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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #100 on: February 17, 2009, 06:31:18 AM »

Arghh...like having to choose my favorite children  :'(
And I agree with those who say the White Album is perfect as is.

1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
2. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
3. I'm So Tired
4. Blackbird
5. Rocky Racoon
6. Blackbird
7. I Will
8. Julia
9. Yer Blues
10. Mother Nature's Son
11. Sexy Sadie
12. Helter Skelter
13. Revolution 1
14. Cry Baby Cry
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #101 on: February 19, 2009, 04:25:52 PM »

Going back to what jjs said all those months ago, making TWA into a single album isn't about picking your favourite songs, or necessarily the 'best' songs. It's all about the flow, and if that means that some 'essential' songs have to be left out, then so be it. There are always singles. b-sides, and EP's. I spent some time on this and here's what I came up with:

Back In The U.S.S.R.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
I Will
Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
I'm So Tired
Martha My Dear
Yer Blues
(22.13)

Revolution 1
Blackbird
Sexy Sadie
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Long, Long, Long
Helter Skelter
(20.34)

I've had this arrangement on my iPod for a couple of weeks now, and it seems to work pretty well. I've paid no attention to the number of Paul song's vs John's, and there's no Ringo song. All I was concerned with was making a 40+ minute album of two sides that worked. In fact, I've left a couple of my favourite songs off: 'Ob-Bla-Di', and 'Glass Onion'. And I'm not over fond of 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps', but it seems to work coming right after 'Back In The USSR'. Heaven knows why 'Ob-Bla-Di' wasn't released as a single in the UK and US, if Marmalade can have a huge hit with it think how many The Beatles would have sold.
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #102 on: February 20, 2009, 04:36:37 PM »

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Long, Long, Long
Helter Skelter
(20.34)

I've had this arrangement on my iPod for a couple of weeks now, and it seems to work pretty well.

long Long Long BEFORE Helter Skelter??? Isn't that like going to bed before the party, or a valium before the hangover? Too much Danish cheese my friend. Var so gud
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #103 on: February 28, 2009, 02:52:44 AM »

A
back in the ussr
while my guitar gently weeps
ob-la-di ob-la-da (anthology version)
dear prudence
happiness is a warm gun
sexy sadie
piggies
blackbird

B
birthday
revolution (single version)
helter skelter
yer blues
savoy truffle
glass onion
cry baby cry
good night
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #104 on: February 28, 2009, 06:40:05 AM »

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long Long Long BEFORE Helter Skelter??? Isn't that like going to bed before the party, or a valium before the hangover? Too much Danish cheese my friend. Var so gud

The calm before the storm, I thought.

Oh by the way, it's 'ikke saa godt! :P
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #105 on: March 13, 2009, 10:58:13 PM »

Hi guys.  Don't know if you are interested but a Beatles-mad member of the music site I run recently wrote a piece on his difficulty in attempting to prove/disprove the age old White Album-in-one-disk theory.  Interested to see what you guys think! Its a very good read, even if you don't agree....!

Link is here:

http://www.gobshout.com/Home/Your_Shout/Features/Article.html?art=620

Thanks,

David
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #106 on: March 14, 2009, 07:51:26 PM »

Anyone who doesn't include, "Long, Long Long"...I don't know. i just question whether you've actually given the song a chance. I know because at one point I hadn't either. I used to just skip over it, but one day I stumbled upon it and listened to it, and I fell in love. I probably consider it my favorite song of George's, and certainly in my top 10 Beatles songs of all time, possibly top five. It just hurts to see how people would ever think of leaving if off of any album. From beginning to end, it's completely wonderful. I'm not even a religious man, and it almost brings a tear to my eye to hear George singing about his devotion to God with such a peaceful yet raging allegiance. It's just so unique. I know of no song to compare it with.

But then again, we all have differing opinions, I guess, and each song touches us differently. I suppose that's what makes the Beatles such a great band.
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #107 on: March 16, 2009, 07:46:51 PM »



Back In The USSR
I'm So Tired
Ob La Di, Ob La Da
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Martha My Dear
Blackbird
I Will
Julia
Sexie Sadie
Helter Skelter
Revolution 1
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #108 on: March 27, 2009, 10:10:41 PM »

I wished they'd released Revolution 9 as a single
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #109 on: March 27, 2009, 10:26:27 PM »

^ As much as I love Revolution 9 I think it was best that the never released it.  People wouldn't understand it and I think that if it were released it would have tarnished their image.
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #110 on: May 19, 2009, 01:00:19 AM »

I am intrigued by a White Album with Hey Jude, Lady Madonna and Revolution and without Revolution #9 though....

jjs -- Try this.  I assume you have an iPod, and can build a playlist.  (I'll get hanged for daring to suggest such a thing, but ...)

For sides 3 and 4 of the White Album:

Birthday
YerBlues
Mother Nature's Son
Everybody's Got Something To Hide, Except Me and My Monkey
Lady Madonna
Sexy Sadie
Helter Skelter
Long, Long, Long

Revolution
Honey Pie
Revolution #1
Savoy Truffle
Hey Jude
Good Night


As to the "flow" of albums -- had you never heard Pepper without SFF/PL, you'd cry your eyes out with them missing.  You have to put yourself in a different frame of mind, and imagine these albums with their missing singles.  Let's try it this way:  Take Come Together and Something off of Abbey Road, and replace them with two other things they were working on -- say, "Junk" and "Teddy Boy."  Then tell me it was better they were singles.

To again appease the masses, I have no problem with their albums.  Phenonomenal.  My six favrorite albums are Beatles albums.  But while we're fantasizing ... let me fantasize.  :-)
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #111 on: July 13, 2009, 01:43:08 AM »

It's funny, but I open a theme just like this in the Nowhereland forum

My single album (6 John, 6 Paul, 2 George, 1 Ringo)

A-Side
01 Back in the U.S.S.R.
02 Dear Prudence
03 While my guitar gently weeps
04 Happiness is a warm gun
05 Martha, my dear
06 Blackbird
07 I'm so tired

B-Side
08 Birthday
09 Yer blues
10 Mother Nature's son
11 Sexy Sadie
12 Helter Skelter
13 Savoy Truffle
14 Cry, baby cry
15 Good night
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #112 on: July 17, 2009, 09:46:18 PM »

It's funny, but I open a theme just like this in the Nowhereland forum

My single album (6 John, 6 Paul, 2 George, 1 Ringo)

A-Side
01 Back in the U.S.S.R.
02 Dear Prudence
03 While my guitar gently weeps
04 Happiness is a warm gun
05 Martha, my dear
06 Blackbird
07 I'm so tired

B-Side
08 Birthday
09 Yer blues
10 Mother Nature's son
11 Sexy Sadie
12 Helter Skelter
13 Savoy Truffle
14 Cry, baby cry
15 Good night

Nice list, i like it!  :)
but i might add Long Long Long in there.
oh and welcome to DM's Nelson_Wilbury :)
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #113 on: August 13, 2009, 03:56:04 AM »

1. The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
2. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
3. Happiness Is a Warm Gun
4. Martha My Dear
5. I'm So Tired
6. Blackbird
7. Piggies
8. Rocky Raccoon
9. I Will
10. Julia
11. Sexy Sadie
12. Long, Long, long
13. Honey Pie
14. Good Night
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #114 on: August 14, 2009, 07:19:43 AM »

Some rarely seen choices there Brad. Bungalow Bill, Piggies, Rocky Racoon, Honey Pie. Any particular reasons or just a matter of taste?
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #115 on: August 14, 2009, 10:49:12 PM »

Some rarely seen choices there Brad. Bungalow Bill, Piggies, Rocky Racoon, Honey Pie. Any particular reasons or just a matter of taste?

Well I dunno really, I just really like those tracks. Bungalow Bill is good because of all four Beatles singing in the chorus, and because Yoko delivers her only non-ear-shattering line ever. I don't know why I like Piggies, guess it's just a fun George tune. And I like Rocky and Honey Pie because I just love the versatility in Pauls voice; how he can change from a rocker such as Helter Skelter, to a soft jazzy tune like Honey Pie.
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #116 on: September 13, 2009, 06:48:05 PM »

It's wonderful the way it is. A big sprawling universe of sounds.
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #117 on: September 22, 2009, 05:05:17 PM »

The White Album is my second favorite Beatles album.
And that says alot since I LOVE all of their albums.
I even consider the obvious filler an essential part of the experience.

And I really tried to narrow down the songs to 14.
But there is so many great songs heren that 14 is just not enough.
Maybe that's why I love it so much.
And even if it's so diverse and all over the place it still has a great flow.
And some of the transitions are amazing. Especially Back In the U.S.S.R to Dear Prudence and Bungalow Bill to While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

If I made a 14 song single album I would have to leave off such amazing songs as Glass Onion, Martha My Dear, Long, Long, Long and I Will

I just can't do it.

The White Album is the best double album ever made.
Why change it?
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #118 on: October 06, 2009, 04:03:11 AM »

I've got multiple single-disk White Album playlists on my iPod, and they're pretty much covered by other people's suggestions! ;D

But what I did after reading the list is created two more, focusing not on best songs, most played songs, or favorite songs (even if quirky).  Instead, I did one that focuses on the harder edged songs, and one that is softer (and they're cool to listen to this way).

The White Album with an edge:

Side A (21:05)
1.  Back in the USSR
2.  Why Don't We Do It In the Road
3.  Yer Blues
4.  Everybody's Got Something to Hide. . .
5.  Sexy Sadie
6.  Glass Onion
7.  While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Side B (20.07)
1.  Happiness Is a Warm Gun
2.  Birthday
3.  Revolution 1
4.  Savoy Truffle
5.  Cry Baby Cry
6.  Helter Skelter  (Great way to leave the album!)


And a softer album:

Side A (20:37)
1.  Can You Take Me Back/Blackbird (I really like this combination :))
2.  I'm So Tired
3.  Piggies
4.  Dear Prudence
5.  Martha My Dear
6.  Sexy Sadie
7.  Mother Nature's Son
8.  I Will

Side B (21:40)

1.  Ob-La-Di
2.  Rocky Raccoon
3.  Julia
4.  Long, Long, Long
5.  Honey Pie
6.  Cry Baby Cry
7.  Good Night
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Re: The White Album as a Single Album...
« Reply #119 on: October 06, 2009, 03:27:21 PM »

That's a very interesting idea. Myself I'd like to have a group orientated album and a solo orientated album.

For the group album I'd suggest :

Back in the USSR
Dear Prudence
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Birthday
Obladi Oblada
Bungalow Bill
While my Guitar Gently weeps

Glass onion
Yer Blues
Me and my Monkey
Savoy truffle
Don't pass Me By
Revolution 1
Helter Skelter

This fulfils the criteria of 14 songs, two George songs and one Ringo song which I prefer for a group album.

For the solo album I'm still working on it.
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