The Beatles - The White Album




Sourced from the original master tapes and cut at Abbey Road Studios

Pressed on 180-gram vinyl; The Beatles (The White Album) makes its North American LP debut in stereo

Optimum audiophile-quality sound from a first-rate team of producers and engineers

Packaging includes double-sided photo montage/lyric sheet and four solo color photos

The BEATLES ON VINYL - DONE RIGHT!

For years the most anticipated vinyl reissues have been from the one, the only Beatles catalog. Finally, after a delay due to the meticulousness of the remastering process and assorted other hurdles, that day has come. 

Comprised of material each member wrote on acoustic guitars while on a spiritual retreat in India, The Beatles (most commonly known as The White Album) remains the band's most expansive, and, for multiple reasons, famous record. While its double-album sprawl suggests indulgence, there are few (if any) missteps. It stands as the group's last one-for-all, all-for-one effort, even if most of the songs double as solo material given the singing by individual members on many of the tracks. More than 40 years later, it's impossible not to love what's here. And now, with this double LP pressing, you'll worship it.

For its Beatles' Stereo Albums series on LP, Capitol/Apple turned to a crack team of engineers to remaster the entire studio catalog from the original sources. The team, including Guy Massey, Steve Rooke and Sam Okell with Paul Hicks and Sean Magee undertook a four-year restoration process for the LP versions, combining state-of-the-art equipment, vintage studio gear and rigorous testing to meet the highest fidelity standards and produce authentic unsurpassed sound rivaling the original LPs. There is no longer any need to pay hundreds of dollars for Japanese pressings!

Stepping back to the more basic production techniques of its earlier albums in order to distance themselves from the myriad imitators, the Beatles drop the psychedelic effects and focus on the tunes. Not that further recording-studio advancements don't assist the band in making history. With the arrival of 3M eight-track machines, front skin removed from Ringo's bass drums, and tea towels placed on the other drums, the sound is deadened and thickened, characteristics that are transparent on this stellar pressing.

So is the group's shift towards American gear, namely, three Fender basses, which prominently figure into the mix. For the first time, fans can also fully detect the slight increase in room ambience, the intentional leakage that contributes to the sense of space, and the chorusing treatments on "Yer Blues" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (hello, Eric Clapton), songs that mirror the Beatles' decision to tone down phasing atmospherics. And dig George Martin's honky-tonk piano on "Rocky Raccoon," a percussive addition that's the only half-speed recording on this album. And what sound.

Extensive testing was done before engineers copied the analog master tapes into digital files using 24-bit/192 kHz resolution and a Prism A-D converter. Dust build-ups were removed from tape machine heads after the completion of each title. Artifacts such as electrical clicks, microphone vocal pops, excessive sibilance and poor edits were improved upon as long as they were judged not to damage the integrity of the songs. The 24/192 transfers were done to produce an archival copy of the tapes and then those files were reduced to 24/44.1 kHz files for final mastering. De-noising technology was applied in only a few necessary spots and on a sum total of less than five of the entire 525 minutes of Beatles music. 

The digital files were cut to lacquers at Abbey Road Studios. Engineer Sean Magee cut the LPs in chronological release order. He used the original 24-bit remasters rather than the 16-bit versions that were required for CD production. It was decided to use the remasters that had not undergone "limiting," a procedure to increase the sound level.

Steps to eliminate vocal distortions and inner-groove distortions were addressed. The latter can affect high-middle frequencies, producing a "mushy" sound noticeable on vocals. Using what Magee has described as "surgical EQ," problem frequencies were identified and reduced in level to compensate for this.

Lastly, the first batches of test pressings made from the master lacquers that had been sent to two pressing plants were judged. Records with any noise or click appearing on more than one test pressing in the same place were rejected, on the grounds that undesired sound had been introduced either during the cutting or pressing stage. The remasters have the absolute best sound quality, producing the quietest vinyl lacquers.

For producer Rick Rubin, The Beatles' recorded achievements are akin to a miracle. The most popular bands in the world today typically produce an album every four years, Rubin told a 2009 radio audience. That's two albums as an eight-year cycle. "And think of the growth or change between those two albums. The idea that The Beatles made thirteen albums in seven years and went through that arc of change ... it can't be done. Truthfully, I think of it as proof of God, because it's beyond man's ability."

Here at last is the classic rock catalog of dreams. Preorder your copies today; don't risk these remastered Beatles' LPs selling out!

 



Back in the U.S.S.R
Dear Prudence
Glass Onion
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Wild Honey Pie
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Martha My Dear
I'm So Tired
Blackbird
Piggies
Rocky Raccoon
Don't Pass Me By
Why Don't We Do It In The Road
I Will
Julia
Birthday
Yer Blues
Mother Nature's Son
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
Sexy Sadie
Helter Skelter
Long Long Long
Revolution 1
Honey Pie
Savoy Truffle
Cry Baby Cry

Customer Reviews (4.50 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

No five star here

posted on 01/13/2013
4 Stars
Reviewer: Lowel
My copy of the white album has a scratch sound in two songs,Happiness is a Warm Gun and I'm So Tired,but no pops or skips,vinyl is quiet except for the two small scracth sounds.That is why the four star rating,I have the other copys and they are excelent.


Nice and noise free

posted on 01/10/2013
5 Stars
Yes for the first time you can hear ALL the music , the ring of the guitar strings and all the instruments in the background you could never really hear before . This gives the music new dimension that makes this a new experience all over again! Get it ! You will enjoy it as you never could before.


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