I am sure you are not alone in that regard. I discovered The Beatles after they had broken up (I turned 10 in 1970) so I didn’t really experience the cultural phenomenon that they were in the 1960s. The first album I ever bought was The Beatles 1962–1966 at age 13. The red “greatest hits” double-album. I loved it and every song on it.

I didn’t buy the White Album until four years later. On 8-track. And honestly, I didn’t think it was that great. I didn’t understand Revolution 9. Why put that on an album? A few seconds between songs would have been fine, but 8 1/2 minutes seemed ridiculous. And a few of the other songs just didn’t click with this 16 year old kid raised on 70s rock.

I suppose it you “had to be there” to truly appreciate the White Album. I like it better now then I did in 1976, but I still skip Revolution 9.

Thanks for sharing your perspective.

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