The Beatles - The White Album (Side IV)
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  • Sides I and III were a bit more energetic in my opinion while sides II and IV were a bit more melodic for the most part
  • Side IV doesn't have anything extremely amazing about it, aside from Revolution 9 which I have to say is the most experimental track The Beatles have ever put out and I give them a lot of credit for including it on the album rather than a few other songs in its place, since it's an extremely long song for Beatles' standards
  • Although this song isn’t bad by any means, actually one of the better songs on this whole record, I’d honestly recommend listening to just “Revolution” and not Revolution 1 just because it has a lot more energy to it which will make the lyrics even more prominent and do them more justice than an acoustic and mellow song like this
  • I personally think that the intro and first verse of this song is pretty boring, but once the chorus kicks in McCartney’s vocals get a lot better and the whole song just develops a better rhythm
  • Good Night - I personally think that having Ringo Starr singing on the final song of this huge record is a strange choice, but I think that having him sing with a backing orchestra behind him is even stranger


    • by Grimmy101
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      Overview - Side IV, the final side of The White Album, is much less energetic than side III but it’s a nice balance. Sides I and III were a bit more energetic in my opinion while sides II and IV were a bit more melodic for the most part. Side IV doesn’t have anything extremely amazing about it, aside from Revolution 9 which I have to say is the most experimental track The Beatles have ever put out and I give them a lot of credit for including it on the album rather than a few other songs in its place, since it’s an extremely long song for Beatles’ standards. Side IV is strong enough to end the record, and I have to say that the final track, despite the very strange thought and concept of it is, which I’ll explain later, closes this record very nicely. Overall The White Album has some amazing songs on it but it’s also just a bit too long in my opinion with a lot of tracks that didn’t need to be included on the album. Despite this, the album overall is very good but it’s just easier to review it when it’s broken down into sides.

      1. Revolution 1 - Revolution 1 is a very mellow track, especially compared to the actual track “Revolution”, but it isn’t really that bad. I personally prefer Revolution compared to Revolution 1 just because the energy of Revolution seems to mix in better with the lyrical theme of the song. Lennon sounds great on this track nevertheless and the band is able to make it work in an acoustic setting as well and not just in the electrically driven setting. Although this song isn’t bad by any means, actually one of


      the better songs on this whole record, I’d honestly recommend listening to just “Revolution” and not Revolution 1 just because it has a lot more energy to it which will make the lyrics even more prominent and do them more justice than an acoustic and mellow song like this.

      2. Honey Pie - Honey Pie is another one of McCartney’s pretty catchy songs. I personally think that the intro and first verse of this song is pretty boring, but once the chorus kicks in McCartney’s vocals get a lot better and the whole song just develops a better rhythm. Although the song does progressively get better and slightly more interesting, I’m still not really a fan of this track. I’m sure some people could find this song extremely catchy but to be honest, it just doesn’t do too much for me. Also, just a side note, this track isn’t related to Wild Honey Pie from side I despite the similarities in their titles.

      3. Savory Truffle - Savory Truffle is another one of Harrison’s compositions, it’s nice to hear at least one of his songs on each side of the record. Unlike his past three compositions: While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Piggies, and Long, Long, Long, Savory Truffle is a lot less serious lyrically and is a bit more of a lighthearted track with humorous vocals. Harrison sounds very fitting on his track and the use of all the saxophones on this song helps to add to the mood of the song. Although I don’t think this song is as good as his other three compositions on this record, Savory Truffle is still pretty catchy to listen to and just a fun and lighthearted track.

      4. Cry Baby Cry - Yet another one of Lennon’s melodic songs ...


      • where he sounds extremely calm on the song. The lyrics of this song are pretty interesting, not really poetic but at the same time not really straightforward, and Lennon’s vocal delivery is once again great. This song doesn’t really have too in it and it isn’t really all that complex, but I really enjoy this song and it’s probably my favorite song from this side of the record, or just behind Revolution 1. Also, at the end of the song there’s a brief section called Can You Take Me Back which McCartney sings on which is extremely random in its spot and doesn’t really fit with Cry Baby Cry, sort of a strange decision to place it there.

        5. Revolution 9 - Revolution 9 is certainly the most experimental track on this record and probably the most experimental track that The Beatles have ever released. When you mix this with the fact that it’s also the longest Beatles song ever released, the track could either be quite interesting or just too experimental for its own good. Revolution 9 is basically just made up of tape loops, clips from various sources, and just random sound effects. Unlike Revolution 1 which actually follows a traditional song structure, Revolution 9 is nothing like that and is really unlike anything The Beatles have ever tried before. When I first heard this song I honestly had no idea what to think of it, and I had no idea why The Beatles would include it on this record. I’m positive that many people will think the exact same thing when they first hear this track because I honestly can’t describe it in a way to actually prepare you for what the song is. But I will say that after a few

        listens, and a lot of psychedelic rock bands in between, I’ve come to actually think this song is pretty interesting. I have to give credit for Lennon for actually fighting to include this track because it really is the least commercial song The Beatles have ever put out and I’m sure that two or three more traditional songs could’ve been placed on The White Album in its place, but they weren’t. This track will take a lot of listens to sort of start to get into, but if you’ve listened to a lot of psychedelic rock where there are lot of sections of really just noise and sound effects, you’ll find this track a lot easier to get into.

        6. Good Night - I personally think that having Ringo Starr singing on the final song of this huge record is a strange choice, but I think that having him sing with a backing orchestra behind him is even stranger. The music behind him is extremely elegant, extremely melodic, and extremely delicate - this description honestly just doesn’t match up with Ringo’s vocals in my opinion. At least on Don’t Pass Me By, the other track he sang on, the instrumentation actually made sense with his vocals. Despite the extremely strange concept of this track, it honestly isn’t a bad song at all. Starr’s vocals aren’t extremely prominent in the mix, although enough for him to be heard, and he actually doesn’t sound too bad at all. I find it sort of a strange move that Lennon or McCartney or even Harrison didn’t sing on this track rather than Starr but he doesn’t do that bad a job with it at all. This song is actually a pretty good ending for just a monster of a record.




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