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Legend meets reality, and reality must win,
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This review is from: The White Album (Audio CD)
For years I've heard of the 'White Album' as a legendary musical milestone, so at long last I bought a cheap second hand CD. I'm glad I didn't pay full price, as apart from the well known 'hits' which are great the rest is at best unremarkable and often trash that isn't worth the time listening to it. Poor quality blues, pop and experimental songs that probably wouldn't have got them a recording contract in any later era, plus throw away rubbish songs make up the majority of this album. If you like the best of the Beatles heard on the Blue and Red collections, then you'll find this extremely disappointing and you'll be deleting it from your iPod pretty quickly, so save your money.
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Initial post: 31 Aug 2013 00:02:36 BDT
Amazon Customer says:
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2013 12:42:11 BDT
T. Braddick says:
Hi, is that comment because you don't like my observations ? If this album had been put out by most other bands, it would have been treated with derision.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2014 17:31:39 BDT
TB (& others who actually deride the album rather than grumble about the service) just have different views, so no reason to be as dismissive as he/she is by calling this reviewer an "idiot".
However, from reading his/her review, which doesn't bother to refer to any of the tracks that he/she has decided are "poor quality", I'd guess the writer is quite young and of the iPod generation. Thankfully, the review only a weak, subjective and rather narrow opinion, and I won't be taking it too seriously.
It's a pity, and most reviewers seem capable of placing this album in its historical context. Much of what followed in pop & rock has drawn from the Beatles, and in my opinion, this album was indeed a musical milestone and a component of that influence.
Growing up through from the age of about 10 with the Beatles' music and hearing all the music that it surely influenced in the successive decades gives us old gits a broader view and valid reason to value most of the Beatles' output with more reverence.
Buying the vinyl album on release and hearing it played loudly on equipment with real speakers was (& still is) a totally different experience to just sampling the now-familiar popular choices via MP3 shuffle.
It's a fact that several generations have come to appreciate this vast & varied collection. Ask anyone from the Brit-Pop fraternity, the Mancs, the Yanks and many more musicians, singers & songwriters.
If TB's review is based on simple retrospective impressions and from the sound through earpods, he/she must also be missing the chance to appreciate so much good music from countless other artists. I won't be seeking out any other TB reviews, though!
Buying it as a cheap second-hand CD and dismissing most of its content as "throw away rubbish songs" kind of sums up the casual attitude on display here. I doubt whether TB has really done much more than skip through the many tracks he's not really heard of.
Maybe,TB, you can read up just a bit on the Beatles' genesis within the dirfferent time & UK culture in which they lived, and then appreciate their influences for the many musical styles that they reflected and celebrated in this (& their other) LPs.
Posted on 27 Sep 2014 22:07:10 BDT
E. Barlow says:
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