The Beatles or “The White album” as it became better known was released on 22nd November, 1968 on the fifth anniversary of their second album, With The Beatles. A total of 34 new tracks were released in 1968 and 30 were contained on this one double-LP.
Following the recording of their single “Lady Madonna” in February, the Beatles flew to Rishikesh, India for several weeks of meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi during which they enjoyed a prolific period of song writing. Recording began at Abbey Road on 30th May and studio work occupied most of their time until the final session in mid October.
The colourful artwork that had adorned Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour albums was absent here. The double wallet merely had words The BEATLES embossed on the front cover. Early copies also had a individual number stamped on the front. Inside the package along with the two discs wrapped in black inner sleeves were four individual photographs of the guys and a folded poster containing a photo-collage with the lyrics to the songs on the reverse.
The Beatles was the group’s first album to appear on the Apple label. The change from Parlophone to Apple had first taken place with the release of the “Hey Jude” single in August, 1968.
Despite the fact that it was a double album it entered the UK chart at no. 1 and occupied that position for eight of the 22 weeks it spent in the chart. The US situation was even more impressive with a nine week stay in the top spot during an initial chart run of 65 weeks.
- George Martin
- Recorded at
- Abbey Road
- 93 minutes, 35 seconds
- George Martin
- Principal Engineers
- Ken Scott & Geoff Emerick
- The Beatles
- The Beatles
- 22 November 1968
- 30 May – 14 October 1968, Abbey Road Studios and Trident Studios, London, England
- Apple, Parlophone, EMI
- George Martin
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Abbey Road Studios in 2006.The Beatles was recorded between 30 May 1968 and 14 October 1968, largely at Abbey Road Studios, with some sessions at Trident Studios. Although productive, the sessions were reportedly undisciplined and sometimes fractious, and they took place at a time when tensions were growing within the group. Concurrent with the recording of this album, The Beatles were launching their new multimedia business corporation Apple Corps, an enterprise that proved to be a source of significant stress for the band. The sessions for The Beatles marked the first appearance in the studio of Lennon's new girlfriend and artistic partner, Yoko Ono, who would thereafter be a more or less constant presence at all Beatles sessions.Harry (2000) pp108-9 Prior to Ono's appearance on the scene, the individual Beatles had been very insular during recording sessions, with influence from outsiders strictly limited. McCartney's girlfriend at the time, Francie Schwartz, was also present at some of the recording sessions.Harry (2002) pp777-78 Author Mark Lewisohn reports that The Beatles held their first and only 24-hour recording/producing session near the end of the creation of The Beatles, during which occurred the final mixing and sequencing for the album. The session was attended by Lennon, McCartney, and producer George Martin.Lewisohn (1988)
TMIBFITW on 7th Apr 13:
“It's a roller coaster it goes under and down sideways and upside down but, in the end you enjoy it.”
chrisforsale on 7th Apr 13:
“Worst Beatles album. But Dear Prudence, Don't Pass Me By, and all of George's are great.”
Eleanor_Jude on 12th Mar 13:
“I love this album a lot. Whenever I feel down or depressed, I listen to it and all my troubles and worries just wash away.”
Miss_McCartney on 5th Jan 13:
Santi_Beatle on 6th Dec 12:
“Es realmente mi favorito”
Force on 3rd Dec 12:
“I like It!”
Fan Beatle 19 on 15th Sep 12:
“en mi opinion, no esta mal el album, pero no me gusta del todo”
hippypeaceguy on 3rd Aug 12:
“@If I Needed Somone, I so agree with you”
hippypeaceguy on 29th May 12:
“The Herion Year!”
TheWalrusAndMe on 23rd May 12:
“This Album has a special song for everybody and is a masterpiece. This album has some great Harrison contributions and debuted Ringo's songwriting career. Not to mention the loud boom of Paul's Helter Skelter and the deep feeling with Lennon's Happiness is a Warm Gun. This album BLOWS MY MIND!!”
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- Ringo & John at a recording session for the album “The Beatles" (White Album)
- Paul with George Martin at the piano, during recording sessions for the album "The Beatles" (White Album)
- George & Ringo take a break in a control room, during recording sessions for the album "The Beatles" (White Album)
- Ringo singing during a recording session for the album "The Beatles" (White Album)
- Paul photographs Ringo at a recording session for the album "The Beatles" (White Album)