Archival Beatles producer Giles Martin has confirmed that the “Deluxe Expanded Edition” of the “Fab Four’s” “White Album” will be Apple’s next order of business. Ultimate Classic Rock reported Martin, who is the son of the late-George Martin, and helmed the upcoming Sgt. Pepper deluxe set, revealed the plans to the BBC, explaining how daunting the “White Album” project is: “It’s really trying to sort of humanize it in some way. That gives you added respect. We’ve convinced ourselves that singers don’t really sing, and producers do it — or it’s all done with buttons and faders. But, really, it’s down to them performing in the studio.
He went on to say: “‘The ‘White Album,’ which is the next release — that is where they started becoming indulgent. There are 70 takes of ‘Sexy Sadie,’ for instance. The efficiency went slightly out the window. There’s a lot of stuff. So, it’s getting the balance right.”
Paul Saltzman, the author of the photo book, The Beatles In India, spent weeks within the group’s inner circle at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram watching them mediate and write the songs that in the months ahead became “The White Album.” He says that he never so much as saw the Beatles smoke a cigarette — let alone partake in any illicit drugs: “That was their single most creative period of time in their history. Dennis O’Dell, (who) used to be the head of Apple Films in the ’60s, said to me about a year ago: ‘Do you know how many songs they wrote in India?’ — and I said, ‘Do you know how much?’ And he said, ‘I sure do. When John and Paul came back I asked them how many songs did they write? And Paul answered ’48.’ In less than eight weeks. Paul was only there five weeks, George and John eight weeks and of course Ringo, 11 days.” .”
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