A year following the vibrant release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, The Beatles presented a stark departure with the cover of their ninth album, aptly named The White Album. Unlike its predecessor, this album featured nothing more than the band’s name embossed on a milky background.
The White Album marked a significant shift in musical exploration for The Beatles, encompassing a diverse range of genres such as folk, country, and avant-garde. This musical evolution took shape after the band engaged in a transcendental meditation retreat and course with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh, India, spanning from February to April of 1968.
The songs of The White Album began to take form during The Beatles’ spiritual sojourn, reflecting the profound influence of their meditative experiences on the creative process.