20 December 2004
Why don't we do it in our heads?
I don't want a double-album. I think you ought to cut out some of these, concentrate on the really good ones and have yourself a really super album. Let's whittle them down to 14 to 16 titles and concentrate on those.
Of course, in those days the Beatles weren't taking advice from anyone, George Martin included, and The Beatles, otherwise known as the White Album, came out with an unwieldy thirty tracks running over an hour and a half. Boiling this down to a CD-R is easy throw out both the "Revolution" tracks and do a couple of early fades but how would you make a good single album, as Sir George had urged, out of all this?
The criteria I set for my own version: less than 45 minutes (to fit a preloaded cassette), alternate John and Paul where possible, two George songs, and find a place for Ringo.
This is what I came up with:
Timings: 21:12 + 20:31 = 41:43.
The excellent Turn Me On, Dead Man offers some alternative versions.
Note: Do not ask me to do this for Todd Rundgren's Something/Anything.Posted at 8:43 PM to Tongue and Groove