I got sucked in by an April Fool's Day joke on Easter Sunday. It involved George Martin's son, Giles, releasing a single LP version of The Beatles' White Album in honor of his father in time to celebrate the album's upcoming 50th anniversary. The senior Martin often said that a single LP is what the group should have released instead of the double set they issued late in 1968. You can read the fake news here at The Glass Onion Beatles Journal.
The article started out believable enough, then quickly became ridiculous but, somehow, I was completely fooled. I only realized near the end of the post that I had become an unwitting victim of a hoax.
The good news is the joke gave me an idea to actually create my own single disc version of one of my favorite Fab Four records.
Most people agree with George Martin's assessment but what we don't all agree on is which songs should have made the cut if the band had listened to their producer.
Here is my version.
Back In The USSR
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
I'm So Tired
Cry Baby Cry
My upcoming anniversary edition of the single CD would include a bonus disc with all of the previously unreleased tracks that appeared on the original two record set plus a fully completed, band arrangement of George Harrison's "Not Guilty." This version of the song was never released anywhere until Anthology 3. It was mysteriously left off of the album all those years ago.