The White Album - which is your favourite side?

Favourite side

  • Side 1

    Votes: 33 62.3%
  • Side 2

    Votes: 5 9.4%
  • Side 3

    Votes: 15 28.3%
  • Side 4

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    53

deeohgee

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I love the album with all of its quirks.

Every time I listen to it my experience of it is different.

Listening to it today Side 3 just worked for me in a way that the others don’t.

For me my favourite side varies from listen to listen, what’s yours (at the moment)?

Side one
No.
Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Back in the U.S.S.R." McCartney 2:43
2. "Dear Prudence" Lennon 3:56
3. "Glass Onion" Lennon 2:18
4. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" McCartney 3:08
5. "Wild Honey Pie" McCartney 0:52
6. "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" Lennon, with Yoko Ono 3:14
7. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (George Harrison) Harrison 4:45
8. "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" Lennon 2:47
Total length: 23:43

Side two
No.
Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Martha My Dear" McCartney 2:28
2. "I'm So Tired" Lennon 2:03
3. "Blackbird" McCartney 2:18
4. "Piggies" (George Harrison) Harrison 2:04
5. "Rocky Raccoon" McCartney 3:33
6. "Don't Pass Me By" (Richard Starkey) Starr 3:51
7. "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?" McCartney 1:41
8. "I Will" McCartney 1:46
9. "Julia" Lennon 2:57
Total length: 22:41

Side three
No.
Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Birthday" McCartney with Lennon 2:42
2. "Yer Blues" Lennon 4:01
3. "Mother Nature's Son" McCartney 2:48
4. "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey" Lennon 2:24
5. "Sexy Sadie" Lennon 3:15
6. "Helter Skelter" McCartney 4:30 (stereo); 3:40 (mono)
7. "Long, Long, Long" (George Harrison) Harrison 3:08
Total length: 22:48

Side four
No.
Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Revolution 1" Lennon 4:15
2. "Honey Pie" McCartney 2:41
3. "Savoy Truffle" (George Harrison) Harrison 2:54
4. "Cry Baby Cry" Lennon, with McCartney 3:02
5. "Revolution 9" Speaking from Lennon, Harrison, Ono and George Martin 8:15
6. "Good Night" Starr 3:14
 
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MikeFM

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Sides? Yo, it's 2019. Spotify doesn't show me sides.
But I'm gonna go with whatever "side" has that triple threat of Happiness is a warm gun, Martha my dear, and I'm so tired.
 

deeohgee

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Sides? Yo, it's 2019. Spotify doesn't show me sides.
But I'm gonna go with whatever "side" has that triple threat of Happiness is a warm gun, Martha my dear, and I'm so tired.
That's the end of Side 1 & the beginning of Side 2.
I have now included original track listing in the OP.
 

stanshall

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tough call, the White Album is the most important album of all time for me, but Side One and Side Three are forever locked in competition .... Side Three probably edges out Side One even though Back in the U.S.S.R. is one of McCartney's best and one of the band's most rocking tunes, it's perfection, Dear Prudence is cosmic Lennon with beautiful picking, melody, lyrics, and vocals, and Happiness Is a Warm Gun is my favorite tune on the album, and While My Guitar Gently Weeps is another classic favorite, a magnum opus, a thing of beauty, and Glass Onion is wonderfully sung self-referential meta-Beatles ....

side two is no slouch, with I'm So Tired and Blackbird

side four represents with the drugged Revolution 1, the irresistibly catchy sleeper Savoy Truffle, and the eerie, disquieting Cry Baby Cry

but Side Three is the most solid, seven killers in a row, no filler in my opinion, no goofiness, it's got the seriously dark and desperate Yer Blues, the gently pastoral Mother Nature's Son, the demented assault of Helter Skelter, the madly riffing Birthday, and the barely conscious dreamscape of the George masterpiece Long Long Long

I used to love to torment my younger family members with Revolution 9, I dug it and could listen to it without suffering brain damage and so I'd inflict it on them when I wanted to bug the hell out of them as a jerky older brother
 

Jay Will

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Yeah, they're just an ok band.

Didn't have much influence.

I think The Monkees have longer lasting impact on music, and western society in general.
Yeah well we all can’t like the Beatles or Elvis. Just because I did not like or was that impressed with the music does not mean I don’t see the impact of their contribution.
 

JK1965

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Yeah, they're just an ok band.

Didn't have much influence.

I think The Monkees have longer lasting impact on music, and western society in general.
Yep little influence on anyone. Mediocre band for sure......

You know there are actually people who hate pizza so anything is possible.

I guess it’s just like anything else. You either get it or you don’t. I got it very early on. To those who truly don’t get it, they were a social phenomena the likes of which hadn’t been seen before. Everyone in music in some way tried to be that. Their songwriting abilities were unparalleled. They were not pigeon holed into any particular genre. Their song output was only about 7 years which is astonishing to consider.
It’s easy now to point out countless better players over the years and all that. They were the blueprint on songwriting and music would not be as we know it today had they not existed.
 

aiq

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I got this album as a holiday gift like many others. I liked it but it did not kill me. I did not know it then but it really was not a Beatles record was it?

Over the years certain tunes grew on me. I was just beginning to come out of my Beatles/Stones period and moving on to to other musical pursuits.

I would pick out most of the Lennon tunes, some of the McCartney, Weeps, and the Ringo original for one killer record.

Cool posters though.
 

macdolfan904

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Yeah well we all can’t like the Beatles or Elvis. Just because I did not like or was that impressed with the music does not mean I don’t see the impact of their contribution.
So if you don’t care for them and don’t have an opinion, why’d you bother clicking the link into this thread? We’re not going to sleep better now that we know you don’t care for them. o_O

Yep little influence on anyone. Mediocre band for sure......

You know there are actually people who hate pizza so anything is possible.

I guess it’s just like anything else. You either get it or you don’t. I got it very early on. To those who truly don’t get it, they were a social phenomena the likes of which hadn’t been seen before. Everyone in music in some way tried to be that. Their songwriting abilities were unparalleled. They were not pigeon holed into any particular genre. Their song output was only about 7 years which is astonishing to consider.
It’s easy now to point out countless better players over the years and all that. They were the blueprint on songwriting and music would not be as we know it today had they not existed.
Very well said. That they wrote so much in so little time really amazes me when I think about it. And they covered so many styles and created a couple more on top of that.

Very little of the music I write overtly sounds like the Beatles, but their presence is always there in the little things. Usually subconsciously.

Looking over the track list it’s a tough call between side 1 and side 3. Both are outstanding.
 


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