The Beatles’ White Album at 50 – revisiting pop’s archetypal double album

Released 50 years ago today [November 22], The Beatles’ “White Album” is popular music’s quintessential double album. That doesn’t necessarily mean best – although The Fab Four’s eponymous entry surely ranks among a handful of contenders for that title – but simply the ultimate; the epitome of excess. The most representative, referred-to and replicated case of the beleaguered 2LP package. Double albums are stereotypically bloated, ego-fuelled, idiosyncratic, genre-hopping, directionless affairs as baffling as they are beautiful – all of which might serve as a fitting introduction to The Beatles’ ninth LP. Both the cause and effect of infamous infighting which … Continue reading The Beatles’ White Album at 50 – revisiting pop’s archetypal double album