Information about the Beatles White Album
The Beatles is the ninth official British album and the fifteenth American album by The Beatles, a double album released in 1968. It is more commonly known as The White Album as it has no text other than the band's name (and, on the early LP and CD releases, a serial number) on its plain white sleeve. The album was the first The Beatles undertook following the death of their manager Brian Epstein. Originally entitled A Doll's House, the title was changed when the British progressive band Family released the similarly titled Music in a Doll's House earlier that year.
From Across the Universe:
This record was the first Beatles album release on their new label, Apple, and the record labels indicated that the album was manufactured by Capitol but issued by Apple. Finally, the albums were numbered, with each factory numbering differently. There were reportedly 12 copies of #1 (I know of two), and they numbered over 3,200,000 of them, although not all three million numbers may have been used. It appears that albums were numbered until some time in early-to-mid 1971.
From The Beatles Index:
Once again The Beatles had over a quarter of a million advance orders, and of course went straight to number 1. This was the first double album EVER to get to the top slot where it stayed for 7 weeks in a row. It sold so many, that once again The Beatles also made the singles chart, consequently the ONLY double album to ever enter that chart. By the end of the year, just over a month later, the white album had sold over 4,000,000 copies worldwide, and by the end of 1970 global sales were around 6.5 million. At that time this was the biggest selling double album of all time, but just a few years later was topped by "Saturday Night Fever".
Beatles George Harrison and John Lennon sit by a river in Rishikesh, India, in 1968, where they studied with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Most of the songs on The White Album were conceived on this trip.
The Beatles’ 1968 double album — The Beatles to discographers, The White Album to its friends — represents both the most monumental achievement of their recording career, and the most controversial.
From DM's Beatles site:
Back in the USSR (2:43)
Recorded: August 22, 1968 at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added August 23, 1968
John Lennon - 6-string bass, background vocal
Paul McCartney - lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, drums, background vocal
George Harrison - jazz bass, background vocal
Dear Prudence (3:57)
Recorded: August 28, 1968 at Trident Studios, London, England with overdubs added August 29-30, 1968
John Lennon - lead vocal, lead guitar, tambourine, background vocal
Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar, piano, drums, flugelhorn, background vocal
George Harrison - acoustic guitar, background vocal
Mal Evans - tambourine