The Beatles (White Album)
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This is the first time The BEATLES (‘White Album’) has been remixed and presented with additional demos and session recordings. To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio 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. 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 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 also included in the 7 Disc Super Deluxe package, sourced from the original four-track tapes. The comprehensive, individually numbered 7-disc collection features: CDs 1 & 2: 2018 stereo album mix+H5 CD3: Esher Demos CDs 4, 5 & 6: Sessions - 50 additional recordings, most previously unreleased, from ‘White Album’ studio sessions; all newly mixed from the four-track and eight-track session tapes, sequenced in order of their recording start dates. Blu-ray: - 2018 album mix in high resolution PCM stereo - 2018 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 album mix - 2018 Dolby True HD 5.1 album mix - 2018 direct transfer of the album’s original mono mix
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The White Album Collection
The Deluxe 3CD set is presented in an embossed digipak with the fold-out poster and portrait photos, plus a 24-page booklet.
This 2LP ‘White Album’ release includes Martin’s new stereo album mix, sourced directly from the original four-track and eight-track session tapes.
Deluxe Edition 4LP Vinyl
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.
Super Deluxe Edition
The comprehensive, individually numbered 7-disc collection features:
CDs 1 & 2: 2018 stereo album mix
CD3: Esher Demos
CDs 4, 5 & 6: Sessions
- 50 additional recordings, most previously unreleased, from ‘White Album’ studio sessions; all newly mixed from the four-track and eight-track session tapes, sequenced in order of their recording start dates.
- 2018 album mix in high resolution PCM stereo
- 2018 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 album mix
- 2018 Dolby True HD 5.1 album mix
- 2018 direct transfer of the album’s original mono mix
The White Album
This is the first time The BEATLES (‘White Album’) has been remixed and presented with additional demos and session recordings. To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio 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. 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.
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To be honest, the White Album didn’t get much play c.f some of the others but this is something else - the variety of styles on show now mean an awful lot more than before - and this stereo remix now surpasses the mono remaster one for me - sacrilege I know!
Ahhh - Mr Clapton clear and true over on the right!
The book is an excellent read and the Esher ‘rehearsals’ are hugely enjoyable as a CD in their own right.
If you have a half decent music system, crank it up and wallow in this - congrats to Giles Martin, his father would have been very proud.
Is it worth the price? That depends entirely on you of course - but as McCartney said years ago - ‘it’s The Beatles White Album - shut up!’
In November 1968, The Beatles’ new LP, simply titled ‘The Beatles’, was released. Now, it’s been given a 50th Anniversary makeover, and is available in four versions. This is the seven disc set.
The original LP has been given a 2018 remix and really does sound superb (though ‘Revolution 9’ is still a once-only listen curio; be thankful there are no outtakes). You can hear far more of what is there. The backing vocals are also more prominent, and that’s just one thing the Beatles were better at than anyone else. It’s the stereo version that takes up the first two CDs but the mono version has also been given a makeover and is still appreciably different. It’s on the final disc. It's a collection of disparate styles that I doubt anyone could match. What might surprise you is that only 16 of the 30 songs have contributions from all four.
As good as those discs are, everyone will be more interested in CD3, CD4, CD5 and CD6 The first of these is made to look like an Apple acetate and carries the 27 Esher demos, all in stunning quality. All acoustic, it’s fascinating to compare these embryonic versions with the finished article making you wonder whether they knew exactly how they wanted their songs to sound even at this stage. And why George never recorded ‘Sour Milk Sea’ is beyond me. Virtually the White Album ‘Unplugged’, if you will. The other three discs are a cornucopia of alternate takes, instrumental backing, rehearsals and a couple of all-too-brief-jams, presented in the order in which they were first recorded, including five songs that would find a release on other LPs and singles. There are also more than a few surprises to be heard along the way.
For die-hard fans, and you’ll be the ones buying this set, the near 13 minute ‘Helter Skelter’ is something to savour simply because we’ve been waiting for an extended version, and I’m sure the ten minutes of ‘Revolution 1’ is a surprise to everyone, especially when John says “I’ve had enough” and no one takes any notice. Paul sings part of ‘Love Me Do’ in this. Take 10 of ‘Good Night’ is completely different. I was completely unaware George wrote an unpublished song called ‘Gathering Gesturing’, and you probably are too, but here’s part of it at the end of ‘Long Long Long’. Amazingly, no outtakes of ‘Savoy Truffle’ survive but the backing track here brings to the fore the brass and organ. Well worth hearing, as is 'Birthday', which sounds more manic without the vocals. What these anniversary editions do is allow the compilers to make interesting discoveries; early rehearsals of songs previously thought lost were uncovered, including an early run through of 'Let It Be' that was listed as 'AdLib' on the box, so no one bothered to listen to it until now. Also surprising to those putting this together was a take 2 of 'While My Guitar...' It seems no one knew it was even recorded, let alone existed.
Alongside that new mono mix, the seventh disc, on Blu-ray, carries the new mix in PCM stereo, DTS HD 5.1 and Dolby HD 5.1. It’s a shame the musical led Kenny Everett interview from these sessions wasn’t included, but I do like the way each individual sleeve is made took like a mini LP sleeve.
They’re all housed in a slip case alongside a 168 page hardback book that gives in-depth recording details and is a superb read, including plenty of unseen pictures. Their 'mad day out' is documented and it’s hard to think of the four Beatles wandering around the streets of London with no security or police on hand. It was different in those days. The text debunks the myths about the sessions and also shows a tantalising verse from 'Don't Pass Me By' that never made it onto tape. The four colour photos and the poster are also in there. Keeping with tradition, each set is numbered. (Mine is No. 0111653.) A few things here were included on ‘Anthology 3’, but that was 23 years ago and technology has moved on somewhat to make these mixes far superior to those, as well as being slightly different. Yes, this set might be expensive, as is the vinyl versions, but everything Beatles always carries a premium.
I wonder if F. Newton has changed his/her mind?
I know this is a cliché especially at my age but the bass is awesome along with all the frequencies cut into the grooves. This album was cut using Half Speed mastering. For anybody not aware what this means here is an explanation. The master tape is played back at half speed and the vinyl cutting lath is also rotated at half speed and the end result is more information being cut into the groove and this record proves that it works ( Have a listen to the Brian Eno half speed master vinyl releases and you will know what I mean ). Had a smile on my face from start to finish but wait there is more!. Then listened to the Esher demo album and I must say that I enjoyed this even more, No electric guitar or electronics just acoustic and vocals and was a revelation. Considering this was recorded 50 years ago on George Harrison's own home recording equipment the quality of the recording is amazing. I know it was cleaned up using modern techniques but if you listen carefully you can still hear the hiss of the tape on some tracks and this is what makes the recording more magical. You will hear the Beatles as you never heard them before and in my opinion is what will prove that they were the greatest band this world has ever heard. In 50 years time when I am forgotten the next generations will be playing this and saying WOW!.
Do not hesitate buy this boxed set now or you will regret it when it is out of print.