The Beatles’ “White Album” 50th anniversary

Thursday, November 01, 2018

The Beatles’ “White Album” 50th anniversary editions including the six disc version reviewed here will be released Nov. 9

The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Abbey Road” are better albums in terms of cohesive musical statements but as for a collection of great songs, the 1968 self-titled double LP might just the Fab Four’s finest. Best known as “The White Album,” it features John Lennon and Paul McCartney largely contributing their own distinctive compositions, although still credited on each song as “Lennon-McCartney.”

Lennon offers the beautiful ballads “Dear Prudence” and “Julia” and rocks the self-referential highlight “Glass Onion.” McCartney has fun with the country-ish “Rocky Raccoon,” the ska-inspired “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” and crushes with the pioneering heavy metal masterstroke “Helter Skelter.”

George Harrison gets two originals on each LP, per his norm, with “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” as good as anything on the album and one of the most timeless songs in The Beatles catalog. Ringo Starr receives his first solo songwriting credit on a Beatles album with the darling country ditty “Don’t Pass Me By.”

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