|1. Back In The U.S.S.R. (2009 - Remaster)|
|2. Dear Prudence (2009 - Remaster)|
|3. Glass Onion (2009 - Remaster)|
|4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (2009 - Remaster)|
|5. Wild Honey Pie (2009 - Remaster)|
|6. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (2009 - Remaster)|
|7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (2009 - Remaster)|
|8. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (2009 - Remaster)|
|9. Martha My Dear (2009 - Remaster)|
|10. I'm So Tired (2009 - Remaster)|
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|1. The Beatles Documentary|
|2. Yer Blues (2009 - Remaster)|
|3. Mother Nature's Son (2009 - Remaster)|
|4. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (2009 - Remaster)|
|5. Sexy Sadie (2009 - Remaster)|
|6. Helter Skelter (2009 - Remaster)|
|7. Long, Long, Long (2009 - Remaster)|
|8. Revolution 1 (2009 - Remaster)|
|9. Honey Pie (2009 - Remaster)|
|10. Savoy Truffle (2009 - Remaster)|
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From the inside looking out, maybe everything wasn't going to be alright, despite John Lennon’s assurances on the rousing Revolution 1, just one of many highlights on what is perhaps The Beatles’ most ambitious studio album.
After writing dozens of songs while meditating in India in the spring, the group returned to Abbey Road – and Trident, in Soho – to record over 30 tracks of new material up until the summer. When you think of how unrest had started to simmer within the group's ranks – Yoko Ono arriving in the studio; Apple forming; Ringo leaving and then returning – and how broad the album's palette of sounds (blue beat, heavy metal, folk and doo-wop, to name a few), The Beatles still manages to hang together like few other works.
The Lennon and Paul McCartney stereotypes are at once reinforced, yet also dismissed – few would have thought Good Night was the product of Lennon’s pen, and likewise Helter Skelter didn’t immediately scream McCartney. Away from such showpieces, it's the doodles that delight – George Harrison's Savoy Truffle is a fine counterweight to While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except For Me and My Monkey balances the gravitas of Revolution 1.
Given that it also contains Lennon, Ono and Harrison's nine-minute noise collage Revolution 9 and McCartney's genuinely pointless Wild Honey Pie, it’s little wonder that producer George Martin always opined that The Beatles could have made a splendid single album. That said, without such variety on offer, the compiling of one’s own version wouldn’t be the national pastime it is today. --Daryl Easlea
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John Lennon never reached the peaks he reaches here. All his songs are wonderful. From the finger picking ’Dear Prudence’ with a stomping bass line from Paul to the tour de force group effort ’Happiness Is A Warm Gun’ to the supremely melodic ’Sexy Sadie’. Who ever said that McCartney wrote all the melodies is sadly mistaken. This is a melody to die for. And there is ’Julia’, the sweet and moving lament to his lost mother and the Mother he had found in Yoko. ’Revolution’ needs no introduction. Even if this slower album version is slightly inferior to the raucous rendition on the B Side of Hey Jude, it is mighty fine all the same. ’Cry Baby Cry’ is a wonderfully atmospheric piece with Paul contributing some suitably eerie piano.... Read more ›
I was fortunate enough to obtain one of the scarce copies in 1969. And it seemed funny to be playing "Back In The U.S.S.R." at West Point New York. As for the rest of the album many reviews look on this as an eclectic collection. On the surface it maybe. Then you can hear and feel the underlying pattern of the Beatles. They are just extending their range and keeping that which makes them unique.
I believe this album is addictive.
Because all the reviews are positive, yet there are many people that marked the reviews unfavorable, I am at a lose as to what is up with "The White Album." So I will not be offended, and would like to here from you as to whether it is the rating or the content of the review that makes your decision?
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