2018 Stereo Mix of the Beatles' The White Album By Giles Martin and Sam Okell Sourced Directly From Original 4-Track/8-Track Session Tapes: Also Includes 27 Acoustic Esher Demos
Deluxe Edition 180g 4LP Set of The White Album Housed In Two-Piece Lift-Off Lid Box
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 effort, 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.
In November 2018, The Beatles will release a suite of lavishly presented White Album packages including this 180g 4LP deluxe box set. All the new White Album releases include producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell'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. "In remixing ‘The White Album,' we've tried to bring you as close as possible to The Beatles in the studio," explains Giles 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."
The album's 30 newly mixed tracks are also joined here by 27 early acoustic Esther Demos, most of which are previously unreleased in any form. Much of the initial songwriting for The White Album was done in Rishikesh, India between February and April 1968, when Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr joined a course at the Maharishi's Academy of Transcendental Meditation. In a postcard to Ringo, who had returned to England before the others, John wrote, "we've got about two L.P.s worth of songs now so get your drums out." 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 have been 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. Seven have previously been released on Anthology, but they were mixed with the technology of the time and now Giles has been able to really clean them up and bring out the intimate nature of the recordings.
This is the first time The White Album has been remixed and presented with additional demos. 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. Presented in a lift-top box, the Deluxe 180g 4LP 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.
• 180-gram 4LP vinyl deluxe box set
• Featuring new stereo album mix by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell sourced directly from the original four-track and eight-track session tapes with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London
• Guided by the album's original stereo mix produced by George Martin
• Plus 27 Esher Demos sourced from the original four-track tapes
• Housed in a 2 piece lift off lid box