22. The Beatles The Beatles

(Apple, 1968)

The Beatles’ only double LP, the self-titled ‘White Album’ – as it is widely known by fans and critics – is easily their most daring, and a great record for the road.

The sprawling and enthralling disc contains everything from heartfelt ballads (‘Julia’, ‘Dear Prudence’), rousing blues rock (‘Yer Blues’, ‘Helter Skelter’) surreal pop (‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’) and eerie, experimental pieces (‘Revolution 9’).

The clever opener ‘Back in the U.S.S.R’ is a sly response to The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’, and the album veers from humorous (‘Rocky Raccoon’) to heartfelt (‘Good Night’) across its 30 songs.

George turned in a few of his finest compositions (‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,’ ‘Savoy Truffle’ and’Long, Long, Long’) and even Ringo get in on the act with the country-tinged ‘Don’t Pass Me By’ and sentimental closer ‘Good Night’.

The Beatles is John, Paul, George and Ringo at their most freewheeling and experimental, and a great CD for a long drive.

Try also: The BeatlesĀ RevolverĀ (Apple, 1966). The BeatlesĀ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Capitol, 1967)