quite a few and Ringo Starr sings one tune.

A few of the songs are: Back In The U.S.S.R, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Blackbird, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Rocky Racoon and I Will. There are some gentle tunes especially by Paul McCartney and also some more powerful ones. McCartney has such a mellow enchanting voice I think.

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It Became Known as one of Their Best Albums

When it was released the album first received mixed reviews but later became known as one of the best albums around. The song Revolution 1 was typical of the times when the youth of the day wanted to change the world and Lennon brings this into it, echoing what people were asking about wanting a revolution, thus everyone was eager to change the world.

The album aptly ends with the tune 'Good Night,' a long album had been completed and I guess the Beatles were possibly worn out from all the recording they'd been doing.

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      David Edward Lynch 4 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @Donna Cook: Thanks for your comment, I don't think there'll be another band like The Beatles for a long time!

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      Donna Cook 4 years ago

      Terrific lens! The White Album was so radical at the time-a double album, good heavens! I know people that bought two copies so that they could listen to the whole album at once, using the record changer. Purists would only use a turntable and change the vinyl manually, after cleaning with a disc brush.

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