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CA22 The Beatles – The White Album (Part 2)

In the second and final part of our look at The Beatles 1968 masterpiece The White Album Steve and Remfry start by examining if the record marks the first genuine example of a double album, before going through each one of the 30 tracks present and giving our verdict on them. We look into conspiracy theories surrounding Paul McCartney’s supposed death, accusations of everything from being class traitors to Communist sympathisers, the invention of heavy metal, bringing the avant garde into the mainstream and the link between The Beatles and Charles Manson and his crimes. We also look at the backlash The Beatles received critically in the aftermath of the record’s release and the long lasting influence that it continues to have on contemporary music to this day. All before we end by trying to somehow surmise the legacy of one of the most beguiling, bewildering, unique and inspiring albums to have ever been recorded. 

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Classic Albums

CA22 The Beatles – The White Album (Part 1)

It’s another Classic Albums series podcast. And in our most in depth look at an record to date we present a two part episode dedicated to The Beatles 1968 self-titled double album, commonly known as The White Album. In part one Steve and Remfry discuss The Beatles cultural significance, the daunting prospect of having to dissect the most revered and examined back catalogue in the history of popular music, the state of the world back in 1968, one of the most traumatic and politically charged years in modern history, before they get into the place that The Beatles found themselves in during that time. Looking into the shock death of the band’s manager Brian Epstein, the ever growing influence of Yoko Ono, their ill fated but prosperous trip to India and the studio sessions and the tense atmosphere that accompanied them, we set the scene before looking at the results of it all in part 2.

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S23 – Covers Special #1

Remfry and Steve return to an idea as old as Riot Act itself as they pick 8 covers each to discuss over almost 3 hours. The songs that bands decide to cover and the way that they cover them can tell you a lot about the band itself, something that the boys dissect at length.


Together, they look at covers of songs by the likes of The Beatles, Refused, The Prodigy, Nina Simone, Sunny Day Real Estate, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Nirvana, Iron Maiden, Weezer, Deftones, The Police, Killing Joke and Frank Sinatra