Hello, and welcome back to The Weekly Sound! This is part 2 of our look at The White Album, so if you haven’t read part 1 yet, click here! Let us continue now that you’ve read part one ( and I know if you did. I get daily stat updates).
Let’s address the weirdest song on the album and the entire Beatles catalog, Revolution 9. While it may seem like a mish-mash of random sounds, some direct references to life events and other songs can be heard. Around 2 minutes into the song, a baby can be heard crying which then immediately follow by the ending note of A Day In The Life, showing a beginning and an end. Later on, at the very end, we hear Lennon and Yoko Ono herself talking briefly, making one of many small appearances on this album.
Paul is the Beatle that changes the most in this time. All of his songs seem less and less Beatle like. Sure, Rocky Raccoon is a Beatles song, but Helter Skelter is not. A heavy, trashing song that many credit with helping the rise of Hard Rock and in a slight way, Metal.
Overall, this massive album is an oddity. Band members started to experiment and find the sounds they would continue to make in their own solo journeys ( except Ringo, who consistently stay the same). It’s a definitive Beatles album that any fan should pick up. If and when you do, tell me what number you get, as every album is marked with a sale number. I’ve got 522,877, tell me what you have!