Wednesday, November 09, 2016
WILLIAM CAMPBELL POST #5: THE WHITE ALBUM
The Beatles had just come off a solid year of psychedelic innovation, but the death of Brian Epstein and the Magical Mystery Tour disaster began to create tension between the members. By 1968 they were ready to change course, and work began on their next album in May of 1968. They had returned from a disillusioning trip to India with a wealth of songs, and they set about creating their first double album. While it was self titled, the album has eventually gone on to be known as The White Album.
Despite the tense circumstances under which it was recorded, The White Album is considered a masterpiece. The songs are diverse and avoid the psychedelia that their 1967 releases featured. The album is also stocked with clues that once again attempt to tell fans that Paul McCartney had died two years earlier in a horrible car accident.
First, let's look at the packaging. The White Album was meant to be presented as if it was a work of art. The sleeve was even numbered as if it was a limited edition release. It also included individual photos of the band, as well as a poster with a collage of band photos.
Paul's photo is of note because his upper lip has a scar on it. Is this scar from the plastic surgery required to complete William Campbell's transformation into Paul McCartney?
On the poster there are several other photos that fans claim prove Paul died in 1966. One is of him in a tub with only his head and arms appearing above water. Many think this is symbolic of his being decapitated during the car accident, since only his head is above the surface.
At the bottom left of the poster we see a photo of Paul in a disguise that he allegedly used to avoid being noticed during travel. Some people believe this is an actual photo of William Campbell before he took on the role of Paul McCartney.
The weirdest photo on the poster, however, depicts Paul being pursued by hands that look weirdly skeletal. Could it be a printing glitch, or is it an indicator of something much darker?
Weird, huh? Well, buckle up, because we haven't even gotten into the audio evidence! Remember how John sang I Am The Walrus, but the song title on the jacket was followed by the words "No you're not!"? In the song Glass Onion John sings "Here's another clue for you all/The Walrus was Paul", linking McCartney to the Walrus, an alleged symbol of death. They actually say it was a clue a full year before the conspiracy was first written up in that Drake University newspaper article!
In the song Don't Pass Me By Ringo sings about waiting for someone that never arrives, and how he hates to see them go. Towards the end of the song he sings "You were in a car crash and you lost your hair", which some interpret as a reference to Paul being decapitated.
While that clue was presented forwards, there are others that take some work to discover. These clues you can only hear if you play the records in reverse. Take the song I'm So Tired. John is singing about how he'll give you everything he's got for a little piece of mind, and some people think this is him confessing that he feels guilty over covering up Paul's death. The song is immediately followed by what sounds like gibberish, but if you play it backwards you hear the words "Paul is a dead man, miss him, miss him, miss him"!
The second to last track on the double album is Revolution 9, an avant garde sound collage that John worked on. Some believe that the 9 in the title refers to November 9th, the date that Paul McCartney died. At the beginning of the song we hear the words "Number Nine" repeated over and over. If you play these backwards you hear the words "Turn me on, Dead Man".
Pretty creepy, huh? Well, The Beatles were about to put out a nice cartoon movie based on Yellow Submarine. Surely that must be innocent, right?