The Beatles

The Beatles

Music CD - 1987
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Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Parlophone, [1987], c1968
Branch Call Number: COM Rock B389bea
Characteristics: 2 sound discs : digital, stereo. : 4 3/4 in. + inserts (12 cm.)
Alternative Title: White album

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Maoisdead
Dec 09, 2018

Beatles White Album Perfect! Love It!

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RoyalJellyIII
Nov 28, 2018

The most remarkable thing about the White Album to me is the amazing diversity of music contained within its tracks. I can't think of another record that comes close to matching it for the sheer diversity of styles and sounds. If you are bored listening to this one or can't find anything you like, well, you're a tough nut to crack.

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ionosphere
Nov 10, 2018

Has some great songs, but generally is my least liked Beatles album, because it has the only Beatles songs I actually hate; such as Helter Skelter. Also has the worst album cover by far. Who thought a plain white cover was exciting? Anyone think The White Album cover is more interesting than say Sgt. Peppers?

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BuddyL
Sep 25, 2018

Most overrated Beatles album ever. Always heard of how great the "White Album" was since the late 70's when as a teen and just started H.S. I am a big Beatles fan and have most of their EMI, Apple, or Capitol LP releases in my collection but not this one as it was always a costly double album with only a few songs familiar with. Thanks to KCLS, hearing the whole album for the first time. other than the few already know, most of these songs are not very listenable and do not bring any source of pleasure at all. Their Sgt. Pepper LP deserves the accolades it gets but not this double CD piece of mostly garbage.

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CrewCutKen
Mar 13, 2018

Some of the earliest songs (1963) from the Beatles (aka. The Fab Four).

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PHAERTE1
Sep 08, 2017

This, along with Sgt. Peppers, are probably the best Beatles albums. Interestingly, my one of my favorite Beatle's songs on this album is widely considered one of their worst, namely "Don't Pass Me By." This tune demonstrates Ringo's capabilities, which were vastly underestimated during the tenure of the band.

LPL_IanS Sep 07, 2017

I'm not saying it's the best Beatles album, but I'm not not saying that either.

"The White Album" may not be as cohesive as the back half of "Abbey Road" or as paradigm shifting as "Sergeant Pepper," but man, it's one hell of an album. Wonderful track after wonderful track. It's terrifically diverse, tremendously fun, and endlessly listenable.

PS: That moment when "Bungalow Bill" transitions to "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" gets me every time. Love it.

PPS: Sure "Revolution 9" is you know, whatever, but when every single other song on the album is this great, I can overlook and even appreciate—depending on my mood—a sound collage.

this album was the first I ever borrowed from a library. Hey Bungalow Bill really got to my childish ears, maybe it was Yoko singing along in the chorus, and, "But when he looked so fierce,"and I am sure I liked the jet sounds of Back In the USSR. There just is not a weak song here, and there are 32, in all. Yer Blues was recorded in a closet sized room. Thusly were the Beatles able to achieve authenticity. I'm so Tired is a real goodun, also. I'm glad I stopped smoking, decades ago. Honey Pie's good. Don't Pass Me By is decent. What was I smoking then? Anything, including butts I could find, on the ground. Merits, Camels, Benson and Hedges, Tareytons, Marlboros (my original brand, the brand Elaine bought for herself and her kids), oh any old kind you were smoking, and I could ask you for. Yes, that stop-start song by John Lennon which references the conflicting desires to smoke or not to smoke, called IM SO TIRED, is on this album. What a gem. He even references Sir Walter Raleigh ('He was such a stupid get'). Got me to thinking, up in that apartment on Hermann street that craig and Julie were renting, later rented by Jocelyn. I only visited the one time to craig and Julie. the one time I visited joss, roddy bottum, keyboardist for Faith No More, was there. I don't know why he was there; I was playing surprise surprise sweet bird of paradox on her music player. Roddy turned up his nose at this. SSSP can be found on Walls and Bridges, John's L.A. album that also has Elton john on it (and is likely the finest of his solo work: just listen to SCARED. harrowing. STEEL AND GLASS (who is it? who is it?). NOBODY LOVES YOU WHEN YER DOWN AND OUT (Everybody loves you when yer 6 foot in the ground); the instrumental, BEEF JERKY. Julian, the first son, sitting in on drums, for a YA YA outtake. PIGGIES, and SAVOY TRUFFLE are the best songs of the whole collection, and they were by Beatle George. hardly anyone knows him as a trenchant social commentator. it didn't start on this album..check out RUBBER SOUL, for the beginnings, with the oft-underrated THINK FOR YOURSELF.

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iwasthewalrus
Jun 23, 2015

The second Beatles album opens with a bang. The opening track, “It Won’t Be Long”, is fast-paced and filled with a hopeful energy. It’s a classic early Beatles song; fluffy, but too catchy to ignore. It’s comprised of a scaling guitar riff and an intense rhythm. As is the case with all great pop hits, it all ends too soon, and the album moves onto the next song.

“All I’ve Gotta Do” is sung by Lennon, and displays a naked vulnerability uncommon in the band’s earlier work. The way the vocals change from softer lines to the loud yelling is perfectly complemented by Starr’s drumming in this R&B-inspired second-track delight.

Next is “All My Loving”, a McCartney song notable for its fast and driving tempo. Charmingly simple, it’s among the album’s most iconic numbers. Early Beatles tracks almost always move rapidly and end leaving the listener pleading for me. “All My Loving” is one of the best of McCartney’s, simply because you never want it to end.

It’s followed by “Don’t Bother Me”, a song written and sung by Harrison. It’s certainly not representative of his tremendous lyrics skills (exhibited primarily in his solo work) and feels mostly unremarkable. But, it serves its purpose on the album as a perfectly adequate contribution to fill the space.

From the harmonica to the dreadful (and frankly, creepy) lyrics, “Little Child” is the album at its very worst. Lennon’s voice is shrill, obnoxious, and the backing music is downright drab and distasteful.

The next track is “Till There Was You”, a gentle and romantic ballad sung by McCartney. It marks the only attempt the band ever made to record a broadway song (it’s originally from The Music Man). But it also demonstrates how well McCartney’s voice lends itself to softer pieces. This tender and passionate track is among the album’s major highlights.

Then we transition into “Please Mister Postman”, which continues the album’s trend of exuberant and hopeful love songs. This one, however, is the most memorable. Cute, catchy, and rhythmic, the song brings out the very best of The Beatles’

“Roll Over Beethoven”, a Chuck Berry cover from Harrison is completely unnecessary. The vocals are bland, the lyrics (written by Berry) are vapid and boring. Even Harrison’s guitar isn’t enough to hold the song together. It’s an average song, easily identified as one of the album’s lowpoints.

McCartney was often discredited by Lennon for writing songs were too sweet. “Hold Me Tight” is the perfect example. It has very little to offer, but it’s carried on a comforting sense of charm.

“You Really Got a Hold on Me” is a superb and triumphant, generally due to Lennon’s vocal ability. As he increases in volume and belts his words, the whole song comes together. This tragically underrated Smokey Robinson cover feels like one of the more sincere early-career Beatles love song.
Starr had hardly any vocal range as a singer which was why he wound up providing the vocals for “I Wanna Be Your Man”, a short, foot-tapping, enjoyable little song. As the Beatles delve into full-blown rock ’n’ roll, songs like this came more naturally.

“Devil in Her Heart” doesn’t make much of an impact, but is a mildly amusing addition to the album. Harrison was at his weakest in general on “With The Beatles”, as exhibited on this decent, but unextraordinary track.

Lennon’s voice comes booming in with “Not a Second Time”, a great piece with a fast beat, dominated by rejective lyrics. It’s another underrated delight buried towards the end of the album.

“Money (That’s What I Want)” is a satirical piece about greed and materialism. The vocals are as harsh in sound as the lyrics are cynical. But it shows Beatles trying to master a more rugged and rockish sound they’d use as a starting point for their evolution into their innovative late 60’s experimentations. It’s the final track of a fascinating album with tracks that range from excellent to average, but never is there a downright weak song.

Blue_Dog_3846 Mar 28, 2014

there live in our hearts and mind for ever long live the beatles yah!!!!!!!

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weildkat
Nov 22, 2018

This CD has bee in "In Transit" to me for over two weeks. I wonder who took it home!!!?

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bdls206
Apr 12, 2011

A compilation of songs from The Beatles.

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bdls206
Apr 12, 2011

From Birthday....

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