The Beatles - The Beatles: White Album

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Total download size: 6.96 GB Total play length: 5:27:19
Cover art included, liner notes not included

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.” 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. On November 9, The Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented ‘White Album’ packages (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe). 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 and 50 session takes, most of which are previously unreleased in any form.

This is the first time The BEATLES (‘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 audio mix for ‘The White Album,’ Martin and Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London. All the new ‘White Album’ releases include Martin’s new stereo album mix, 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.

During the last week of May, 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 new edition’s Deluxe and Super Deluxe packages, sourced from the original four-track tapes. Twenty-one of the demoed songs were recorded during the subsequent studio sessions, and 19 were ultimately finished and included on ‘The White Album.’

The Beatles’ studio sessions for The BEATLES (‘White Album’) began on May 30, 1968 at Abbey Road Studios. In the 20 weeks that followed, The Beatles devoted most of their time to sessions there for the new album, with some recording also done at Trident Studios. The final session for the album took place at Abbey Road on October 16, a 24-hour marathon with producer George Martin to sequence the double album’s four sides and to complete edits and cross-fades between its songs. The Beatles’ approach to recording for ‘The White Album’ was quite different from what they had done for ‘Sgt. Pepper.’ Rather than layering individually overdubbed parts on a multi-track tape, many of the ‘White Album’ session takes were recorded to four-track and eight-track tape as group performances with a live lead vocal. The Beatles often recorded take after take for a song, as evidenced by the Super Deluxe set’s Take 102 for “Not Guilty,” a song that was not included on the album. This live-take recording style resulted in a less intricately structured, more unbridled album that would shift the course of rock music and cut a path for punk and indie rock.

The Beatles’ newly adopted method of recording all through the night was time consuming and exhausting for their producer, George Martin. Martin had other duties, including his management of AIR (Associated Independent Recording), and he had also composed the orchestral score for The Beatles’ animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, released in July 1968. After the first three months of ‘White Album’ sessions, Martin took a three-week holiday from the studio, entrusting the control room to his young assistant Chris Thomas and balance engineer Ken Scott. Scott had taken the place of engineer Geoff Emerick, who left the sessions in mid-July. On August 22, Ringo Starr also left the sessions, returning 11 days later to find his drum kit adorned with flowers from his bandmates. While the sessions’ four and a half months of long hours and many takes did spark occasional friction in the studio, the session recordings reveal the closeness, camaraderie, and collaborative strengths within the band, as well as with George Martin.

The BEATLES (‘White Album’) was the first Beatles album to be released on the group’s own Apple Records label. Issued in both stereo and mono for the U.K. and in stereo for the U.S., the double album was an immediate bestseller, entering the British chart at number one and remaining there for eight of the 22 weeks it was listed. ‘The White Album’ also debuted at number one on the U.S. chart, holding the top spot for nine weeks of its initial 65-week chart run. In his glowing ‘White Album’ review for Rolling Stone, the magazine’s co-founder Jann Wenner declared: “It is the best album they have ever released, and only The Beatles are capable of making a better one.” In the U.S., ‘The White Album’ is 19-times platinum-certified by the RIAA and in 2000, it was inducted into the Recording Academy’s GRAMMY® Hall of Fame, recognizing “recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance.”

Back In The U.S.S.R. (2018 Mix)
Dear Prudence (2018 Mix)
Glass Onion (2018 Mix)
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (2018 Mix)
Wild Honey Pie (2018 Mix)
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (2018 Mix)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (2018 Mix)
Happiness Is A Warm Gun (2018 Mix)
Martha My Dear (2018 Mix)
I'm So Tired (2018 Mix)
Blackbird (2018 Mix)
Piggies (2018 Mix)
Rocky Raccoon (2018 Mix)
Don't Pass Me By (2018 Mix)
Why Don't We Do It In The Road? (2018 Mix)
I Will (2018 Mix)
Julia (2018 Mix)
Birthday (2018 Mix)
Yer Blues (2018 Mix)
Mother Nature's Son (2018 Mix)
Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (2018 Mix)
Sexy Sadie (2018 Mix)
Helter Skelter (2018 Mix)
Long, Long, Long (2018 Mix)
Revolution 1 (2018 Mix)
Honey Pie (2018 Mix)
Savoy Truffle (2018 Mix)
Cry Baby Cry (2018 Mix)
Revolution 9 (2018 Mix)
Good Night (2018 Mix)
Back In The U.S.S.R. (Esher Demo)
Dear Prudence (Esher Demo)
Glass Onion (Esher Demo)
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Esher Demo)
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (Esher Demo)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Esher Demo)
Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Esher Demo)
I'm So Tired (Esher Demo)
Blackbird (Esher Demo)
Piggies (Esher Demo)
Rocky Raccoon (Esher Demo)
Julia (Esher Demo)
Yer Blues (Esher Demo)
Mother Nature's Son (Esher Demo)
Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (Esher Demo)
Sexy Sadie (Esher Demo)
Revolution (Esher Demo)
Honey Pie (Esher Demo)
Cry Baby Cry (Esher Demo)
Sour Milk Sea (Esher Demo)
Junk (Esher Demo)
Child Of Nature (Esher Demo)
Circles (Esher Demo)
Mean Mr Mustard (Esher Demo)
Polythene Pam (Esher Demo)
Not Guilty (Esher Demo)
Whatâ??s The New Mary Jane (Esher Demo)
Revolution 1 (Take 18)
A Beginning (Take 4) / Donâ??t Pass Me By (Take 7) (Take 18)
Blackbird (Take 28)
Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (Unumbered Rehearsal)
Good Night (Unumbered Rehearsal)
Good Night (Take 10 With A Guitar Part From Take 5)
Good Night (Take 22)
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Take 3)
Revolution (Unumbered Rehearsal)
Revolution (Take 14 / Instrumental Backing Track)
Cry Baby Cry (Unumbered Rehearsal)
Helter Skelter (First Version / Take 2)
Sexy Sadie (Take 3)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Acoustic Version / Take 2)
Hey Jude (Take 1)
St Louis Blues (Studio Jam)
Not Guilty (Take 102)
Mother Nature's Son (Take 15)
Yer Blues (Take 5 With Guide Vocal)
Whatâ??s The New Mary Jane (Take 1)
Rocky Raccoon (Take 8)
Back In The U.S.S.R. (Take 5 / Instrumental Backing Track)
Dear Prudence (Vocal, Guitar & Drums)
Let It Be (Unumbered Rehearsal)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Third Version / Take 27)
(You're So Square) Baby I Donâ??t Care (Studio Jam)
Helter Skelter (Second Version / Take 17)
Glass Onion (Take 10)
I Will (Take 13)
Blue Moon (Studio Jam)
I Will (Take 29)
Step Inside Love (Studio Jam)
Los Paranoias (Studio Jam)
Can You Take Me Back? (Take 1)
Birthday (Take 2 / Instrumental Backing Track)
Piggies (Take 12 / Instrumental Backing Track)
Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Take 19)
Honey Pie (Instrumental Backing Track)
Savoy Truffle (Instrumental Backing Track)
Martha My Dear (Without Brass And Strings)
Long, Long, Long (Take 44)
I'm So Tired (Take 7)
I'm So Tired (Take 14)
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (Take 2)
Why Donâ??t We Do It In The Road? (Take 5)
Julia (Two Rehearsals)
The Inner Light (Take 6 / Instrumental Backing Track)
Lady Madonna (Take 2 / Piano & Drums)
Lady Madonna (Backing Vocals From Take 3)
Across The Universe (Take 6)

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