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The Beatles (The White Album)

The BeatlesAudio CD
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"The story began in Harold Macmillan’s “never had it so good” ’50s Britain. It should be fiction: four teenagers with no more than eight O’Levels between them, running and biking and busing and busking all over Liverpool in search of new chords and old guitars and half-decent drum kit and any gig at all.
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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UAX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,448 customer reviews)

Disc: 1
1. Back in the U.S.S.R.
2. Dear Prudence
3. Glass Onion
4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
5. Wild Honey Pie
6. Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
8. Happiness Is a Warm Gun
9. Martha My Dear
10. I'm So Tired
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Birthday
2. Yer Blues
3. Mother Nature's Son
4. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
5. Sexy Sadie
6. Helter Skelter
7. Long, Long, Long
8. Revolution 1
9. Honey Pie
10. Savoy Truffle
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Editorial Reviews

Better known as the "White Album," this was meant to be the record that brought them back to earth after three years of studio experimentation. Instead, it took them all over the place, continuing to burst the envelope of pop music. Lennon and McCartney were still at the height of their powers, with Lennon in particular growing into one of rock's towering figures. But even McCartney could still rock, and the amazement on "Helter Skelter" was that he had vocal cords at the end. From Beach Boys knock-offs to reggae and to the unknown ("Revolution #9"), this has it all. Some records have legend written all over them; this is one. --Chris Nickson

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 01/01/1987

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549 of 596 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll never crack the code May 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
There are a few albums from the rock era that I feel I've been in a relationship with since the first day I got them. "The Beatles" is one of those albums. I found it under my Christmas tree in 1968, and I've been engaged with it at some level ever since. It is not the best Beatles album, objectively; nor is it my favorite. But it has always compelled my attention.
At the time it came out, I was 12, but even then it was clear that we were no longer in Pepperland or on a Magical Mystery Tour. This album wasn't yet more "progress" toward some new musical form. Musically, it embraced values never before associated with the Beatles as I understood them: Parody, pastiche, rock and roll revivalism, music-hall nostalgia, avant-garde experimentation, political agitation, intimate confession, trivial nonsense. It is, simply, a series of highly personal statements from the three songwriters, coalescing around no particular theme other than the right to personal expression.
"The Beatles" is not, to me, "the sound of the Beatles breaking up." That's the storyline a lot of Beatle historians apply to this album. If they're basing this judgement on the fact that the individual songwriters' imprints are on each song, you'd have to argue that the breakup began much earlier, around the time of "Beatles for Sale" or "Help!" Lennon-McCartney were rarely a songwriting "team" in the sense of George and Ira Gershwin. Their partnership was always about strategy, i.e. how to ensure that third-rate songs would not be included on albums just for the sake of fairness. "The Beatles" instead simply shows the evolution of each of the three songwriters (on this album, George emerges dramatically) as they each embraced new musical ideas and applied their life experiences to their art.
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149 of 159 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT REMASTERED March 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
To all the golden eared audiophiles who can hear all the differences in this 30th Anniversery reissue, I say, what a bunch of whooee. This is the EXACT SAME MASTER as the 1987 release. No difference...NADA. Please notice, the Amazon listing has been changed from "remastered" to "original recording." It's amazing how much psycology is at work when people listen. If they believe it's remastered, their ear will trick them into believing it sounds different. Don't believe it.
So, that means all of us Beatle fans have forked over thiry-some odd dollars for the exact same product that we had. The question is, Capital/EMI, why the H didn't you remaster this? The white album is one of the most poorly remastered discs in the Beatles catalog (but it's got some stiff competition, the first four albums for starters). It's unfathomable to me that Capital/EMI would ask Beatles fans to shell out that kind of money for an unimproved product, and a product that sorely needed improvement. What, we're supposed to be happy to pay over thirty dollars for ridiculous miniture artwork which you need a magnifying glass to read and see? Come on, Capital/EMI! That's highway robbery, and you know it! With all the money you've already made on the Beatles' catalog, this is a particular heinous crime.
So, Capital/EMI, what about actually remastering the Beatles catalog? They are only considered the greatest musical force of the last half of the 20th century. The Who's catalog has been remastered; the Byrds catalog has been remastered, even the Hollies catalog was wonderfully remastered for their box set (by YOU EMI! ). It seems a tragic, bitter irony that perhaps the most musical of all the artists of the 60s gets the shoddiest of digital remastering.
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187 of 208 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TURN ME ON YOU REMASTERED DEAD MAN! September 9, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I tried to get a handle on what to expect with the remastered BEATLES songs, by comparing the old remastered CDs from the 80s, with BEATLES ONE (the red CD with the yellow "1", that had 24 bit remastered versions of their number one hits, that came out in 2000.) You can get a ballpark idea about the new remasters, using this method. But of course, NOTHING from the white album is one BEATLES ONE. I expected at least some increased clarity, and increased volumn from the added compression. Yes, its all that and more. Right off the bat, you start hearing sounds you have NEVER heard (or noticed?) before. This isnt from equalization popping up the top end of the sound. There's improved sonic clarity across the HERTZ spectrum. Its as tho you were sonically nearsighted, and someone just put glasses on you for the first time. EVERYTHING just STANDS OUT with such clarity and force. YOU get this effect on ALL the songs. If you listen to JULIA, the acoustic guitars just BLOW YOUR MIND! You can hear John's fingers scrape across the strings. His vocals are rich, full, and the bottom end is....well, altho there is NO bass guitar on JULIA, the bottom end is so full and rich, you would think there WAS bass. Naturally, the BIG TEST for the white album, is listening to REVOLUTION #9. For some reason, deciphering REVOLUTION #9 thru headphones, penetrating the incomprehensible density of tape loops, has been a favorite pass time for some mega-fans for decades. (I'm one.) And you know what? For the first time EVER, I was able to hear more of Ringo's and John's bizarre mumbling jokes, and nonsense verbage. Again, the CLARITY! the DEPTH OF SONIC PERCEPTION! Honestly, its about as much as anyone can hope for. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remaster, perfect!
I immediately go right to the one stars to see what the controversies are, and once again some of the criticisms are very trivial , packaging? Experimental songs? Overpriced? Read more
Published 3 hours ago by john p. mackey
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles Only Double Studio-Released Album
This is quite definitely THE Beatles album of their short but prolific hits-filled career. To say that The Beatles were the main socio-political group of their time would be about... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Robert Schroeder
5.0 out of 5 stars As a Collector, This one is a Must
One of the best albums on their transition to modern rock and psychadelic stuff. It all started after they went to India with the Mahareshi Yoga and they had a turn in their music. Read more
Published 13 days ago by ARM
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
Ordered this after seeing Paul and Ringo on grammy awards show - it's fabulous! I think one of the best albums ever!
Published 24 days ago by Sandy Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles, What can I say!!
Great cd. Had the album from back in the day, and am now very happy to have the cd. Had all the other Beatles, but this one was hard to find. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Diana S. Crandall
3.0 out of 5 stars The White Album
I bought this for two songs and really don't care for the rest of it. I've never been a big fan of the Beatles or rock music. My sister loves it however, I sent it to her.
Published 1 month ago by Michele Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars great product. love it. just what I needed. couldn't ask for better....
great product. love it. just what I needed. couldn't ask for better. worth every penny. best of the best. perfect.
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey Korn
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars, you think?
What else can be said about the White Album? I have the old vinyl "record" and it was time to get the CD
Published 1 month ago by Jeff J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Are established artists. Part of the discography of my youth. Excellent choice! Recommend to anyone who is looking for good music.
Published 1 month ago by Nelson Pfaltzgraff
5.0 out of 5 stars CD as described
Sounds great! A must have for any true Beatles fan. Received shipment in a timely fashion. This is the only CD with the song "While my Guitar Gently Weeps".
Published 1 month ago by Dawn Rosamilia
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White Album Remaster Too Good?
Of all the Beatles' remastered CDs, I feel that the clearest difference from the earlier CD release is shown with the 'White Album'. The sound simply shines, and makes a great record sound more full, dramatic and stunning than ever.
Aug 8, 2011 by Robert Bykowski |  See all 7 posts
Beatle Remasters: Stereo vs. Mono
To enumerate all the differences between the mono & stereo versions of the first 10 albums would make for too long of a reply. Let me simplify it this way - if you want to hear the mix of the Beatles' albums the way the Beatles intended them to sound, you'll listen to the mono mixes. This is... Read more
Jul 5, 2009 by C. Saylors |  See all 20 posts
Revolution 9
Love it, but it is a few minutes too long. I think it would have had more of a shock factor if it was a little shorter. Pretty far from the worst song on a Beatles record, far too interesting and unique. It is also one of the more mysterious and sinister momements on the album and essential to... Read more
Mar 9, 2007 by Dansa |  See all 28 posts
30th Anniversary Limited Edition vs Remaster?
No it wasn't remastered, and yes it has now been blown out of the water. Keep the Poster and 4-Photo's and toss the rest in the trash. Thats what I did.
Sep 14, 2009 by stingraex2000 |  See all 2 posts
beatle remasters box set mono stereo
I do not know either about a box set but I sure hope we can get a mono White Album like the UK release. They only put out stereo in the US back in 1968 so you had to find an import if you wanted the mono White album. I also hope they do not put out a nice box set months after we have all bought... Read more
May 15, 2009 by James L. Dickinson |  See all 49 posts
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