I traded tweets earlier today with a very cool graphic artist, Craig Robinson, author of the excellent and witty baseball infographic collection Flip Flop Fly Ball. The spur: he recently compiled his own single-disc version of the Beatles’ White Album, which reminded me of the time I did my version.
We’re not the only ones, of course. You might check out Beatles blogger Megan, the commenters at the Beatles Bible website, or the good people of Mojo magazine. Reading through a bunch of these, I’m struck by how many people want to keep beginning the album with “Back in the U.S.S.R.” My leadoff choice of “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey” is, er, a minority taste, but I stand behind it: the song sounds groovy and modern to me, with a wide range of sounds that hints at the vast palette of the White Album (even a truncated one-disc version). And I’ve seen Baryshnikov get down to it.