The Beatles ‘White Album’, a look back over music history


(Photo: The Bealtes)

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. These four men have imprinted the world of music we now live in intensely, and their legacy will continue to live on forever. When The Beatles hit the world, everything changed. Many people have their own opinions on their music and most don’t agree on what is their best, although my favourite has always been The Beatles self-titled album, popularly referred to as The White Album.

The White Album is the ninth official album by the English group; it is a double record, which was released back in 1968. The graphics on the cover of the album are less than minimal, it remains a plain white background with the bands name embossed, and also on the very early LP, there appeared to be a serial number on the white sleeve.

Upon the albums release in November 1968, the album skyrocketed. It reached number one on the charts in the United Kingdom and in the United States. The album is recognised for it’s incredibly electric sound, some refer to this album using the famous quote being that “The Beatles finally went electric”, this has left music critics constantly divided in evaluating its legacy. The album has sold more that 30 million copies worldwide and was listed as number 10 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list, and Rolling Stone also ranked it number 9 on “The 100 Best Albums of the Last Twenty Years” list back in 1987.

As it was The Beatles’ first studio album to of been made in eighteen months and to be the album coming after the phenomenal success of ‘Sgt Pepper’s..’, expectations were exceptionally high for The White Album. The album debuted at number one in the UK on December 1st 1968, becoming their third album to do so, following ‘Help!’ and ‘Revolver’. In all, The Beatles spent 155 weeks on the Billboard 200.

I believe this to be the greatest album from The Beatles ever; I think this was when they hit their peak of the sound they wanted. Each track is completely different, which compliments the next. Some critics have said “the mess made on this album is what makes it so great.”