I finally listened to the 2018 remaster of the White Album, and it certainly sounds crisp and clean. Maybe a little too much so; everything about it screams “digital.” I need to go back and listen to an original vinyl copy to compare and contrast.

For the record, I love the White Album just the way it is, warts and all. But after immersing myself in the process of its creation for so long, I sometimes wonder about other albums that might have been. So in honor of the 50th anniversary, I decided to go ahead and make one.

In the parallel universe I’m conjuring here, The Beatles called their new album Number Nine, because it was their ninth UK studio album (after Please Please Me, With the Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, Beatles For Sale, Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper). My plan is to post each of the four sides of this opus, with commentary, in the days to come. We’ll see how that works out.