The Beatles are back in the Top 10. The new 50th anniversary reissue of the band’s “White Album” has jumped back onto the Billboard 200 album charts hitting Number Six, with the magazine reporting “The new reissue climbs back onto the tally with 63,000 units earned — up 1,499 percent in the week ending November 15th, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 52,000 were in traditional album sales — up 5,596 percent.”
Earlier this month, the group released the massive six-CD, one Blu-ray “Super Deluxe” version of their 1968 double-album set, The Beatles, better known across the globe as the “White Album.” The album’s 30 tracks have been newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio, joined by 27 early acoustic demos and 50 session takes, most of which are previously unreleased in any form.
This is the first time the “White Album” has been remixed and presented with additional demos and session recordings. The album’s new edition follows 2017’s universally acclaimed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band “Anniversary Edition” releases. To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes, Martin and Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London. All the new “White Album” releases include Martin’s new stereo album mix, sourced directly from the original four-track and eight-track session tapes. Martin’s new mix is guided by the album’s original stereo mix produced by his father, the late-George Martin.
Paul Saltzman, the author of the photo book, The Beatles In India, spent weeks within the group’s inner circle at the Maharishi’s ashram. 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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