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  1. Cruiser_SanJuan

    50 Years, One Double Album, 30 Songs

    Although, at least, one track could be hardly called a song An album that, despite it's stark white cover, was a collage of various musical "colors" : rock and roll, blues, folk, country, reggae, avant-garde, hard rock and music hall. It was during it's recording sessions that the tensions among the band members began to surface. Four increasingly individuated artists who frequently found themselves at odds. It was during these sessions that all 4 of them, not just Lennon, started bringing their wives/girlfriends into the studio. And the infamous sessions for Obladi-Oblada which caused recording engineer Geoff Emerick to quit the session on the spot, and, eventually, E.M.I. In fact, even Ringo quit the band for a few weeks. Paul played drums on Back in the USSR and Dear Prudence in his absence. Many songs were actually solo efforts (Blackbird & Julia for example). In fact, of the album's 30 tracks, only 16 have all four band members performing. Still, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, The Beatles is the Beatles' most-certified album, at 19-times platinum. I consider the White Album one of the founding pillars of what we now call Classic Rock. It was here where George Harrison came of age, so to speak, as a songwriter: While my Guitar Gently Weeps and Long, Long, Long are 2 of my favorite tracks. All of my favorite tracks : Back in the USSR, While my Guitar Gently Weeps (featuring guest musician Eric Clapton on lead guitar), Happiness is a Warm Gun, Blackbird, I Will, Yer Blues, Sexy Sadie, Helter Skelter and Long, Long, Long. Also, as mentioned in a previous post on these forums, it was during the White Album sessions that Hey Jude and Revolution were recorded. This was the last Beatles album to be mixed in monophonic separately from the stereo version, as was E.M.I.'s practice back then, usually emphasizing/fading in or out different instruments or vocal tracks and applying different effects between versions. Thus, a few songs, in my opinion, sound better in mono: USSR, Yer Blues, Warm Gun, even Wild Honey Pie! While My Guitar Gently Weeps had an oscillating effect applied to Clapton's guitar that really make it sound "weepy" on the mono. And the mono mix of Helter Skelter has so much compression, overdrive, reverb and distortion that it really sounds apocalyptic (in exchange you lose the song's fade in coda and Ringo's famous "Blisters on my fingers" scream found in the stereo mix.) And, to finish, the aforementioned track that is not an actual song: all I'm going to say is that I play Revolution No. 9 from time to time to amuse myself. PS: I lifted some of the text in this post verbatim from its Wikipedia article. Please don't judge me, as I'm just emerging from a Thanksgiving Day Food Coma.