The Beatles – The Beatles
2 x vinyl LP, Reissue, Canada, 1976
The first thing I think of when I hear the words “White Album” is Rutherford Chang, who is an artist that only collects The Beatles' The Beatles, better known as the White Album. He even opened up a shop in Soho New York featuring his record collection. The beauty of it is that he doesn't sell his copies, but buys them from people who come to his shop/gallery. What a wonderful way to pay tribute to The Beatles.
Beyond that this is another iconic album cover from the Fab Four. British to the core, they had Richard Hamilton design and make the artwork for this incredible minimal package. If Sgt. Pepper was the maximum of packaging, then this album will be the totally opposite, but here less is way more than Pepper or any other Beatle album.
And since it is a minimal package (of sorts) it is ironically the largest Beatle album, because it's a double vinyl album with 30 songs. The Beatles is a supermarket of Beatle sounds and concerns. It's a shame that this wasn't their last album, because it says everything that is possible regarding a Beatle world. Let It Be and Abbey Road always represent a house cleaning of sorts. Just getting the left-overs, and of course The Beatles' left-overs are someone else's gourmet meal.
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