Paul McCartney Looks Back At Beatles White Album In The Studio
(ITS) Syndicated radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands concludes its two week look at The Beatles' 1968 White Album with the second part of the special going live.
In the latest edition Paul McCartney tells the story behind the song "Helter Skelter", pre-Manson family murders, and describes how a party in the studio, became a "Birthday" party of a song.
The recording process for the White Album was a departure from the dense production of the previous two Beatle albums Sgt. Pepper's... and Magical Mystery Tour. Not only did members work separately in some cases, the band collectively decided to make each recording sound uniquely different. Paul McCartney remarks to InTheStudio host Redbeard on the band's approach.
"We wanted every single track we did, because of this mono singles focusing that we come out of, to be a completely new departure. It didn't seem to be any since to us if you just put an album on and the drums sounded the same all the way through... Every single track should be different."
Listen to part 1 here and part 2 here.
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BEATLES-WHITE ALBUM 45TH ANNIVERSARY PT 1-PAUL MCCARTNEY
In The Studio with Redbeard
At the time of its November 1968 release, we had no way of knowing that the unparalleled intensity of world-wide fame, the sudden death of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, and the complexities of adult romantic relationships had all conspired to fracture the internal unity of the band so that their only double album was, in reality, the first Beatles solo albums. In part one, Paul McCartney gives a frank glimpse into what quickly became known as “The White Album” with details on John Lennon‘s “Dear Prudence”,”Happiness is a Warm Gun”,”Julia”, and “Glass Onion” plus Paul’s “Ob La Di”,”Martha My Dear”,”Rocky Raccoon”, “Blackbird”,”Back in the USSR”, and comments on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and the unreleased “Not Guilty” from the late George Harrison. – Redbeard
(From far left: producer George Martin, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John Lennon at Abbey Road #2 Summer 1968 )
BEATLES -WHITE ALBUM 45TH ANNIVERSARY PT 2-PAUL MCCARTNEY
In The Studio with Redbeard
In the conclusion of our detailed look at the Beatles‘ November 1968 double album, three of the individual band members, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison flex their creative muscles knowing full well that they have shifted the balance of power forever from the record company board room into the control room of EMI‘s Abbey Road studios, where even their loyal producer who worked for the label, Sir George Martin, reluctantly had no choice but to let them get on with it. McCartney joins me In the Studio to explore the songs “Birthday”, Lennon’s “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey”, Paul’s “Mother Nature’s Son”, one of three versions of “Revolution”, the campy pally band arrangement on “Honey Pie”, Lennon’s “Cry Baby Cry“, and the real inspiration behind the song which figured into the notorious Charles Manson multiple murder case,“Helter Skelter”. – Redbeard