Spector was brought in to salvage the incomplete Let It Be, an album abandoned by the Beatles, performances from which had already appeared in several bootleg versions when the sessions were still referred to as Get Back. Spector's overdubs proved controversial among fans and the Beatles themselves.
Things were tense when the Beatles were working on The White Album, and at one point Ringo walked out of the recording session, briefly quitting the band. During his absence, Paul McCartney played drums on several songs. When Ringo returned, there were flowers waiting for him on his drum kit.
The album's sleeve was designed by pop artist Richard Hamilton, in collaboration with McCartney. Hamilton's design was in stark contrast to Peter Blake's vivid cover art for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and consisted of a plain white sleeve.