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The Beatles, also known as the White Album, 50th Anniversary

The Beatles, also known as the White Album, 50th Anniversary

The Beatles, also known as the White Album, is the ninth studio album by English rock group the Beatles, released on 22 November 1968. A double album, its plain white sleeve has no graphics or text other than the band's name embossed,[a] which was intended as a direct contrast to the vivid cover artwork of the band's earlier Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Although no singles were issued from The Beatles in Britain and the United States, the songs "Hey Jude" and "Revolution" originated from the same recording sessions and were issued on a single in August 1968. The album's songs range in style from British blues and ska to tracks influenced by Chuck Berry and by Karlheinz Stockhausen.
 
Most of the songs on the album were written during March and April 1968 at a Transcendental Meditation course in Rishikesh, India. The group returned to EMI Studios (now known as Abbey Road Studios) in May to commence recording sessions that lasted through to October. During these sessions, arguments broke out among the Beatles, and witnesses in the studio saw band members quarrel over creative differences. Another divisive element was the constant presence of John Lennon's new partner, Yoko Ono, whose attendance at the sessions broke with the Beatles' policy regarding wives and girlfriends. After a series of problems, including producer George Martin taking a sudden leave of absence and engineer Geoff Emerick quitting, Ringo Starr left the band briefly in August. The same tensions continued throughout the following year, leading to the eventual break-up of the Beatles in April 1970.
 
On release, The Beatles received favourable reviews from the majority of music critics, but other commentators found its satirical songs unimportant and apolitical amid the turbulent political and social climate of 1968. The band and Martin later debated whether the group should have released a single album instead. Nonetheless, The Beatles reached number one on the charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States and has since been viewed by some critics as one of the greatest albums of all time.
 
‘White Album’ Presented with New Mixes in Stereo and 5.1 Surround Audio;  Expanded with Previously Unreleased Demos and Session Recordings

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Released 22 November 1968
Recorded 30 May – 14 October 1968
Studio EMI Studios and Trident StudiosLondon
Genre
Length 93:35
Label Apple
Producer George Martin

The Beatles Album

 
 
The Beatles, Rubber Soul

The Beatles, Rubber Soul

In 1965, The Beatles recorded their sixth album, Rubber Soul. The Beatles were still touring, still rushing into the studio to record fresh songs at a frantic pace. But "Rubber Soul" took the group in a new direction. Rubber Soul was recorded 53 years old. "Rubber Soul" was a pivot point between `She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah,' to Revolver to Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
 
    •    Rubber Soul: 3 December 1965 . . . 
    •    Revolver: 5 August 1966 . . . 
    •    Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: 1 June 1967
 
The songs demonstrate the Beatles' increasing maturity as lyricists and, in their incorporation of brighter guitar tones and new instrumentation such as harmonium, sitar and fuzz bass, the group striving for more expressive sounds and arrangements for their music. 
 
Rubber Soul inspired tons of artists – including Brian Wilson, who crafted the Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' in reply; the Beatles, in turn, responded with 'Sgt. Pepper's'. 
 
The album consisted of eleven songs by John and Paul, two by George and another with the unique writing credit of Lennon-McCartney-Starkey. The inclusion of a sitar on the song Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) also illustrated George's growing interest in Indian music and culture.
 
Rubber Soul song list:
 
Drive My Car
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
You Won't See Me
Nowhere Man
Think For Yourself
The Word
Michelle
What Goes On
Girl
I'm Looking Through You
In My Life
Wait
If I Needed Someone
Run For Your Life