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Re: "We Buy White Albums"

PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:28 am
by allears
Hi, Adam ! Thanks for posting this item; I found it amusing and intriguing too. I immediately wondered how many uninterrupted runs of serial numbers he was getting, but rather tellingly, I couldn´t be bothered reading the text to see if that question is answered anywhere.
In terms of collecting, Chang has made an excellent choice; something white, with a prominent serial number, that also taps into our sense of nostalgia. It´s a fun idea, but some of the negative comments that Norman quotes suggests to me that "art" is too grand a term to apply to what Chang is doing.
I wonder who here would take the trouble to visit the collection if they were in NY ? I also wonder who still has a numbered White Album - no-one´s owned up so far!

Re: "We Buy White Albums"

PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:20 am
by Adam Blake
I have a numbered White Album, of course! I've had it since 1971. And, no, Chang, couldn't get it off me for all the tea in China - haha!

Re: "We Buy White Albums"

PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:45 am
by john poole
0352139 (purchased 23rd November, 1968)

Re: "We Buy White Albums"

PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:30 pm
by Adam Blake
0323795. Ner-ner, beat you! hahaha!

(Bet yours is in better nick than mine, though)

Re: "We Buy White Albums"

PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:02 pm
by allears
^ Haha - very good ! If the forum collects enough serial numbers, maybe that´ll be an art project too.
Unfortunately I can´t contribute; I´d been hoping for a Sgt. Pepper´s Vol. 2, with a bit of Strawberry Fields thrown in and was very disappointed with the White Album. I took George Martin´s advice instead and reduced it down to a short single album by making a low-fi cassette of the best bits - and thus came to an end six years of uncritical Beatle worship.

Re: "We Buy White Albums"

PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:52 pm
by Adam Blake
Apostasy!

If I'd been a bit older I probably would have done the same thing. As it was, The Beatles could do no wrong. If they did it, it must have been the right thing to do otherwise they wouldn't have done it. This logic informed me then and has sustained me since.

Re: "We Buy White Albums"

PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:57 pm
by Adam Blake
I always liked the fact that Ringo apparently has no.000001.

(Bet they gave no.4 to George...)

Re: "We Buy White Albums"

PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:18 pm
by Chris P
In a parallel universe (that I'd like to imagine) they could've recorded The White Album with this instrumentation:

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Re: "We Buy White Albums"

PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:31 pm
by Adam Blake
But what would Yoko have played?

Re: "We Buy White Albums"

PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:46 pm
by Hugh Weldon
Personally, I think I would have preferred this.

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Re: "We Buy White Albums"

PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:55 pm
by Adam Blake
Macca still telling George what to play, I see.

Re: "We Buy White Albums"

PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:10 pm
by Willy
According to this website: http://www.thebeatleswhitealbum.org/design/
John got album numbered 00001 because "he shouted the loudest".
It goes on to say there were 2 million made with unique numbered sleeves.
All the early copies had top opening sleeves (except in the U.S.A.)
There were some "deluxe" copies issued in 1968, on white vinyl.

Another site: http://www.thebeatlesrarity.com/2012/09 ... ite-album/
claims that "the real 0000001 sold for $15,000 in 2009 in only VG condition"
If that's the same copy John owned then I have to assume that Yoko had a vinyl clear-out at some point.

Re: "We Buy White Albums"

PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:53 pm
by AndyM
Adam Blake wrote:But what would Yoko have played?


Koto.

Re: "We Buy White Albums"

PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:05 pm
by Chris P
Caption competition time?

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Re: "We Buy White Albums"

PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:42 pm
by Hugh Weldon
It is a little known fact that for the follow up single to 'We Can Work It Out', George mischeviously suggested to Paul that the group record a cover of Freddie and the Dreamers' 'Short Shorts', to test the theory that fans would buy anything they recorded.