Creator Backlash: Amusingly averted, in that while George Martin and many of the technicians who worked on the album felt it was too long and ought to be cut down to a single album, the Beatles themselves disagreed. When questioned about it for the Anthology, George's response was "What are you going to do with all them songs?", and mentioned that by that point there was "too much ego" for the band to be able to properly decide what songs to keep and what to leave off. Paul's response was the funniest: he thinks about it, concedes that maybe there's some justice to the idea that it could have been shorter, then admits that he likes how long it is and cheerfully ends the debate with "It's the bloody Beatles' White Album, shut up!"
Creative Differences: Although the band kept it together throughout the recording for the album (its initial sessions were remarkably harmonious and cooperative) and managed to complete two more following it, this album is where the rot began to set in, with band members drifting apart, egos beginning to get out of control and outside influences beginning to take their toll; the observation has frequently been made that this is reflected in the overall tone of the album, which feels more like a compilation of solo efforts rather than a collaborative effort. Many of the songs were in fact recorded by one of the band working individually with perhaps a minimal amount of involvement from one of the others at most, others featured contributions but not the entire band lineup, and the final result was assembled through overdubbing. There were, however, songs on which all the band members were present and recorded simultaneously ("Helter Skelter" and "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" among others), and the experience of recording "Yer Blues" in a large closet in the control room of Abbey Road Studio Two later influenced the abortive first attempt to record Let It Be. George Martin's waning authority and the use of multiple rooms left a lot of the album recorded by the band members alone with Abbey Road engineers.
Engineer Ken Scott once recounted an incident on 20 August 1968 (two days before Ringo walked out of the sessions for "Back in the USSR") while Paul was working on the brass overdubs for "Mother Nature's Son" that illustrates how bad things were getting only two years before their breakup:
"Paul was downstairs going through the arrangement with George [Martin] and the brass players. Everything was great, everyone was in great spirits. Suddenly, half way through, John and Ringo walked in and you could cut the atmosphere with a knife. An instant change. It was like that for ten minutes and then as soon as they left it felt great again. It was very bizarre".
What if The Beatles had listened to George Martin and agreed to cut down the album?
There were still quite a few omissions and outtakes from the album. One of them was "What's the New Mary Jane?", another highly experimental track featuring John, George, and Yoko. It appears in a much edited form (in order to make it sound more like a song) on Anthology 3. George also had some leftovers that eventually came out on his solo albums (like "Not Guilty"), while Lennon ultimately rewrote one of his Cut Songs into "Jealous Guy" and admitted that his contributions to side two of Abbey Road were mainly "pieces of crap" he'd written in India but which didn't make it to The White Album.