My copy of “The White Album” still has the price tag from World Record on the front of it.  Apparently I paid #12.99 for this used copy sometime after May 17th, 1996, which would have been towards the end of my sophomore year of college.  Oh how I miss World Record!  It was the music store above High Street currently occupied by Used Kids Records.  Back in the day, World Record specialized in house music and techno, but like most record stores on High Street, you could pretty much find anything if you looked in the right places.  I remember they had listening stations where you could listen to the latest releases before you bought them.  I think World Record was struggling in the digital music revolution of the early 2000s, and then one fateful day I happened to be CD shopping on High Street and the Used Kids annex was on fire!  Used Kids was below High Street, and when their original store was destroyed, somehow they moved upstairs and took over the space that housed World Record, and it is still there to this day.

Anyhow, I remember blasting this album loudly in my dorm room after I bought it.  Although a lot of the album is softer and slower (like “Martha My Dear” and “Julia”) there are some pretty loud rockers on this album.  I especially was into “Helter Skelter” back in the day because of the loud guitar riff (and by the way, fuck Charles Manson for associating himself with this song!).  “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was another favorite of mine, and I will always adore the story of Desmond and Molly Jones in “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”.  And somehow, even though it seems to defy conventional logic, we actually did “Blackbird” (yes, with choreography) as a number in my high school show choir.

Other lists: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is #136 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  Several songs make the list of the 100 Greatest Beatles Songs, including: #10 “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, #24 “Happiness is a Warm Gun”, #38 “Blackbird”, #52 “Helter Skelter”, #63 “Dear Prudence”, #69 “Julia”, #73 “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey”, #76 “Yer Blues”, #80 “Mother Nature’s Son”, # 83 “I’m So Tired”, #85 “Back in the U.S.S.R.”, #93 “Sexy Sadie”, and #98 “Long, Long, Long” (the version of “Revolution” on this list is not the version from “The White Album” though).

My favourite track: “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”

Honourable mention: “Helter Skelter”

Quote: “Obladi, oblada, life goes on bra. Lala, how the life goes on.”

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