“It was good fun, actually. We had to set the mikes up and get a show together. I remember seeing Vicki Wickham of Ready, Steady, Go! (there’s a name to conjure with) on the opposite roof, for some reason, with the street between us. She and a couple of friends sat there, and then the secretaries from the lawyers’ offices next door came out on their roof.We decided to go through all the stuff we’d been rehearsing and record it. If we got a good take on it then that would be the recording; if not, we’d use one of the earlier takes that we’d done downstairs in the basement. It was really good fun because it was outdoors, which was unusual for us. We hadn’t played outdoors for a long time.It was a very strange location because there was no audience except for Vicki Wickham and a few others. So we were playing virtually to nothing – to the sky, which was quite nice. They filmed downstairs in the street – and there were a lot of city gents looking up: ‘What’s that noise?'” ~ Paul McCartney
“There was a plan to play live somewhere. We were wondering where we could go – ‘Oh, the Palladium or the Sahara.’ But we would have had to take all the stuff, so we decided, ‘Let’s get up on the roof.’ We had Mal and Neil set the equipment up on the roof, and we did those tracks. I remember it was cold and windy and damp, but all the people looking out from offices were really enjoying it.” ~ Ringo Starr
“We went on the roof in order to resolve the live concert idea, because it was much simpler than going anywhere else; also nobody had ever done that, so it would be interesting to see what happened when we started playing up there. It was a nice little social study.We set up a camera in the Apple reception area, behind a window so nobody could see it, and we filmed people coming in. The police and everybody came in saying, ‘You can’t do that! You’ve got to stop.’” ~ George Harrison
22 November 1968: The Beatles, better known as The White Album, is realeased.
It’s one of The Beatles most famous album, and one of the most interesting to me. The recording sessions were characterized by discussions and conflicts among the member of the group, that led Ringo to abandon the band for some times; this is why many songs were not recorded by the whole group. It was a very difficult time for the Fabs, as it was their first album after Brian Espstein’s death and it was going to be published by their own label, Apple.
The number and quality of songs it’s probably due to the time spent in Rishikesh, India, where the band met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and had the opportunity to experiment intense periods of meditation. Listening to the record you can see how each member of the band was starting to experiment and find his own style, which is something I really like about the album.
Here you can find the complete tracklist, just click on a song to listen to it!
1. Back In The U.S.S.R.
2. Dear Prudence
3. Glass Onion
4. Obladi Oblada
5. Wild Honey Pie
6. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
8. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
9. Martha My Dear
10. I’m So Tired
13. Rocky Raccoon
14. Don’t Pass Me By
15. Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?
16. I Will
2. Yer Blues
3. Mother Nature’s Son
4. Everyboy Has Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
5. Sexy Sadie
6. Helter Skelter
7. Long, Long, Long
8. Revolution 1
9. Honey Pie
10. Savoy Truffle
11. Cry Baby, Cry
12. Revolution 9
13. Good Night
What is your favourite song from The White Album? 🙂