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Old Nov 28, 2009, 02:02 PM   #1
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I've read quotes from George Martin saying the White Album owuld have been a great single album. I've never seen what songs he would have included in a single White Album.

If you have, please post.


BTW..I love the double White Album.

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Old Nov 28, 2009, 03:58 PM   #2
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We've had several thread on this subject. Feel free to check these two out and post your opinions in them.

http://www.beatlelinks.net/forums/sh...ht=White+album

http://www.beatlelinks.net/forums/sh...ht=White+album

I'll leave this thread open for a while so others can check them out.
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Old Nov 28, 2009, 04:44 PM   #3
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I think I agree with Paul McCartney.

"It's the bloody Beatles White Album. Shut up."
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Old Nov 28, 2009, 10:11 PM   #4
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"It's the bloody Beatles White Album. Shut up."
I think that is in my top-10 moments from The Anthology.

... and yeah, I agree with Sir Paul, as well. I can't imagine The White Album in any other incarnation as the one that exists.

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Old Nov 29, 2009, 02:28 PM   #5
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I think I agree with Paul McCartney.

"It's the bloody Beatles White Album. Shut up."
lol, true. I love it the way it is... nevertheless, I still like to imagine "what if..."
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 05:14 AM   #6
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Thanks for the links. Good posts there.

Did George Martin offer offer specifics on what he would have picked for the single album?

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Old Nov 30, 2009, 11:23 AM   #7
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Thanks for the links. Good posts there.

Did George Martin offer offer specifics on what he would have picked for the single album?

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I don't recall him ever listing what he would have kept and what he what have omitted. But you can imagine he'd have nixed tracks like, "Wild Honey Pie", "Why Don't We Do It In The Road", "Long, Long, Long", "Don't Pass Me By", "Revolution 9", etc., etc....

I can't imagine eliminating an entire 2 LP sides from that album. "Filler" by The Beatles is like 95% of other bands' hits!

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Old Nov 30, 2009, 04:37 PM   #8
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Remove "Long, Long, Long"??? DON'T YOU DARE!!!! That's the perfect foil for "Helter Skelter", and besides, it's one of Ringo's most stellar moments!!!!
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When I tried this I ended up with four discs and an EP.
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My one disc White Album: All 30 songs sped up to fit onto one disc.

But in all seriousness I'll try it... man, I'll hate it though. The White Album's my favorite album and I don't want to change a thing about it.

Disc 1:
1. Back in the USSR
2. Dear Prudence
3. Ob La Di-Ob La Da
4. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
5. Happiness is a Warm Gun
6. Blackbird
7. I Will

Disc 2:
1. Sexy Sadie
2. Everybody's Got Something to Hide...
3. Helter Skelter
4. Long, Long, Long
5. Revolution 1
6. Savoy Truffle
7. Cry Baby Cry
8. Good Night
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Old Dec 01, 2009, 03:40 PM   #12
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It's very tough to do. I could only cut 4-5 songs and I wasn't happy with that!
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My one disc White Album: All 30 songs sped up to fit onto one disc.

But in all seriousness I'll try it... man, I'll hate it though. The White Album's my favorite album and I don't want to change a thing about it.

Disc 1:
1. Back in the USSR
2. Dear Prudence
3. Ob La Di-Ob La Da
4. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
5. Happiness is a Warm Gun
6. Blackbird
7. I Will

Disc 2:
1. Sexy Sadie
2. Everybody's Got Something to Hide...
3. Helter Skelter
4. Long, Long, Long
5. Revolution 1
6. Savoy Truffle
7. Cry Baby Cry
8. Good Night
A noble attempt...

But you only proved that nobody can subtract tracks from The White Album without committing sacrilege. "Julia", "Rocky Raccoon", "Martha My Dear", "Birthday", "Mother Nature's Son", "Honey Pie" - to name a handful - are just too good to omit.
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Right. There are way too many classics on board to reduce it to a single disc without letting go of songs that simply aren't expendible.
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Right. There are way too many classics on board to reduce it to a single disc without letting go of songs that simply aren't expendible.
I mean, you can't even get rid of tracks like, "Yer Blues" because it fades out into "Mother Nature's Son" so well... and you can't get rid of "Mother Nature's Son" because it leads into "Everybody's Got..." perfectly.

Subtract songs, and you destroy the album's flow... which is an important part of any album.
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I think that the "flow" of the White Album was probably where George Martin put in his most important work as producer on that particular project. And it really is true that pulling songs out and re-ordering things on this album creates all sorts of headaches. The flow is not only masterfully done, but is also rather fragile. Pull one card, and the whole house can fall in.
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Old Dec 02, 2009, 01:40 PM   #18
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Perhaps a better idea than reducing the White Album would be to find a clever way of dividing it into two self-contained albums (as opposed to a massive double album).

An argument could be made for creating a folky sequel to Rubber Soul (with songs like "Mother Nature's Son", "Julia", and lighter rockers like "Ob Bla Di, Ob Bla Da", etc.), and taking the heavier tracks (like "Yer Blues", "Helter Skelter", "...Monkey", etc.) to create the hardest rocking Beatles album ever.

I've often thought about the possibilities of that...

...On the other hand, why bother? "It's the bloody Beatles White Album. Shut up."
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They could've even done a triple album, with all the acoustic demos (Esher), rejected tracks ("What's the New Mary Jane", "Not Guilty", "Junk") songs they had around but didn't properly release ("Only a Northern Song", "It's All Too Much", "All Together Now", "Hey Bulldog", "Across the Universe"), singles from the era ("Hey Jude", "Revolution", "Lady Madonna", "The Inner Light")...

Of course one could argue about the musical flow of such a release, but the point is - they had enough material for about 3 discs that year. So I don't see the point of getting it reduced to just 1.
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I'd rather expand it than shrink it as well. I can't understand why that wasn't done with the 25th anniversary special release.
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