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The Beatles / The ‘White Album’ 50th anniversary super deluxe edition

New stereo remix • 6CD+blu-ray box set • 5.1 surround mix • Esher demos • Three CDs of unreleased sessions/outtakes • 4LP vinyl set


The Beatles‘ 1968 self-titled double album, universally known as the ‘White Album’ will be reissued for its 50th anniversary in November across four physical editions, including a seven-disc super deluxe edition.

All physical versions of this reissue include Giles Martin and Sam Okell’s new stereo remix, “sourced directly from the original four-track and eight-track session tapes.” This mix is described as being “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 and feature in two vinyl editions.

The four physical formats are as follows:

  • 6CD+blu-ray box set (stereo remix, Esher Demos + 3 CDs of sessions, 5. 1 mix)
  • 4LP vinyl set (stereo remix + Esher Demos)
  • 3CD deluxe (stereo remix + Esher Demos)
  • 2LP vinyl (stereo remix)



All formats (except the 2LP) also include 27 demo recordings made at George Harrison’s house during the last week of May in 1968. These have forever been known as the ‘Esher Demos‘. All 27 recordings are included in seven-disc super deluxe, the 4LP deluxe package, and the 3CD edition – sourced from the original four-track tapes.

6CD+blu-ray super deluxe edition


The super deluxe edition exclusively includes three CDs of ‘sessions’ and a blu-ray audio disc that features a 5.1 surround sound mix, a hi-res stereo mix (of the new stereo remix) and a direct transfer of the original mono mix. The sessions include 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.

The super deluxe is packaged as a book which slots into a slipcase. It includes the four photos and the poster that came with the original ‘White Album’ as well as the seven discs.

4LP vinyl deluxe set


The four-LP vinyl set comes in a lift-top box with a four-page booklet, and presents the 2LP album in a faithful, embossed reproduction of its original gatefold sleeve with the fold-out poster and portrait photos, paired with the 2LP ‘Esher Demos’ in an embossed gatefold sleeve.

The humble deluxe three-CD set is packaged as an embossed digipak with the fold-out poster and portrait photos, plus a 24-page booklet. Note: there is no two-CD edition of the new stereo mix and every format is described as ‘limited’ by the label, with the exception of the 2LP vinyl edition.

The Beatles aka ‘The White Album’ 50th anniversary reissues will be released on 9 November 2018. No Canadian links below, as yet, but listings are on MusicVaultz.

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The Beatles (‘White Album’) – 6CD+blu-ray super deluxe

CD 1: The BEATLES (‘White Album’) 2018 Stereo Mix

  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
  9. Martha My Dear
  10. I’m so tired
  11. Blackbird
  12. Piggies
  13. Rocky Raccoon
  14. Don’t Pass Me By
  15. Why don’t we do it in the road?
  16. I Will
  17. Julia

CD 2 The BEATLES (‘White Album’) 2018 Stereo Mix

  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
  8. Revolution I
  9. Honey Pie
  10. Savoy Truffle
  11. Cry Baby Cry
  12. Revolution 9
  13. Good Night

CD 3: Esher Demos

  1. Back in the U.S.S.R.
  2. Dear Prudence
  3. Glass Onion
  4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  5. The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
  6. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  7. Happiness is a Warm Gun
  8. I’m so tired
  9. Blackbird
  10. Piggies
  11. Rocky Raccoon
  12. Julia
  13. Yer Blues
  14. Mother Nature’s Son
  15. Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
  16. Sexy Sadie
  17. Revolution
  18. Honey Pie
  19. Cry Baby Cry
  20. Sour Milk Sea
  21. Junk
  22. Child of Nature
  23. Circles
  24. Mean Mr. Mustard
  25. Polythene Pam
  26. Not Guilty
  27. What’s the New Mary Jane

CD 4: Sessions

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

CD 5: Sessions

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

CD 6: Sessions

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

Blu-ray: The BEATLES (‘White Album’)

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’) – 4LP vinyl box



SIDE A

  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 B

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


SIDE C

  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 D

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


ESHER DEMOS

SIDE A

  1. Back In The U.S.S.R. (Esher Demo)
  2. Dear Prudence (Esher Demo)
  3. Glass Onion (Esher Demo)
  4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Esher Demo)
  5. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (Esher Demo)
  6. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Esher Demo)


SIDE B

  1. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Esher Demo)
  2. I’m So Tired (Esher Demo)
  3. Blackbird (Esher Demo)
  4. Piggies (Esher Demo)
  5. Rocky Raccoon (Esher Demo)
  6. Julia (Esher Demo)
  7. Yer Blues (Esher Demo)


SIDE C

  1. Mother Nature’s Son (Esher Demo)
  2. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (Esher Demo)
  3. Sexy Sadie (Esher Demo)
  4. Revolution (Esher Demo)
  5. Honey Pie (Esher Demo)
  6. Cry Baby Cry (Esher Demo)
  7. Sour Milk Sea (Esher Demo)


SIDE D

  1. Junk (Esher Demo)
  2. Child Of Nature (Esher Demo)
  3. Circles (Esher Demo)
  4. Mean Mr Mustard (Esher Demo)
  5. Polythene Pam (Esher Demo)
  6. Not Guilty (Esher Demo)
  7. What’s The New Mary Jane (Esher Demo)



The Beatles (‘White Album’) – 3CD deluxe edition

CD 1

  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
  9. Martha My Dear
  10. I’m So Tired
  11. Blackbird
  12. Piggies
  13. Rocky Racoon
  14. Don’t Pass Me By
  15. Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?
  16. I Will
  17. Julia

CD 2

  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
  8. Revolution 1
  9. Honey Pie
  10. Savoy Truffle
  11. Cry Baby Cry
  12. Revolution 9
  13. Good Night

CD 3

  1. Back In The U.S.S.R. (Esher Demo)
  2. Dear Prudence (Esher Demo)
  3. Glass Onion (Esher Demo)
  4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Esher Demo)
  5. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (Esher Demo)
  6. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Esher Demo)
  7. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Esher Demo)
  8. I’m So Tired (Esher Demo)
  9. Blackbird (Esher Demo)
  10. Piggies (Esher Demo)
  11. Rocky Raccoon (Esher Demo)
  12. Julia (Esher Demo)
  13. Yer Blues (Esher Demo)
  14. Mother Nature’s Son (Esher Demo)
  15. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (Esher Demo)
  16. Sexy Sadie (Esher Demo)
  17. Revolution (Esher Demo)
  18. Honey Pie (Esher Demo)
  19. Cry Baby Cry (Esher Demo)
  20. Sour Milk Sea (Esher Demo)
  21. Junk (Esher Demo)
  22. Child Of Nature (Esher Demo)
  23. Circles (Esher Demo)
  24. Mean Mr Mustard (Esher Demo)
  25. Polythene Pam (Esher Demo)
  26. Not Guilty (Esher Demo)
  27. What’s The New Mary Jane (Esher Demo)



The Beatles (‘White Album’) – 2LP vinyl edition



SIDE A

  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 B

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


SIDE C

  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 D

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

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Gary Shaw

I ordered the boxset via FNAC.com in France, as it was listed for €60. That was November 14th and it’s still not arrived.
Has anyone else had any problems ordering stuff from them?
I’ve since messaged them via the website to say that it hasn’t arrived and if it’s not coming before Christmas, then to cancel it and refund me.

Leo

Has anyone had problems with the blu ray menu? In my case, if I choose, for example, Mono Version, it automatically starts some of the HD versions.
If there is an issue with the blu ray, does anyone know if a replenishment can be requested? Thank you.

Henry T.

On the strength of great reviews of the Beatles newly released White album, I placed an order for the Super Deluxe edition. As I had had several damaged items come from Amazon UK, I decided to buy from The Beatles website. From here I was directed to the Beatles Store (operated my Digital Stores. co.uk.), from whom I’ve bought before, with no problems. The difference in price between Amazon UK and The Beatles official store was about £2.00 as I recall, so not much in it. The item was out of stock but I chose to be patient. Order placed 23-11-18 and on 15-12-18 an item called MFC arrived! Wrong item!! I have sent several emails to The Beatles Store and to Digital Stores.co.uk and have received no reply. I now discover there are numerous complaints on the internet over items never arriving, or incorrect items arriving from the Beatles Store, with people being left out of pocket. Has anybody else had this problem? I am £126.95 out of pocket and have a feeling I’ve been scammed… by buying via The Beatles Store! How can this be?

Any help, from anyone would be really appreciated. Henry

Gary Steaggles

has anyone else had trouble playing the cd’s
I’ve got a decent cd player but have to force them in and then they wont eject ??

Sean Wylie

Does anyone know if the Blu Ray is region free?

Jimmy Arnett

Mine came with 2 copies of cd 3 and NO cd 4. Anyone have contact information to get a replacement?

Perry Warren

Mine came with 2 copies of cd 2 and no cd 1. I’ve requested a replacement from Amazon. We’ll see what happens.

eogan

I’ve really been enjoying listening to the White Album Super Deluxe Edition over the past week. That said, I’m quite perturbed by what has and has not been included. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled to finally have the Esher demos in such great quality (though I can’t figure why they weren’t officially called the Kinfauns demos instead), and many of the “Sessions” recordings have been amazing revelations into the development of the album. What has me annoyed is what appears to be complete inconsistency with respect to the “rules” of the SDEs.

When approaching any campaign such as this (and I expect Mr. Sinclair would be the first to concur), you need to step back and first decide on the overarching guidelines that will govern what gets included and what doesn’t. What we were given to expect from Sgt. Pepper was that these SDEs would include remixes of pre-album singles recorded during the album sessions (hence the inclusion of “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” remixes), and would otherwise not include any tracks or session recordings of songs not on the original album (hence the exclusion of “Only a Northern Song” and “Carnival of Light”, which were both recorded during the Sgt. Pepper sessions).

What we have in the White Album SDE are the complete opposite “rules”. We have no remixes of the singles preceding the release of the White Album (“Lady Madonna”, “The Inner Light”, “Hey Jude” and the single version of “Revolution”), though there’s plenty of room for them in the ~70 minutes of empty space across the three “Sessions” CDs. (There’s a case to be made for not including “Lady Madonna” and “The Inner Light”, as they were recorded before the Beatles departed for India, nearly four months before recording began for the White Album; “Hey Jude” and “Revolution”, on the other hand, were recorded smack in the middle of the White Album sessions.) And we do have plenty of session recordings of songs not on the original album (five of what are being called “studio jams”, and “Across the Universe”).

So we end up with a pair of SDEs that are each lacking in content that is represented in the other. (The omission of pre-album single remixes doesn’t make sense with the White Album when they were included for Sgt. Pepper, and the omission of non-album session tracks doesn’t make sense with Sgt. Pepper when they’ve been included for the White Album.) It would appear that these releases don’t really have a “plan” at all, but are being curated in an ad-hoc manner. It would have been nice to have seen some consistency employed, and not to instead have had the content of each release restricted, seemingly arbitrarily, in the ways they have been.

George John

You do go on!!
Just sit back and enjoy what you got.

BJ

Is it just mine or is there a glitch on Helter Skelter (First Version Take 2) on Disc 4 of the Deluxe Edition at about 6.00 minutes in and lasts for about 30 seconds?

Reikor

No glitches on my copy!

BJ

Thanks, I wonder if mine just needs a wipe…

Carl Myerscough

Just four days after release and the 3CD version has already dropped from £19.99 to £15.00 on Amazon here in the UK.

BJ

It was that price for a while when it was first announced, then it went up to 19.99. Now back down again. If anyone paid £19.99 I would send them a note of complaint and get a fiver refunded. I doubt they would argue.

Rafael Hernandez

The whole set is amazing, but for me it seems that given the wide scope of the sessions, an additional CD might have been included.

Somes items missing (maybe the masters were unavailable, but all are on bootlegs or mentioned on Lewisohn’s Complete Recording Sessions, so they shall be available to listen):

Good Night (Lennon on vocals and guitar)
Blackbird rehearsal (Gone Tomorrow, Here Today, acoustic Helter Skelter, Mother Nature’s Son).
Sexy Sadie first version out take (more takes, Brian Epstein Blues, off lyrics take “who the fuck you think you are… Oh! You cunt”, jam with “I saw Mary sitting on the Dairy”)
Sexy Sadie second version out take
Everybody’s got something to hide… Actual session outtake
While my Guitar… First band version outtake
Ob-la-di ob-la-da second version outtake
Piggies outtake
The long and winding road rehearsal
Something rehearsal
Etcetera (take 1)
While my guitar… (Second band version with Paul on vocals)
Yer blues (jam during sessions)
Another later hey Jude outtake (available takes 1 and 2 are very similar)
More happiness is a warm gun outtakes
More Helter skelter (second version) outtakes

I don’t care for the 27 min Helter skelter take 3 if it’s more of the same than take 2

Phil Cohen

I would also note that the discs 4, 5 & 6 material would have fit onto two CD’s.

Rickster

Why does the “Blu-ray” Audio disc have to add well over +$100 to the price ?
Also, why don’t they just sell the High-Def “Blu-ray Audio” disc separately. ?
Why do I have to buy all the crappy quality Vinyl-LP’s and Audio-CD’s, just to get the Blu-ray.?
Finally, why don’t they sell these as lossless “Flac” file choices as well ?
Also, I assume the Blu-ray Audio is 96kHz/24bit, or 192kHz/24bit sampling ?
Why does the Music Industry make it so hard to affordably purchase the format people want ? -actually I can answer that one. – ’cause they sold out to the “Steaming Industry”. -very sad.

John S

Hi Paul
Love the site and the newsletter updates.
Just wondered us there any way of getting the White Album book without buying the Super Deluxe version?

James

Paul,
I bought the super deluxe white album set. I love all that I can get to play. My blu ray won’t play other than 1st 30 seconds of USSR and no where on the web nor in the book can I find what is actually on it or how to navigate it.
Any guidance appreciated.
James

Blakey

Quite a bit of stuff still missing… No Hey Jude and Revolution singles remixed, no Revolution Take 20, no Hey Bulldog, no 27 minute Helter Skelter, no McCartney version of Goodbye, no alternate prints of the John Kelley photos, no replicas of Apple promotional stuff from 68 (posters, ‘This Man Has Talent’, the Fool etc)…..The 68 TV stuff could have been put in too (the uncut Joe Garagiola interview on US TV, George on Smothers Brothers etc). Much as I am loving the remix and the outtakes, The Kinks have outdone them with their Village Green deluxe set.

Phil Cohen

There is no alternate “Hey Bulldog”. The released version was built over a “Take One”.

Rafael Hernandez

I have read there were 10 takes of Hey, Bulldog. Maybe most of them were break downs, but it would have been nice to have it included on the set, maybe the final basic track with the dialogue at the start and ending as heard on bootlegs or Rockband…

Mark Levy

I wonder whats next for Beatles’ re-issues. How about a 50th anniversary celebration of LET IT BE? A triple CD set….Disc One, the original album, Disc Two, the planned GET BACK version. Disc Three, The Naked version. Also making the movie available on DVD….finally!!!

Phil Cohen

“Abbey Road” is next. Christmas 2019.

eogan

I know it’s a fool’s errand to try to predict release marketing plans, but I’m just the fool to attempt it….

It seems that the overall intention of the remix release timing is to have them occur on the closest Friday before the 50th anniversary of the original release (if the 50th anniversary does not fall on a Friday itself). Hence, the Sgt. Pepper remix’s release on 26 May 2017 (which works whether you take the original release as 26 May 1967 or 1 June 1967). I’m guessing this formula was not strictly adhered to with the White Album remix (the expected release of which would have been 16 November 2018) because someone at Apple/UMe decided it needed to be released at least six weeks before Christmas.

With Abbey Road’s original release date of 26 September 1969, we would thus expect a remix release date of 20 September 2019.

The Sgt. Pepper remix was announced 51 days before its release, and the lead time on the White Album announcement was 46 days. If we work back 46 days from 20 September 2019, we get 5 August 2019 for an expected Abbey Road announcement. However, that is the same week as the 50th anniversary of the iconic Abbey Road album cover photo, which was taken on 8 August, and I think that’s just too much of an important anniversary in itself not to put the date to good use announcing the release of the Abbey Road remix. (I suspect there will be a ton of activity at the zebra crossing on that day, perhaps even necessitating the closure of Abbey Road between Garden and Hill Roads.)

I am therefore marking my calendar in anticipation of an Abbey Road remix announcement on 8 August 2019.

Steve Benson

I wonder if we’ll ever get remixes etc of the songs from the gap between Pepper and the White album? Some of the most creative stuff they did including all of Magical Mystery Tour; Baby You’re a Rich Man; It’s All Too Much; Hey Bulldog; and the versions of Hey Jude and Revolution released on 45. When the Sgt P box came out there was also issue of remixed Strawberry Fields /Penny Lane on 45. Surprised no Hey Jude equivalent to go with the the new box, and as others have noted, the final versions of 68’s non-album tracks are not included. Would happily swap some backing tracks for those.

Patrick Walker

I pre ordered the deluxe edition the minute it was announced and yet my Amazon order page says it’s not yet dispatched and is to be expected the 14th-15th November. What the hell is this all about? Similarly, I received my pre ordered Dylan deluxe box set only yesterday, seven days after release date.
Is anybody else having similar issues?

Derek Langsford

I pre-ordered the Super Deluxe for delivery to the CA from Amazon UK and the email saying it had shipped arrived at 8:21 PM Nov 7 Pacific time, (4:21 AM, November 8, UK time). I was frustrated as I was logging in to cancel my two orders (Amazon UK and De) to get it from Amazon Fr for little less) and by 10:25 PM on Nov 7, my Amazon De order was in process and too late to cancel. So instead of getting the best price from Amazon Fr, I will be paying for two more expensive copies to add to an already very expensive music purchase month. Serves me right I suppose for hedging my bets, and apologies to our friends in Australia who don’t even get to chose between Amazon sites.

Ronald D Patton

Nobody was sure how many that they would get on the first shipment. I preordered like you and paid a month before its Nov 9th release. Just got notice it shipped and should have by the 13th. Goodluck.

Manus Mc Guirk

I feel your pain regarding Amazon. I am an Amazon Prime member in both UK and France , ordered on announcement day and as of this morning Amazon.fr still had not shipped or charged so to hell with them , cancelled and went to Tower Records and now have the’precious’ in my grubby mitts :O) Surely these should be delivered / shipped on release day ? U.S. sites often post early ; after all , the package will be in transit on release day . Last week Amazon.uk hadn’t shipped my 4K John Carpenter sets 3 days after release so , Bam! , cancelled , ordered with Zavvi , shipped e-mail less than 90 minutes later ! No more Amazon pre-orders for me unless the savings are huge , ‘Fast Shipping’ should not be 8 days after release .

John Kauchick

I just wish somebody in the media would ask a really simple question. How many are in each edition.? The Blue Ray/CD’s are numbered. Labels and artists get away with hyping limited edition and often not revealing how many. Very rarely if your write will they tell you. Record Store Day will not even respond to inquiries about this. It’s collectors that have driven much of the vinyl revival. Yet, some of these so called limited editions are shams. They will sell 20,000 if they can get away with it. But we can’t prove it except maybe Soundscan.

Lennon

4243

Elizabeth Hirst

I love the 5.1 mix. really opens out the densely layered stuff and allows the sparser songs room to breathe. The book is really good too.

mm

Congratulations to Giles Martin on making fascinatingly anew an album I have loved since 68 when I sneaked downstairs at my parents house at Christmas,played the whole lp on a small plastic record player with my ear crooked to the speaker,and then sneaked it back into the wrapping paper under the tree! At the age of ten this was an amazing labrynth of sound to be introduced to,and this mix has made sparkling anew that experience .Thank you! Am I mistaken,or is that the chords of My Sweet Lord at the end of one of the George tracks?

Dean Taylor

Looks like my card has just been changed and the order is preparing for dispatch.
Total bill for both super deluxe and four lp set £163 including p&p from Amazon frc .
Really quite happy with that , thank you again Paul .. your alerts on deals and in this case a 10 euro discount code made this a viable proposition, the full U.K. Price would have been a bit to much to be honest.

bob

Id Love to see editions like this for all Beatle albums from Please Please Me to Let it be`. But at these prices id never be able to afford all of them unless they all drop under $100US or more. I just got the John Lennon solo box for $50 shipped off ebay sealed. What they should do is go back and do a box set of each beatles studio album and give us just the demos outtakes alternates of every song every album, and i want all the studio chatter inbetween as well.

Nass Khan

I bought the Mott the Hoople Island years 6 cd box set for £45.

The Ramones Road to Ruin 3 discs & an Lp £50 . Very nicely packaged & sounds great.

The John Lennon Imagine box set was £60 . Had Blu Ray audio. Not cheap but not a rip off. Very well packaged.

£125 for one studio album ??? Why. ?? One lavish book & 6cds/ 1 Blu Ray for an album recorded 50 years ago so no promotion overheads , studio hire. There is only one answer . Its the Beatles & Record Company can charge what they like.

For the time being I am going to pass on it and hope Fopp / HMV knock it off cheaper in 6 months time.

I confess I bought Sgt Pepper box 2 months after it came out. I thought the remix stank but the outtakes were superb.

David

You should try being a Queen Fan….
Their last boxset contained a rubbish book, reprint of the USA promo pack, LP and CD of the 2011 remaster, DVD of the recent TV documentary (that was broadcast in HD – NO Bluray of it!) and ONE CD containing ONE demo of each song.

Catweazle

This is getting complicated. I need the box by Saturday (for a long planned listening party on Sunday). Amazon.de have withdrawn listings, jpc.de still have got it but won’t guarantee a delivery on time. Local outlets here in Germany charge much higher prices but are unable to confirm whether they’ll have stock on Saturday. Oh dear.

Catweazle

It’s all good, the set was back on amazon.de, I ordered it two days ago and it’s already here!
(I have to admit though that packaging wise, it looks a bit cheap compared to the recent Kinks Village Green set or last year’s Sgt. Pepper box.)
So far, I have only listened to the Esher demos CD and while I know most of the stuff it’s great to finally have it in the best quality possible. Time for bed now!

Geof

I’m surprised no one noticed the Canadian Amazon price above of $109.03 was by far the best deal, converting into $83 US … except now it’s jumped up to $200.90 Canadian, or $152 US. Oh well…

Alch

You all don’t know how lucky you are being able to compare all the overseas Amazon sites, us poor Australians have been blocked from all but Amazon.au since July 1st (it’s a GST/VAT thing, Amazon doesn’t want to collect and remit G&STax to our government for items less than $1k)
I’d been a loyal customer for fifteen years spending more than I’d care to admit in their various stores

Adrian

Totally understand your feelings as a long term amazon customer myself
The only good thing out of this is I have saved 1000s of dollars not buying anything.

Australian ex amazon customer

Alan Blevin

I am an Australian ex Amazon customer too but can’t understand why people are getting so upset.For new releases either Importscd.com or JPC.de will work out close to or better than any Amazon price.Buying box sets and anything other than a generic single disc album from JB Hifi is for people who want to give their money away.
Where we are losing out is on those Deal Alerts.

Damien Shanahan

My sentiments exactly.
Boris

Trevor Renton-Ridgway

Have you tried ordering it through JB Hi Fi…?

Michael

JB Hi Fi have all of it. Another Australian here who was in a panic over lack of access to the upcoming Kate Bush reissues. Very relieved JB are getting it all and the first box set, the only one I want, is at a very decent price too.

Alch

I’ve looked everywhere for this but can’t fine whether the 2 Blu-rays included with the super deluxe edition are region free? I would really appreciate a definitive answer so I can order from anywhere anxiety-free
Thanks

Fer

It’s only one bluray and they usually are region free.

[…] ‘The White Album’ are released on 9 November 2018. All the format details can be found on this post, while track listings and pre-order links are […]

Fabio

Well, ‘and in the end’ (;-), quoting ) it seems a good stuff, the Super Deluxe Edition. But no ‘Carnival of Light’’ even if I’d from SgtPLHCB period? But after all the Esther Demos (got 3 different no legal edition) no more on bootleg, but as official release…sounds good. Next step Let It Be expander Deluxe Edition, with the Film (the Holy Grail) restored in the black card box….

Paul Winston Starr

While it’s still $138 at US Amazon for the deluxe set, it nowvhas a $9 added savings at checkout reducing the effective price to $129. Just $1 more than the original $128 price available very briefly on 24 September. I’ve never seen Amazon have “extra savings at checkout” but I’ll take it.

Brad

While i’m waiting for the price to become more reasonable, i thought this would be a good place to mention the Real Gone label says it will release expanded versions of Badfinger “Badfinger” and “Wish You Were Here” (my personal favorite) on November 2.
Might be something worth sharing…?

Peggy Nielsen

“Expensive Box Fatigue”

Can we sue the record companies over this?? How about a class action suit :)

[…] stark contrast to the forthcoming White Album reissue, no unheard bonus audio forms part of this 50th anniversary package, but the new vinyl does come […]

[…] Legendary recording engineer Geoff Emerick, best known for his work with The Beatles, died yesterday, aged 72. Emerick became producer George Martin’s right hand man in the second half of the 1960s and engineered Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road and some of ‘The White Album’ (which will be reissued in November). […]

Bill Light

Thanks Francesco. I appreciate your response.

Francesco

You are welcome!

eogan

After several days inflated to the $179.99 list price (versus the original pre-order price of $128.52), Amazon US now has the super deluxe set at $138.74.

Bill Light

Can someone explain the difference between the new stereo mix of the Cds as opposed to a stereo remaster such as the one that was issued a few years ago? What should be audible to the listener?

Francesco

Bill (and the other people I have read similar comments of), the difference will be very audible as a remix is totally different from a remaster.
A remaster is an upgrade of the finished 2-track master. To simplify, try to imagine taking a CD, putting it into a PC and polishing/improving its sound as best as possible.
A remix is a proper refurbishment of the original multi-track recording (that being made of 4, 8, 16, 32, etc. tracks) where every single track, in some cases literally every music instrumen, is individually remastered. This process, especially with the technology that we have at our disposal these days, allows the engineers to optimise the sound of the original recording in much greater detail.
Please notice that by “track” I don’t mean “song”, but the “channel” in which (normally) a single instrument or vocal is recorded. These tracks are then “mixed” into 2 tracks to make the final master which is what you hear on a CD, LP or cassette.
To give you an example of the difference that you will hear, try to listen to The Beatles – LOVE album where all the songs were remixed. Compare, for example, COME TOGETHER to the one on the latest ABBEY ROAD remaster and you will notice much more definition, punch and almost no hiss.
A remix (and LOVE is the perfect example) allows the engineers to re-balance most of the sounds and even to eliminate an instrument or to re-insert one that was recorded but then discarded in the original final mix or that belonged to a different song all together! Obviously, in order to preserve the integrity of the original recording, this is normally not done, but you can appreciate the potential of this process compared to a simple remaster.

John Hellier

The most economic route at the outset seems to be to purchase through iTunes at least you get all the music tracks
In all honesty I would love the full box set but the price is going to be too expensive intialy

Bill Z

As of this moment (10pm on the US east coast) the US price is down to $145.34.

Nick

The Esher Demos should be offered as a standalone vinyl set. I’m worried they’ll turn it into a RSD / Black Friday offering that way, and, well, you know how that always goes

mm

Wot!? No’ Brian Epstein Blues’ Criminal!

Tony O

Joe Strummer 001 4 LP Box Set £38.99 – makes you think

Wes W.

So when they do issue a white vinyl edition of this remix will they call it a picture disc?

Lowell

Hoping the US price on Amazon comes down. I am little disappointed that the Esher demos not mixed in 5.1 surround sound. Also looking at the track times in Itunes, it appears none of the 3 CDs are at least 70 mins long. Apple could have filled the Cds with mire music. Overall looking forward to this release. Hopefully Apple will fo the same next year with Abbey Road

manofamillionchords

Sorta impossible to mix a 2 track demo recording into 5.1 surround sound.

James King

They were recorded on 4-track at George’s place in Esher.

Joe W.

Holy moly! The Amazon US store jumped up in price by nearly $52 since Paul’s original post! (Thanks for the heads up, Paul!) Glad I locked in at $128. Wow. But who knows, Nov. 9th is still a ways away, perhaps it will go down again.

Joachim

The price on pledge for the SDE is 110 pound or 123 euros. Seeing the current prices for Sargent Pepper I am not sure there will be much opportunities to get it cheaper. Although I have some questions (a better surround mix? Esher tapes improved compared to Bootlegs?) it’s a nobrainer tome and the right thing for november rains.

TREVOR PUGH

The super deluxe version is the one for me. Having bought the mono album in ’68 and several reissues since, I can’t wait for this “new” offering especially after the superb job done by Giles on the Sgt Pepper remix. Surely every Beatles fan feels the same but then some people like to moan, maybe? Paul, what size is the super deluxe package going to be, do you know? (Space being at a premium with all these amazing box sets etc)
Thanks,
Trevor Pugh.

Danny

“Surely every Beatles fan feels the same”

err…..not sure about that haha..

Daryl

Defo more enthused about the Stones Voodoo Lounge Uncut re-issue – a little easier on the pocket too!
Surprised there isn’t an article on here yet!

kook

Hmm… personally, there are only so many post-1990 concert films I need from the Stones.

50th anniversary of ‘Beggars Banquet’ in December though – that’s surely got to be worth a decent SDE?

John Mason

Nothing extra in BB 50th is there?…DISAPPOINTING!?

peter chrisp

Daryl you can check out details & Hennemusic in regards to Voodoo Lounge Uncut

Guy.S

Hi Paul,

What Records have a pre-order for The White Album Super Deluxe Edition 6CD/Blu Ray going for £99.99 + postage (£8 Standard Delivery), will Amazon drop this low?

John S

If it drops below one hundred pounds then I’m up for the Super Deluxe Edition but then i guess I’m not the only one!

bobbysdad

All I want is the book…..

Joe S

Deal Alert – just ordered the 3CD on Amazon.ca for a crazy price of $13.41 CDN! (10:30PM EST)

June Sanders

I would imagine we will see a Let It Be box set because of all the songs (especially covers) that they recorded during those sessions. There is also the Let It Be movie itself, which was restored and revamped at one point but then dropped.

george glazener

Did everyone notice last week, during some radio interview, that Paul McCartney was dropping some serious hints that the Let it Be Movie might be getting re-edited for a circa 2020 release? “Re-edited” as in taking the 56 hours of raw footage and creating a whole new finished film, presumably one which shows the band only in their best moments, not the argumentative moments. Well, I don’t know if it’s going to happen, but he certainly gave that impression. It’s all over YouTube, for whatever that’s worth…

Jay

3cd now on amazon.ca for CAD 13.41 !!!

Robert Paglia

Beatles online shop (which is usually way more than anyone else) Has this for $159.98, while Amazon (which is usually cheaper) has this for $179.98. Something doesn’t add up here.

TwoMuch

Amazon’s pricing fluctuates like the gold market. When something is selling well, they raise the price, when it doesn’t sell so well, they drop the price in 10-20¢ increments until it begins to sell well again.

Go to camelcamelcamel’s website and enter any Amazon ASIN to see how Amazon’s price fluctuates.

I typically keep 200-300 items in my cart at Amazon to watch for pricing changes. Some go up, some go down. I remember just before Thanksgiving one year where the three Queen 40 Remastered CD Boxsets that typically sell for $34.99 or so dropped to $6.99 each. Naturally I ordered all three, and to my disbelief, Amazon actually shipped them for that price.

Smudge

Giles was guided by his dads original stereo mix !.. big worry ! as it was pants ..!
Think George mixed the album in two hours
as stereo was not a big deal back in 68 as mono was king.
Heard some snippets of Giles mix of Ussr and Helter Skelter and as somebody else has mentioned drums clearly in the right channel
with some vocal inserts clearly panned either 100% Left or right .. I was hopeful of a rich remix like pepper More centred.. have a listen folks, see what you think?
I’ll probably however stick with the superlative Mono..
Warning- Beatles stereo mixes on headphones make you walk with a limp

Josh

Smudge,”as stereo was not a big deal back in 68 as mono was king.” is not correct. Retail mono pressings in the US were getting phased out in 1967-early 1968, about a year later in the UK.

Mono pressings of the White Album were only released in the UK, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, France and Spain. Notice: Capitol in the US only released it in stereo.

Or seen from another angle: By 1969 mono wasn’t even considered anymore for Abbey Road, except for Brazil and Iran (I’m leaving out the UK mono reel to reel issue) and that big decision sure didn’t happen over night..

Mike the Fish

There’s mistakes in both original mixes, and while the mono is different in some places I personally wouldn’t rate it as superior – certainly not for the whole album – more a curio.

Ben

You must have listened to a fake.
The 2018 remaster of Back in the USSR has the vocals centered when listening through headphones.
I even removed the right side and clearly had drums.

Jerry

Who cares !

Doug

Has Revolution 9 really been re-mixed? If so this must have been a very difficult task to recreate something like the original mix of the various tape loops, etc. I always thought that the original ‘mixing’ was part of the creative process and would be nigh-impossible to recreate. Anyone got any specific info on this?

Doug

Thank you Paul. This doesn’t surprise me. It might have been an interesting experiment to remix it but of course this would be impossible unless all the source tapes were available. Besides, the original is probably regarded as sacrosanct by Beatles fans and presumably Yoko Ono in particular (though not solely) would need to give her explicit consent to a remix.

Ivan

How did they create the 5.1 surround then if they did not remix it?

Arthur O'Brien

Simple: Assuming it was four-track, one track per channel at the original balance for each track. Should make for interesting listening.

Doug

Sadly it’s not that simple. Regardless of the number of tracks used on the multi-track master (4, 6, 8?) whoever was involved with the mixing (John, Yoko and George H?) faded the various parts in and out when creating the stereo mix. It would be nigh impossible to recreate their original decisions even if all the parts were available to remix. There also isn’t a quadrophonic mix available.