Released on this day in 1968: The Beatles, White Album.
This has to be one of the hardest albums to photograph, simply because of the record's plain white cover. The band intentionally took to this minimal style to contrast the extravagance of the Sgt Pepper's album cover which was released the previous year. The album, whilst technically self-titled, therefore became known as 'The White Album'. A double LP, The White Album was recorded during a turbulent time for The Beatles - the guys were constantly arguing over creative differences, their longtime producer George Martin took a leave of absence, Ringo suddenly quit the band half way through production, and Yoko Ono's constant presence during the recording sessions fueled frustration amongst the band members. Yet, despite all this, the band created arguably the most diverse and acclaimed albums of their career.
I think The White Album is often overlooked by the hype of Sgt Peppers and Abbey Rd, and doesn't always get the credit it deserves. It's home to some of the band's best tracks - Back In The USSR, Dear Prudence, Glass Onion, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Blackbird (simply beautiful track), Helter Skelter, Revolution 1, and my personal favourite - While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
The contribution all 4 Beatles made to this album is obvious, with each of them delving into the styles they chose to pursue in their later solo careers - fun, pop songs from Paul, deep, dark cuts from John, indie/folk from George, and country/pop from Ringo.
Of all their albums, I think The White Album is the one that can still hold its own today. It remains fresh, and doesn't seem to age. Always a good feeling giving this a spin...