Album facts: The White Album
On November 22nd 1968, The Beatles released their ninth UK album The Beatles, more commonly known as The White Album. The US release was three days later on the 25th. This was the band's first attempt at a double album, having written the bulk of the songs on their trip to India earlier that year.
The White Album was recorded between May 30th and October 14th of 1968, with a lot of the recordings carried out with missing band members. There was quite a bit of tension during the sessions and cracks were already staring to appear in the band.
It got so bad at one point, Ringo Starr quit temporarily, on the same day The Beatles were due to record Back in the USSR; leaving Paul McCartney to play drums on that track. Bad feelings only intensified when John Lennon started bringing Yoko Ono to sit in on the recording sessions.
Despite the bad vibes however, they still managed to cram an incredible 30 songs onto their sprawling double album. The variety of musical styles is possibly one of The White Album's greatest strengths. You have everything from ballads, rock and roll, rock, metal and everything in between. The recording sessions were so prolific that songs had to be cut from the album when it came time to selecting the tracks.
On December 1st 1968, The White Album reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and remained there for seven straight weeks; it regained the top spot for one more week on January 26th, 1969.
In the US the album reached number one on the US Billboard on December 28th; staying there for four straight weeks. It found the top spot once more on February 15th 1969, and held it steady for another 3 weeks.
10. I'm So Tired
13. Rocky Racoon
14. Don't Pass Me By
16. I Will
2. Yer Blues
4. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
5. Sexy Sadie
8. Revolution 1
9. Honey Pie
10. Savoy Truffle
11. Cry Baby Cry
12. Revolution 9
13. Good Night
The Beatles on The White Album
"I wasn't interested in following up Sgt. Pepper. What I was going for was to forget about Sgt. Pepper and just get back to basic music." - John Lennon
"We ended up being more of a band again, and that's what I always love. I love being in a band." - Ringo Starr
"All the experience of what happened in India is all embodied in that album." - George Harrison
"I think it's a fine little album, and I think the fact that it's got so much on it is one of the things that's cool about it." - Paul McCartney