What’s your perfect White Album?
Last night, a friend and I found ourselves debating about what our ‘perfect’ White Album would be. I said I would get rid of most of Paul’s twee stuff (Honey Pie, for a cringing example) and she would get rid of Piggies. We both agreed that Back in the USSR was a fun track, but more of a throw away single then a real album opener. We debated the merits of George’s contributions before While My Guitar Gently Weeps came on and we both shut up.
Even with the debatable individual contributions by all the Beatles, it’s difficult to choose. While Wild Honey Pie may be nothing but the fab four fucking around in the studio, would the Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill sound the same without its predecessor? Would Happiness is a Warm Gun sound as crazy and mind bending without the very twee Martha My Dear to follow it up? Does Revolution #9 have any merit?
Aside from any preferences, the White album is a document of a group at the height of their creative energy, but lacking any cohesion in the studio. They weren’t on great terms at that point, and many of the band members ended up cutting their separate tracks alone in different studios. But, as Paul said, “it’s the fucking Beatles white album!” You can’t get more famous, more unique, or more cutting edge.
What would it have sounded like if The Beatles had gotten it together?
Here’s my ideal White Album:
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
I’m So Tired
Happiness is a Warm Gun
What’s yours? Post in comments!
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