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The Beatles announce 50th anniversary edition of The White Album

Featuring a new mix of the classic album, along with 27 early acoustic demos and 50 session takes

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The Beatles, photo by Jeremy Neech

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ self-titled ninth LP, a.k.a. The White Album. To commemorate this milestone, the band’s surviving members will release a deluxe reissue of the album on November 9th through their own Apple Corps Ltd. and Capitol/UMe.

    For the reissue, the album’s 30 tracks have been newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround sound, sourced directly from the original four-track and eight-track session tapes. This new mix is complemented by 27 early acoustic demos and 50 session takes, most of which are previously unreleased in any form.

    The music is spread out across seven discs, housed in a slipsleeved 164-page hardbound book and featuring pull-out reproductions of the original album’s four glossy color portrait photographs of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, as well new introductions written by McCartney and Martin, rarely seen photographs, track-by-track notations, and more.

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    In addition to the seven-disc super deluxe box set, the reissue will also be released as a three-CD deluxe set; a four-LP deluxe vinyl set; a two-LP standard vinyl set; and digitally. Pre-orders are now ongoing.

    Below, watch a teaser trailer for the reissue, plus scroll through its complete tracklist.

    The White Album (50th Anniversary Box Set) Tracklist:

    CD 1: 2018 Stereo Mix

    Back in the U.S.S.R.
    Dear Prudence
    Glass Onion
    Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
    Wild Honey Pie
    The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
    While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    Happiness is a Warm Gun
    Martha My Dear
    I’m so tired
    Blackbird
    Piggies
    Rocky Raccoon
    Don’t Pass Me By
    Why don’t we do it in the road?
    I Will
    Julia

    CD 2: 2018 Stereo Mix

    Birthday
    Yer Blues
    Mother Nature’s Son
    Everybody’s Got Something to Hide
    Except Me and My Monkey
    Sexy Sadie
    Helter Skelter
    Long, Long, Long
    Revolution I
    Honey Pie
    Savoy Truffle
    Cry Baby Cry
    Revolution 9
    Good Night

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    CD 3: Esher Demos

    Back in the U.S.S.R.
    Dear Prudence
    Glass Onion
    Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
    The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
    While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    Happiness is a Warm Gun
    I’m so tired
    Blackbird
    Piggies
    Rocky Raccoon
    Julia
    Yer Blues
    Mother Nature’s Son
    Everybody’s Got Something to Hide
    Except Me and My Monkey
    Sexy Sadie
    Revolution
    Honey Pie
    Cry Baby Cry
    Sour Milk Sea
    Junk
    Child of Nature
    Circles
    Mean Mr. Mustard
    Polythene Pam
    Not Guilty
    What’s the New Mary Jane

    CD 4: Sessions

    Revolution I (Take 18)
    A Beginning (Take 4) / Don’t Pass Me By (Take 7)
    Blackbird (Take 28)
    Everybody’s Got Something to Hide
    Except Me and My Monkey (Unnumbered rehearsal)
    Good Night (Unnumbered rehearsal)
    Good Night (Take 10 with a guitar part from Take 5)
    Good Night (Take 22)
    Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Take 3)
    Revolution (Unnumbered rehearsal)
    Revolution (Take 14 – Instrumental backing track)
    Cry Baby Cry (Unnumbered rehearsal)
    Helter Skelter (First version – Take 2)

    CD 5: Sessions

    Sexy Sadie (Take 3)
    While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Acoustic version – Take 2)
    Hey Jude (Take 1)
    St. Louis Blues (Studio jam)
    Not Guilty (Take 102)
    Mother Nature’s Son (Take 15)
    Yer Blues (Take 5 with guide vocal)
    What’s the New Mary Jane (Take 1)
    Rocky Raccoon (Take 8)
    Back in the U.S.S.R. (Take 5 – Instrumental backing track)
    Dear Prudence (Vocal, guitar & drums)
    Let It Be (Unnumbered rehearsal)
    While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Third version – Take 27)
    (You’re so Square) Baby, I Don’t Care (Studio jam)
    Helter Skelter (Second version – Take 17)
    Glass Onion (Take 10)

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    CD 6: Sessions

    I Will (Take 13)
    Blue Moon (Studio jam)
    I Will (Take 29)
    Step Inside Love (Studio jam)
    Los Paranoias (Studio jam)
    Can You Take Me Back? (Take 1)
    Birthday (Take 2 – Instrumental backing track)
    Piggies (Take 12 – Instrumental backing track)
    Happiness is a Warm Gun (Take 19)
    Honey Pie (Instrumental backing track)
    Savoy Truffle (Instrumental backing track)
    Martha My Dear (Without brass and strings)
    Long, Long, Long (Take 44)
    I’m so tired (Take 7)
    I’m so tired (Take 14)
    The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill (Take 2)
    Why don’t we do it in the road? (Take 5)
    Julia (Two rehearsals)
    The Inner Light (Take 6 – Instrumental backing track)
    Lady Madonna (Take 2 – Piano and drums)
    Lady Madonna (Backing vocals from take 3)
    Across the Universe (Take 6)

    Blu-ray

    Audio Features:
    : PCM Stereo (2018 Stereo Mix)
    : DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (2018)
    : Dolby True HD 5.1 (2018)
    : Mono (2018 Direct Transfer of ‘The White Album’ Original Mono Mix)

    The Beatles White Album deluxe

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