Without any given name, it became referred as WHITE ALBUM. Just a matter of usus. Revolution Nine, to my mind, is a mere experiment, not music. What's of a tune about it?
As a whole, a good album. John and Paul in all their strength. While My Guitar Gently Weeps by George is excellent.
I don't care for this one all that much. To me they made huge steps forward with Rubber Soul -> Magical Mystery Tour (well, MMT was essentially just Sgt. Pepper Redux, but the songwriting was better) and basically abandoned artistic progress with this album in favor of making a collection of (frequently very good) songs. It's too disjointed and the rifts within the group are too apparent for my liking. I hate to be the "with some editing, this could be an outstanding single album" guy, but I feel it's very much true in this case. "Revolution #9" is actually not one of the duffers on here IMO, though; I think it's a fascinating experimental track and I would've welcomed some more exploration and experimentation from the rest of the tracks.
This album has something for everyone. Even though it's not my favourite Beatles album, I still very much like the sheer boldness of it. To follow up Sgt. Peppers, an album which received wide praise for being such a coherent body of music, with something that's so diverse and all over the place musically and stylistically requires a lot of guts. The Beatles had them.
just bought the mono mix version of this album on cd. (i guess someone had broken up the mono box of 13 cds to sell separately.) and hearing this mix for the first time, am enjoying it better than the stereo version i've always heard!