The middle of 1968 saw the band busy recording the double album The Beatles, better known as The White Album because of its plain white cover. Dissension began to creep in the group during this time period due to Ringo's temporarily leaving the band and Yoko Ono's (Lennon's new girlfriend at the time) constant presence during the recording sessions. This was also the time in which McCartney was becoming more dominant within the group. The double disc album features "Back In the U.S.S.R.", "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Sexy Sadie", and "Blackbird".
"Beyond its stylish minimalism, the essentially blank cover of The Beatles, better known as the White Album, served a symbolic purpose. The band could find no honest way to visually represent itself as a coherent unit. Each of the three main songwriters was pursuing his own vision, with the other members, however reluctantly, serving as backup musicians. Once a whole far greater than the sum of its parts, the Beatles were now a tense alliance of daunting individual talents. The Beatles became a double album in part because John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison all insisted that their favorite songs be included." - www.rollingstone.com
The original Beatles catalogue has been digitally re-mastered for the first time for worldwide CD release. Each CD is packaged with replicated original UK album art, including expanded booklets containing original and newly written liner notes and rare photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album.
The albums have been re-mastered by a dedicated team of engineers at EMIs Abbey Road Studios in London over a four year period utilizing state of the art recording technology alongside vintage studio equipment, carefully maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the original analogue recordings. The result of this painstaking process is the highest fidelity the catalogue has seen since its original release.
The stereo CD includes track listings and artwork as originally released in the UK. Within the CDs new packaging, booklet includes detailed historical notes along with informative recording notes. These stereo CDs will be housed in a three-panel eco digi-pack with 14 page booklet.
A newly produced mini-documentary on the making of the album, directed by Bob Smeaton, is included as a QuickTime file on the album. The documentary contains archival footage, rare photographs and never-before-heard studio chat from The Beatles, offering a unique and very personal insight into the studio atmosphere.
"For the new remasters, the engineer went back to the original 1960's analog master tapes. Remastering is about working with, sharpening, amplifying, clarifying, and enhancing what are already the settled (or established) facts of the original mix. A listening session in early June at Electric Lady Studios in Manhattan confirmed that this is exactly what has been done. In A/B comparisons with the 1987 CD versions, the Beatles' records sounded more alive, more spirited, with greater dynamic range, and a new spaciousness that was very apparent... These new releases are an audiophile's dream - on good gear, they do sound much improved." - Robert Baird, Stereophile Magazine, October 2009, Vol. 32, No.
Re-mastered at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London
Each CD is packaged with replicated original UK album art
Housed in three-panel soft digi-pak
Includes expanded booklets containing original and newly written liner notes
For limited period, each CD will be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album.
Made in the U.S.A.
1. Back In The U.S.S.R.
2. Dear Prudence
3. Glass Onion
4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
5. Wild Honey Pie
6. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
8. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
9. Martha My Dear
10. I'm So Tired
13. Rocky Raccoon
14. Don't Pass Me By
15. Why Don't We Do It In The Road?
16. I Will
2. Yer Blues
3. Mother Nature's Son
4. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
5. Sexy Sadie
6. Helter Skelter
7. Long, Long, Long
8. Revolution 1
9. Honey Pie
10. Savoy Truffle
11. Cry Baby Cry
12. Revolution 9
13. Good Night