The Beatles' best album gets the deluxe box-set treatment

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      I've always felt that The White Album was the best Beatles album ever, for the simple reason that it was their only double album--and therefore twice as good as everything else!

      Plus, it featured tunes like "Sexy Sadie", "Mother Nature's Son", and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".

      Beatles freaks with a similar mindset should be psyched to hear that Universal Music Canada has just announced a 50th anniversary super-deluxe box set edition of The White Album that is scheduled for release on November 9.

      The 1968 album's 30 tracks have been newly mixed in stereo and 5.1 surround audio, but the big news is that the seven-disc package will include 27 early acoustic demos and 50 session takes, most of which are previously unreleased in any form. So hardcore Beatles fans will be able to hear things like studio jams, outtakes of "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill", and rehearsals of "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me and My Monkey".

      The set’s six CDs and Blu-ray disc come in a slipsleeved 164-page hardbound book, with pull-out reproductions of the original album’s four glossy colour portrait photographs of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, as well as its large fold-out poster with a photo collage on one side and lyrics on the other. 

      I remember that poster. Think I still have it, actually.

      Here's the full super-deluxe box set track listing:

      CD 1: The BEATLES (White Album) 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: The BEATLES (White Album) 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

       

      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)

       

      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: 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)

       

      Note: as well as the super-deluxe edition of The White Album, just plain old "deluxe" (3 CD, 4 LP) and standard (2 LP) versions are also available.

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