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The Beatles (White Album) Super Deluxe Edition
Our next BIG TICKET DAY item in the 2018 PopCult Gift Guide is one that Beatles fans (like yours truly) have been waiting for. Following last years comprehensive box set devoted the Sgt Pepper album, The Beatles have released an amazing multi-disc remix and expansion of their 1968 opus, The Beatles, better known as “The White Album.”
This is the only gift that you need to get the obsessive Beatles fan on your shopping list, provided that they aren’t so obsessive that they already pre-ordered it so they could get it the day it was released last week. List prise is $159.98, but you can shave twenty bucks or more off of that if you shop around.
The comprehensive, individually numbered 7-disc and digital audio collections feature:
CDs 1 & 2: 2018 stereo album mix–this is a new mix by Giles Martin, based on the original stereo mix by his father and the band.
CD3: Esher Demos–previously only available in low-fi bootlegs, these are recordings the Beatles demoed at their home studios prior to entering Abbey Road to record the album.
CDs 4, 5 & 6: Sessions– 50 additional recordings, most previously unreleased, from ‘White Album’ studio sessions; all newly mixed from the four-track and eight-track session tapes, sequenced in order of their recording start dates. 107 tracks in total
The Blu-ray includes:
– 2018 album mix in high resolution PCM stereo
– 2018 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 album mix
– 2018 Dolby True HD 5.1 album mix
– 2018 direct transfer of the album’s original mono mix
The book has 164 pages and is made up of 3 themes:
• The bulk of the book is taken up with song and recording notes, all written in exemplary detail by Beatles expert Kevin Howlett. He explains all of the different takes and the actual writing and recording process for every track in the set.
• There is a new scholarly essay on the art of the White Album – explaining that it was actually an important moment in the development of modern pop art and it explodes several myths about what people think had been other cover ideas as well as exploring the way rock music and art were starting to grow together.
• Guardian writer and social commentator, John Harris, has also written a fascinating chapter that looks at the reception of the album when it was released and how that has changed in perception and influence over the decades, concluding that this is in many ways perhaps their most influential album, especially in terms of how it has influenced generations of musicians since.