Proof positive that the Beatles are still on top is the fact that the group's upcoming seven-disc "Super Deluxe Edition" of the "White Album" has topped both of Amazon's American and U.K.'s sales lists, according to Best Classic Bands. 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 are previously unreleased in any form. The new, expanded 50th anniversary edition of the "White Album" is due out on November 9th.

Back in 1968, upon the release of the "White Album," Paul McCartney spoke about how the then-new double album showed the Beatles' artistic progress: "It is another step -- y'know, but it's not necessarily in the way people expected. Uh, on Sgt. Pepper, we, we had more instruments. . . instrumentation than we ever had, more orchestral stuff than we ever used before, so it was more of a production. We tried to play more like a band this time, only using instruments when we had to instead of using them for the fun of it."

AUDIO: GILES MARTIN ON THE ABBEY ROAD VAULT TEAM
AUDIO: PAUL MCCARTNEY ON THE PRODUCTION OF THE 'WHITE ALBUM'