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‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – front cover
Front cover
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – back cover
Back cover
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – Apple record label
Record label
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – free photographs
Free photographs
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – free poster
Free poster, both sides
  • Label: Apple PMC 7067/7068 MONO / PCS 7067/7068 STEREO
  • Released: 22nd November 1968
  • Peak position:
    Melody Maker – #1;
    NME – #1;
    Record Retailer – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 8 – seven weeks from 7th December 1968, and one week from 1st February 1969
  • Weeks in chart: 22 – from 7th December 1968
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – EMI tape cassette label
Cassette label
  • Label: EMI TC2 PCS 4501
  • Released: 1970
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – outside cover, folded-out
Outside cover, folded-out
  • Label: EMI TC2 PCS 4501
  • Released: 1972
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – CD front cover
Front cover
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – CD back cover
Back cover
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – Apple CD label
CD label
  • Label: Apple CDP 7 46443 2
  • Released: 24th August 1987
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #18
  • Weeks in chart: 2 – from 5th September 1987
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – CD front cover
Front cover
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – CD back cover
Back cover
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – Apple CD label
CD label
  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • Released: 9th September 2009
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #21
  • Weeks in chart: 3 – from 13th September 2009
Average rating   from 3 reviews
5-star review  from  Doug

If I’m sitting down for a relax and want to listen to some Beatles, this is invariably the one that I reach for. Sure, there are some absolute duffers on there (wild Honey Pie, anyone? ), and one that I have only ever listened to all the way through once (yes, Revolution 9, I am looking at you! ) but there is so much variety with the rest of them it is impossible to get bored with it.
Think about their early ones… With The Beatles, for example. A great album. I love it. But the songs don’t really "differ", in the sense that they are all 3 guitars and drums. There is no real variety in instruments. Not that I am complaining – because it is a great album. But with the White Album it is different.
On the one hand you’ve got your beautiful little melodies like Blackbird, I’m So Tired and Long, Long, Long, and then you’ve got some out and out rockers like Helter Skelter and Birthday. On the next volume level down you’ve got Back In The USSR and Sexy Sadie. And then you’ve got some happy tunes like Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da and rocky raccoon.

There is just so much variety in the album you cannot get bored with it. Assuming, of course, that you remember to switch it off before Revolution 9 starts….

5-star review  from  Pete

Ive got all my Beatles CDs on my PC these days, so it can play randomly through their entre catalogue, but back in the day when I still had to get out of my seat to put a CD in the radio (and even before then, when I had to put an LP on the player! ) this was the album that I put on more than any other.
I wouldn’t say that the songs on it are better than their other albums – Revolver and Abbey Road have better individual tracks, in my opinion – but this one is so much more interesting to listen to because it is so varied. When I put Revolver on, the songs are all great, but they all have more or less the same "sound" (vocals, guitars and drums) but the on the White Album every songs is different.

Want an outright raucus rocker? Helter SkelterYer Blues
Want a sweet, tender ballad? BlackbirdJulia
Want a great melody? I’m So TiredHappiness Is A Warm Gun
Want a great rocking melody? Back In The USSRBirthday
Want a song that sounds like it was done in the 50s? Honey PieMartha My Dear

The whole album is brilliant and changes every 3 minutes to something completely different. If I had to take one album onto a desert island… this is it.

5-star review  from  Clive

A fantastic record with so much variety. It is just a shame that we are witnessing the band in the beginnings of their break-up. But if that didn’t happen, then we wouldn’t have this record — John, Paul and George needed space to do their own thing, and explore their own songs without interference from the others , and that is why we have so much variety in the finished record.

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