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Beatles – The White Album (50th Anniversary Edition Double-LP on 180g Vinyl)

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This 50th anniversary edition includes Giles Martin and Sam Okell’s new stereo remix, which was sourced directly from the original four-track and eight-track session tapes. This mix was guided by the album’s original stereo mix, produced by Giles’ father, George Martin. The vinyl records that make up the album were cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios.

Also included is 24”×36” fold-out poster with photos, lyrics and credits, and 4 portrait prints of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

The Beatles, also known as the White Album, is the ninth studio album and only double album by the Beatles, released on 22 November 1968. Its plain white sleeve contains no graphics or text other than the band’s name embossed, which was intended as a direct contrast to the vivid cover artwork of the band’s previous album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album is recognised for its fragmentary style and diverse range of genres, including folk, British blues, ska, music hall and the avant-garde. It has since been viewed by some critics as a postmodern work, as well as among the greatest albums of all time.

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The Beatles – The White Album (50th Anniversary Edition Double-LP on 180g Vinyl)

The Beatles features thirty songs, nineteen of which were written during March and April 1968 at a Transcendental Meditation course in Rishikesh, India. There, the only western instrument available to the band was the acoustic guitar; several of these songs remained acoustic on the album and were recorded solo, or only by part of the group. The production aesthetic ensured that the album’s sound was scaled-down and less reliant on studio innovation than most of their releases since Revolver (1966). The Beatles also broke with the band’s tradition at the time of incorporating several musical styles in one song by keeping each piece of music consistently faithful to a select genre.

At the end of May 1968, the Beatles returned to EMI Studios in London to commence recording sessions that lasted until mid-October. During these sessions, arguments broke out among the foursome over creative differences and John Lennon’s new partner, Yoko Ono, whose constant presence subverted the Beatles’ policy of excluding wives and girlfriends from the studio. After a series of various problems, including producer George Martin taking an unannounced holiday and engineer Geoff Emerick suddenly quitting during a session, Ringo Starr left the band for two weeks in August. The same tensions continued throughout the following year and led to the band’s break-up.

The Beatles received favourable reviews from most music critics; detractors found its satirical songs unimportant and apolitical amid the turbulent political and social climate of 1968. It topped record charts in Britain and the United States. No singles were issued in either territory, but Hey Jude and Revolution originated from the same recording sessions and were issued on a single in August 1968. The album has been certified 24× platinum by the RIAA.

Track Listing

Side One

  1. Back in the U.S.S.R.
  2. Dear Prudence
  3. Glass Onion
  4. Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da
  5. Wild Honey Pie
  6. The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
  7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  8. Happiness Is a Warm Gun

Side Two

  1. Martha My Dear
  2. I'm So Tired
  3. Blackbird
  4. Piggies
  5. Rocky Raccoon
  6. Don't Pass Me By
  7. Why Don't We Do It in the Road?
  8. I  Will
  9. Julia

Side Three

  1. Birthday
  2. Yer Blues
  3. Mother Nature's Son
  4. Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
  5. Sexy Sadie
  6. Helter Skelter
  7. Long, Long, Long

Side Four

  1. Revolution 1
  2. Honey Pie
  3. Savoy Truffle
  4. Cry Baby Cry
  5. Revolution 9
  6. Good Night