The Beatles / The ‘White Album’ 50th anniversary super deluxe edition

New stereo remix • 6CD+blu-ray box set • 5.1 surround mix • Esher demos • Three CDs of unreleased sessions/outtakes • 4LP vinyl set

The Beatles‘ 1968 self-titled double album, universally known as the ‘White Album’ will be reissued for its 50th anniversary in November across four physical editions, including a seven-disc super deluxe edition.

All physical versions of this reissue include Giles Martin and Sam Okell’s new stereo remix, “sourced directly from the original four-track and eight-track session tapes.” This mix is described as being “guided by the album’s original stereo mix” produced by Giles’ father, George Martin. The vinyl records that make up the album were cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios and feature in two vinyl editions.

The four physical formats are as follows:

  • 6CD+blu-ray box set (stereo remix, Esher Demos + 3 CDs of sessions, 5. 1 mix)
  • 4LP vinyl set (stereo remix + Esher Demos)
  • 3CD deluxe (stereo remix + Esher Demos)
  • 2LP vinyl (stereo remix)

All formats (except the 2LP) also include 27 demo recordings made at George Harrison’s house during the last week of May in 1968. These have forever been known as the ‘Esher Demos‘. All 27 recordings are included in seven-disc super deluxe, the 4LP deluxe package, and the 3CD edition – sourced from the original four-track tapes.

6CD+blu-ray super deluxe edition

The super deluxe edition exclusively includes three CDs of ‘sessions’ and a blu-ray audio disc that features a 5.1 surround sound mix, a hi-res stereo mix (of the new stereo remix) and a direct transfer of the original mono mix. The sessions include 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.

The super deluxe is packaged as a book which slots into a slipcase. It includes the four photos and the poster that came with the original ‘White Album’ as well as the seven discs.

4LP vinyl deluxe set

The four-LP vinyl set comes in a lift-top box with a four-page booklet, and presents the 2LP album in a faithful, embossed reproduction of its original gatefold sleeve with the fold-out poster and portrait photos, paired with the 2LP ‘Esher Demos’ in an embossed gatefold sleeve.

The humble deluxe three-CD set is packaged as an embossed digipak with the fold-out poster and portrait photos, plus a 24-page booklet. Note: there is no two-CD edition of the new stereo mix and every format is described as ‘limited’ by the label, with the exception of the 2LP vinyl edition.

The Beatles aka ‘The White Album’ 50th anniversary reissues will be released on 9 November 2018. No Canadian links below, as yet, but listings are on MusicVaultz.

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The White Album - 6CD+blu-ray super deluxe

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The White Album - 3CD deluxe edition

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The White Album - 2LP vinyl

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The Beatles (‘White Album’) – 6CD+blu-ray super deluxe

CD 1: The BEATLES (‘White Album’) 2018 Stereo Mix

  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
  11. Blackbird
  12. Piggies
  13. Rocky Raccoon
  14. Don’t Pass Me By
  15. Why don’t we do it in the road?
  16. I Will
  17. Julia

CD 2 The BEATLES (‘White Album’) 2018 Stereo Mix

  1. Birthday
  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 I
  9. Honey Pie
  10. Savoy Truffle
  11. Cry Baby Cry
  12. Revolution 9
  13. Good Night

CD 3: Esher Demos

  1. Back in the U.S.S.R.
  2. Dear Prudence
  3. Glass Onion
  4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  5. The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
  6. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  7. Happiness is a Warm Gun
  8. I’m so tired
  9. Blackbird
  10. Piggies
  11. Rocky Raccoon
  12. Julia
  13. Yer Blues
  14. Mother Nature’s Son
  15. Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
  16. Sexy Sadie
  17. Revolution
  18. Honey Pie
  19. Cry Baby Cry
  20. Sour Milk Sea
  21. Junk
  22. Child of Nature
  23. Circles
  24. Mean Mr. Mustard
  25. Polythene Pam
  26. Not Guilty
  27. What’s the New Mary Jane

CD 4: Sessions

  1. Revolution I (Take 18)
  2. A Beginning (Take 4) / Don’t Pass Me By (Take 7)
  3. Blackbird (Take 28)
  4. Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey (Unnumbered rehearsal)
  5. Good Night (Unnumbered rehearsal)
  6. Good Night (Take 10 with a guitar part from Take 5)
  7. Good Night (Take 22)
  8. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Take 3)
  9. Revolution (Unnumbered rehearsal)
  10. Revolution (Take 14 – Instrumental backing track)
  11. Cry Baby Cry (Unnumbered rehearsal)
  12. Helter Skelter (First version – Take 2)

CD 5: Sessions

  1. Sexy Sadie (Take 3)
  2. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Acoustic version – Take 2)
  3. Hey Jude (Take 1)
  4. St. Louis Blues (Studio jam)
  5. Not Guilty (Take 102)
  6. Mother Nature’s Son (Take 15)
  7. Yer Blues (Take 5 with guide vocal)
  8. What’s the New Mary Jane (Take 1)
  9. Rocky Raccoon (Take 8)
  10. Back in the U.S.S.R. (Take 5 – Instrumental backing track)
  11. Dear Prudence (Vocal, guitar & drums)
  12. Let It Be (Unnumbered rehearsal)
  13. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Third version – Take 27)
  14. (You’re so Square) Baby, I Don’t Care (Studio jam)
  15. Helter Skelter (Second version – Take 17)
  16. Glass Onion (Take 10)

CD 6: Sessions

  1. I Will (Take 13)
  2. Blue Moon (Studio jam)
  3. I Will (Take 29)
  4. Step Inside Love (Studio jam)
  5. Los Paranoias (Studio jam)
  6. Can You Take Me Back? (Take 1)
  7. Birthday (Take 2 – Instrumental backing track)
  8. Piggies (Take 12 – Instrumental backing track)
  9. Happiness is a Warm Gun (Take 19)
  10. Honey Pie (Instrumental backing track)
  11. Savoy Truffle (Instrumental backing track)
  12. Martha My Dear (Without brass and strings)
  13. Long, Long, Long (Take 44)
  14. I’m so tired (Take 7)
  15. I’m so tired (Take 14)
  16. The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill (Take 2)
  17. Why don’t we do it in the road? (Take 5)
  18. Julia (Two rehearsals)
  19. The Inner Light (Take 6 – Instrumental backing track)
  20. Lady Madonna (Take 2 – Piano and drums)
  21. Lady Madonna (Backing vocals from take 3)
  22. Across the Universe (Take 6)

Blu-ray: The BEATLES (‘White Album’)

Audio Features:
: PCM Stereo (2018 Stereo Mix)
: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (2018)
: Dolby True HD 5.1 (2018)

: Mono (2018 Direct Transfer of ‘The White Album’ Original Mono Mix)

The Beatles (‘White Album’) – 4LP vinyl box


  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


  1. Martha My Dear
  2. I’m So Tired
  3. Blackbird
  4. Piggies
  5. Rocky Racoon
  6. Don’t Pass Me By
  7. Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?
  8. I Will
  9. Julia


  1. Birthday
  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


  1. Revolution 1
  2. Honey Pie
  3. Savoy Truffle
  4. Cry Baby Cry
  5. Revolution 9
  6. Good Night



  1. Back In The U.S.S.R. (Esher Demo)
  2. Dear Prudence (Esher Demo)
  3. Glass Onion (Esher Demo)
  4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Esher Demo)
  5. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (Esher Demo)
  6. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Esher Demo)


  1. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Esher Demo)
  2. I’m So Tired (Esher Demo)
  3. Blackbird (Esher Demo)
  4. Piggies (Esher Demo)
  5. Rocky Raccoon (Esher Demo)
  6. Julia (Esher Demo)
  7. Yer Blues (Esher Demo)


  1. Mother Nature’s Son (Esher Demo)
  2. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (Esher Demo)
  3. Sexy Sadie (Esher Demo)
  4. Revolution (Esher Demo)
  5. Honey Pie (Esher Demo)
  6. Cry Baby Cry (Esher Demo)
  7. Sour Milk Sea (Esher Demo)


  1. Junk (Esher Demo)
  2. Child Of Nature (Esher Demo)
  3. Circles (Esher Demo)
  4. Mean Mr Mustard (Esher Demo)
  5. Polythene Pam (Esher Demo)
  6. Not Guilty (Esher Demo)
  7. What’s The New Mary Jane (Esher Demo)

The Beatles (‘White Album’) – 3CD deluxe edition

CD 1

  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
  11. Blackbird
  12. Piggies
  13. Rocky Racoon
  14. Don’t Pass Me By
  15. Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?
  16. I Will
  17. Julia

CD 2

  1. Birthday
  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

CD 3

  1. Back In The U.S.S.R. (Esher Demo)
  2. Dear Prudence (Esher Demo)
  3. Glass Onion (Esher Demo)
  4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Esher Demo)
  5. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (Esher Demo)
  6. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Esher Demo)
  7. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Esher Demo)
  8. I’m So Tired (Esher Demo)
  9. Blackbird (Esher Demo)
  10. Piggies (Esher Demo)
  11. Rocky Raccoon (Esher Demo)
  12. Julia (Esher Demo)
  13. Yer Blues (Esher Demo)
  14. Mother Nature’s Son (Esher Demo)
  15. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (Esher Demo)
  16. Sexy Sadie (Esher Demo)
  17. Revolution (Esher Demo)
  18. Honey Pie (Esher Demo)
  19. Cry Baby Cry (Esher Demo)
  20. Sour Milk Sea (Esher Demo)
  21. Junk (Esher Demo)
  22. Child Of Nature (Esher Demo)
  23. Circles (Esher Demo)
  24. Mean Mr Mustard (Esher Demo)
  25. Polythene Pam (Esher Demo)
  26. Not Guilty (Esher Demo)
  27. What’s The New Mary Jane (Esher Demo)

The Beatles (‘White Album’) – 2LP vinyl edition


  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


  1. Martha My Dear
  2. I’m So Tired
  3. Blackbird
  4. Piggies
  5. Rocky Racoon
  6. Don’t Pass Me By
  7. Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?
  8. I Will
  9. Julia


  1. Birthday
  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


  1. Revolution 1
  2. Honey Pie
  3. Savoy Truffle
  4. Cry Baby Cry
  5. Revolution 9
  6. Good Night

252 responses to The Beatles / The ‘White Album’ 50th anniversary super deluxe edition

  1. Brad says:

    While i’m waiting for the price to become more reasonable, i thought this would be a good place to mention the Real Gone label says it will release expanded versions of Badfinger “Badfinger” and “Wish You Were Here” (my personal favorite) on November 2.
    Might be something worth sharing…?

  2. Peggy Nielsen says:

    “Expensive Box Fatigue”

    Can we sue the record companies over this?? How about a class action suit :)

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  5. Bill Light says:

    Thanks Francesco. I appreciate your response.

  6. eogan says:

    After several days inflated to the $179.99 list price (versus the original pre-order price of $128.52), Amazon US now has the super deluxe set at $138.74.

  7. Bill Light says:

    Can someone explain the difference between the new stereo mix of the Cds as opposed to a stereo remaster such as the one that was issued a few years ago? What should be audible to the listener?

    • Francesco says:

      Bill (and the other people I have read similar comments of), the difference will be very audible as a remix is totally different from a remaster.
      A remaster is an upgrade of the finished 2-track master. To simplify, try to imagine taking a CD, putting it into a PC and polishing/improving its sound as best as possible.
      A remix is a proper refurbishment of the original multi-track recording (that being made of 4, 8, 16, 32, etc. tracks) where every single track, in some cases literally every music instrumen, is individually remastered. This process, especially with the technology that we have at our disposal these days, allows the engineers to optimise the sound of the original recording in much greater detail.
      Please notice that by “track” I don’t mean “song”, but the “channel” in which (normally) a single instrument or vocal is recorded. These tracks are then “mixed” into 2 tracks to make the final master which is what you hear on a CD, LP or cassette.
      To give you an example of the difference that you will hear, try to listen to The Beatles – LOVE album where all the songs were remixed. Compare, for example, COME TOGETHER to the one on the latest ABBEY ROAD remaster and you will notice much more definition, punch and almost no hiss.
      A remix (and LOVE is the perfect example) allows the engineers to re-balance most of the sounds and even to eliminate an instrument or to re-insert one that was recorded but then discarded in the original final mix or that belonged to a different song all together! Obviously, in order to preserve the integrity of the original recording, this is normally not done, but you can appreciate the potential of this process compared to a simple remaster.

      • John Hellier says:

        The most economic route at the outset seems to be to purchase through iTunes at least you get all the music tracks
        In all honesty I would love the full box set but the price is going to be too expensive intialy

  8. Bill Z says:

    As of this moment (10pm on the US east coast) the US price is down to $145.34.

  9. Nick says:

    The Esher Demos should be offered as a standalone vinyl set. I’m worried they’ll turn it into a RSD / Black Friday offering that way, and, well, you know how that always goes

  10. Tony O says:

    Joe Strummer 001 4 LP Box Set £38.99 – makes you think

  11. Wes W. says:

    So when they do issue a white vinyl edition of this remix will they call it a picture disc?

  12. Lowell says:

    Hoping the US price on Amazon comes down. I am little disappointed that the Esher demos not mixed in 5.1 surround sound. Also looking at the track times in Itunes, it appears none of the 3 CDs are at least 70 mins long. Apple could have filled the Cds with mire music. Overall looking forward to this release. Hopefully Apple will fo the same next year with Abbey Road

  13. Joe W. says:

    Holy moly! The Amazon US store jumped up in price by nearly $52 since Paul’s original post! (Thanks for the heads up, Paul!) Glad I locked in at $128. Wow. But who knows, Nov. 9th is still a ways away, perhaps it will go down again.

  14. Joachim says:

    The price on pledge for the SDE is 110 pound or 123 euros. Seeing the current prices for Sargent Pepper I am not sure there will be much opportunities to get it cheaper. Although I have some questions (a better surround mix? Esher tapes improved compared to Bootlegs?) it’s a nobrainer tome and the right thing for november rains.

  15. TREVOR PUGH says:

    The super deluxe version is the one for me. Having bought the mono album in ’68 and several reissues since, I can’t wait for this “new” offering especially after the superb job done by Giles on the Sgt Pepper remix. Surely every Beatles fan feels the same but then some people like to moan, maybe? Paul, what size is the super deluxe package going to be, do you know? (Space being at a premium with all these amazing box sets etc)
    Trevor Pugh.

  16. Daryl says:

    Defo more enthused about the Stones Voodoo Lounge Uncut re-issue – a little easier on the pocket too!
    Surprised there isn’t an article on here yet!

    • kook says:

      Hmm… personally, there are only so many post-1990 concert films I need from the Stones.

      50th anniversary of ‘Beggars Banquet’ in December though – that’s surely got to be worth a decent SDE?

    • peter chrisp says:

      Daryl you can check out details & Hennemusic in regards to Voodoo Lounge Uncut

  17. Guy.S says:

    Hi Paul,

    What Records have a pre-order for The White Album Super Deluxe Edition 6CD/Blu Ray going for £99.99 + postage (£8 Standard Delivery), will Amazon drop this low?

  18. bobbysdad says:

    All I want is the book…..

  19. Joe S says:

    Deal Alert – just ordered the 3CD on for a crazy price of $13.41 CDN! (10:30PM EST)

  20. June Sanders says:

    I would imagine we will see a Let It Be box set because of all the songs (especially covers) that they recorded during those sessions. There is also the Let It Be movie itself, which was restored and revamped at one point but then dropped.

    • george glazener says:

      Did everyone notice last week, during some radio interview, that Paul McCartney was dropping some serious hints that the Let it Be Movie might be getting re-edited for a circa 2020 release? “Re-edited” as in taking the 56 hours of raw footage and creating a whole new finished film, presumably one which shows the band only in their best moments, not the argumentative moments. Well, I don’t know if it’s going to happen, but he certainly gave that impression. It’s all over YouTube, for whatever that’s worth…

    • Jay says:

      3cd now on for CAD 13.41 !!!

  21. Robert Paglia says:

    Beatles online shop (which is usually way more than anyone else) Has this for $159.98, while Amazon (which is usually cheaper) has this for $179.98. Something doesn’t add up here.

    • TwoMuch says:

      Amazon’s pricing fluctuates like the gold market. When something is selling well, they raise the price, when it doesn’t sell so well, they drop the price in 10-20¢ increments until it begins to sell well again.

      Go to camelcamelcamel’s website and enter any Amazon ASIN to see how Amazon’s price fluctuates.

      I typically keep 200-300 items in my cart at Amazon to watch for pricing changes. Some go up, some go down. I remember just before Thanksgiving one year where the three Queen 40 Remastered CD Boxsets that typically sell for $34.99 or so dropped to $6.99 each. Naturally I ordered all three, and to my disbelief, Amazon actually shipped them for that price.

  22. Smudge says:

    Giles was guided by his dads original stereo mix !.. big worry ! as it was pants ..!
    Think George mixed the album in two hours
    as stereo was not a big deal back in 68 as mono was king.
    Heard some snippets of Giles mix of Ussr and Helter Skelter and as somebody else has mentioned drums clearly in the right channel
    with some vocal inserts clearly panned either 100% Left or right .. I was hopeful of a rich remix like pepper More centred.. have a listen folks, see what you think?
    I’ll probably however stick with the superlative Mono..
    Warning- Beatles stereo mixes on headphones make you walk with a limp

    • Josh says:

      Smudge,”as stereo was not a big deal back in 68 as mono was king.” is not correct. Retail mono pressings in the US were getting phased out in 1967-early 1968, about a year later in the UK.

      Mono pressings of the White Album were only released in the UK, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, France and Spain. Notice: Capitol in the US only released it in stereo.

      Or seen from another angle: By 1969 mono wasn’t even considered anymore for Abbey Road, except for Brazil and Iran (I’m leaving out the UK mono reel to reel issue) and that big decision sure didn’t happen over night..

      • Mike the Fish says:

        There’s mistakes in both original mixes, and while the mono is different in some places I personally wouldn’t rate it as superior – certainly not for the whole album – more a curio.

    • Ben says:

      You must have listened to a fake.
      The 2018 remaster of Back in the USSR has the vocals centered when listening through headphones.
      I even removed the right side and clearly had drums.

  23. Doug says:

    Has Revolution 9 really been re-mixed? If so this must have been a very difficult task to recreate something like the original mix of the various tape loops, etc. I always thought that the original ‘mixing’ was part of the creative process and would be nigh-impossible to recreate. Anyone got any specific info on this?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Yes, it hasn’t been remixed. I was told by a 100 percent solid source!

      • Doug says:

        Thank you Paul. This doesn’t surprise me. It might have been an interesting experiment to remix it but of course this would be impossible unless all the source tapes were available. Besides, the original is probably regarded as sacrosanct by Beatles fans and presumably Yoko Ono in particular (though not solely) would need to give her explicit consent to a remix.

      • Ivan says:

        How did they create the 5.1 surround then if they did not remix it?

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          Don’t know.

        • Arthur O'Brien says:

          Simple: Assuming it was four-track, one track per channel at the original balance for each track. Should make for interesting listening.

          • Doug says:

            Sadly it’s not that simple. Regardless of the number of tracks used on the multi-track master (4, 6, 8?) whoever was involved with the mixing (John, Yoko and George H?) faded the various parts in and out when creating the stereo mix. It would be nigh impossible to recreate their original decisions even if all the parts were available to remix. There also isn’t a quadrophonic mix available.

  24. vinyl listener says:

    giles martin = no sale !

  25. Andrew Waters says:

    I really can’t see why folks get so stressed over the price for pre-orders when Amazon offers it’s great price drop guarantee. Pre-ordered mine yesterday from Amazon UK for (incl. post) 120 pounds – being in NZ, VAT is removed. Today I see my invoice says 107.74 pds. I’m picking that it will drop to around the 99.99pds as we get closer to the release date – but if not, hey it’s the Beatles white album deluxe box! Last week I pre-ordered the deluxe Dylan box set for 128 pds – my invoice now has that at 83 pds. Same thing happened last year with the Pepper box which I think I ended up paying around 70-80 quid. Thank you Paul for all the excellent info that your site provides.

  26. StevieB says:

    Over 100 takes recorded of Not Guilty…where are they? A missed opportunity!!!

  27. Neil M says:

    £80 for a 4 LP vinyl set is a new low for the format (Beatles Official Site price). As-is the £35 for the double!

    I hope no one is thinking of getting it or showing support for it, otherwise the format is dead.

    Kamasi Washington released a 5 LP for £43 if you want a price comparison.

  28. Wesley Wennerstrom says:

    I don’t know how many of you shop but I just pre -ordered the super deluxe cd set from them for $126.44 (US dollars). Got my Pepper box last year from them at similar savings with no problems.
    After reading a few other comments I wonder if a white vinyl version will suddenly pop up in the mix. I would certainly go for that.

  29. Teresa Benson says:

    I’m surprised they haven’t done a Limited Edition White Vinyl Of this, I was just looking at my Band On The Run White Vinyl and The White Album in White Vinyl would have been cool.

    • kook says:

      There was a Sgt. Pepper picture disc about six months after the boxset last year – so watch this space, I guess…

    • TD says:

      Teresa, I’ve got a couple extra copies (still sealed) that I bought in 1983 of the white vinyl German-pressed direct metal mastering release. So, not “would have been” but is.

    • paul simmons says:

      I’ve seen 2 picture discs
      Of the fab 4 LP pics occasionally on eBay
      but I can’t imagine it’s official release
      Speaking of which
      I tried to order through Universal
      the clear double vinyl IMAGINE
      somehow check out can’t complete?

  30. Mathew Lauren says:

    Hey Guys,

    Lay off Paul over the widget issue. I was ALL OVER that yesterday and AMAZON did NOT have their sh!t together in the U.S. The price was NEVER $128.52. In fact, AMAZON refused to let me pre-order at ~3am – 5:30am p.s.t, when I got the SDE notice.

    When I received an email notice from Amazon to order (later in the day), the price was $179.98. Now, use this information, however you want; but Amazon US refuse to budge on the price. I, though, have the screenshots to prove they screwed-over (US) Beatles fans trying to pre-order from, AT THEIR LISTED $128.52 price! So, to underscore this point, no one missed-out on anything in the U.S. and if someone did get to honour $128.52, please step forward.

    FTR, this (near $180 price) is exactly what I expected all along (in the US) for this BEATLES double LP in 5.1, so I jumped at the $128.52 price (myself in the wee-morn), while still half-asleep — and I was NOT surprised at the price-jump when emailed by Amazon to pre-order later that (same) day, though I was not happy, either — NOT AT ALL!

    Ask Paul. I sent him all the screenshots yesterday afternoon (p.s.t.), while HE was sleeping (last night G.M.T.+1), as he’s about 8 hours ahead of me. I will provide them to any SDE poster who thinks they can negotiate a better deal for us! Bottom line: this is ALL Amazon US not being prepared, and has NOTHING to do with Paul, SDE or the widgets.

    Peace out.

    p.s. I see you had a listen, Paul. Was that in surround? If so, any preliminary thoughts on THIS 5.1 (Giles mix)?

    • Al Duchaney says:

      “…if someone did get to honour $128.52, please step forward.”

      I am stepping forward as someone who benefited from Paul’s e-mail and site. I got the $128.52 (plus tax).

      • Gansbarre says:

        I scored it at 128.52 as well, but I saw it posted on the “Hoffmen” site and not here. One theory, might be that they honored it for Prime members? At any rate, Paul has said ad nauseam on so many releases, the price will most likely come down. Maybe a new byline for your header Paul, “Just wait. The price will come down”

    • Lee says:

      Yeah, I also got it for $128.52. Glad I didn’t wait to pull the trigger on that.

    • James W says:

      I got it for $128.52 at 4:30 AM eastern on Monday from Amazon and that order still stands.

    • DAVID RIFE says:

      I got it for $128.52 yesterday too.

    • eogan says:

      Stepping forward here as well. I pre-ordered from Amazon US yesterday at 10:42amEDT and got it at $128.52 plus tax. (Thanks, Paul!)

    • thewidgetpolice says:

      …..any chance of a retraction on that rant yet?
      having heard back in the ussr remix on youtube – i’d say it’s going to be as compressed and lifeless as sgt pepper remix was. so if you liked that, you’ll like this too.

    • TwoMuch says:

      My preorder from 9:25 AM 09/24/2018….

      Order Summary
      Item(s) Subtotal: $128.52
      Shipping & Handling: $3.98
      Free Shipping: -$3.98
      Total before tax: $128.52
      Estimated tax to be collected: $12.21
      Grand Total: $140.73

    • Tom M Hans says:

      I ordered it for 128 from my mobile phone from amz US.

  31. Howie says:

    Good to see there is not much duplicated from Anthology 3, apart from the 7 Esher recordings obviously.

  32. Gareth Jones says:

    Glad I nabbed the £15 3CD on Amazon, it’s back to £19.99 now!

  33. Stuart says:

    The Beatles White Album on white vinyl, that would be on my Christmas list.

    • Tom says:

      I agree, Stuart. Definitely on bright white vinyl, not translucent. And I’d like the same treatment for the “red” and “blue” 1973 compilation releases — red and blue colored vinyl that is really rich in color, not translucent. But if that’s gonna happen, I have to wait another five years until the 50th anniversary of those albums. :-(

  34. Dennis says:

    Both full deluxe version and 3 CD versions ordered, very happy about this for me a much much better than album than Sgt Pepper. Also Revolver & Rubber Soul are as well.
    Do we need people saying which one is best, i am pleased with any true album they have made getting a SDE version and will be pleased for people that want that album.

  35. mitchell feldstein says:

    with the pepper release i got my fill of the new remix. by listening on spotify a few times.
    i hold “the beatles” in higher regard then i do pepper and have a few versions already.i tend to like the mono mix which i have on the 2014 vinyl release as well as the 2009 CD box.
    i am tempted to secure the 3 CD version. only time will tell.

  36. elliott buckingham says:

    amazing set for an album that was already 3 sides too long on release

    • Heinz says:

      Thanks for your expert opinion…….!!!

      I think it’s an amazing set for an album that was 3 sides too short on release…..:-)

  37. Don Lambert says:

    Back down to £124.99 on Amazon UK

    • c_q says:

      That amazon UK price goes down to 103 GBP after VAT removed for export to US, after adding 3 GBP shipping and factoring in 1.3 GBPUSD yields about 140 USD, which is pretty much the same as the initial US price was, after tax (but free shipping), but also way lower than the current US price (almost $200 after tax). (note that I never use the amazon price converter as my credit card doesn’t charge a currency exchange fee, but the amazon price converter does).

    • peter chrisp says:

      Have just checked out their web page Beatles UK site @ the moment going for 120 pounds unsure about postage and i guess that’s a pretty good price i would IMAGINE the price will remain up until it’s release date?

  38. Mark Levy says:

    I bet they’ll eventually release a standard 2cd version of this well after the celebrations have died down. The 3 cd edition looks tempting and i’m pondering over the LP version aswell.

  39. andrew R says:

    Shm-cd version now available for pre order on Amazon j.p.
    or cd japan for those that are interested .Comes out about £155 with shipping.

  40. Rodolfo Martin says:

    How much better is this remix compared with the 2009 remix? Is this remix telling us that those remixes from 2009 could have been better? Has the technology improved that much in the last 8 years? For me the content in the set is a little bit disappointing or selfish. I wished more takes that show the creative process of each song better. I wish we had studio discussions in between takes. A six CD-set to expand a 2-disc album, does not sound like too much material given to fans. Also I wished video material included in the blu-ray disc.
    I will buy it because I have to have it.

    Paul, have you checked if any of the tracks in the Anthology albums is repeated here?

    For those who order from Amazon, the price that counts if the price at the release day? It could be lower than the preorder price. Thanks Paul for the good work

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      The 2009 version isn’t a remix, it’s a remaster. Whatever people think of the idea of going back and remixing, it will sound considerably different. I heard some of these tracks yesterday and the bass/drums sounded incredible.

      • Jarmo Keranen says:

        I hated Sgt. Peppers remix. Bass was so loud that i think it was made to please Paul McCartney. Walls almost came tumbling down when listened in full volume like i used to do. Hope they don’t do same mistake with White Album. Glad there’s always older versions i could listen!

    • Karl Watson says:


      Amazon’s Pre-order Price Guarantee: order now and if the price decreases between the time you place your order and the release date, you’ll be charged the lowest price.

  41. Peter Muscutt says:

    The Esher demo of Back in the USSR was on Chris Evans’ radio 2 breakfast show yesterday about 8.05-8.10am, if any one wanted to check it out on iPlayer in UK. That was about 1hr 40mins into the show.

  42. Dr Magus says:

    Looking forward to this but will wait till the price inevitably drops below £100.
    Glad to see the vinyl is kept separate again.

  43. Neil Jones says:

    Great news. Thank you Paul. Ordered the 7 disc box :)
    Can’t believe some of the comments saying the White Album has filler!!

    • ashleyplath says:

      Precisely. I don’t understand all the “filler’ comments.
      What Beatle fan really wishes for LESS Beatle music?

  44. Noel Fitzsimons says:

    Hi Paul

    Thanks for the tip

    Ordered from Canada – £115.77 for the 6 disc set



  45. Michael G says:

    Have to laugh at the frenzy for this £100.00 pounds plus Box Set,see The Moody Blues In Search of The Lost Chord Box Set very similar £41.00!
    Ever been had £££
    Box sets like the Beatles White Album,will be the death knell of physical product in music.

    • RJS says:

      “Box sets like the Beatles White Album,will be the death knell of physical product in music”

      The White Album in its various formats occupies the No.1, No.2 and No. 6 positions on Amazon bestsellers list. Not a fan myself but The Beatles will always sell.

  46. Daryl says:

    I have never been much of a fan of the White Album (too much filler for me), but you have to hand it to them – they know how to put together a comprehensive deluxe edition! Makes me wish I was a Beatles collector (then again, perhaps not – I might be bankrupt by now!).
    I’ll definitely consider forking out the cash should they release a similar Revolver set though :)

  47. Euron Griffith says:

    One of the great albums in the rock ‘canon’ but I already have it six times in various formats (legal and otherwise) together with the demos. In terms of outtakes and session rehearsals I find that these are easily obtainable on You Tube. I used to get excited about these outtake thingies initially but, over the years, I’ve discovered that I only listen to them once. Would anyone seriously prefer a half-baked demo of ‘Martha My Dear’ to the brilliant final version? Or ‘What’s the New Mary Jane?’ (which even in it’s finished form is clearly unlistenable tosh)? I’m having similar doubts about Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’ box. Love the idea of ‘having’ it. But I know that I probably won’t listen to more than two discs.

    • RikTheHib says:

      Euron, I’m with you.
      I’m a little underwhelmed by this set to be honest.
      Over the years I have obtained enough White Album to hold in my hands and ‘backups’ of the demos etc to pass this one by.

      But I’d like to add – a white vinyl version would be ace.

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        Three CDs of sessions, 5.1, hi-res stereo, hi-res mono, full Esher Demos and a stereo remix, all presented in what looks like a great package. If that ‘underwhelms’ you then Apple/Universal may as well pack up and go home!

  48. Martyn Alner says:

    Have they missed a trick by not doing a White Vinyl edition! Or is that coming later? :)

  49. Michael Leek says:

    No complaints about anything, just happy that in 2018 we are getting new Beatles releases.
    Thanks Paul for your diligence, got both deluxe and x4 vinyl from cheaper than UK.

  50. Le Baron says:

    Thanks for the news, Paul!
    I hope you’ll get invited to the pre-listening Q&A party , like you were before the Pepper’s release !
    Can’t Wait ! :)

  51. David Olstein says:

    Before I offer my criticisms, let me say that I’ve already pre-ordered the deluxe edition. And overall, I’m pleased with the contents. It’s better than I expected. But still frustrating that the set comes *this close* to being perfect, but still manages to fall short.

    Here’s what I wish they had included:

    1. On discs 4, 5 and 6 – more outtakes. Based on the running time info that’s been published, there’s room for another 40-50 minutes worth of outtakes. Surely they could have included more. Or perhaps they could have used the extra room to include stereo remixes of master takes of Lady Madonna, Hey Bulldog, Inner Light, Hey Jude, Revolution (single mix), and the pre-Spector Across the Universe.
    2. On the Blu-Ray disc:
    — a new hi res transfer of the original stereo mix (the 2009 stereo masters are 44.1/24)
    — new hi res stereo and 5.1 remixes of Lady Madonna, Hey Bulldog, Inner Light, Hey Jude, Revolution (single version) and Across the Universe
    — new documentary covering the recording of the White Album (incorporating footage from the recording sessions) and the remixing
    — the “live” performances of Hey Jude and Revolution filmed for the David Frost show and any surviving outtakes

  52. Mick says:

    Smaller box than that oversized Pepper one.
    Esher Demos.
    50 session tracks.
    Original mono on the BluRay (should’ve been done with Pepper).

    The fact that the sizes of both boxes so far are not uniform.
    Price – SO angered I missed that $128 Amazon U.S. price (and I doubt It’ll go back down until after the new Year, if at all).
    No 20 min. Helter Skelter.
    No video
    New mix – no original stereo mix (not really understanding the point of these remixes when the originals are near perfect).
    They skipped Magical Mystery Tour!

  53. Richard says:

    Why the hell do you list the prices when you have NEVER been right?
    The Amazon US price for the 6 CD + Bluray is $180.00… twice what you say it is.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Please get your facts right. I’m not SAYING anything. The prices on the widget are a direct feed and *were* right, at some point. Then Amazon changed the prices. Because there are so many widgets on this site, they aren’t absolutely realtime/instantaneous and it can take a few hours to be updated. For example in the UK the super deluxe was £116 when the news was announced, but very shortly after the price went up to £140, so there was a period when that wasn’t right.

    • Stan Butler says:

      Is there any need for such aggression? Paul does a sterling job on this site.

    • Tom says:

      Chill out, Richard. Paul does a fantastic job of describing these products. Do you expect him to manually check the various Amazon websites every ten minutes and manually update all of the prices listed on this site? It’s not hard work for you to click on a link to see what the current price actually is.

      • Rich says:

        I picked up the early bird amazon uk price if £116

      • Christopher Merritt says:

        Paul is doing the lord’s work as far as I’m concerned – so many deals and sets I would have never heard of without his hard work to update daily. Richard needs to calm down.

    • Cliff says:

      A benevolent man provides us with this incredible information (and website) and you start your comment with “Why the hell do you …”?? Since I won’t use the language I’d really like to, I’ll just say that I hope you live alone and no else is subjected to your hissy-fits!

  54. Phil Cohen says:

    My only disappointmwent in Apple Corps’ marketing strategies, is that the Pre-Sgt.Pepper albums seem destined to never get the archival treatment.

    • Willy says:

      Never? And this is based on what exactly?

      • Trash says:

        To be fair he did say ‘…seem never…’

      • Dave H says:

        No Revolver Super Deluxe Edition
        No With The Beatles Super Deluxe Edition
        Shall I go on or do you now understand what Phil is trying to say.

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          You are missing the point…. a few years ago they clearly decided the time/market was right for big box sets for ONE album. The obvious one to start with was Pepper. There is no evidence to suggest that they are not going to go back and do albums like Revolver and Rubber Soul etc. But for now they are going with the 50th anniversary releases which will probably keep them busy for the next few years.

          • Tom says:

            Thinking of upcoming 50th anniversary releases, I would LOVE to get brand-new heavyweight vinyl releases, on colored vinyl, of the red and blue albums that were released in 1973. If those releases are indeed celebrated for their 50th anniversaries with colored vinyl (and maybe more), I have to wait another five years. Bummer!

          • Mathew Lauren says:


            Well said. Exactly right, Paul.

          • Andrew b in the place to b says:

            First will be the 50th’s of Abbey Road and Let it Be. Wait till 2022 for the 60th’s of the pre Pepper Lps. Then 2027 for Pepper 60th release and so on. So I think the pre 67’s will get the treatments but will have to wait till the 50th campaign is over.

    • Mick says:

      I’m not sure their marketing strategy is based on 50th anniversaries. If it were, then why did the skip from Pepper to the White Album and omit MMT? I suspect they’re going with the most obvious money makers. No doubt Abbey Road will be done next year, though I’d be surprised to see Let It Be as the 4th (if there even is a 4th).
      Tom – The Red, White, and Blue albums all had respective coloured vinyl releases in the 70’s. Abbey Road also had a green vinyl release back then too (not sure why green). I know because I have them all.

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        They already did a box set for MMT a few years ago. Also, let’s face it, it’s not really a ‘proper’ album.

  55. Adrian says:

    $220 AU in Australia for the box set! @ JBHiFi

    • wellhamsrus says:

      “$220 AU in Australia for the box set! @ JBHiFi”

      At the moment, JB have it at $240: prices increase faster than inflation these days.

      Tempted as I am (Beatles are still my favourite group), I think I’ll skip this, as well as Imagine and Music From Big Pink. While they have curiosity value, there isn’t enough scope for repeat listening.

    • XE says:

      That equates to £121 GB.

    • Brett says:

      Jesus wept. I was excited… until now :(

  56. wellhamsrus says:

    Bobbysdad – You can’t order this from Amazon in Australia
    Rosie – You can’t order it from Amazon global yet, which is useless for a supposedly limited edition
    Kevin – It costs a lot more for no good reason

    • Paolo says:

      Amazon global won’t ship to Australia either. The only way is to ship to an overseas address and use a mail forwarded. Alternatively, wait until AmazonAU adds the item (probably after its release, given previous experience), wait to see if AmazonAU makes it available via the AmazonUS shopfront within AmazonAU, order from somewhere like or from a local retailer such as JBHifi. Current prices at JB are AU$240 for the 6 disc set, $AU$42.95 for the 3CD and AU$140 for the 4LP.

  57. David says:

    Those pre-order prices on the boxset didn’t last long before they went up!
    Only UK is the same!

    Hope they go down – drastically!

  58. Ross says:

    Forgive my ignorance but would the blu-ray be region specific?

  59. The White Gold(en) Age Of The Beatles says:

    For the moaners, where would we be without them.

    I`ve pinched this from the SHF from where it was pinched from somewhere else.

    “I found an old SHF thread from 2015, The Beatles White Album What Price Did You Pay For It In 1968?

    Someone in the thread reported paying £3.65 in the UK for the white album in 1968. Put £3.65 in the Bank of England’s online inflation calculator, and that means, buying the 2 LP album today would cost you £60. You’re getting 4 LPs for £80. So actually £80 is a deal!”

    • Mr P says:

      Err, it’s not as simple as you make out.
      U need to factor n at least the cost of living % and income %.
      And that’s just for starters!

  60. Neil Lunt says:

    Maybe I’ve missed something but the trailer has Helter Skelter teaser with all the drums out of one speaker. I thought the re-mixing idea was, like Sgt Pepper last year (which I love), was to re-mix as if it was recorded today – drums, bass, vocals bang centre, everything else floating either side. I don’t get it. And probably won’t get it.

  61. Iain says:

    Will this sound significantly different to the 2009 re-master?

  62. Chris says:

    Will they ever go backwards in time? I’d love love love to see this sort of thing done for e.g. Revolver or Rubber Soul.

  63. Mike says:

    Pre-order placed on but I’ll keep checking the various Amazons and cancel when necessary.

  64. The White Gold(en) Age Of The Beatles says:

    No Hey Jude, Revolution although they were supposed to be on the Bluray, Easter Eggs?

    No `Hey Jude David Frost appearance, The Revolution video, The Hey Bulldog video, and the Hey Jude rehearsal footage.` – as George G. has pointed out.

    Am I bothered? NOT A CHANCE IN HELL!

    This release was simply unimaginable 6 months ago, yes I am aware that the track listing and remixing were finished well before then. Giles is probably through `Abbey Road 50` at this point. BUT things have changed and releases cancelled in the Apple/Beatles universe before now.

    This White Album 50 SDE is more than even the most optimistic fan could have hoped for and all formats will be QUALITY in music and physical make-up.

    If it`s too expensive and I agree £100 for the SDE is a lot of money especially if money is tight. I planned ahead and will be getting the SDE & 4xLP box. If you can`t afford it, borrow it from a friend, you know the rest.

    I cannot bloody wait.

  65. Fraser says:

    Excited to get the box set. One unfortunate omission however…the unreleased and unbooted “Etcetera” discussed in Lewisohn’s recording sessions. Now if only that could have been located…..

  66. phantomengineer says:

    Research suggest that the version of Helter Skelter, (First version – Take 2) will be the 10/11 minute take from which the version on Anthology was edited, whereas (Second version – Take 17) will be a 3/4 minute take recorded before the version on the original album. Revolution I (Take 18) will probably be the track that appeared out of the ether on the internet 8 or so years ago, and which was bootlegged at the time.
    Still all looks interesting though, even if you have all the Session series bootlegs, although not at £140.00.

  67. moog_man says:

    Some info on the book content would be appreciated once it’s made available
    Cheers :)

  68. Pieter van der Velde wzn says:

    The White Album was never my favourite Beatles album but after enjoying a concert by The Analogues in Holland doing this album I’ve opened up my eyes and I’m definitely going to buy 6-CD box set.

  69. Eric says:

    The fact that the book is not included with the vinyl, which is the most expensive the formats, really makes no sense.

  70. Anthony B says:

    While these deluxe editions are great, albums like this one and Sgt P are so engrained into my DNA after so many careful listens over the years, that I can listen to any track on demand in my head and seldom listen on a device. That said, I would have loved expanded editions of Rubber Soul and Revolver…

  71. Nathaniel R Leas says:

    Price seems to be wrong for Amazon USA SDE.

  72. Mike Williams says:

    The 6CD+BluRay Deluxe Set does not currently have a price on the U.S. Amazon site.

  73. Richard Bartley says:

    Just purchased from France. $125.62 total. Better than USA price of 128.52, which went up to $180 plus tax. Thanks Paul.

    On another note: Moody Blues Deluxe:

  74. smorrissey says:

    What a horrible Back in the USSR 2018 mix IMO the volume goes up and down during all the track.

    • christian says:

      Can’t hear the volume change on Spotify but as with Pepper, the remix adds nothing and just sounds generic. Genuine question, who actually wants these albums to all have the same sound? Pepper was mixed differently to The White Album, they are supposed to sound different. And in the case of the latter, pretty much each track sounds different to the last. That’s what’s always made it a frustrating / fascinating listen. You can hear the personalities in the lyrics, the mix, the arrangements. It’s like four solo albums mixed together.
      Homogenising that will surely remove that charm.
      Sure, create something new for a bit of fun, but this is a special edition 50th anniversary version that does not include the record it’s celebrating the anniversary of… Yes the mono is on the bluray but that’s a token.
      I just don’t get this remixing thing. We love these records so much and then get asked to buy a record that doesn’t sound like the one we love.

  75. Ade Swatridge says:

    Nice set for a so-so album, let’s be honest…a lot of filler in there! Think I’ll wait a year and snap it up for a steal like the Sgt Pepper box.

  76. Nass Khan says:

    I would like to buy the box set but have my concerns.

    1/ Now that the hype has died down . The Giles Martin stereo remix of Sgt Pepper was crap . His mix to me ” normalized ” for the Ed Sheeran market. To me Sgt Pepper is meant to have the quirky stereo mix ( which sounds weird on headphones) . To be fair the outtakes and book were very nice. I hope Giles Martin proves me wrong

    2/ Keep the price fair . Although this album has some of the best music ever made the album does have some rubbish ( piggies, honey pie, do it in road )

    3/ A sticker should be put on the front of box set to warn Radio Head fans that the track Sexy Sadie was recorded before Radiohead formed or when some band members even born!

    4/ I will buy this if we hear George Harrison enquire ” Has Johns new girfriend ate my biscuits?

  77. Steve says:

    This box set looks pretty good. I am disappointed that they didn’t include 2-CD’s of the Mono Mix and not relegating it to the Blu-ray disc. Not owning a Blu-ray player that disc won’t be of use for me. I gather that Giles Martin didn’t think the Mono mix was all that much different to the Stereo mix thus it being a direct transfer to the Blu-ray disc ? I second the thought that the master takes of the ‘Hey Jude’ b/w ‘Revolution,’ ‘Lady Madonna’ b/w ‘The Inner Light’ singles and ‘Across The Universe’ should’ve been included on this box set.

    • Paul Taylor says:

      I agree. I’d much rather a copy of the mono mix on CD/vinyl rather than a reworked stereo version

    • Jeffro says:

      I think you should get a blu-ray player.

      • Derek Langsford says:

        You can also get the mono mix in the Beatles Mono Boxed Set.

        DVD is 20 years old, Blu-ray is 10 years old. Or you can skip to 4K which is the new standard for video with 4 times the video resolution of standard Blu-ray.

        Blu-ray players are not that expensive anymore and also play DVDs and CDs. And up-converting of DVDs by Blu-ray players can improve the picture quality of DVD video. But the key thing is they can play Blu-ray music discs as well as video. Best of both worlds.

  78. smorrissey says:

    Almost 50 dollars the super deluxe version on iTunes! preorder……..i don’t think so.

  79. Gary Peterson says:

    I see there are no track times, so customers will have to wait to see if the legendary 27 minute version (or however long it is) of “Helter Skelter” will be included in the box set.

    Unlike some others, I am happy with the 3-CD set containing all of the Esher demos. I feel the demos are the single most important unreleased item in the entire Beatles vault. Not only because the demos contain several tunes that were never recorded or put on the White Album, but the demos have never all been released on any one bootleg that I am aware of, and certainly there will be a big difference in sound quality. Some of the tunes have radically different arrangements, keys and lyrics. Plus, it’s just interesting to hear the songs at there most raw, basic level.

    I am tempted to pass on the box set because I just can’t get excited for a bunch of alternate takes when George Martin already selected the best of the lot when he put out the Anthology discs. I would be missing out on some terrific artwork, however. Very weird that “Across The Universe,” “Lady Madonna,” and “The Inner Light” were included in the box set. Those songs were recorded (and in 2 cases released) before the Fab 4 left for India. They are not from the White Album sessions.

    I hope any liner notes are NEW.

    I love the White Album because it not only contains some the band’s most underrated songs (“Dear Prudence,” “Julia,” “Mother Nature’s Son,” “Glass Onion” to name a few), but you hardly ever hear White Album songs on U.S. radio outside of, funny enough, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” I do wish that “Not Guilty” and a couple of the demos were swapped with some of the songs on the actual album. Not having “Not Guilty” on the album was criminal…..I don’t care what Harrison’s song limit was per record.

    • smorrissey says:

      You can check track times on iTunes.

    • george glazener says:

      @Gary; pretty sure the 27 minute Helter Skelter will not be included. Many other sources over the weekend have stated this. I have mixed feelings about that. Many knowledgeable folks, including Mark Lewisohn, have said (paraphrasing) that it’s interesting to hear once, but it’s not that great overall. I guess someone had to decide that the 12 minute version was enough, then move on to other tracks.

      • Tom of FIN says:

        George or anybody else. has the 27 minute Helter Skelter ever been released, even as a bootleg?

        YouTube has about everything ripped, but not this after an instant search. Maybe embedded to a documentary/radio take for example.

  80. Jonathan says:

    Of course there were indulgences on the original release (number 9, yer blues and others) but the many songs that were up to standard on the record really do sound like ragged demos compared to the finesse of the albums before and after. Be interesting to hear if the new mixes improve things

  81. DaveM says:

    Preordered the SDE from Amazon, but hoping the HMV price (125) is more realistic. Given up trying to order from HMV as the site is so cumbersome. Everything I was hoping for is on the SDE apart from new Lady Madonna / The Inner Light and Hey Jude / Revolution single remixes.

  82. hofner says:

    A great box. Although a lot of it is on the Purple Chick Dekuxe Bootleg Series. But this issue will have a far more better sound quality. A must have.
    Just ordered the The Deluxe Cd Box Set and The 4LP Deluxe Box.

  83. Paul H says:

    Thanks Paul. I’ve been watching their website all weekend. Can’t wait.

    Not sure why they have remixed the album but hey, we’ll see how it sounds.
    They have also posted a video with Martin / Okell going through bits of the remix today.

  84. Mike the Fish says:

    I think I’ve finally hit expensive box fatigue, not that I buy many but these super expensive sets are getting tiresome. Compared to the stingy Queen News of The World set it’s a super bargain, but I think I’m tired of the post £50 sets now for not a huge amount of content especially with some of the stunts Universal have been pulling more recently with pricing vs content. £20 per disc? Behave! This album for me is quite dark and creepy in places, and I didn’t think much of the Anthology stuff related to it so I doubt the box is for me. It being remixed in stereo and 5.1 is interesting, and the 3 CD set is much better value, but I don’t know if I’d even get that at this point.

  85. Reed says:

    Amazon US is now up to $179.98 + 11.92 tax. I missed my window for the cheaper order this AM due to work. Damn. Amazon UK has it for 116.67 pounds to the US (after deduction of VAT). I went that route.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      It has gone up to £140 in the UK but will definitely come back down. My advice would be not to worry too much about Amazon UK’s slightly annoying pricing – it will come back down and the pre-order price guarantee will kick in.

  86. Charlie Waffles says:

    I really wanted the mono mix to be included with the super deluxe edition. The Beatles in Mono rocks! I am disappointed in seeing the box size different than Sgt. Peppers. If anybody at Apple is reading this I would pay more for the box size to match my fantastic Sgt. Peppers box AND the mono mix. The White Album should have all the bells and whistles. It is a very important album for all to have. I also agree with the other commenters here that Hey Jude and Revolution should have been included in the super deluxe edition. Another missed opportunity.

  87. Karl says:

    This lot will all come down in price, the Pepper Boxset dropped to £45 after a few months, that enormous Pink Floyd Early Years dropped by half after a few months also. Great they’ve separated the vinyl/CD editions, the 3 CD set is at a great price but think i’ll wait for the Deluxe & the 4LP set to drop a little before ordering….roll on Let It Be with full rooftop concert and rooftop vinyl! ;)

    Are these numbered??

  88. Danny says:

    Stupid question time. If i order this through Amazon France will the book etc be in French? and Will the DVD/Blu ray work in the uk?

  89. J Kane says:

    Great news Happiness is The White Album SDE. Though I’m going to be broke this autumn and winter what with this and the other fab four – John, Bob, David and Tom! Roll on the Abbey Road box set.

  90. John P. says:

    Revolution 1 – take 1 : 11 minutes
    Helter Skelter : 13 minutes

    (More on : )

  91. RJS says:

    The 3CD version does seem like remarkably good value for money at 15 quid.

  92. James K says:

    I wish it would have included the famously missing “Carnival of Light” :-(

  93. Mij says:

    Has anyone here worked out how many of the “Sessions” tracks were previously released on “Anthology”?

    On another note, the Rutles LP gets a vinyl reissue on 5th October. It’s the original 1978 album plus a brand new bonus 7-inch 33rpm vinyl Japanese E.P. which pulls together the 6 additional tracks from the movie. Also included in the package is the original 16-page 12-inch booklet and a new 12-inch two sided lithograph featuring a photo of the band on one side and the original 1978 press release on the other. £22.01 on Amazon UK currently!

    • Stevieb says:

      Thanks Mij, might have missed that one but for your post.

    • RikTheHib says:

      Heh, heh!
      I’ve got the original Rutles LP – love it and the film. Poor Leggy Mountbatten – I’m over here with where he ended up.
      Will the Rutles ever get back together?
      God, I hope not (Mick Jagger).

  94. Steve says:

    I’m guessing they didn’t think a 200$/£ CD+vinyl+Blu-Ray box would sell very well. Seems like the 4-LP offering is positioned as an add-on to the SDE box, rather than a competing SDE. The LP set doesn’t include any kind of book, but at least you get the full-size photos & poster! (which is a selling point, if you don’t have them already). Considering the Sgt. Pepper SDE was positioned around a $100 price tag, it’s not completely unreasonable that the “get everything” price tag for the White SDE is more like $200. I mean, I’m not buying it all at that price point, but I can probably jump for the SDE now and watch for sale on the 4LP release.
    I’m a little disappointed with the line up for this box – 4 CDs of demos & session tracks is maybe more than I need. OTOH, someone who’s been waiting for an official release of all the Escher demos will be happy with this prospect. And why isn’t all that content included on the Blu-Ray disc? And no video whatsoever? And leaving off the Hey Jude/Revolution single – would have been a good chance to remix those songs.

  95. bobbysdad says:

    So how are we in Australia supposed to get this now that Amazon US won’t allow Australians to order from there any more?

  96. Mark says:

    The 3 CD Deluxe seems superb value. Can’t go wrong at £15! Ordered! Thanks.

  97. Kevin says:

    This looks great. I’m definitely in (although who needs three takes of Good Night?). It would appear I might be in the minority with regard to the Esher Demos. I was never a fan of the handful that showed up on Anthology 3. I mean, I suppose their important historically, but I do wish the third disc of the 3CD version wasn’t ALL Esher Demos. That seems excessive. In my opinion, it should be selected sessions on that disc, and the demos should be exclusive to one disc of the SDE.

    My $.02

  98. Mathew Lauren says:

    Although I expected news of this Beatles 5.1 RE this week, I have to admit, I had hoped for “Hey Jude” 5.1 particulars as part of any “extras” with this 5.1 SDE. Looks like there are no 5.1 extras. It also seems we’ll have to wait for the next Beatles 5.1 RE for “Hey Jude” in surround-sound, depending on which direction these reissues are headed, chronologically speaking,

    Regardless, this may be good news in and of itself, as more Beatles 5.1 works for me. (Now, if Jimmy Page would just work with Steven Wilson and re-re-release Zep, this time in 5.1+)

    Though Giles has come a long way from his previously tepid (sans George Martin) Beatles surround-mixes, here’s to hoping he’s finally gotten his head around what we (expect) want in our Beatles 5.1 releases (immersive and discrete) — along with mastering that’s no so “hot.” That is: Audiophile not HTiB mastering!

  99. Jon says:

    Pre-ordered. Cheaper for the deluxe box set on the udiscover store than amazon.

    • moog_man says:

      Yes, but their prices tend to hold, whereas Amazon will fluctuate

    • Jeff says:

      How much cheaper was the box set on UDISCOVER?

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        It was £4 more expensive than Amazon, then became cheaper and in due course will become more expensive again…

        • Jeff says:

          Hi Paul…….it’s now sold out at UDISCOVER… could that be it’s The Beatles record company for crying out loud. Yes I pre-ordered from for $128 + taxes.

          Now on to another topic

          Paul……the Electric Ladyland LP Box set is being offered by the HENDRIX OFFICIAL SITE for $150 US for a numbered limited edition with a guaranteed low number from between 1-350. Now is this how the box set is being released world wide or is it EXCLUSIVELY only for people who pre-order from his site? It also comes with a touque, t-shirt and guitar pick in a tin. Also wondering if these 350 sets are the FIRST PRESDINGS of the box set.

          Paul could you possibly look into this for me and the rest of us here at SDE?

          It would be greatly appreciated…..and your site ROCKS!!!

  100. Alan B says:

    £40 for a double LP and £90 for 4 pieces of vinyl in a box with a 4 page booklet? They really are pushing the boundaries regarding price aren’t they?

    • Mike the Fish says:

      Well at least one of the single albums was being sold for around £35 recently, so for over priced Beatles trend it’s fairly reasonable. In terms of some material that would have been out of copyright this year (not the original album/remix of course) it’s very expensive.

  101. Louis says:

    Great packs! In sense that are not mixed Vinyls with CD/BR. Not perfect due to some of us would be interested only in the Blu-ray, but at least the vinyls are not there in the same pack increasing a lot the price. So happy for the new and happy for the different optional packs

  102. Stephen Gilmour says:

    So no full Helter Skelter ham :(

    • smorrissey says:

      mmm a couple years ago i was told it doesn’t exist a recording of that. I think during the Anthology 3 release Maca commented that.

  103. Nick Bonny says:

    £15 (as currently priced) for 3 CDs of the rejigged album plus Esher demos


    £140 (as currently priced) (i.e. £125 price difference) just to obtain an additional three CDs of sessions, which I’ll rarely play, plus a Blu-Ray, which I don’t want .

    No brainer

  104. Puptonbluton says:

    This is the deluxe I’ve been waiting for and it’s definitely on my Xmas list. Lots to digest here. It’s great that they’re finally issuing the Esher demos in their entirety and three discs of outtakes can’t be sniffed at, but is it the full versions of Revolution 1 and Helter Skelter? The fact there’s only twelve tracks on that disc suggests it is.

    Not sure I feel there’s a need for a new mix of the original album though; I’d probably rather have had two more discs of outtakes but I know many will be excited about that and the 5.1 too. Also,a bit strange that the mono mix is only on blu-ray, when it was a separate disc in the Pepper box. I guess they had to draw the line somewhere in terms of number of discs (although Crimson fans will be familiar with many, many more).

    And they’ve changed the box format too, which is downright odd!

  105. Colin says:

    3 CD version presently down to £15 with Amazon. Daft not to order it at that price. May not stay that cheap so get it now before it goes back up! May even get the free mp3 rip as well (eventually)!

  106. Don Lambert says:

    Super deluxe seems to be up to £140 on Amazon UK

  107. Dubsideofthemoon says:

    The problem with the “regular” white album is that it contains in my opinion some forgettable songs (London Calling, Songs in the key of life, Goodbye yellow brick road are albums that do not…).
    But considering the amount of material included in the super deluxe box set and being a Beatles fan i might go for it like a lot of people.

    • Mike Williams says:

      On both “London Calling” & “Songs In The Key Of Life”, I could find 4 unessential tracks to leave off of each, and on Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, I always skip side 3 entirely! Now Elton’s “Blue Moves” – that’s a flawless double album! But I agree with your premise that The White Album has some less essential tracks mixed with the (mostly) masterpieces.

      • Pogo Pope says:

        Curious to hear what you would leave off London Calling. I mean, I have a few ideas but curious to hear your choices.

    • Arthur O'Brien says:

      Song in the Key of Life? It has some stinkers. If I never heard, “Contusion,” “Black Man,” or the four-song “A Something Extra” tracks, I’d never miss them.

  108. Alix says:

    Jethro Tull, Marillion, Be Bop Deluxe, Jimi Hendrix, and now the Beatles, it’s an avalanche in November !

  109. Jon C says:

    Done and ordered. Thanks for the info!!

  110. Michael says:

    Thanks for this great news Paul.

  111. george glazener says:

    Alas, no video. The Hey Jude David Frost appearance, The Revolution video, The Hey Bulldog video, and the Hey Jude rehearsal footage. Must have been too hard to secure the rights to those films. Otherwise, awesome..!!

    • Blakey says:

      Apple/Subafilms own the rights to all the Beatles promos and most of the TV stuff. All the films mentioned above (except the Hey Jude rehearsal) appear on the 1+ DVD. As well as the Hey Jude rehearsal film, the actual 1968 Apple Records promotional feature: which included Blackbird and Helter Skelter by Paul acoustic would have been nice, as well as the Beatles footage and interviews from the late 60s BBC documentary ‘All My Loving’.

      • george glazener says:

        @Blakey; very informative response, thank you Sir! I thought that was the reason. Oh well, not a big problem as I do have the 1+ DVD. Thank God for YouTube..!!

  112. Stuart Ansell says:

    The UK Amazon link for the super deluxe edition shows it as £140 and the description is in German… I’ll just wait until they sort themselves out before I order!!!!!

  113. Jules Gray says:

    My gripes:
    1. No masters takes for Hey Jude, Revolution single; What’s The New Mary Jane?
    2. They didn’t locate or include the first band version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    3. I don’t want or need instrumental backing tracks.
    My praise:
    1. Everything else looks alright.

    • Michael says:

      First, I’m very excited about the official SDE release of The Beatles (white album)! Already pre-ordered.

      But, like Jules, I was really hoping that the final masters of the single, “Hey Jude”/”Revolution” would have also been included on one of the bonus discs. Even when I got the original white album as a Christmas gift back in 1968, I was disappointed “Hey Jude” and “Revolution” were not included on the album. But, thankfully the SDE white album has been re-mixed, and not simply remastered by Giles, includes a 5.1 surround mix, and a plethora of demos and outtakes we can explore and enjoy :-)

  114. Michael Platt says:

    What a great collection of material i have most of the esher demos but not all and as for the sessions i have very little material which is exciting for me as most of it will be new to me.

  115. Ollie Carlisle says:

    All White now!

  116. Daryl says:

    Seems like a missed opportunity to not issue a 2 CD… Not everyone is into vinyl.

    • Graham Turner says:

      The 3CD set is pretty reasonably priced right now (£15), even if you end up only listening to the demos a handful of times.

    • Steve says:

      Seems like the 3CD release is the answer – it has all the important content from the SDE, and is really cheap now.

  117. Paul Blubaugh says:

    I’m in. Preordered!

  118. Pablo says:

    Pre-Ordered, thank you Paul!!

  119. Keith Fletcher says:

    Wow properly done no mixing vinyl with CD plenty of outtakes, and hopefully a better 5.1 mix than Sgt Pepper , and hi rez mono mix. And it’s the Beatles so instant purchase

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