The Beatles - White Album and Esher Demos - 1968 Psych Rock 180 Grm 4LP Boxset + Booklet + Poster
The Beatles – The Beatles And Esher Demos
Apple Records – 0602567572015, Universal Music Group International – 0602567572015
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo, 180g
2 × Vinyl, LP, Stereo, 180g
Box Set, Compilation
50th anniversary 4LP edition comes in a lift-top box which comprises of
- 'The Beatles' album newly remastered (half speed mastering) by Giles Martin sourced directly from the original four-track and eight-track session tapes. The album comes in a gatefold sleeve with reproduction of original artwork with embossed "The Beatles" logo and four portrait prints of John, Paul, George and Ringo,
- 'Esher Demos' in gatefold sleeve with embossed "The Beatles" logo and 'Esher Demos' printed on lower left,
- a 12"×24" four-page booklet with articles by Paul McCartney, Giles Martin & Kevin Howlett and
- a 24"×36" fold-out poster with photos of the band members on the front and song lyrics on the back.
09 Nov 2018
Rock & Roll, Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Experimental, Country Rock, Blues Rock, Avantgarde
A1 Back In The U.S.S.R.
A2 Dear Prudence
A3 Glass Onion
A4 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
A5 Wild Honey Pie
A6 The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
A7 While My Guitar Gently Weeps
A8 Happiness Is A Warm Gun
B1 Martha My Dear
B2 I'm So Tired
B5 Rocky Raccoon
B6 Don't Pass Me By
B7 Why Don't We Do It In The Road?
B8 I Will
C2 Yer Blues
C3 Mother Nature's Son
C4 Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
C5 Sexy Sadie
C6 Helter Skelter
C7 Long, Long, Long
D1 Revolution 1
D2 Honey Pie
D3 Savoy Truffle
D4 Cry Baby Cry
D5 Revolution 9
D6 Good Night
E1 Back In The U.S.S.R.
E2 Dear Prudence
E3 Glass Onion
E4 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
E5 The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
E6 While My Guitar Gently Weeps
F1 Happiness Is A Warm Gun
F2 I'm So Tired
F5 Rocky Raccoon
F7 Yer Blues
G1 Mother Nature's Son
G2 Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
G3 Sexy Sadie
G5 Honey Pie
G6 Cry Baby Cry
G7 Sour Milk Sea
H2 Child Of Nature
H4 Mean Mr. Mustard
H5 Polythene Pam
H6 Not Guilty
H7 What's The New Mary Jane
Record Company – Universal Music Group
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Calderstone Productions Limited
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Apple Corps Ltd.
Copyright (c) – Calderstone Productions Limited
Copyright (c) – Apple Corps Ltd.
Engineered At – EMI Studios
Engineered At – Trident Studios
Remastered At – Abbey Road Studios
Pressed By – Optimal Media GmbH – BI32800
Pressed By – Optimal Media GmbH – BI32801
Pressed By – Optimal Media GmbH – BI32802
Pressed By – Optimal Media GmbH – BI32803
Published By – Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Published By – Harrisongs Ltd.
Published By – Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd.
Published By – Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Published By – Lenono Music
Published By – Concord Bicycle Assets LLC
Lacquer Cut At – Abbey Road Studios
Art Direction – Darren Evans
Artwork – Richard Hamilton
Editor [Copy Editor] – Steve Tribe
Engineer [Principal Engineers at EMI Recording Studios Original Album] – Ken Scott
Engineer [2018 Mixes Audio Restoration] – James Clarke
Engineer [Additional Engineers Original Album] – John Smith, Ken Townsend, Mike Sheady, Nick Webb, Peter Bown, Philip McDonald, Richard Lush
Engineer [Principal Engineers at EMI Recording Studios Original Album] – Geoff Emerick
Engineer [Principal Engineers at Trident Studios Original Album] – Barry Sheffield
Executive-Producer – Jeff Jones
Lacquer Cut By – Miles
Liner Notes – Giles Martin, Kevin Howlett, Paul McCartney
Mastered By [2018 Mixes Stereo Mastering Engineer] – Miles Showell
Mixed By – Giles Martin
Mixed By [2018 Mixes Esher Demos] – Giles Martin
Mixed By [2018 Mixes Mix Assistants] – Greg McAlister, Matt Mysko, Paul Pritchard, Stefano Civetta
Mixed By [2018 Mixes Mixing Engineer] – Sam OKell
Orchestrated By, Producer – George Martin
Photography By – John Kelly, Linda McCartney
Photography By [Photo Editing and Research] – Aaron Bremner, Dorcas Lynn
Producer [2018 Mixes] – Giles Martin
Producer [Additional Production Original Album] – Chris Thomas
Producer [Esher Demos] – The Beatles
Producer [Original Album], Orchestrated By [Original Album] – George Martin
Producer [Project Producers] – Guy Hayden, Jonathan Clyde
Project Manager [2018 Mixes] – Adam Sharp
Research [2018 Mixes Archive Tape Research ] – Kevin Howlett
Research [2018 Mixes Archive Tape Research] – Mike Heatley
Transferred By [2018 Mixes Transfer Engineer ] – Matthew Cocker
Written-By – Harrison (tracks: A7, B4, C7, D3, E6, F4, G7, H3, H6), Lennon (tracks: H2), Lennon/McCartney (tracks: A1 to A6, A8 to B3, B5, B7 to C6, D1, D2, D4 to E5, F1 to F3, F5 to G6, H7), McCartney (tracks: H1), Starkey (tracks: B6)
On back of box:
℗ 2018 The copyright in this compilation is owned by Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) / Apple Corps Limited. © 2018 The copyright in this compilation is owned by Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) / Apple Corps Limited. Artwork © Apple Corps Limited. 'Beatles' is a trademark of Apple Corps Limited. 'Apple' and the Apple logo are exclusively licensed to Apple Corps Limited. Sdrm Biem. LC01846. Made In Germany. Universal International Music B.V. Gerrit Van Dee Veenlaan 4, 3743 Dn, Baarn, Netherlands. 0602567572015.
On left inner panel of "The Beatles" gatefold sleeve:
℗ & © 2018 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) / Apple Corps Limited. 0602567964872.
On left inner panel of "Esher Demos" gatefold sleeve:
℗ 2018 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by G.H. Estate Limited under license to Apple Corps Limited. © 2018 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) / Apple Corps Limited. 0602567964865.
A1 to A6, A8 to B3, B5, B7 to C6, D1, D2, D4 to E5, F1 to F3, F5 to G6, H7: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.
A7, B4, C7, D3, E6, F4, G7: Harrisongs Ltd.
B6: Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd
H1: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC.
H2: Lenono Music.
H3, H6: Concord Bicycle Assets LLC.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Text): 6 02567 57201 5
Barcode (String): 602567572015
Label Code: LC01846
Rights Society (On box): Sdrm Biem
Rights Society (On labels side E to H): SDRM BIEM
Other (Record 1 catalog number): 0602567571964
Other (Record 2 catalog number): 0602567571971
Other (Record 3 catalog number): 0602567571995
Other (Record 4 catalog number): 0602567572008
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched): 6757196 BI32800 - 01 A1 MILES. ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. ROOM 30
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched): 6757196 BI32800 - 01 B1 MILES. ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. ROOM 30
Matrix / Runout (Side C runout etched): 6757197 BI32801 - 01 A1 MILES. ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. ROOM 30.
Matrix / Runout (Side D runout etched): 6757197 BI32801 - 01 B1 MILES. ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. ROOM 30
Matrix / Runout (Side E runout etched): 6757199 BI32802 - 01 A2 MILES. ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. ROOM 30.
Matrix / Runout (Side F runout etched): 6757199 BI32802 - 01 B2 MILES. ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. ROOM 30.
Matrix / Runout (Side G runout etched): 6757200 BI32803 - 01 A2 MILES. ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. ROOM 30.
Matrix / Runout (Side H runout etched): 6757200 BI32803 - 01 B2 MILES. ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. ROOM 30.
With this album, each of the four band members began to showcase the range and depth of his individual songwriting talents and styles that would be carried over to their eventual solo careers. John Lennon displays stark emotional candour ("Julia"), pleads for mercy and death ("Yer Blues"), crafts a devastatingly sardonic parody of popular music ("Happiness is a Warm Gun"), has flashes of manic insanity ("Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey"), excoriates famous gurus ("Sexy Sadie"), articulates his political views ("Revolution 1"), and collaborates with Yoko Ono ("Revolution 9").
While Lennon's songs differed lyrically, Paul McCartney's differed musically. McCartney's songs for the album include pop ballads ("I Will"), proto-heavy metal ("Helter Skelter"), piano pop ("Martha My Dear"), surfer rock pastiche ("Back In The U.S.S.R.") and music hall style songs ("Honey Pie").
George Harrison demonstrated his usual Indian mantra ("Long, Long, Long"), a religious cry for help ("While My Guitar Gently Weeps"), a funky goof off ("Savoy Truffle"), and social commentary ("Piggies"). Even Ringo Starr was given leave to include a song composed entirely by himself, "Don't Pass Me By" (which he had been working on since 1964).'
The Beatles - Blackbird
Such a simple song. Such simple lyrics. But it holds a knockout punchas heavy as any of his other tunes. Folks, this is a frickin' masterpiece.
"The legendary Esher Demos, recorded at Harrison’s house in Esher, Surrey, are a blast. Martin played “Back In the U.S.S.R.,” “Sexy Sadie” and “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” as well as “Not Guilty,” a Harrison-penned song which didn’t make the White Album, but was re-recorded for his self-titled album in 1979. He also played “Child of Nature,” another song that didn’t make the cut, but which would later evolve (with completely different lyrics) into Lennon’s classic solo song, “Jealous Guy.”
Intellectually, it’s interesting to listen to these tracks; they give insight to how the White Album was made. That’s also true of the bonus material on the Sgt. Pepper's reissue. But the Esher Demos are fun to listen to in their own right. It’s almost like hearing the Beatles if they were around long enough to do an episode of MTV Unplugged, albeit a bit less polished and a lot more fun than that.
Yesterday, Martin cited a quote from Lennon, who said that the White Album is “the sound of the Beatles breaking up.” Martin said he didn’t get that from listening to all the outtakes (which also includes banter between the members), and most listeners would probably agree. It sounds like they are having a great time, and it’s fun to listen to.
The outtakes were interesting as well: there a version of “Good Night” featuring the Beatles singing over an electric guitar that's far more raw than the orchestral version that made the album. Martin also shared rough versions of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (the early version, like the album version, features Eric Clapton on lead guitar) and a bluesier “Cry Baby Cry.”
|Format||LP, LP, Boxset, 4LP, 180 Gram|
|Label||Universal Music Enterprises|