'White Album' to be re-released in deluxe edition to mark 50th anniversary of iconic Beatles album
Released in 1968, the ninth studio album was a revolution in the band's musical innovation, and now it is all coming back in November.
Almost 50 years ago, the Beatles came up with their ninth studio album, the self-titled 'The Beatles', more commonly known as 'White Album', and soon it became one of their most innovative and experimental piece of work, where each four member contributed with their solo pieces.
The classic album is now set to be re-released in November this year to celebrate the album's 50th anniversary.
At the time of its release, back in 1968, the album almost opened up a whole new era for the Beatles as the album contained some of the band's most exhilarating pieces of music such as Paul McCartney's punchy, exuberant vocals on 'Back In The U.S.S.R', or John Lennon's warmly beckoning his friend in 'Dear Prudence', and of course, the most notable one- Ringo Starr's first ever solo songwriting credit in the song 'Don't Pass Me By'.
All of that, including George Harrison's timeless song 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps', will be coming back once again when the album is released on November 9 in 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 and 5.1 surround audio, joined by 27 early acoustic demos and 50 session takes, most of which were previously unreleased in any form.
McCartney in his written introduction for the new 'White Album' releases, has said, "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."
As the album will appear for the first time in a remixed version, Martin has said, "In remixing 'The White Album,' we've tried to bring you as close as possible to The Beatles in the studio. 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."
'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 UK and in stereo for the US, 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 US chart, holding the top spot for nine weeks of its initial 65-week chart run.
'The Beatles' ('White Album') releases include:
Super Deluxe: The comprehensive, individually numbered 7-disc and digital audio collections feature:
CDs 1 & 2: The Beatles ('White Album') 2018 stereo album mix
CD3: Esher Demos
- Esher Demo tracks 1 through 19 sequenced in order of the finished song's placement on 'The White Album.' Tracks 20-27 were not included on the album.
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
Deluxe: The Beatles ('White Album') 2018 stereo album mix + Esher Demos
The 3CD; 180-gram 4LP vinyl box set (limited edition); and digital audio collections pair the 2018 stereo album mix with the 27 Esher Demos.
Standard 2LP Vinyl: The Beatles ('White Album') 2018 stereo mix
180-gram 2LP vinyl in gatefold sleeve with faithfully replicated original artwork