The Beatles had a lot of contending interests going on, and so, they sometimes put together albums that were not entirely organic sonically. And "sonically" is a catchy concept, because it can mean songs blending, beats blending, songs contrasting - even clashing. The second side of, "Abbey Road," mainly all studio out-takes, fit together quite well. But, when it came to The White Album, the choice was to go the route of Sergent Pepper, and flow the songs according to meaning, mostly, not so much sound. That is to be expected when most of the band members are off recording their own songs, for the album, independently, basically. A great example is that they decided to bunch all the songs related to animals together. That may have been cool for the time, but we are so much more sophisticated now, (thanks, so much, to them). These songs clunked together, fitting more as stories or themes than music. Today, we would know to blend stories more according to their music, or at least I would hope so, of most producers.
The White Album is a monument of not just R&R, but of history itself. It did just fine and dandy all on its own, without any input from the likes of madman. However, there is no law that prevents me from rearranging those songs, into something I feel is a much better album. You listen, and compare. What if they had done it MY way - oh how much more beautiful it all would have been. But, this is the world we live in. And most things people do, and most products companies put out, and most historic events, are all half-ass and on the fly. Tell me it isn't so. Some make millions convincing people it is they who are the numb-nuts, when, in fact, it is all of civilisation that is rush anon on a wing and a prayer. Can I get a witness?
So, here is the version of the White Album, preferred by madman. Get the latest digital version of the album, and make a madman-version playlist, and TELL me - is this not bettah? Yes it is, but, hindsight and this, is, 2020. Like. We is all pasting amendments to history when. We is. All destined to be thrown out by our shirttails by dem gods that druthered, onto our asses of infinity...
Sorry if there is some formatting discrepancy here...
"Back in the U.S.S.R."
"Wild Honey Pie"
"The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill"
Lennon, with Yoko Ono
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (George Harrison)
"Happiness Is a Warm Gun"
|1.||"Martha My Dear"||McCartney||2:28|
|2.||"I'm So Tired"||Lennon||2:03|
|6.||"Don't Pass Me By" (Richard Starkey)||Starr||3:51|
|7.||"Why Don't We Do It in the Road?"||McCartney||1:41|
|1.||"Birthday"||McCartney with Lennon||2:42|
|3.||"Mother Nature's Son"||McCartney||2:48|
|4.||"Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey"||Lennon||2:24|
|7.||"Long, Long, Long" (Harrison)||Harrison||3:08|
|3.||"Savoy Truffle" (Harrison)||Harrison||2:54|
|4.||"Cry Baby Cry"||Lennon, with McCartney||3:02|
|5.||"Revolution 9"||Speaking from Lennon, Harrison, Ono and George Martin||8:15|
(ignore the coding before some songs)...
s1 - Back in the U.S.S.R. - (v= McCartney)
s3 - Birthday - (v= McCartney with Lennon)
Glass Onion - (v= Lennon)
Savoy Truffle - George Harrison - (v= Harrison)
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - (v= McCartney)
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey - (v= Lennon)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Harrison - (v= Harrison)
I'm So Tired - (v= Lennon)
Why Don't We Do It in the Road? - (v= McCartney)
Rocky Raccoon - (v= McCartney)
Mother Nature's Son - (v= McCartney)
Julia - (v= Lennon)
Long, Long, Long - George Harrison - (v= Harrison)
Revolution 9 - (Speaking from Lennon, Harrison, Ono and George Martin)
s4 - Revolution 1 - (v= Lennon)
Wild Honey Pie - (v= McCartney)
Happiness Is a Warm Gun - (v= Lennon)
Blackbird - (v= McCartney)
Sexy Sadie - (v= Lennon)
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill - (v= Lennon, with Yoko Ono)
Piggies - Harrison - (v= Harrison)
s2 - Martha My Dear - (v= McCartney)
I Will - (v= McCartney)
Helter Skelter - (v= McCartney)
Yer Blues - (v= Lennon)
Cry Baby Cry - (v= Lennon, with McCartney)
Honey Pie - (v= McCartney)
Don't Pass Me By - Richard Starkey v= Staar
Dear Prudence - (v= Lennon)
Good Night - (v= Starr)
This album contains some of my favourite Beatles songs, including Glass Onion, and Helter Skelter. Although this album showcases all band members, there were some real amazing zingers sent out by George, (who, at the time, was feeling like not enough of his creative work was being released). These zingers were, "Piggies," "Savoy truffles," "Long, Long, Long", and the not-then released, "Sour Milk Sea", and, "Circles." Astonishing stuff from George - see also, "The Inner Light."
George Harrison was the uncreditted spiritual/motivational force behind the Beatles. If you spend some time studying their music, you will see that George was behind so much of it. I won't go into how other Beatles lifted from George. One small example of his quiet, genius influence was the refrain in, "Hey, Jude," (McCartney's discourse to Julian Lennon), "na - na - na- na-na-na-naaaa..." So imprinted on the musical mind of all humanity now! Harrison was a guitar riff man. Riffs was what he did, and so soooo much of the Beatles was his making. "Sounds like, uh, guitar George..." (plays riff from, "Day Tripper").