I’ve loved the White Album by The Beatles since I first heard it played, shortly after release. The prized double album belonged to a friend’s older brother. While he was at work, we bunked off school and trawled – very carefully – through his vast record collection.
I couldn’t afford to buy my own copy, so I eventually settled for a swap. A handful of singles, complete with scratches and torn sleeves, for a Mono recording of the White Album. It was played over and over, until the grooves flattened, the needle slipped, and even the faces of the Fab Four gazed out from their individual glossy portraits as though they were about to break into a collective yawn.
I’ve still got the album - not the worn out one – in at least three different formats, although I never seem to get the time to play it through, these days. But that doesn't matter too much. The tunes are sewn on the inside of my head. Ah, if only those crazy lads from Liverpool had patched up their differences and made more music, eh? Well of course, they did, individually, and without too much delay, after the divorce.
So, when I noticed a Charles Hazlewood documentary on Sky Arts that referred to the Black Album, my attention was suddenly undivided.
Basically, Hazlewood – as others have apparently done many times before – chose tracks released by the individual Beatles, after the band broke up, and compiled a personal track list for a hypothetical Black Album. You can see his choices at Spotify.
This seemed like a fun exercise, although according to mood and availability of time, the permutations are many. Anyway, just off the top of my head, I spent a few moments putting together my own track list. I limited my range to 1973. That was when I was still collecting anything Beatles-related, that moved.
I thought some of you might want to have go, yourselves, preferably using 1973 as a cut-off point, as I did.
Go on, give it a whirl, and to wildly misquote Lennon: those of you on Facebook, can clap your hands. And the rest of you; if you could just rattle your jewellery…in the comments box provided.
1. Imagine – John Lennon
2. Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney
3. Who Can See It – George Harrison
4. Out Of The Blue – John Lennon
5. It Don’t Come Easy – Ringo Starr
6. Run Of The Mill – George Harrison
7. Photograph – Ringo Starr
8. Smile Away – Paul McCartney
9. Beware Of Darkness – George Harrison
10. My Love – Paul McCartney
11. Aisumasen (I'm Sorry)
12. Back Off Boogaloo – Ringo Starr
13. That is All – George Harrison