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Old Oct 18, 2005, 03:02 AM   #1
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Default I think the White Album has aged the best out of all the albums

I think much of this has to do with the simplicity of the arrangements. Many of the songs are accoustic and even the electric songs are recorded in a straightforward fashion.

The White Album also relies very little on sound effects and exotic instrumentation. Sgt Peppers, Abbey Road, and Magical Mystery are still great timeless albums but many of their songs are drenched in that 60's pshycedllic sound.

Diversity also plays a key factor. The White Album deals with so many genres and styles, that it is impossible to classify. On the other hand A Hard Day's Night could not be mistaken for anything other than an early 60's album.

The White Album songs still sound remarkably fresh to my years. Songs like Blackbird, Sexy Sadie, and Long Long Long seem to transcend time. It's as if they breath. They spring to life when you play them. I can never imagine these songs sounding tired. But I can never imagine the White Album sounding tired. It has a vitality which I believe will always make it the most relevant Beatle album.
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Old Oct 18, 2005, 03:08 AM   #2
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I agree Matt. The sound of the White album could be recorded today. I think Paul's songs in general age better, something with his voice I think. Acoustic and simple songs always sound better years later. If you listen to Sgt Pepper it sounds very dated in parts. I also think Abbey Road sounds fresh today but again it has simple rock songs played brilliantly.
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Old Oct 18, 2005, 04:02 AM   #3
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the white album may be aging best...but I am not. There are still days this album does nothing for me, while other days I love it :)
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Old Oct 18, 2005, 04:27 AM   #4
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I completely agree... this album is pretty popular with kids in my school right now, probably for that reason that it has so many different types of music on it. I think in the 60's this album was far ahead of its time, now it fits into the early 21st century music pretty well.
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Old Oct 18, 2005, 05:58 AM   #5
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I spose you do have a point there. I actually never thought of it that way before...
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You are a smart man matt! This album is pure, unaldulterated brilliance.
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Old Oct 20, 2005, 01:46 PM   #7
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I agree with these posts that the White Album does have many things going for it, especially the diversity of the songs. This keeps it from being pigeon-holed as an album with one particular sound or style, and thus prevents it from being identified with a particular period, like some of the other Beatle albums are. Who would guess just by listening that "Julia" and "Rocky Raccoon" are on the same album as "Yer Blues" and "Helter Skelter"?
But it is uneven in spots. I still hate wasted tracks like "Wild Honey Pie" "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?" and "Revolution #9" --they didn't deserve to make the final cut.
Also, while I feel it is a brilliant album overall (27 songs out of 30 ain't bad), knowing as we do the difficult circumstances under which it was made--group tension, many solo recordings, etc.-- it is difficult to feel any real warmth for it. From all accounts it was not a happy experience for the group (although I'm sure they had their lighter moments during the recording process, as evidenced on the "Anthology" disc), and that fact has somehow affected my mindset towards it. I don't even get that feeling about "Let It Be" because I don't consider that a real album. It wasn't recorded as an album as the other albums were. And "Abbey Road" is just too freakin' brilliant for me to care HOW they were feeling when they recorded it. But there's something about parts of the White Album that just give me an odd feeling, difficult to put into words.
I still would rate either "Revolver" or "Abbey Road" as their best. But hey, any other rock group in history would have killed to have the talent it took to create the White Album.

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Old Oct 20, 2005, 05:32 PM   #8
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I don't know. Just last week I heard "Tomorrow Never Knows" on the radio (and a 'young music' one at that) followed by some song by the Chemical Brothers ("Let Forever Be" probably), and it sounded so actual...

Then again I think that things like "Taxman" or "Good Morning Good Morning" could be strong hits by any of these american rock acts; that Jet group song sounds just like "Sexy Sadie"; those Oasis boys are still trying to re-record Magical Mystery Tour...

I think that, except for those epic rock'n'rollers from the first era, almost all of The Beatles albums have a time-independent sound. Really. From Revolver onwards.
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MMT is so brilliantly weird, I think it holds up pretty well, although the same can't really be said for Pepper.

Yes, the simple albums, "White" and Rubber Soul, have aged the best.
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White Album/Revoler
Sgt. Peppers/Abbey Road
I think of these albums going together for some reason (just a personal one, I guess) & I always find myself listening to TWA & Revolver one after the other & vice-versa.
Just a weird observation!
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White Album/Revoler
Sgt. Peppers/Abbey Road
I think of these albums going together for some reason (just a personal one, I guess) & I always find myself listening to TWA & Revolver one after the other & vice-versa.
Just a weird observation!
I put Abbey Road together with Revolver

I put the White Album together with Plastic Ono Band and Mc Cartney I
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