The White Album Conundrum

“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.”

George Martin

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

9. Blackbird

10. Why Don’t We Do It in the Road

11. I Will

12. Birthday

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!

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6 thoughts on “The White Album Conundrum

  1. Dig It, Dig It, Dig It, Dig It, Dig It

    1. Back In The USSR
    2. Dear Prudence
    3. Glass Onion
    4. Wild Honey Pie
    5. The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
    6. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    7. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
    8. Martha My Dear
    9. I’m So Tired
    10. Blackbird
    11. Rocky Racoon
    12. Why Don’t We Do It In The Road
    13. Birthday
    14. Sexy Sadie
    15. Helter Skelter

  2. My White Album! Plus track order, based on a set of arbitrary rules I probably couldn’t repeat if you asked about them!

    1. Back in the U.S.S.R.
    2. Dear Prudence
    3. I’m So Tired
    4. Martha My Dear
    5. Mother Nature’s Son
    6. Blackbird
    7. I Will
    8. Happiness is a Warm Gun
    9. Revolution 1
    10. Helter Skelter
    11. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
    12. Julia
    13. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

    Bonus track I guess: Why Don’t We Do it in the Road?

  3. You didn’t include a Ringo song. There has to be at least one Ringo song. “Don’t Pass Me By” is the obvious choice. I’ll come back soon with my tracklist.

    1. I don’t know, “Good Night” is one of the most unintentionally charming and hilarious Beatles songs ever recorded, with actually a kind of nice orchestration from Martin! Always had a soft spot for that recording… for some reason. haha.

      Thanks for the read! I look forward to your list!

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