Any fans of The White Album by The Beatles? How has it held up after 55 years?
I don't know if I'd say it's a masterpiece, but it is very good with only a few flaws to it. Sure, it has some filler, but even the filler for the most part is quite listenable. The only two songs I think should have really been dropped are Revolution 9 and Wild Honey Pie. If only Hey Jude and Revolution (The Single) could have replaced those two. I know we'd have two Revolution songs on the album in that regard, but there are two "Don't Cry" songs on the Use Your Illusion double album by Guns N' Roses. Anyways, there are plenty of classic songs by the members of the group here and the mix of genres makes the album a fun listen. I'd probably have it in the top three Beatles albums if it's not at the top.
It has quite some crap and mediocrity, but the good songs are some of the Beatles' very best (While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Helter Skelter, Happiness is a Warm Gun, etc) and I appreciate the ambition and variety it features. Top 3-5 Beatles albums for me.
Revolution 9 isn't one I listen to on its own, but I don't skip it when listening to The White Album. As a whole, I just love how many different genres and styles they cover on this one. I suppose you could call it a bit of a mess, but I think it's a beautiful mess. I'd probably rank it 5th, but I love all their albums and don't dislike any of their songs.
Also VERY close to being my favorite album of all theirs (always LOVED Let It Be, and with the release of the PHENOMENAL Peter Jackson film, Get Back (2021), I fell in love with it all over again !!) !!
However, The Beatles will ALWAYS be my #1 "desert island" disc (i.e., the ONE album you would choose to have with you if stuck on a desert island)......the number, and sheer variety of GREAT tunes on this double album, along with all three Beatle songwriters at their peak, makes this one (for me, anyway) a no-brainer !!