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The White Album Listening Party: Revisiting The Beatles' Top-Seller (3-Hour / Newscast-Length Version)

From: Paul Ingles
Length: 02:42:04

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Beatle fans and musicians gather to re-experience The Beatles' top-selling album, which came to be known as The White Album.

Whitealbumthebeatles_small Beatle fans and musicians gather to re-experience The Beatles' top-selling album, which came to be known as The White Album.

NOTE: THIS IS THE THREE HOUR VERSION OF THIS SPECIAL. IF YOUR STATION CAN CLEAR THE TIME, WE FEEL THIS IS THE BEST EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR LISTENERS AS IT RECREATES THE EXPERIENCE OF LISTENING TO THE WHOLE ALBUM. IF YOU CAN ONLY ACCOMMODATE A TWO-HOUR SLOT, THERE IS A TWO-HOUR VERSION AVAILABLE NOW AT PRX. THERE IS ALSO A NON-NEWCAST LENGTHED VERSION OF THIS THREE PART SHOW ON PRX. http://www.prx.org/pieces/29916 ----- November 22, 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of one of The Beatles' most remarkable releases. The two-album set was officially called THE BEATLES, but it became known forever after as The White Album. It was the top-selling of all The Beatles' albums and ranks #11 on the all-time album sales list. Emerging from what many called their three-album psychedelic period that produced Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine, The Beatles' White Album was a wildly diverse collection that included instant classics ("Back in the U.S.S.R", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Dear Prudence", "Blackbird"), gentle ballads ("Mother Nature's Son", "I Will", "Julia"), raucous electric rock ("Helter Skelter", "Yer Blues") amusing ditties ("Honey Pie", "Savoy Truffle", "Rocky Raccoon"), and surprising experimental tracks ("Revolution #9"). The writing and performing styles of the four individual Beatles became distinct. Many Beatle fans and historians point to the White Album as the beginning of the break-up of the Beatles. In little over a year, the band would be dissolved. Join award-winning producer Paul Ingles for another one of his in-depth explorations of The Beatles' experience by airing THE WHITE ALBUM LISTENING PARTY. Ingles recalls being 12 years old in 1968 and listening with his best friend to this challenging and, at times, disturbing collection in the basement of his suburban Maryland home. "I knew I couldn't play this one on the family stereo upstairs," says Ingles. "A lot of the music seemed naughty, tortured and edgy." In an effort to re-create that listening experience, Ingles invited about a dozen Beatle fans into the studio to listen through to the album again and share both their memories and more current observations about the landmark music. Among the guests are Beatle author Steve Turner who shares the stories behind each of the White Album tracks. Also, a panel of musicians help listeners tune into the musicality of The Beatles, calling attention to a certain bass line here, a drum lick there, a production trick over there. Other friends share stories of dancing to "Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da", dropping acid to "Glass Onion", or being scared to death by "Helter Skelter" and wishing for a return of the ol' mop-tops. Hour 3 even includes a special combination of both versions of "Revolution" - the fast single and the slower White Album version, mixed and mashed together, courtesy of engineer Douglas Grant. In addition to Steve Turner, Paul's guest list includes musicians Jon Spurney, David Gans, Kristy Kruger, Douglas Grant, and Rob Martinez. KUNM radio personalities Scott MacNicholl, Luciano Urbano, Suzanne Kryder, and Travis Parkin join in as well. ------- The program will be offered in several formats to suit your needs. They will be scripted to allow for them to run either consecutively on one hour at a time over multiple days or weeks. - A three-hour version will include full plays of nearly every song on the two albums for the complete White Album experience. - A two-hour version will include most of the best-known tracks in full and excerpts of the rest. - Both versions will be offered at 54:00 lengths to accommodate hourly newscasts. ----- Programming Suggestions: >>November 22 marking the 40th anniversary of the UK release of the album. >>November 25 marking the 40th anniversary of the US release of the album. >>November 27-30 - Thanksgiving Weekend. >>November 29 - 7th anniversary of George Harrison's Death. >>December 8 - 28th anniversary of John Lennon's Death. >>Throughout the November/December/New Year's Holiday Season. >>In a Holiday or Fundraising Beatles' Marathon with Paul Ingles' other Beatles Documentaries The Beatles In America - 1964 http://www.prx.org/pieces/3512 / http://www.prx.org/pieces/3525 Everything Was Right: The Beatles' Revolver http://www.prx.org/pieces/15368 The Two Sides of Sgt. Pepper: An Honest Appraisal http://www.prx.org/pieces/18227

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Beatle fans and musicians gather to re-experience The Beatles' top-selling album, which came to be known as The White Album.

NOTE: THIS IS THE THREE HOUR VERSION OF THIS SPECIAL. IF YOUR STATION CAN CLEAR THE TIME, WE FEEL THIS IS THE BEST EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR LISTENERS AS IT RECREATES THE EXPERIENCE OF LISTENING TO THE WHOLE ALBUM. IF YOU CAN ONLY ACCOMMODATE A TWO-HOUR SLOT, THERE IS A TWO-HOUR VERSION AVAILABLE NOW AT PRX. THERE IS ALSO A NON-NEWCAST LENGTHED VERSION OF THIS THREE PART SHOW ON PRX. http://www.prx.org/pieces/29916 ----- November 22, 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of one of The Beatles' most remarkable releases. The two-album set was officially called THE BEATLES, but it became known forever after as The White Album. It was the top-selling of all The Beatles' albums and ranks #11 on the all-time album sales list. Emerging from what many called their three-album psychedelic period that produced Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine, The Beatles' White Album was a wildly diverse collection that included instant classics ("Back in the U.S.S.R", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Dear Prudence", "Blackbird"), gentle ballads ("Mother Nature's Son", "I Will", "Julia"), raucous electric rock ("Helter Skelter", "Yer Blues") amusing ditties ("Honey Pie", "Savoy Truffle", "Rocky Raccoon"), and surprising experimental tracks ("Revolution #9"). The writing and performing styles of the four individual Beatles became distinct. Many Beatle fans and historians point to the White Album as the beginning of the break-up of the Beatles. In little over a year, the band would be dissolved. Join award-winning producer Paul Ingles for another one of his in-depth explorations of The Beatles' experience by airing THE WHITE ALBUM LISTENING PARTY. Ingles recalls being 12 years old in 1968 and listening with his best friend to this challenging and, at times, disturbing collection in the basement of his suburban Maryland home. "I knew I couldn't play this one on the family stereo upstairs," says Ingles. "A lot of the music seemed naughty, tortured and edgy." In an effort to re-create that listening experience, Ingles invited about a dozen Beatle fans into the studio to listen through to the album again and share both their memories and more current observations about the landmark music. Among the guests are Beatle author Steve Turner who shares the stories behind each of the White Album tracks. Also, a panel of musicians help listeners tune into the musicality of The Beatles, calling attention to a certain bass line here, a drum lick there, a production trick over there. Other friends share stories of dancing to "Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da", dropping acid to "Glass Onion", or being scared to death by "Helter Skelter" and wishing for a return of the ol' mop-tops. Hour 3 even includes a special combination of both versions of "Revolution" - the fast single and the slower White Album version, mixed and mashed together, courtesy of engineer Douglas Grant. In addition to Steve Turner, Paul's guest list includes musicians Jon Spurney, David Gans, Kristy Kruger, Douglas Grant, and Rob Martinez. KUNM radio personalities Scott MacNicholl, Luciano Urbano, Suzanne Kryder, and Travis Parkin join in as well. ------- The program will be offered in several formats to suit your needs. They will be scripted to allow for them to run either consecutively on one hour at a time over multiple days or weeks. - A three-hour version will include full plays of nearly every song on the two albums for the complete White Album experience. - A two-hour version will include most of the best-known tracks in full and excerpts of the rest. - Both versions will be offered at 54:00 lengths to accommodate hourly newscasts. ----- Programming Suggestions: >>November 22 marking the 40th anniversary of the UK release of the album. >>November 25 marking the 40th anniversary of the US release of the album. >>November 27-30 - Thanksgiving Weekend. >>November 29 - 7th anniversary of George Harrison's Death. >>December 8 - 28th anniversary of John Lennon's Death. >>Throughout the November/December/New Year's Holiday Season. >>In a Holiday or Fundraising Beatles' Marathon with Paul Ingles' other Beatles Documentaries The Beatles In America - 1964 http://www.prx.org/pieces/3512 / http://www.prx.org/pieces/3525 Everything Was Right: The Beatles' Revolver http://www.prx.org/pieces/15368 The Two Sides of Sgt. Pepper: An Honest Appraisal http://www.prx.org/pieces/18227

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Long Long Long, etc...

I'm pretty certain that both Bungalow Bill and Long, Long, Long are in the long long long version of this program. The three hour non-newscast version.

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Excellent minus two

I have thoroughly enjoyed this, and the other Paul Ingles productions. Very interesting to hear everyone else's opinions on this classic album. But, what happened to "Long, Long, Long" and "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill"? Were they edited out for time's sake? Maybe we could have shortened some of the listening on other tracks, like "Helter Skelter". Anyway, it's still so great to have access to these Beatles programs. Thanks so much. Jeff Farris

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Paul's dead, man. I miss him, I miss him...

Just fantastic.

Something of this nature is very heavy. The entire album is being played front to back and people are weighing in on it with personal experiences, opinions, and information. It's not an easy task.

However, this program feels very light and palatable. The conversation doesn't take away from the music and vice versa. And in the end, I think playing the tracks all the way through was the right way to go.

It's the 40th anniversary of an album worth celebrating.

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Timing and Cues

54:00 Version

Timings and Cues include insertion of your newscast

HOUR ONE

00:00:00 - 00:00:59 Opening Billboard
00:01:00 - 00:06:00 Your Newscast
00:06:00 - 00:36:35 Program Part A
00:36:36 - 00:37:36 Program Part B - 60 second music break can be covered with local announcements or left to play
00:37:37 - 00:59:00 Program Part C

HOUR TWO

00:00:00 - 00:00:59 Opening Billboard
00:01:00 - 00:06:00 Your Newscast
00:06:00 - 00:32:18 Program Part A
00:32:19 - 00:33:19 Program Part B- 60 second music break can be covered with local announcements or left to play
00:33:20 - 00:59:00 Program Part C

HOUR THREE

00:00:00 - 00:00:59 Opening Billboard
00:01:00 - 00:06:00 Your Newscast
00:06:00 - 00:27:31 Program Part A
00:27:32 - 00:28:32 Program Part B- 60 second music break can be covered with local announcements or left to play
00:28:33 - 00:59:00 Program Part C

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Back In The U.S.S.R. The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 02:43
Dear Prudence The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 03:56
Glass Onion The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 02:17
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capit 1968 03:08
Wild Honey Pie The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 :52
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 03:14
While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 04:45
Happiness Is a Warm Gun The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 02:43
Martha My Dear The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 02:28
I'm So Tired The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 02:03
Blackbird The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 02:18
Piggies The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 02:04
Rocky Raccoon The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 03:32
Don't Pass Me By The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 03:50
Why Don't We Do It in the Road? The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 01:41
I Will The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 01:46
Julia The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 02:54
Birthday The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 02:42
Yer Blues The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 04:01
Mother Nature's Son The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 02:48
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 02:24
Sexy Sadie The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 03:15
Helter Skelter The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 04:29
Long, Long, Long The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 03:04
Revolution 1 The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 04:15
Honey Pie The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 02:41
Savoy Truffle The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 02:54
Cry Baby Cry The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 03:01
Revolution 9 The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 08:22
Good Night The Beatles The Beatles. Apple/Capitol 1968 03:11

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