A Twit from Beatles News It looks like an official announcement. Group official home page is static, with only the title of the album.
The White album was released in England the 22nd November 1968. At the end of May, 1968 the Beatles meet up at Kinfauns, George Harrison’s bungalow in Esher. Just back from India, gearing up to go hit Abbey Road and start their next album, the lads bang out some rough acoustic tunes into George’s newfangled Ampex reel-to-reel tape deck.
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Paul McCartney has confirmed that work continued on the Beatles’ 50th anniversary reissue of the White Album while he prepared Egypt Station.
It is assumed that it will be published on the same date as the original
“It’s all in place,” McCartney confirmed in a new talk with DIY. “I’ve just got a couple of essays [to approve]. It’s all lined up and it’s really good.”
Producer Giles Martin last summer was the first who mentioned plans to reissue the band’s 1968 self-titled AKA as White Album. Recently Ringo Starr‘s copy of The Beatles‘ self-titled 1968 album has been confirmed to be the most expensive vinyl record ever sold. Meanwhile McCartney Carpool K. Sends Beatles Back up the Charts
The first numbered copy of the LP was rumoured to be John Lennon’s who, according to Paul McCartney, “shouted the loudest” for it when the band decided to have the copies numbered.
The first four pressings of the album were all in possession of The Beatles, while copy No. 0000005 sold at an auction in 2008 for a little less than $30,000 (£20,000).
“We sat in the mountains eating lousy vegetarian food and writing all these songs. We wrote tons of songs in India. (Lennon)
McCartney said going through the old tapes gave him a new appreciation for those sessions “Something sparks another memory, but it’s really nice because we were a great little band – I think we can agree on that,” he said. “So, for me to be a part of that and to be remembering it is great; all these little things remind me of it and I do learn things.”
“The album itself is very cool and it sounds like you’re in the room; that’s the great thing about doing remasters,” McCartney added. “But we’ve also got some demos of the songs, so you get things stripped right back to just John ’s voice and a guitar. You just think, how fucking good was John?! Amazing. We were just doing it; it was amazing. We were having a good time.”
The result is one of their weirdest and loveliest unreleased recordings: the Esher demos. There’s nothing else in their music quite like this. Most of the 27 songs ended up on the White Album, yet there’s none of that record’s tension and dread. At Esher, they’re having fun; they don’t realize all the tortures they’ll inflict on each other making the White Album.
The Beatles spent five agonizing months making the White Album, often splitting up to work in separate studios. The fighting got so ugly Ringo quit for a week. In many ways, the Esher demos are the last recorded moment of the Beatles as a band. For the Get Back/Let It Be sessions, they tried to re-create this basement-tapes spirit, but instead documented their sad demise. Seven of the Esher songs appeared on Anthology 3 – “Happiness Is a Warm Gun,” “Glass Onion,” “Junk,” “Honey Pie,” “Piggies,” “Mean Mr. Mustard” and “Polythene Pam.” The rest remain unreleased.