On November 9th, the Beatles will release a massive six-CD, one Blu-ray “Super Deluxe” version of their 1968 double-album set, The Beatles, better known across the globe as the “White Album.” The album’s 30 tracks have been 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.
This is the first time the 'White Album' has been remixed and presented with additional demos and session recordings. The album’s new edition follows 2017’s universally acclaimed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 'Anniversary Edition' releases. To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes, 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.
Paul McCartney said in the album's introduction: “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.”
Giles Martin wrote in the box set: “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.”
THE BEATLES (‘White Album’) releases include:
Super Deluxe: The comprehensive, individually numbered 7-disc and digital audio collections feature:
CD's 1 & 2:
The BEATLES (‘White Album’) 2018 stereo album mix
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.
CD's 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 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
Paul McCartney spoke to The Canadian Press and admitted why the legendary 'White Album' still feels so fresh to him: “I haven’t listened to it in 50 years. I don’t really listen to stuff we did. Then it comes around again (like with last year’s reissue of) Sgt. Pepper (and) I go, ‘Woah, check this out. . . those kids are good!' It all comes flooding back. I remember where we were and the circumstances of recording each of the tracks. The only point in the remastering is to get the sound even better, and these days you can make things clearer. Some of the tracks are amazing because there I am, right in the room with John (Lennon), and George (Harrison), and Ringo (Starr) — but John and George particularly because they're no longer with us. I'm hearing them as I heard them in my headphones when we recorded it. It's quite emotional.”
Although there was a definite push and pull between the four Beatles that ended up producing, arguably, the greatest music of the 20th century, Paul McCartney maintains that today he's left with only a deeply warm feelings for his bandmates, the work they created, and the positivity they left in their wake: “I just remember love. Y'know, it's like, in a family, sometimes you can argue, but in the end you just love your family, and the guys in the Beatles are like my family. So, even though we had differences — and in the studio sometimes it was quite difficult; y'know, somebody wanted to do something. . . so, it was quite interesting. But in the end, you end up with great memories. And, yeah, when I think of John (Lennon), I think of love.”