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The Beatles – The Beatles (The White Album) //Apple Corps// (Released 9th November)

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£37.99 – 2xLP

£82.99 – 4xLP Limited Edition Deluxe Boxset Including The Esher Demos

In November 1968, millions of double LPs were shipped to record stores worldwide ahead of that tumultuous year’s most anticipated music event: the November 22nd release of The BEATLES (soon to be better known as ‘The White Album’). With their ninth studio album,  The Beatles took the world on a whole new trip,  side one  blasting off with the exhilarating rush of a screaming jet escorting Paul McCartney’s punchy, exuberant vocals on “Back In The U.S.S.R.”; “Dear Prudence” came next, John Lennon warmly beckoning his friend and all of us to “look  around”. George Harrison imparted timeless wisdom in “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” singing, “With every mistake we must surely be learning”. Ringo Starr’s “Don’t Pass Me By” marked his first solo songwriting credit on a Beatles album.

For 50 years, ‘The White Album’ has invited its listeners to venture forth and explore the breadth and ambition of its music, delighting and inspiring each new generation in turn. To celebrate the 50th anniversary The Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented ‘White Album’ packages. The album’s 30 tracks are newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo, joined by 27 early acoustic demos, most of which are previously unreleased in any form.

“We had left Sgt. Pepper’s band to play in his sunny Elysian Fields and were now striding out in new directions without a map” says Paul McCartney in his written introduction for the new ‘White Album’ releases. This is the first time The BEATLES (‘The White Album’) has been remixed and presented with additional demos and session recordings. The album’s sweeping new edition follows 2017’s universally acclaimed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition releases.

To create the new stereo mixes for ‘The White Album’ Martin and Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London sourced directly from the original four-track and eight-track session tapes. Martin’s new mix is guided by the album’s original stereo mix produced by his father, George Martin. “In remixing ‘The White Album’ we’ve tried to bring you as close as possible to The Beatles in the studio” explains Giles Martin in his written introduction for the new edition. “We’ve peeled back the layers of the ‘Glass Onion’ with the hope of immersing old and new listeners into one of the most diverse and inspiring albums ever made”.

This is the first time The BEATLES (‘The White Album’) has been remixed and presented with additional demo recordings. During the last week of May 1968, The Beatles gathered at George’s house in Esher, Surrey, where they recorded acoustic demos for 27 songs. Known as the Esher Demos, all 27 recordings are included in the 4LP Deluxe package, sourced from the original four-track tapes.

Presented in a lift-top box with a four-page booklet, the limited edition Deluxe 4LP vinyl set presents the 2LP album in a faithful, embossed reproduction of its original gatefold sleeve with the fold-out poster and portrait photos, paired with the 2LP Esher Demos in an embossed gatefold sleeve.

 

Tracklisting:

 

The BEATLES (The White Album)

A1. Back In The U.S.S.R.

A2. Dear Prudence

A3. Glass Onion

A4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

A5. Wild Honey Pie

A6. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill

A7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

A8. Happiness Is A Warm Gun

B1. Martha My Dear

B2. I’m So Tired

B3. Blackbird

B4. Piggies

B5. Rocky Racoon

B6. Don’t Pass Me By

B7. Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?

B8. I Will

B9. Julia

C1. Birthday

C2. Yer Blues

C3. Mother Nature’s Son

C4. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey

C5. Sexy Sadie

C6. Helter Skelter

C7. Long, Long, Long

D1. Revolution 1

D2. Honey Pie

D3. Savoy Truffle

D4. Cry Baby Cry

D5. Revolution 9

D6. Good Night

 

Esher Demos (4xLP Boxset Exclusive)

A1. Back In The U.S.S.R.

A2. Dear Prudence

A3. Glass Onion

A4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

A5. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill

A6. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

B1. Happiness Is A Warm Gun

B2. I’m So Tired

B3. Blackbird

B4. Piggies

B5. Rocky Raccoon

B6. Julia

B7. Yer Blues

C1. Mother Nature’s Son

C2. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey

C3. Sexy Sadie

C4. Revolution

C5. Honey Pie

C6. Cry Baby Cry

C7. Sour Milk Sea

D1. Junk

D2. Child Of Nature

D3. Circles

D4. Mean Mr Mustard

D5. Polythene Pam

D6. Not Guilty

D7. What’s The New Mary Jane

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Format

2xLP Standard Edition, 4xLP Limited Edition Deluxe Boxset