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A Comprehensive Look At The Beatles Self-Titled Double Album Masterpiece

The White Album 40 Years Later

When the White Album was released 40 years ago this month, fans were both baffled and awestruck by its sprawling world of sound.

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The Mad Day Out Photo Session, Sunday 28 July 1968.

The Mad Day Out Photo Session, Sunday, July 28, 1968.
Photograph: Don McCullin

Air Date: 24 November 2008
Reporter: Bob Boilen | NPR
Time: 00:00:59:59

Released as a double LP (almost unheard of at the time) and featured instant classics like I Will, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Blackbird. But the White Album (its real name is simply The Beatles) was also filled with songs many found hard to digest, like the eight-minute, experimental sound collage Revolution 9 or the inexplicably surreal Wild Honey Pie. On this edition of All Songs Considered host, Bob Boilen talks with Bruce Spizer, author of The Beatles On Apple Records, about the groundbreaking White Album and how it came to be.

All Songs Considered

The White Album 40 Years Later Play

Air Date: 24 November 2008
Reporter: Bob Boilen
Time: 00:00:59:59

Released as a double LP (almost unheard of at the time) and featured instant classics like I Will, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Blackbird. But the White Album (its real name is simply The Beatles) was also filled with songs many found hard to digest, like the eight-minute, experimental sound collage Revolution 9 or the inexplicably surreal Wild Honey Pie.

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The Mad Day Out Photo Session, 28 July 1968.
Photograph: Don McCullin

On this edition of All Songs Considered host, Bob Boilen talks with Bruce Spizer, author of The Beatles On Apple Records, about the groundbreaking White Album and how it came to be.