Hmmm. Makes me wonder. Suppose the white album was made into a 3 LP set instead? MARY JANE, NOT GUILTY and who knows what else might have turned up on it. I'd have loved to see that longest version of HELTER SKELTER fill an entire LP side! The critics would have had a grand old time with that!
Second thought, I'm glad it turned out the way it did. I remember that amazing day hearing that album for the first time on the stereo in 1968. It seemed to last for hours!
While NOT GUILTY does indeed rock, I wouldn't have traded SAVOY TRUFFLE, MY GUITAR, PIGGIES or LONG LONG LONG to keep it in the album. The lyrics, in my opinion, are not among George's best.It might have made a good B side.
And I am a huge lover of LONG LONG LONG. What a delicate and beautiful song. This is one song that is so often overlooked when people discuss Harrison's finest Beatles songs. This one is extremely moving, whether you perceive it as about God or a loved one. George sings his butt off on this, both gently and loudly within the same song.