White Album (Beatles)
Approval Rate: 74%
Well, how can anyone go wrong with a double cd that includes the tunes "Back In The USSR", "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Rocky Raccoon", "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?", and "Birthday"? Least we forget the songs "Helter Skelter" and "Piggies" which were exploited by the evil Charles Manson family during their 1969 killing spree in California.
Personally I love it! Brings back great memories.
I am not a huge Beatles fan (70's and 80's hard rock is my passion) but this album is a pure classic.
Good but I personally prefer sgt. pepper's.
not a big beatles fan but a good album nonetheless (even if you are not a huge fan).
An double LP record album that would have been five stars edited to a single LP. If you think there isn't a bad song on the album you must have forgotten the "Number 9" cut. Crap that goes on forever. Shades of Yoko Ono!
One of the greatest albums I've ever heard, I can't make up my mind whether this is their best album or not, but I look at it this way, it's a double album by what I'd consider to be the greatest rock act of all time. I'm not sure an album has ever come out with quite as much diversity- some might find it unfocused or disjointed, but I think that's a strength. This album had folk rock, psychedelia, country, experimental weirdness, hard rock, ska/ proto-reggae, oldtime rock n' roll, ballads, soul- nearly everything. It's as close to being a complete document of the varying strands of popular music of 1968 as you'll get, and if I had to pick only one year that would qualify as the absolute zenith of rock music, 1968 would be that year. A few songs, like "Wild Honey Pie" and "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?' are merely snippets, and I'm not gonna pull a hipper than thou move and say that "Revolution 9" was a work of genius- it is ludicrous, but other albums may be as good, but they don't ... Read more
Never before and never since has a rock & roll band made a collection of songs like this. One after another, the classics roll out of this album. When it came out it was almost too much of a good thing. People lost days digging into each track. Like an audio vacation for your musical soul.
The album represents the great "what if" of the Beatles career. Because the band wasn't getting along particularly well, they basically worked independatly in the studio and then brought one another in to finish off the basic tracks. Could the band have continued for another decade if they continued to work in this manner instead of force themselves together into a room and fall apart, as happened during the making of Let It Be? It basically worked for the Rolling Stones in their worst periods of acrimony.
helter skelter still one of the best songs on the album its like heavy metal from the 60's
I own this album, but it's not the best work by the Beatles. A very good but slightly overrated album.
THIS IS ANOTHER GREAT ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GLITTERGIRL519
If I could I would give it a 6. How can you say this album is over rated. Back in the USSR and Birthday are just two of the great songs on this CD. I actually own four copies of the White Album. Now side 2 of disk 2 is not quite up to par but there are some great songs on these disks and if you have not heard the album you should at least give it a listen. There are no bad Beatle CDs.
Most lyrically significant--and best--Beatles album.
there isn't a bad song on it.Ballads, pop, hard rock and everything between. A fantastic album everyone should own.
Every album I ever loved owes a debt to the white album...whatever.
Brilliant album! Who in their right mind wouldn't like this?
It's quite simple: You cannot be a music fan and not own this album. It is messy, unfocused, and goes into a variety of styles, and these are the reasons it works so well. No other record in the history of pop music covers so much ground: Pop (Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da), blues (Yer Blues, I'm So Tired), surf music (Back in the USSR), country (Don't Pass Me By), folk (Rocky Raccoon), lullaby (Good Night), heavy metal (Helter Skelter) and avant garde (Revolution 9). I can listen to it again...and again....and again...and will, tonight. Just writing and thinking about it gets me excited.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Its almost hard to believe that the same people that made the perfect album that was Please Please Me could make this. Aside from Ob-La-Di Oh-Bla-Dah and one or two others, this album has no cover art, and a whole lot of downbeat, uninspired songs. Not recommended.
Sorry, but I can't stand it
Happiness is a Gun is one of the best songs from the Fab 4.
What is going on here? Every album you ever loved owes a debt to the White Album.
I use to really like this album when I was younger. I am so tired of it now though. It has givin everything it is going to give, It is probably one of the best Beatles albums (overall they suck), it is raw and I liked Paul McCartney on it, I like McCartney a hell of alot better solo than with the Beatles though. If you want some good Music buy Paul Mccartney and Wings albums, it is far more advanced than this outdated horse $hit.
THIS IS THE ALBUM GOD WOULD PLAY IN HEAVEN- Over and over... The most beautiful album ever, in my opinion... its got lennon songs, mcartney songs, harrison songs, and a ringo song, and there all beautiful... it is sloppy, its like nature... messy and unorganized but very very beautiful.
This album isn't ranked as highly as Sgt Pepper or as Revolver, and it was made at a time when the Beatles were fed up with each other. However, it is a work of art, a mixture of toughness and tenderness. Although tunes like Revolution 9 and Obladi Oblada do not satisfy, they are redeemed by standouts like Dear Prudence, While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Happiness is A Warm Gun. Helter Skelter gives us a side of Paul we've never seen before-the horny screamer. Although the album is very disjointed, due to the prevailing disunity of the Beatles at the time, the prevailing theme seems to be a longing for tenderness in a chaotic and violent world.
I hate this useless pile of crap, it sucks
My favorite Beatles album! Their depth was incredible, this is THE desert island album!
This ranks right up there with the best of the Beatle albums and is in the top 10 of all-time. Released in 1968 at the height of the Beatles' spiritual journey into eastern mysticism with Mahereshi in India, this is a wonderful collection of the most atypical Beatle-esque collection. Happiness is a Warm Gun is one of my favorite Beatles' songs ever. After hearing the hard rocking of "Helter Skelter," the eeriness of "Revolution #9," or the political satire of "Piggies," you just sit there in awe, considering the magnitude of greatness you just heard. A song I have yet to decipher, but a great one nonetheless, is "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey." Several good songs on the first disc include "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill," the tale of an elephant hunter and the "Golden Slumbers"-like medley of "I'm So Tired," "Blackbird," and "Piggies" (all beautiful songs). A favorite of many comes next with "Rocky Raccoon." Also mixed in this brilliant opu... Read more
Man, this was just awesome. 'nuff said.
Growing up with the Beatles in late sixites, watching their cartoons, they were for your older siblings. Abbey Road was just release and I miss out on the radio play, when Let It Be came out, I was in tune with the am hit parade, the album was Rough and Ready the way I like it, the guitar version of Let It Be is better than single any day. My follow up album was the White Album. This is not the cute, lovable mob tops. It's the mature album as they express themself, this is the opposite of the colorful Sgt. Pepper,a stark white album. Honest to the core. Love real music or Hate it for not being slick, over polished mush muzic! This album has been the most over bought album by me. First was the serial stamp version record, then the cassette, then the half-speed master, then cd and finally the 30th anniversary version with mini me poster & photos! You can always look for something wrong with any Beatle record, maybe not with Rubber Soul. With Captiol American versions records, it... Read more
To date, this is the best Beatles album I have heard...although "Back In The USSR" could have used a few drumrolls (hint hint, Ringo). Really, one of the only bad things about the album is the song "Rocky Raccoon". I got a question...why did that band not put a few more Harrison songs on the albums? He wrote some of their best stuff! ("While My Guitar gently weeps" and "Piggies" are both on this album.) Other favorites include "Glass Onion" and of course, "Back In The USSR". I really don't understand what a few hardcore Beatles fans hate so much about the album...it's really very high quality. I might have given it five stars had there not been a few hints of typical Beatles cheesiness. Take care, eeveryone!
Sorry but I just don't like it. It's ULTRA OVERRATED actually!!!!!
Not great really
Well George luvver four stars well HELLO reality check!!!!!
Hey george luver, don't have a go at me I'm only 19 and I was Angel in another life. I'm not being funny but this really isn't their best album. Revolver and Sgt Pepper were world's ahead over this garbage.
I don't recognize the significance of this album, or the Beatles for the most part. It may be because my generation just doesn't get it, but how is the white album "revolutionary"? It certainly can't be the 3-chord, one stanza songs. I would certainly be willing to listen if anyone would like to explain.
The White album, if nothing else, is possibly the most diverse rock album of its time. From "Blackbird", to "Helter Skelter", to "Honey Pie" there's a song for just about everyone & every mood. The best surprise? "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". Who knew? The "quiet" Beatle can rock with the best of them.The tension can be sensed between bandmates here, but the fact that they pulled this album off anyway says something.
The Beatles had it going on here!!!!!!
Apparently the Beatles did not enjoy making this album. Nevertheless it contains a good number of great tracks. The negatives do irritate, such as the dreadful, self-indulgent "Revolution 9" ; and "Helter Skelter" will be forever tarnished by its unfortunate association with the Sharon Tate tragedy, although this is hardly the fault of the Beatles. But the rest of the recording has some real gems. The raw energy of "Back In the USSR" contrasts with the sweet lullaby, "Good Night". Then there is the acidic "Piggies", with its echoes of George Orwell's Animal Farm, and the amusingly old-fashioned "Honey Pie". "Blackbird" has a lovely melody and a wistful message. "I Will" is a beautiful song - (I still treasure a recording my sisters and I made singing along to it when we were very young!). "Ob-La-Di" is pure bubble-gum - simple and catchy. The variety of musical styles, the memorable melodies and rhythms - this helps to provide a 5-star rating for this album from this marvelous group.
Give me a break. How could anyone say this album is satisfying? First of all, how could any group release a double album with so much crap on it? One after another, the songs get worse and worse - which is the norm for this group. By the time Martha My Dear comes on I'm ready to smash the record into 1 million pieces, like all the other Beatle records should be!!
How can this double-album simultaneously be so satisfying and yet so frustrating? It’s almost as if you can hear the spectacular talent of the Beatles as it starts to fracture and go its separate ways. The Lennon/McCartney dynamic, which produced some of the all-time best pop songs, spins out in our ears and results in the almost-all-Lennon (“Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?”) and the almost-all-McCartney (“Blackbird”). Some of the songs are beautiful (“Cry Baby Cry”), others are angry (“Helter Skelter”), others are ugly (“Revolution 9”)… It’s a hell of a mess. And still it’s amazing.
I would give this album a half of star if possible. I never heard so many stupid songs on one record before. 'Honey Pie', 'Story of Bungalo Bill', 'Piggies', 'Rocky Racoon', 'Revolution 9'......the list is endless.
Another album that makes me violently ill. What the hell is "Revolution 9" and "Piggies"? Then there's the nausiating "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da". Pass the Pepto Bismal.
Listen up, Lou, I'm 13, and I AM NOT an old hippie. I love the Beatles. Their music isn't just for old hippies, believe me.And Angel, " the Beatles out-bad themselves?" HELLO! Reality check, your name should be Devil. The Beatles are the best rock band on the face of this earth. For the last time, their NOT overrated. Their music was and still is the best. Name one artist of today that in 30 years will put out a number one album. Plus, have you listened to the White Album. Sexy Sadie is my favorite off of there. It's a masterpiece. Beatles are number one on my list, and they'll always stay there.
How can anyone say that this was influential and trendsetting? What trend did this start? Songs with one lyric..."Honey Pie" or "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?" As far as Revolution 9, that might be the worst piece of entertainment ever produced.
The most influential, experimental, and trend setting peice of music ever. The wide variety of material was proof that the Beatles could do anything, and be the best at it. It had so much depth, with revolution 9 (play it backwards!!) it is an unbeliveable experience. These 30 songs might have been the most important on how music has turned in its wake. Do yourself a favor and hear this album!!!!!
Probably my favorite compilation of Beatles songs. You can see the group's members showing their individual styles on this album more than ever. Overall it has many great songs.
This is very late Beatles. The album is an ecclectic collection of beautiful songs. Some of the best are "Happiness is a Warm Gun," and "Whole My Guitar Gently Weeps." The songs cover a large range of emtions. Great!
Not my favorite, but the Beatles speak loudly on this sound, so it gives us a sense of the times. They have a different sound on every album aside from their early albums, it's difficult to compare them to others.