For the most part the original name of the their self-titled album “The Beatles,” got an additional tag and has been universally re-christened, “The White Album,” and for one really good reason, the sleeve is all white!
As far as “re-releases” go and the never ending “deluxe” album packages that have flooded the market, this is one I am truly looking forward to! This was “the” Beatles album that I was able to get lost in. I grew up on my Mom’s record collection so the Fab Four (among a slew of other Rock artist) was predominate in my life. (Thanks Mah!)
On Friday, November 9th the 50th anniversary of The Beatles White Album will take place and is one date I am seriously looking forward to. Hell the expanded version of Helter Skelter alone is worth the price of admission, and if that wasn’t enough the legendary (pronounced eee-sher) “Esher Demos” are part of the package as well!
The history behind the much-celebrated album is fascinating. The Beatles worked through the summer of 1968, often in exhausting all-night sessions. As evidence of the time spent, the new package includes the 102nd take of “Not Guilty,” a Harrison song that wasn’t even included among the 30 cuts of the original album.
The recording sessions were said to be rocky, and Ringo Starr quit and walked out for an 11-day period. But Giles Martin, son of legendary producer George, said he believed some of those reports to be exaggerated, based on the tapes that he waded through.
“I looked for the arguments, I looked for the stress,” he said. “And there really wasn’t any.”
Besides punchier, remixed versions of songs on the original album, the anniversary package includes 27 acoustic demos of material the Beatles made at Harrison’s house before recording sessions began, and 50 studio outtakes.