On Nov. 9, the Beatles‘ vault will open once again for a deluxe 50th anniversary reissue of the classic untitled White Album — arguably one of the finest artistic achievements the legendary group put together during its time together.
The set, curated by Giles Martin, son of the late Sir George Martin, is truly a treasure trove of material for fans, with alternate versions, studio outtakes, banter between John, Paul, George and Ringo and a host of other exciting, never-before-heard material.
Among the rare tracks unearthed for this deluxe set (which you can pre-order now at this link) is an early demo acoustic version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which was premiered by Rolling Stone as a preview of the set. Listen below:
The album was newly mixed by Martin (again working on a Beatles remixed and remastered album, which he spoke with us about for Sgt. Pepper’s) and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround sound, and additional material spans 27 acoustic demos from early in the recording process and 50 alternates session takes, as well.
“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,” says Paul McCartney in his written introduction for the new ‘White Album’ releases.
This is the first time The BEATLES (‘White Album’) has been remixed and presented with additional demos and session recordings. 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 and 5.1 surround audio 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. 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.
“In remixing ‘The White Album,’ we’ve tried to bring you as close as possible to The Beatles in the studio,” explains Giles Martin 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.”
Here’s a trailer for the new package:
For more on the various editions of the new anniversary edition, visit the Beatles’ site.