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White Album facts
« on: January 11, 2006, 08:44:42 PM »

White Album Facts
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The Beatles was released in the UK on November 22, 1968 as Apple PMC 7067-8 (mono) and PCS 7067-8 (stereo) and in the US on November 25, 1968 in stereo as Apple SWBO 101. The White Album was not released in mono in the US.
The White Album's original working title was A Doll's House, which is the name of Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece play written in the 19th century.

In addition, according to The Beatles Album by Geoffrey Giuliano, an illustration was prepared for the cover of A Doll's House by the famed artist Patrick but the plain white cover was opted for instead. This illustration eventually showed up on EMI's Dutch release of the Love Songs album, De Mooiste Songs.



Recording sessions for the White Album started with the song Revolution on May 30, 1968, and concluded with take three of Julia on October 13, 1968. Mixing for the album was completed five days later on October 18, 1968.

This album marked the first on the then newly formed Apple label, which had made its first appearance as a 45 three months earlier on August 30, 1968 with the Hey Jude/Revolution single, both of which were recorded during the White Album sessions.

Also recorded during the White Album sessions were What's the New Mary Jane and Not Guilty. These two tracks were only available on bootlegs for many years, but were finally released legitimately for the first time 28 years after they were recorded on Anthology 3 in 1996.

The Guiness Book of Records lists The Beatles as having sold "nearly two million" copies in its first week of release in the US.


 

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Four 8x10 glossies, one of each Beatle, were included as inserts with the White Album. These pictures were taken by photographer John Kelley in the autumn of 1968.





 

Silly Censorship
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In the United States, one small photograph of Paul and one small drawing of Yoko and John in the poster that was included with the White Album were censored.

  



On the left are scans from a copy of the White Album poster included with a White Album manufactured by EMI in Germany. On the right are unretouched scans of the same places on the poster from a copy made by Capitol in America.


All found here: http://www.beatletracks.com/  I really love this site. Lots of great information.
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Re: White Album facts
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2006, 09:11:28 PM »

Thanks for the info, Bobber.
That's a great site, indeed. I've always liked it too.
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Re: White Album facts
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2006, 10:13:48 PM »

Thanks for that Bobber.


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Re: White Album facts
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2006, 11:50:22 PM »

Those photos are "stunning"! Captures the "what i'm all about" of each Beatle. I also received a large poster that was folded up iside the lp sleeve! It showed various photographs of all the lads from different years in their lives!
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Re: White Album facts
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2006, 03:50:28 AM »

Of all the infinite things that have been documented and written about the Beatles, the photos (as far as I know) haven't ever really been discussed--the where's and when's. When was/were the photo of Paul naked taken, or in the tub, what about the "William Campbell" picture? There must have been some sessions but I have never seen any info on them. You only see the John picture with his eyes open in the album, and the one with his eyes closed, but none other. If anyone has any info on the pictures or how they were chosen, I'd be interested to find out.
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Re: White Album facts
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2006, 11:13:18 AM »

For those who don't know the poster: http://www.orthogonal.com.au/music/beatles/white/index.htm

Click to get enlargements.


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The sleeve design was by Richard Hamilton, who suggested the minimalistic approach and the consecutively numbered sleeves which would give a limited edition feel to it. Richard also come up with the montage idea for the large free poster, which included the lyrics on its rear. The four free colour prints were taken by John Kelly. Originals copies also have a top opening sleeve and black paper inner sleeves.
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Re: White Album facts
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2006, 04:33:12 PM »

Thanx a lot Bobber! That's really interresting!:)
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Re: White Album facts
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2006, 02:09:42 AM »

i have an import with this cover....its my favorite cover...

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Re: White Album facts
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2006, 03:37:38 PM »

That was interesting, I never knew that.
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Re: White Album facts
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2006, 05:15:05 AM »

I have a copy of the White Album on vinyl, it has three of the four photos (missing Paul) but no poster.  I don't know which release it is, probly U.S.  Does anyone know of a website where I could type in the number and could get some info on it?
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Re: White Album facts
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2006, 10:04:54 PM »

Very interesting to see the original idea for the sleeve. It reminds me of the sleeve/artwork for the Donovan album 'HMS Donovan' - I wonder if it's the same artist?
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Re: White Album facts
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2006, 04:34:53 PM »

Quote from: zilch
Very interesting to see the original idea for the sleeve. It reminds me of the sleeve/artwork for the Donovan album 'HMS Donovan' - I wonder if it's the same artist?

also, some similarities to jethro tull's stand up

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« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2006, 04:30:24 PM »

Look at this ...

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« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2006, 04:30:56 PM »

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« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2006, 07:06:44 PM »

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Re: White Album facts
« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2006, 07:11:42 PM »

Whats Skeletor doing with a riccy? lol
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Re: White Album facts
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2006, 02:51:19 AM »

That's interesting, actually not really. Must be teenage Euroscum humour.
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« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2006, 10:18:18 AM »

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Whats Skeletor doing with a riccy? lol

:) Just the blown up pic by Raxo on the previous page - the blue blur sort of looks like Skeletor. Rather a nostalgic trip back to the golden age of 80's animation.
plus - any excuse to see a Black Ricky..

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Re: White Album facts
« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2010, 06:32:52 PM »

There's a complete website full of interesting facts about the White Album. Here: http://www.beatlealbum.com/
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