Written By Braddon S. Williams
BEATLES: THE WHITE ALBUM
Earlier in this series of my 365 influential albums, I covered the Red & Blue compilation albums by The Beatles, but now it is time to talk about my absolute favorite by the Fab Four, the self titled The Beatles (or The White Album).
This double album contains so much iconic and brilliant work by a band that had begun the process of unraveling, but even in this state of dysfunction, The Beatles were simply supernaturally talented. Being a double album, even George Harrison was allowed more songs than he was usually represented by on their single records, and he was emerging as a songwriter that could hold his own with the mighty Lennon and McCartney.
Harrison brought his best friend, Eric Clapton, to play lead guitar on his song, While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Legend has it that the band were on their best behavior during that session! I have read that basically each member used the other 3 as their sidemen and the group chemistry was pretty much non-existent during the recording sessions, and yet they came out with this genius collection of material.
Favorites of mine would include Blackbird, I’m So Tired, Helter Skelter, Back In The U.S.S.R., Mother Nature’s Son, Dear Prudence, Sexy Sadie, Rocky Raccoon, Yer Blues, and While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Revolution 9 is pretty interesting, too. Honestly, I don’t think there is much filler at all on this one.
Even though Charles Manson took some pretty radical inspiration from this album, most people just soaked in the beauty and love that were associated with one of the most beloved bands of all time.