Almost 50 years on and we’re still having pub debates as to what should have been on The White Album, or left off. Even if you find Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da grating, or Piggies overly cynical, would you really want it any other way? I’ll always argue that Revolution 9 is a roaring success that granted rock musicians the licence to get their hands dirty applying razors to tape like they were Stockhausen himself. Glass Onion and Savoy Truffle have always been top larks in my book. Ringo’s turns are charming as hell and McCartney invents noise rock and / or metal on Helter Skelter. Lennon is open-hearted on Dear Prudence, beguilingly jaded on Sexy Sadie and Yer Blues, with Yoko upsetting the applecart in a much-needed way. And you might even have forgotten Harrison’s heavenly Long, Long, Long.
The best argument for artistic self-indulgence and grumpy bandmates ever, sounding better than ever on remastered (double, of course) vinyl.
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10/10 Jack Customer review, 10th January 2015
This is such an amazing album. Classics upon classics are everywhere, it's simply raging. The Beatles wrote the majority of this album on a long spiritual break with the Maharishi (as well as many more that would be presented on later Beatles albums and solo albums). "Blackbird" pushes lyrical boundaries, "Dear Prudence" offers some of their most angelic psychedelia, "Julia" one of the saddest songs ever written and "My Guitar Gently Weeps" shows Harrison coming into his own as an amazing lyricist and singer. Top stuff.
9/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 5th November 2014
"The Beatles", colloquially known as "The White Album" is the very definition of a sprawling double album. A real mixed bag of brilliance, silliness and utter rubbish.
"Glass Onion", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" and "Helter Skelter" are among many brilliant highlights on here.
The silliness stems from the nine minute nonsense that is "Revolution No.9", however, this was groundbreaking and highly influential silliness and prompted many non-songs on albums that came after.
The utter rubbish is "Ob-la-Di-Ob-la-da" which is the worst song the Beatles have ever recorded. Despite this blot on the landscape, "The Beatles" is still brilliant and pretty essential.
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