Are there no moderators here anymore? Someone should clean up their album library and combine all different versions of "The Beatles" into one. The self-titled album would be the second album that reached one million listeners after "Abey Road."
Such an amazing album. Not my favorite Beatles album (that would be Revolver) or their best (a lot of debate there, but I would give Abbey Road that title), but definitely an enjoyable listen from start to finish. It is so eclectic, so diverse, it must have really blown some minds in 1968. As far as double albums go, I don't know if it's the greatest of all-time, but it's definitely in the top five, maybe top three.
If you like every song on an album to sound the same, then this album is not for you. If you like every song on an album to stand alone, without referring to other songs ("we all know Honey Pie"), then this album is not for you. For me, the three greatest parts of this album are (1) the second line of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (I look at the floor...) - this was BEFORE Python; (2) the dialog after the unlisted song "Can You Take Me Back Where I Came From," and (3) the transition from the futuristic/bizarre "You become naked / Hold that line / Block that kick" to the second most traditional song on the album, "Good Night" (muffed verse and all).
Try this track listing: 1. Happiness Is A Warm Gun 2. I'm So Tired 3. Mother Nature's Son 4. Cry Baby Cry 5. Sexy Sadie 6. Helter Skelter 7. Julia 8. Martha My Dear 9. Long, Long, Long 10. I Will 11. While My Guitar Gently Weeps 12. Blackbird This is my 'Diet White Album', It's 36 minutes long, and I don't think it's necessarily the 12 best songs, just a good running order if you want less of a flabby listening experience!
My dad is a Beatles-fan so I grew up with their music, but when I started to explore their music for myself this was new to me. My dad never played this album....I don't know/understand why. This is one of my favorite Beatles albums.