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The Beatles Announce 50th Anniversary 'White Album' Box With Unreleased Tracks            The Beatles

The iconic rock band expand their 'White Album' with 50th anniversary sets featuring new mixes and outtakes.

The Beatles announced on Monday (Sept. 24) that they are releasing new versions of The Beatles (White Album) on Nov. 9 -- adding new 2018 mixes and a wealth of unreleased demos from the vaults to celebrate the original two-disc album's 50th anniversary of release in November, 1968. 

The mixes for the new packages were done by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell. Their announcement of their release follows the success of their 50th anniversary sets for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 2017 -- which hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200 Chart, No. 1 in the U.K. and were also overseen by Martin and Okell. 

The White Album had long been seen as the first glimpses of the Beatles as solo artists. Looking back on that time, Paul McCartney writes in the new set, “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.” Adds producer Giles Martin, “In remixing The White Album, we’ve tried to bring you as close as possible to The Beatles in the studio. 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."

The largest of the new releases, the seven-disc Super Deluxe set, will have unreleased songs, including three discs of “Sessions” outtake tracks with alternates of album tracks like “Revolution,” “Blackbird,” “Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except for Me and My Monkey,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Helter Skelter” (the longest, a spokesman said, is 12:49 and not the legendary 27-minute version) and some Beatles jams such as on the Elvis Presley hit “(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care.” The Super Deluxe set will be housed in 164-page hardbound book with detailed track information, rare photos and copies of handwritten lyrics, recording sheets and print ads. It will also be numbered, as was the original LP.

In advance of the album, the Beatles also recorded a group of 27 acoustic-based demos at George Harrison's house in Esher, Surrey, during the last week of May in 1968. Some of the demos were included on Anthology 3, but a complete set of these Esher Demos, including alternate versions of “Back in the U.S.S.R,” “Piggies,” “Rocky Raccoon,” and “Revolution” along with some songs that didn't make the album, such as Lennon's “What's the New Mary Jane” and “Child of Nature,” and George Harrison's “Circles” and “Not Guilty,” will be released for the first time in some configurations, answering a longtime wish from Beatles fans. The demos had been bootlegged in lesser quality for years.

There will be several versions of the new releases: Two 180-gram LPs with the 2018 stereo mix; three CDs or four LPs and digital audio with the 2018 stereo mix and the Esher demos; and a Super Deluxe set of seven discs with 6 CDs with two CDs of the new stereo mixes, three CDs of “Sessions” outtakes, a CD of the Esher Demos, and an audio Blu-ray with four mixes -- hi-res PCM stereo, DTS-HD Master audio 5.1, Dolby True HD 5.1 and a direct transfer of the album's original mono mix. That mix included several differences from the stereo version, among them a faster “Don't Pass Me By,” different animal and bird sounds on “Piggies” and “Blackbird” respectively and an altered ending for “Helter Skelter.”

The album, which was the first to be released on the Beatles' Apple label, was issued in stereo and mono in the U.K., but only stereo in the U.S. 

Watch the official trailer for the 50th anniversary release of The White Album hereand check out the full track list below. 

The Beatles' White Album Super Deluxe Tracklist

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)

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