The Beatles have already set their next reissue project: the White Album. The recording started the 30th May 1968.
It was 49 years ago today (May 30th, 1968) that The Beatles began recording their 30-song self-titled double album, which is commonly known as “The White Album.” The album’s first session was for John Lennon’s “Revolution 1,” which was recorded in London at EMI’s Studio Two, with the session stretching from 2:30 p.m. to 2:40 a.m. the next day. It was the group’s first studio work since returning from Rishikesh, (source: the Beatles Chronicle complete)
Producer Giles Martin, son of the late Beatles collaborator George Martin, confirms they’ll focus on the the band’s 1968 self-titled release, better known as the White Album.
He admits that the task is far more daunting this time – despite the fact that the upcoming super-deluxe Sgt. Pepper’s set includes a whopping 100 minutes of outtakes, many previously unheard and unreleased.(Source: Ultimateclassicrock)
THE UNTOLD STORY OF MIXING THE LP
As in the past, the stereo mixes for The White Album tended to be put off until the last minute again even though they were now deemed to be important. The reason for the importance was not what one might expect though. Paul explained to me whilst mixing the stereo version of “Helter Skelter” that it had to sound different from the mono version. Apparently fans started to buy both the mono and stereo albums and wrote to them asking if they knew there were differences between the versions, so Paul and/or the band saw this as a great way to boost sales. (Source Forbes)
“The White Album, which is the next release – that is where they started becoming indulgent,” Giles told the BBC in a new interview. “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.”
On mixing Back in the USSR. Paul decided that he wanted the sound of a jet plane on the intro and end of the song. “We copied the effect from a tape in the EMI sound effects library and made a loop so that it could be constantly playing and we could bring it into the mix at any time. If you listen to the song carefully, the sound of the jet at the end is totally different from what it sounds like in the beginning because the tape loop was so worn out by the end of the song that there was no high end left. It also stretched a little, which made it warble a bit as well. I don’t think we could’ve gotten another mix out of it.” (Source: Beatles Antology)
John and Paul would sit down with a sheet of paper and make a running list on top of a copy of Sgt. Pepper [the album cover]on their lap in the first listening room. I’d then take the tapes into the second listening room and put it together while they were listening to a side that I had already edited in the first room. That took about 12 hours between all the re-edits of the four sides. Then they all went home and asked me if I could do the same thing with the stereo versions. I was probably up for 24 hours that day and working for at least 18. On many of the other days there was dope flying in and out of those studios, but on that night, everyone was stone cold sober.