For our November 2018 session we celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles “The White Album”!!
Fifty years ago, The Beatles released what would be their highest-selling and arguably most polarizing album to date, an eponymous release commonly known as The White Album. Like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band before it, The White Album has over time become a yardstick for rating a band’s discography. To be able to, often erroneously, deem a band’s records as “their White Album”, and have people know what that means, speaks to its pervasive influence.
A sprawling double-LP at 30 tracks, The White Album is as varied as it is ambitious. Laced with humor, curiosity, and trademark-Beatles joy, the tracks spread from the outright silly (“Piggies”), to the searingly aggressive (“Helter Skelter”), to the disturbingly effective avant-garde (“Revolution 9”). Each one of these songs, even the occasionally flawed inclusions, add to the charm and cohesion of the expertly-sequenced record, cementing its place among their crowning achievements .
For our Washington CD session, we will be joined by Bob Becker. Mr. Becker has been researching The Beatles here in DC for 45 years and is an Associate Producer of the 2013 movie “Good Ol’ Freda”. Good Ol’ Freda’ tells the story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big: the Beatles. As the Beatles’ fame multiplies, Freda bears witness to music and cultural history but never exploits her insider access. Their loyal secretary from beginning to end, Freda finally tells her tales for the first time in 50 years. Holding a day job as a Senate cameraman, Hilary Clinton lovingly calls him “Beatles Bob”!
Buy the album here.
Date and Time: Sunday November 11th 2018 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, 2477 18th St NW, Washington DC 20009
Audio Menu provided by Audioism.
REGA Planar 3 turntable with Elys MM Cartridge, REGA Fono MM Phono Preamp, Audioism MicroZOTL Preamp (David Berning Design), Audioism Venue-Class Playback System, Xcilica HD System Processor, Audioism ZOTL Amplifiers (David Berning Design), Class AB Hybrid Amplification for Subs, WyWires Audio Interconnects