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Tuesday 5/3/22 8pm ET: Feature LP: Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. Released on May 26,1967, it spent 27 weeks at number one on the Record Retailer chart in the United Kingdom and 15 weeks at number one on the Billboard Top LPs chart in the United States. It was lauded by critics for its innovations in songwriting, production and graphic design, for bridging a cultural divide between popular music and high art, and for reflecting the interests of contemporary youth and the counterculture. Its release was a defining moment in 1960s pop culture, heralding the Summer of Love, while the album’s reception achieved full cultural legitimization for pop music and recognition for the medium as a genuine art form.

At the end of August 1966, the Beatles permanently retired from touring and pursued individual interests for the next three months. During a return flight to London in November, Paul McCartney had an idea for a song involving an Edwardian military band that formed the impetus of the Sgt. Pepper concept. Sessions began on November 24 at EMI Studios with compositions inspired by the Beatles’ youth, but after pressure from EMI, the songs “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” were released as a double A-side single in February 1967 and left off the LP.

The album was loosely conceptualized as a performance by the fictional Sgt. Pepper band, an idea that was conceived after recording the title track. A key work of British psychedelia, it incorporates a range of stylistic influences, including vaudeville, circus, music hall, avant-garde, and Western and Indian classical music. The band continued the technological experimentation marked by their previous album, Revolver, this time without an absolute deadline for completion. With producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick, the group coloured much of the recordings with sound effects and tape manipulation, as exemplified on “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” and “A Day in the Life”. Recording was completed April 21. The cover, which depicts the Beatles posing in front of a tableau of celebrities and historical figures, was designed by the pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth.

Sgt. Pepper is regarded by musicologists as an early concept album that advanced the roles of sound composition, extended form, psychedelic imagery, record sleeves, and the producer in popular music. The album had an immediate cross-generational impact and was associated with numerous touchstones of the era’s youth culture, such as fashion, drugs, mysticism, and a sense of optimism and empowerment. It is considered one of the first art rock LPs, a progenitor to progressive rock, and the start of the album era. In 1968, it won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, the first rock LP to receive this honour; in 2003 it was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. It has topped several critics’ and listeners’ polls for the best album of all time, including those published by Rolling Stone magazine and in the book All Time Top 1000 Albums, and the UK’s “Music of the Millennium” poll. It remains one of the best-selling albums of all time and was still, in 2018, the UK’s best-selling studio album. More than 32 million copies had been sold worldwide as of 2011. A remixed and expanded edition of the album was released in 2017.

  1. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” 2:00
  2. “With a Little Help from My Friends” 2:42
  3. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” 3:28
  4. “Getting Better” 2:48
  5. “Fixing a Hole” 2:36
  6. “She’s Leaving Home” 3:25
  7. “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” 2:37
  8. “Within You Without You” 5:05
  9. “When I’m Sixty-Four” 2:37
  10. “Lovely Rita” 2:42
  11. “Good Morning Good Morning” 2:42
  12. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)” 1:18
  13. “A Day in the Life” 5:38

John Lennon – lead, harmony and background vocals; rhythm, acoustic and lead guitars; Hammond organ, final piano E chord; harmonica, tape loops, sound effects, comb and tissue paper; handclaps, tambourine, maracas
Paul McCartney – lead, harmony and background vocals; bass and lead guitars; piano, grand piano, Lowrey and Hammond organs; handclaps; vocalisations, sound effects, comb and tissue paper
George Harrison – harmony and background vocals; lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars; sitar, tambura, swarmandal;[525] harmonica, comb and tissue paper; handclaps, tambourine, maracas; lead vocals on “Within You Without You”
Ringo Starr – drums, congas, tambourine, maracas, handclaps, tubular bells; lead vocals on “With a Little Help from My Friends”; harmonica, comb and tissue paper; final piano E chord
Sounds Inc. – saxophones, trombones and French horn on “Good Morning Good Morning”
Neil Aspinall – tambura, harmonica
Geoff Emerick – audio engineering; tape loops, sound effects[nb 42]
Mal Evans – counting, harmonica, alarm clock, final piano E chord
George Martin – producer, mixer; tape loops, sound effects; harpsichord on “Fixing a Hole”, harmonium, Lowrey organ, glockenspiel and Mellotron[527] on “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”, Hammond organ on “With a Little Help from My Friends”, piano on “Getting Better”, piano solo on “Lovely Rita”; final harmonium chord.
Session musicians – four French horns on “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”: Neill Sanders, James W. Buck, John Burden, Tony Randall, arranged and conducted by Martin and McCartney; string section and harp on “She’s Leaving Home”, arranged by Mike Leander and conducted by Martin; tabla by Natwar Soni, dilrubas by Anna Joshi and Amrit Gajjar, and tambura by Buddhadev Kansara on “Within You Without You”,[528] with eight violins and four cellos arranged and conducted by Harrison and Martin; clarinet trio on “When I’m Sixty-Four”: Robert Burns, Henry MacKenzie, Frank Reidy, arranged and conducted by Martin and McCartney; saxophones on “Good Morning Good Morning”, arranged and conducted by Martin and Lennon; and forty-piece orchestra, including strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion on “A Day in the Life”, arranged by Martin, Lennon and McCartney, and conducted by Martin and McCartney.

Friday 4/15/22 8pm ET: Feature LP: Beatles – 1962-1966 (Red Album (1973))

1962–1966, also known as the Red Album, is a compilation album of hit songs by the English rock band the Beatles, spanning the years indicated in the title. Released with its counterpart 1967–1970 (the “Blue Album”) on April 2, 1973, the double LP peaked at number 3 in the United Kingdom. In the United States, it topped the Cash Box albums chart and peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart while 1967–1970 reached the top spot. The album was re-released in September 1993 on compact disc, charting at number 3 in the UK.

The album was instigated by Apple Records manager Allen Klein shortly before he was dismissed from his position. Even though the group had success with cover versions of songs, particularly “Twist and Shout”, 1962–1966 contains only songs composed by the Beatles. The album omits any George Harrison compositions from the era, such as “Taxman”, as the content is entirely Lennon–McCartney originals.

As with 1967–1970, the compilation was created by Apple and EMI/Capitol Records in response to a bootleg collection titled Alpha Omega, which had been sold on television the previous year. Print advertising for the two records made a point of declaring them “the only authorized collection of the Beatles”. The success of the two official double LP compilations inspired Capitol’s repackaging of the Beach Boys’ 1960s hits, starting with the 1974 album Endless Summer.

  1. “Love Me Do” (single released October 1962, later included on Please Please Me, 1963) 2:22
  2. “Please Please Me” (single released January 1963, later included on Please Please Me, 1963) 2:01
  3. “From Me to You” (non-album single, 1963) 1:57
  4. “She Loves You” (non-album single, 1963) 2:22
  5. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (non-album single, 1963) 2:26
  6. “All My Loving” (from With the Beatles, 1963) 2:09
  7. “Can’t Buy Me Love” (from A Hard Day’s Night, 1964) 2:13
  8. “A Hard Day’s Night” (from A Hard Day’s Night, 1964) 2:34
  9. “And I Love Her” (from A Hard Day’s Night, 1964) 2:31
  10. “Eight Days a Week” (from Beatles for Sale, 1964) 2:44
  11. “I Feel Fine” (non-album single, 1964) 2:20
  12. “Ticket to Ride” (from Help!, 1965) 3:11
  13. “Yesterday” (from Help!, 1965) 2:05
  14. “Help!” (from Help!, 1965) 2:20
  15. “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” (from Help!, 1965) 2:11
  16. “We Can Work It Out” (non-album single, 1965) 2:16
  17. “Day Tripper” (non-album single, 1965) 2:49
  18. “Drive My Car” (from Rubber Soul, 1965) 2:28
  19. “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” (from Rubber Soul, 1965) 2:05
  20. “Nowhere Man” (from Rubber Soul, 1965) 2:44
  21. “Michelle” (from Rubber Soul, 1965) 2:42
  22. “In My Life” (from Rubber Soul, 1965) 2:27
  23. “Girl” (from Rubber Soul, 1965) 2:31
  24. “Paperback Writer” (non-album single, 1966) 2:19
  25. “Eleanor Rigby” (from Revolver, 1966) 2:08
  26. “Yellow Submarine” (from Revolver, 1966) 2:39

Thursday 4/7/22 11am ET: Feature LP: The Beatles White Album (1968)

The Beatles, also known as the White Album, is the ninth studio album and only double album by English rock band the Beatles, released on November 22, 1968. Its plain white sleeve contains no graphics or text other than the band’s name embossed, which was intended as a direct contrast to the vivid cover artwork of the band’s previous LP Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Beatles is recognized for its fragmentary style and diverse range of genres, including folk, British blues, ska, music hall and the avant-garde. It has since been viewed by some critics as a postmodern work, as well as among the greatest albums of all time.

Most of the songs on the album were written during March and April 1968 at a Transcendental Meditation course in Rishikesh, India. There, the only western instrument available to the band was the acoustic guitar; several of these songs remained acoustic on The Beatles and were recorded solo, or only by part of the group. The production aesthetic ensured that the album’s sound was scaled-down and less reliant on studio innovation than most of their releases since Revolver (1966). The Beatles also broke with the band’s tradition at the time of incorporating several musical styles in one song by keeping each piece of music consistently faithful to a select genre.

At the end of May 1968, the Beatles returned to EMI Studios in London to commence recording sessions that lasted until mid-October. During these sessions, arguments broke out among the foursome over creative differences and John Lennon’s new partner, Yoko Ono, whose constant presence subverted the Beatles’ policy of excluding wives and girlfriends from the studio. After a series of various problems, including producer George Martin taking an unannounced holiday and engineer Geoff Emerick suddenly quitting during a session, Ringo Starr left the band for two weeks in August. The same tensions continued throughout the following year and led to the band’s break-up.

The Beatles received favourable reviews from most music critics; detractors found its satirical songs unimportant and apolitical amid the turbulent political and social climate of 1968. It topped record charts in Britain and the United States. No singles were issued in either territory, but “Hey Jude” and “Revolution” originated from the same recording sessions and were issued on a single in August 1968. The album has been certified 24× platinum by the RIAA.

  1. “Back in the U.S.S.R.” 2:43
  2. “Dear Prudence” 3:56
  3. “Glass Onion” 2:18
  4. “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” 3:08
  5. “Wild Honey Pie” 0:52
  6. “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill” 3:14
  7. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” 4:45
  8. “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” 2:47
  9. “Martha My Dear” 2:28
  10. “I’m So Tired” 2:03
  11. “Blackbird” 2:18
  12. “Piggies” 2:04
  13. “Rocky Raccoon” 3:33
  14. “Don’t Pass Me By” 3:51
  15. “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?” 1:41
  16. “I Will” 1:46
  17. “Julia” 2:57
  18. “Birthday” 2:42
  19. “Yer Blues” 4:01
  20. “Mother Nature’s Son” 2:48
  21. “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey” 2:24
  22. “Sexy Sadie” 3:15
  23. “Helter Skelter” 4:30
  24. “Long, Long, Long” 3:08
  25. “Revolution 1” 4:15
  26. “Honey Pie” 2:41
  27. “Savoy Truffle” 2:54
  28. “Cry Baby Cry” 3:02
  29. “Revolution 9” 8:15
  30. “Good Night” 3:14

John Lennon – lead, harmony and background vocals
Paul McCartney – lead, harmony and background vocals
George Harrison – lead, rhythm, acoustic and bass guitars
Ringo Starr – drums and assorted percussion (tambourine, bongos, cymbals, maracas and vocal percussion)

Sunday 3/20/22 3pm ET: Feature LP: Beatles – Rock ‘n’ Roll Music (1976)

Rock ‘n’ Roll Music is a compilation double album by the English rock band the Beatles that consists of previously released Beatles tracks. It was issued on June 7, 1976 in the United States, on Capitol Records, and on Parlophonein the United Kingdom, four days later. The album is a compilation of Lennon–McCartney songs, one George Harrison track (“Taxman”), and a dozen cover versions of songs written by significant rock and roll composers of the 1950s, including Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Carl Perkins and Larry Williams. Not counting the 1971 Spanish compilation album, Por Siempre Beatles, Rock ‘n’ Roll Music was the first Beatles album to include “I’m Down”, which had previously only been available as the B-side of the “Help!” single.

  1. “Twist and Shout” 2:31
  2. “I Saw Her Standing There” 2:56
  3. “You Can’t Do That” 2:38
  4. “I Wanna Be Your Man” 1:59
  5. “I Call Your Name” 2:09
  6. “Boys” 2:28
  7. “Long Tall Sally” 2:00
  8. “Rock and Roll Music” 2:30
  9. “Slow Down” 2:54
  10. “Kansas City” / “Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey” (medley) 2:35
  11. “Money (That’s What I Want)” 2:47
  12. “Bad Boy” 2:20
  13. “Matchbox” 1:59
  14. “Roll Over Beethoven” 2:44
  15. “Dizzy, Miss Lizzy” 2:53
  16. “Any Time at All” 2:13
  17. “Drive My Car” 2:29
  18. “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby” 2:26
  19. “The Night Before” 2:37
  20. “I’m Down” 2:32
  21. “Revolution” 3:25
  22. “Back in the U.S.S.R.” 2:44
  23. “Helter Skelter” 4:30
  24. “Taxman” 2:39
  25. “Got to Get You into My Life” 2:31
  26. “Hey Bulldog” 3:11
  27. “Birthday” 2:43
  28. “Get Back” 3:09

Sunday 3/6/22 5pm ET: Feature LP: The Beatles – Hey Jude (1970)

Hey Jude (original title: The Beatles Again) is a 1970 collection of non-album singles and B-sides by the Beatles. Originally released in the United States and various other markets, but not in the United Kingdom, it included “I Should Have Known Better” and “Can’t Buy Me Love”, two singles released by Capitol Records whose only previous American album appearance had been on the A Hard Day’s Night soundtrack album, which had been released by United Artists Records. The Hey Jude LP has been out of print since the late 1980s, although it remained available on cassette during the 1990s. The album was issued on CD for the first time in 2014, as an individual release and in a box set titled The U.S. Albums.

  1. “Can’t Buy Me Love” 2:19
  2. “I Should Have Known Better” 2:39
  3. “Paperback Writer” 2:14
  4. “Rain” 2:58
  5. “Lady Madonna” 2:14
  6. “Revolution” 3:21
  7. “Hey Jude” 7:06
  8. “Old Brown Shoe” 3:16
  9. “Don’t Let Me Down” 3:30
  10. “The Ballad of John and Yoko” 2:55

John Lennon – lead vocals, backing vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica, lead guitar, percussion
Paul McCartney – lead vocals, backing vocals, bass guitar, piano, lead guitar, Hammond organ, drums, percussion
George Harrison – lead vocals, backing vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, Hammond organ, percussion

Ringo Starr – backing vocals, drums, percussion
Nicky Hopkins – electric piano (6)
Billy Preston – electric piano (9)
Ronnie Scott – tenor saxophone (5)
Bill Povey – tenor saxophone (5)
Harry Klein – baritone saxophone (5)
Bill Jackman – baritone saxophone (5)

Monday 12/22/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Beatles – Abbey Road (50th Anniversary Edition) (2019)

Abbey Road is the eleventh studio album by English rock band the Beatles, released on 26 September 1969 by Apple Records. The recording sessions were the last in which all four Beatles participated. Let It Be was the final album that the Beatles completed and released before the band’s dissolution in April 1970, but most of the album had been recorded before the Abbey Road sessions began. The two-sided hit single from the album, “Something” backed with “Come Together”, was released in October and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

Abbey Road incorporates genres such as blues, pop and progressive rock, and makes prominent use of the Moog synthesizer and the Leslie speaker. Side two contains a medley of song fragments edited together to form a single piece. The album was recorded amid a more enjoyable atmosphere than the Get Back/Let It Be sessions earlier in the year, but there were still frequent disagreements within the band. John Lennon had privately left the group by the time that the album was released, and Paul McCartney publicly quit the following year.

Abbey Road was an immediate commercial success and reached number one in the UK and US, although it initially received mixed reviews, with some critics describing its music as inauthentic and bemoaning the production’s artificial effects. Over time, the album became viewed as among the Beatles’ best and many critics have ranked it as one of the greatest albums of all time. In particular, George Harrison’s contributions in “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun” are considered to be among the best songs that he wrote for the group. The album’s cover features the four band members walking across a zebra crossing outside Abbey Road Studios and has become one of the most famous and imitated images in popular music.

On 8 August 2019, Apple Corps announced the upcoming release of 50th anniversary editions of the album scheduled for September 27. Presented with new mixes in stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos, expanded with previously unreleased session recordings and demos, the special anniversary releases includes Super deluxe four-disc set, three-LP deluxe vinyl set, a two-CD deluxe set, a limited-edition picture disc, single CD and LP releases, and digital and streaming. On September 26, 2019, the Beatles YouTube channel premiered a music video for “Here Comes the Sun” in its 2019 remix to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the album.

Original edition

1. “Come Together” 4:19
2. “Something” 3:02
3. “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” 3:27
4. “Oh! Darling” 3:27
5. “Octopus’s Garden” 2:51
6. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” 7:47

1. “Here Comes the Sun” 3:05
2. “Because” 2:45
3. “You Never Give Me Your Money” 4:03
4. “Sun King” 2:26
5. “Mean Mr. Mustard” 1:06
6. “Polythene Pam” 1:13
7. “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window” 1:58
8. “Golden Slumbers” 1:31
9. “Carry That Weight” 1:36
10. “The End” 2:05
11. “Her Majesty” (as a hidden track) 0:23

1. “Come Together” (take 5) 3:30
2. “Something” (studio demo) 3:37
3. “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (take 12) 4:44
4. “Oh Darling” (take 4) 3:30
5. “Octopus’s Garden” (take 9) 1:43
6. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” (Trident recording session & reduction mix) 6:59
7. “Here Comes The Sun” (take 9) Harrison 3:40
8. “Because” (take 1 Instrumental) 3:07
9. “You Never Give Me Your Money” (take 36) 5:17
10. “Sun King” (take 20) 3:14
11. “Mean Mr. Mustard” (take 20) 1:34
12. “Polythene Pam” (take 27) 1:39
13. “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” (take 27) 1:39
14. “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight” (takes 1-3) 3:20
15. “The End” (take 3) 2:11
16. “Her Majesty” (takes 1-3) 1:33

1. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” (Trident recording session & reduction mix) 6:59
2. “Goodbye” (home demo) 2:23
3. “Something” (studio demo) 3:37
4. “The Ballad of John and Yoko” (take 7) 3:37
5. “Old Brown Shoe” (take 2) 3:15
6. “Oh! Darling” (take 4) 3:30
7. “Octopus’s Garden” (take 9) 1:43
8. “You Never Give Me Your Money” (take 36) 5:17
9. “Her Majesty” (takes 1–3) 1:33
10. “Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight” (takes 1–3) 3:20
11. “Here Comes The Sun” (take 9) 3:40
12. “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (take 12) 4:44

1. “Come Together” (take 5) 3:30
2. “The End” (take 3) 2:11
3. “Come and Get It” (studio demo) 2:42
4. “Sun King” (take 20) 3:14
5. “Mean Mr. Mustard” (take 20) 1:34
6. “Polythene Pam” (take 27) 1:39
7. “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” (take 27) 1:39
8. “Because” (take 1 / instrumental) 3:07
9. “The Long One” (trial edit
1. “You Never Give Me Your Money”
2. “Sun King”
3. “Mean Mr. Mustard”
4. “Her Majesty”
5. “Polythene Pam”
6. “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window”
7. “Golden Slumbers”
8. “Carry That Weight”
9. “The End”) 16:10
10. “Something” (take 39 / instrumental / strings only) 2:41
11. “Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight” (take 17 / instrumental / strings & bass only) 3:17

Sunday 12/26/21 7pm ET: Feature LP: Beatles – Love (2006)

Love is a soundtrack remix album of music recorded by the Beatles, released November 20, 2006. It features music compiled and remixed as a mashup for the Cirque du Soleil show of the same name. The album was produced by George Martin and his son Giles Martin, who said, “What people will be hearing on the album is a new experience, a way of re-living the whole Beatles musical lifespan in a very condensed period.”

The album was also George Martin’s final album as a producer before his death in 2016.

“Because” – 2:44
“Get Back” – 2:05
“Glass Onion” – 1:20
“Eleanor Rigby” (with “Julia” transition) – 3:05
“I Am the Walrus” – 4:28
“I Want to Hold Your Hand” – 1:22
“Drive My Car/The Word/What You’re Doing” – 1:54
“Gnik Nus” – 0:55
“Something” (with “Blue Jay Way” transition) – 3:29
“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!/I Want You (She’s So Heavy)/Helter Skelter” – 3:22
“Help!” – 2:18
“Blackbird/Yesterday” – 2:31
“Strawberry Fields Forever” – 4:31
“Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows” – 3:07
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” – 4:10
“Octopus’s Garden” – 3:18
“Lady Madonna” – 2:56
“Here Comes the Sun” (with “The Inner Light” transition) – 4:18
“Come Together/Dear Prudence” (with “Cry Baby Cry” transition) – 4:45
“Revolution” – 2:14
“Back in the U.S.S.R.” – 1:53
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – 3:46
“A Day in the Life” – 5:08
“Hey Jude” – 3:58
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)” – 1:22
“All You Need Is Love” – 3:39
“The Fool on the Hill” – 3:30
“Girl” – 2:43

Sunday 12/26/21 3pm ET: Feature LP: Beatles – Rubber Soul 50th Anniversary (1965)

Rubber Soul is the sixth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released on December 3, 1965 in the United Kingdom, on EMI’s Parlophone label, accompanied by the non-album double A-side single “Day Tripper” / “We Can Work It Out”. The original North American release, issued by Capitol Records, contains ten of the fourteen songs and two tracks withheld from the band’s Help! album. Rubber Soul met with a highly favorable critical response and topped sales charts in Britain and the United States for several weeks.

The recording sessions took place in London over a four-week period beginning in October 1965. For the first time in their career, the band were able to record an album free of concert, radio or film commitments. Often referred to as a folk rock album, particularly in its Capitol configuration, Rubber Soul incorporates a mix of pop, soul and folk musical styles. The title derives from the colloquialism “plastic soul” and was the Beatles’ way of acknowledging their lack of authenticity compared to the African-American soul artists they admired. After A Hard Day’s Night in 1964, it was the second Beatles LP to contain only original material.

The songs demonstrate the Beatles’ increasing maturity as lyricists, and in their incorporation of brighter guitar tones and new instrumentation such as sitar, harmonium and fuzz bass, the group striving for more expressive sounds and arrangements for their music. The project marked a progression in the band’s treatment of the album format as an artistic platform, an approach they continued to develop with Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The four songs omitted by Capitol, including the February 1966 single “Nowhere Man”, later appeared on the North American release Yesterday and Today.

Rubber Soul was highly influential on the Beatles’ peers, leading to a widespread focus away from singles and onto creating albums of consistently high-quality songs. It has been recognized by music critics as an album that opened up the possibilities of pop music in terms of lyrical and musical scope, and as a key work in the creation of styles such as psychedelia and progressive rock. Among its many appearances on critics’ best-album lists, Rolling Stone ranked it fifth on the magazine’s 2012 list “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. In 2000, it was voted at number 34 in the third edition of Colin Larkin’s book All Time Top 1000 Albums. The album was certified 6× platinum by the RIAA in 1997, indicating shipments of at least six million copies in the US. In 2013, Rubber Soul was certified platinum by the BPI for UK sales since 1994.

  1. “I’ve Just Seen a Face” 2:04
  2. “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” 2:05
  3. “You Won’t See Me” 3:19
  4. “Think for Yourself” 2:19
  5. “The Word” 2:42
  6. “Michelle” 2:42
  7. “It’s Only Love” 1:53
  8. “Girl” 2:33
  9. “I’m Looking Through You” 2:24
  10. “In My Life” 2:24
  11. “Wait” 2:15
  12. “Run for Your Life” 2:15
  13. “I’ve Just Seen a Face” 2:04 Stereo
  14. “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” 2:05 Stereo
  15. “You Won’t See Me” 3:19 Stereo
  16. “Think for Yourself” 2:19 Stereo
  17. “The Word” 2:42 Stereo
  18. “Michelle” 2:42 Stereo
  19. “It’s Only Love” 1:53 Stereo
  20. “Girl” 2:33 Stereo
  21. “I’m Looking Through You” 2:24 Stereo
  22. “In My Life” 2:24 Stereo
  23. “Wait” 2:15 Stereo
  24. “Run for Your Life” 2:15 Stereo

John Lennon – lead, harmony and backing vocals; rhythm, acoustic and lead guitars; organ on “Think for Yourself”; tambourine
Paul McCartney – lead, harmony and backing vocals; bass, acoustic and lead guitars; piano; maracas
George Harrison – lead, harmony and backing vocals; lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars; sitar on “Norwegian Wood”; maracas, tambourine
Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine, maracas, cowbell, bells, cymbals; Hammond organ on “I’m Looking Through You”; lead vocals on “What Goes On”

Sunday 12/26/21 7am ET: Feature LP: The Beatles White Album (1968)

The Beatles, also known as the White Album, is the ninth studio album and only double album by English rock band the Beatles, released on November 22, 1968. Its plain white sleeve contains no graphics or text other than the band’s name embossed, which was intended as a direct contrast to the vivid cover artwork of the band’s previous LP Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Beatles is recognized for its fragmentary style and diverse range of genres, including folk, British blues, ska, music hall and the avant-garde. It has since been viewed by some critics as a postmodern work, as well as among the greatest albums of all time.

Most of the songs on the album were written during March and April 1968 at a Transcendental Meditation course in Rishikesh, India. There, the only western instrument available to the band was the acoustic guitar; several of these songs remained acoustic on The Beatles and were recorded solo, or only by part of the group. The production aesthetic ensured that the album’s sound was scaled-down and less reliant on studio innovation than most of their releases since Revolver (1966). The Beatles also broke with the band’s tradition at the time of incorporating several musical styles in one song by keeping each piece of music consistently faithful to a select genre.

At the end of May 1968, the Beatles returned to EMI Studios in London to commence recording sessions that lasted until mid-October. During these sessions, arguments broke out among the foursome over creative differences and John Lennon’s new partner, Yoko Ono, whose constant presence subverted the Beatles’ policy of excluding wives and girlfriends from the studio. After a series of various problems, including producer George Martin taking an unannounced holiday and engineer Geoff Emerick suddenly quitting during a session, Ringo Starr left the band for two weeks in August. The same tensions continued throughout the following year and led to the band’s break-up.

The Beatles received favourable reviews from most music critics; detractors found its satirical songs unimportant and apolitical amid the turbulent political and social climate of 1968. It topped record charts in Britain and the United States. No singles were issued in either territory, but “Hey Jude” and “Revolution” originated from the same recording sessions and were issued on a single in August 1968. The album has been certified 24× platinum by the RIAA.

  1. “Back in the U.S.S.R.” 2:43
  2. “Dear Prudence” 3:56
  3. “Glass Onion” 2:18
  4. “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” 3:08
  5. “Wild Honey Pie” 0:52
  6. “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill” 3:14
  7. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” 4:45
  8. “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” 2:47
  9. “Martha My Dear” 2:28
  10. “I’m So Tired” 2:03
  11. “Blackbird” 2:18
  12. “Piggies” 2:04
  13. “Rocky Raccoon” 3:33
  14. “Don’t Pass Me By” 3:51
  15. “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?” 1:41
  16. “I Will” 1:46
  17. “Julia” 2:57
  18. “Birthday” 2:42
  19. “Yer Blues” 4:01
  20. “Mother Nature’s Son” 2:48
  21. “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey” 2:24
  22. “Sexy Sadie” 3:15
  23. “Helter Skelter” 4:30
  24. “Long, Long, Long” 3:08
  25. “Revolution 1” 4:15
  26. “Honey Pie” 2:41
  27. “Savoy Truffle” 2:54
  28. “Cry Baby Cry” 3:02
  29. “Revolution 9” 8:15
  30. “Good Night” 3:14

John Lennon – lead, harmony and background vocals
Paul McCartney – lead, harmony and background vocals
George Harrison – lead, rhythm, acoustic and bass guitars
Ringo Starr – drums and assorted percussion (tambourine, bongos, cymbals, maracas and vocal percussion)