Monday, October 21, 2013

The Beatles: White Album 45th anniversary featured on In The Studio

The 45th anniversary of “The Beatles” (known as the White Album) is featured on this week’s edition of In The Studio.

The band’s 1968 double album was written and recorded during a period of turmoil for the group, after visiting the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India and having a particularly productive songwriting session in early 1968.

Returning to the studio, the group recorded from May to October 1968, only to have conflict and dissent drive the group members apart. Ringo Starr quit the band for a brief time, leaving Paul McCartney to play drums on two tracks. Many of the songs were "solo" recordings, or at least by less than the full group, as each individual member began to explore his own talent.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, “The Beatles” (White Album) is The Beatles' most-certified album at 19-times platinum and the tenth-best-selling album of all time in the United States. (Each sale is counted as two sales, so because “The Beatles” is a double record set, it's the band's third-best-selling-album in the US at 8.5 million records sold.)

In part one, Paul McCartney joins host Redbeard to give a frank glimpse into the project, details on John Lennon‘s “Dear Prudence”, “Happiness Is A Warm Gun”, “Julia” and “Glass Onion”, plus Paul’s “Ob La Di”, “Martha My Dear”, “Rocky Raccoon”, “Blackbird”, “Back in the USSR”, and comments on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and the unreleased “Not Guilty” from the late George Harrison.

Check out part 1 of The Beatles' White Album on In The Studio here.

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