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The Beatles
The Beatles album
Released 22 November 1968 (UK)
25 November 1968 (US)
Studio EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock, Pop, Folk Rock, Hard Rock
Length 1:33:35
Label Apple
Producer George Martin
Album Guide
Magical Mystery Tour
Yellow Submarine
The Beatles (A.K.A The White Album) is the ninth album by The Beatles. It was released in the United Kingdom on 22 November 1968 and on 25 November 1968 in the United States. It is often referred to as The White Album because it has no text other than the band's name (and, on the early LP and CD releases, a serial number) on its plain white sleeve, and included a poster featuring a collage of photos of the Beatles which was designed by pop artist Richard Hamilton.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 10 in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2006, the album was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best albums of all time.


The White Album is The Beatles' best selling album at 19-times platinum. It is also the ninth best selling album of all time. During the recording of the album, each band member began to show their differences. All of these differences caused tension, and drummer Ringo Starr even quit the band for a short time (one week to be exact). During this break, Ringo wrote Octopus's Garden. Although every single song on the album is extremely different, they all fit together to form an extremely influential piece of work. The White Album is also considered to be The Beatles' most diverse album, for almost every song is a different genre.

The album cover was the simplest cover possible, but The Beatles wanted it to be something special. They put a stamp with a serial number on every copy made, so every owner of the album would have it a little differently. Ringo Starr owns the first UK-released copy of the album.


All songs written by Lennon/McCartney, except where noted otherwise.

Side oneEdit

  1. "Back in the U.S.S.R." - 2:43
  2. "Dear Prudence" - 3:56
  3. "Glass Onion" - 2:17
  4. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" - 3:08
  5. "Wild Honey Pie" - 0:52
  6. "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" - 3:13
  7. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (George Harrison) - 4:45
  8. "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" - 2:43

Side twoEdit

  1. "Martha My Dear" - 2:28
  2. "I'm So Tired" - 2:03
  3. "Blackbird" - 2:18
  4. "Piggies" (George Harrison) - 2:04
  5. "Rocky Raccoon" - 3:32
  6. "Don't Pass Me By" (Richard Starkey) - 3:50
  7. "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?" - 1:40
  8. "I Will" - 1:45
  9. "Julia" - 2:54

Side threeEdit

  1. "Birthday" - 2:42
  2. "Yer Blues" - 4:00
  3. "Mother Nature's Son" - 2:47
  4. "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey" - 2:24
  5. "Sexy Sadie" - 3:15
  6. "Helter Skelter" - 4:29
  7. "Long, Long, Long" (George Harrison) - 3:03

Side fourEdit

  1. "Revolution 1" - 4:15
  2. "Honey Pie" - 2:40
  3. "Savoy Truffle" (George Harrison) - 2:54
  4. "Cry Baby Cry" - 3:02
  5. "Revolution 9" - 8:13
  6. "Good Night" - 3:11


  • John Lennon — Lead, harmony and backing vocals. Electric, acoustic and bass guitars. Piano, hammond organ, harmonium, mellotron. Drums, maracas, cymbals, handclaps, harmonica, tenor saxophone, tape loops and sound effects
  • Paul McCartney — Lead, harmony and backing vocals. Bass, electric and acoustic guitars. Piano, electric piano, hammond organ. Drums, tambourine, cowbell, timpani, bell, handclaps, footsteps, tape loops, recorder and flugelhorn
  • George Harrison — Lead, harmony and backing vocals. Electric, acoustic and bass guitars. Drums, handclaps, tape loops and sound effects
  • Ringo Starr — Lead and backing vocals. Drums, tambourine, maracas, cowbell, bongos, congas, sleigh bell, tack piano and handclaps
  • Derek Watkins: Trumpet
  • Nicky Hopkins: Piano, Track Performer
  • Don Lang: Trombone
  • Yoko Ono: Backing Vocals
  • George Martin: Piano, Celesta, Horn, Producer and Orchestration
  • Frederick J. Alexander: Cello
  • Ted Barker: Tuba
  • Leo Birnbaum: Viola
  • Leon Calvert: Trumpet and French Horn
  • Ronald Chamberlain: Saxophone
  • Jim Chester: Saxophone
  • Eric Clapton: Guitar solo on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
  • Freddy Clayton: Trumpet
  • Mal Evans: Trumpet, Tambourine
  • Jack Fallon: Violin
  • Pattie Harrison: Backing vocals
  • Ron Hughes: Trumpet
  • Reginald Kilbey: Cello
  • Harry Klein: Saxophone
  • Les Maddox: Violin
  • Dennis McConnell: Violin
  • Bernard Miller: Violin
  • Andy Morris: Trombone, Saxophone
  • Henry Myerscough: Viola
  • Raymond Newman: Clarinet
  • Bill Povey: Trombone
  • Alf Reece: Tuba
  • Stanley Reynolds: Trumpet
  • Pete Shotton: Tambourine
  • David Smith: Clarinet
  • Lou Sofier: Violin
  • Maureen Starkey: Backing Vocals
  • Tony Tunstall: French Horn
  • Dennis Walton: Saxophone
  • Chris Thomas: Producer, Harpsichord, Mellotron, Electric Piano, Piano, Organ and Arrangements
  • John Power: Trombone


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