This has been done a million times before but………
When we recently covered the year 1968 in barbryn’s Spillyears series, the subject of The Beatles’ White Album came up. I said that, much though I loved it, I wouldn’t say I loved any individual song enough to pick as a track of the year.
Not everyone agreed with that but it is one of those double albums that (according to convention) could have lost a few tracks and made a much better single album. Or an even better e.p.
I don’t think that’s right. Part of the appeal of the thing is its sprawling, insane mix of rock, pop, MOR, blues, experimental shenanigans and Ringo.
So I thought I’d ask any of you who care to comment, in spare moments between thinking up puns about rejection, listening to Earworms and campaigning to keep R/R going of course:
- What tracks would you definitely save if you had to cut the original album down to size?
- Which (if any) do you be happy to jettison?
- What cover versions should I have included to make this hastily assembled fiasco of a YouTube list into something worth playing? (This, of course, is the real reason I posted)
- That teddy bear’s nice, isn’t it?