“I thought we should probably have made a very, very good single album rather than a double. But (The Beatles) insisted. I think (The White Album) could have been made fantastically good if it had been compressed a bit and condensed.”
The preceding quote is George Martin’s thoughts on The Beatles’ White Album. He believed that if the group had cut some of the weaker tracks and shortened the album from a double to a single that The White Album could have been phenomenal. Personally, I think The White Album IS phenomenal. However, Martin does make an interesting point. If the Beatles DID trim the album down from a double to a single, what songs would we have lost? What songs would we never know? It got me thinking, what would my single disc White Album look like? Therefore, I propose the “George Martin White Album Challenge!!!!!!”
Here are the rules of the challenge:
1. Reduce the total number songs on The White Album from 30 to 13, thus trimming the album from two discs to one
2. You may include “Wild Honey Pie” and “Why Don’t We Do it in the Road” in addition to the 13 songs you choose for a possible grand total of 15 songs (One or both of these “joke” songs are allowed in addition to the “real” songs at the challenger’s discretion. The inclusion of these songs would be much like “Dig it” and “Maggie Mae” from Let it Be, and therefore characteristic of the Beatles.)
3. You must include at least one song written by George Harrison (as the Beatles did on each album)
4. You may either create a new order for the songs you choose or you may leave them in the order they fall into on the original album
With the Ground Rules in place, here is my Entry in the George Martin White Album Challenge:
1. Back in the U.S.S.R.
2. Dear Prudence
3. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
4. Wild Honey Pie
5. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
6. Happiness is a Warm Gun
7. Martha My Dear
8. I’m So Tired
10. Why Don’t We Do It in the Road
11. I Will
13. Yer Blues
14. Mother Nature’s Son
15. Helter Skelter
There you have it! My single disc White Album! It was not easy. In fact, it feels like a sin “erasing” Beatles songs.
Do you want to take the George Martin White Album Challenge?! Of course you do! Leave your single disc White Album in the comments section!
Sincerest apologies for the delay between posts. I meant to have this post up for the 50th anniversary Beatles week, but the last few weeks have been quite busy! I performed a Mozart piano concerto with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra on February 8th which was the result of a contest I had won in November. It was a total blast and I had over a dozen family members in town, so things have been pretty intense over these past few weeks!
Have an excellent day! Listen to some Beatles music! Or a lot of it! They are perfect after all!