For the second year in a row, The Beatles are celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of their albums with a deluxe makeover.
The Beatles, better known as The White Album, was released on November 22nd, 1968. Today (Friday), sees the two-disc album re-released in numerous configurations, with all 30 songs remixed by original producer George Martin's son Giles in stereo and 5.1 surround audio.
Like last year’s 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, this release contains plenty of bonus material: 27 early acoustic demos and 50 session takes, most previously unreleased.
Beatles catalog producer Giles Martin on The White Album:
And Ringo Starr agrees with Giles' assessment:
But Paul McCartney has a slightly different view of those heady times:
In addition to a two-CD set, vinyl and digital releases, the individually numbered Super Deluxe version is a seven-disc set with the 2018 stereo album mix, demos, 50 additional recordings, a Blu-ray disc, a 164-page hardcover book with an introduction by Paul, and the poster and color photos that came with the original album.
This collection also includes the non-LP singles “Hey Jude,” “Lady Madonna” and early versions of “Let It Be” and “Across the Universe.”