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The Beatles (The White Album)

The BeatlesAudio CD
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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 (1,488 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,710 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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
Artist: BEATLES
Title: BEATLES (WHITE ALBUM)
Street Release Date: 01/01/1987
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Genre: ROCK/POP

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561 of 609 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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154 of 165 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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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant musical hodge-podge July 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Beatles left very deep footprints, and, love them or hate them, they are a cultural force to be reckoned with. The White Album represents both the peak of their art and the nadir of their personal relationships within the group (only to be surpassed by the gruesome Let It Be sessions...). Less of a group effort, each of Fabs here showcase their individual songwriting and singing talents, using the others as session players. They decisively destroy the image of the four happy pop clones of 1964. It was a liberating move for the musicians, but it can also be a jarring experience for the listener. It is a massive, sprawling masterwork that occasionally verges on complete collapse. The Beatles were never afraid to push the envelope to breaking point and beyond: The White Album is a case-in-point. As a historical document, The White Album can be heard as the "come down" from the Summer of Love, a testament to the idealism and disillusion (and dissipation) of 1968 (the year that saw the murder of both Martin Luther King and the death of the dream of peace, both within the US and internationally with the escalation of the Vietnam War). The minimalist cover artwork can be seen as the inevitable antidote to the colorful and florid excesses of Flower Power fashion. The White Album is a historical moment preserved in song. Matching the anguish and uncertainty of the era is the anguish and schizophrenia of the Beatles music on this record.
Many (including producer George Martin) have complained that the album is too long and includes tracks of inferior quality, that it could have been boiled down to a single album of solid gold. Honestly, there is something here to offend everybody.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived quickly and plays great. Thank you
What can you say-It's THE WHITE ALBUM. Arrived quickly and plays great. Thank you!
Published 7 hours ago by mcclure
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album
Great product!
Published 8 hours ago by bosworth05
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ok
Published 15 hours ago by Rocky
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece from a time gone by....
What can you say? A masterpiece from a time gone by....
Published 21 hours ago by Bill in KC
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great rock albums of all time
One of the great rock albums of all time, almost as varied from track to track as rock itself. Having had the vinyl version long ago, I'm pleased to have this remastered CD... Read more
Published 3 days ago by David Cantor
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album
I think this is the best Beatles album ever. I believe the Birthday song is on this one and hub plays it on everyone's birthday. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jodi
5.0 out of 5 stars Glass Onion
Out of four Beatles CD's I've bought from Amazon, this one is the most played in my car! The sound is great, and it really makes you wanna 'mooove' while on the go! Read more
Published 5 days ago by BUYER BEWARE!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 5 days ago by dasezaisno
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great album, disc seems scratched, skips a little on some songs
Published 6 days ago by Dan Parsneau
3.0 out of 5 stars OK Beatle Album
This album has some good Beatle songs on it. Some are kind of weird though.
Published 6 days ago by Lilly
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