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The White Album Enhanced, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
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The Beatles (The White Album)
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Vinyl, Original recording remastered, November 13, 2012
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Within each CD's new packaging, booklets include detailed historical notes along with informative recording notes. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. The newly produced mini-documentaries on the making of each album, directed by Bob Smeaton, are included as QuickTime files on each album. The documentaries contain archival footage, rare photographs and never-before-heard studio chat from The Beatles, offering a unique and very personal insight into the studio atmosphere.
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At the time it came out, I was 12, but even then it was clear that we were no longer in Pepperland or on a Magical Mystery Tour. This album wasn't yet more "progress" toward some new musical form. Musically, it embraced values never before associated with the Beatles as I understood them: Parody, pastiche, rock and roll revivalism, music-hall nostalgia, avant-garde experimentation, political agitation, intimate confession, trivial nonsense. It is, simply, a series of highly personal statements from the three songwriters, coalescing around no particular theme other than the right to personal expression.
"The Beatles" is not, to me, "the sound of the Beatles breaking up." That's the storyline a lot of Beatle historians apply to this album. If they're basing this judgement on the fact that the individual songwriters' imprints are on each song, you'd have to argue that the breakup began much earlier, around the time of "Beatles for Sale" or "Help!" Lennon-McCartney were rarely a songwriting "team" in the sense of George and Ira Gershwin. Their partnership was always about strategy, i.e. how to ensure that third-rate songs would not be included on albums just for the sake of fairness. "The Beatles" instead simply shows the evolution of each of the three songwriters (on this album, George emerges dramatically) as they each embraced new musical ideas and applied their life experiences to their art.Read more ›
So, that means all of us Beatle fans have forked over thiry-some odd dollars for the exact same product that we had. The question is, Capital/EMI, why the H didn't you remaster this? The white album is one of the most poorly remastered discs in the Beatles catalog (but it's got some stiff competition, the first four albums for starters). It's unfathomable to me that Capital/EMI would ask Beatles fans to shell out that kind of money for an unimproved product, and a product that sorely needed improvement. What, we're supposed to be happy to pay over thirty dollars for ridiculous miniture artwork which you need a magnifying glass to read and see? Come on, Capital/EMI! That's highway robbery, and you know it! With all the money you've already made on the Beatles' catalog, this is a particular heinous crime.
So, Capital/EMI, what about actually remastering the Beatles catalog? They are only considered the greatest musical force of the last half of the 20th century. The Who's catalog has been remastered; the Byrds catalog has been remastered, even the Hollies catalog was wonderfully remastered for their box set (by YOU EMI! ). It seems a tragic, bitter irony that perhaps the most musical of all the artists of the 60s gets the shoddiest of digital remastering.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first disc is okay but the second has "Revolution" on it. No problem there.Published 4 days ago by Roberta P. Nardi
I am not a fan of giving five star reviews, but for all the reasons others have mentioned about the quality of the album and the quality of the artists, I love the album. Read morePublished 6 days ago by MG Johnson
One their more successful albums with some unusual songs, but bring back memories.Published 13 days ago by Juan Sandoval
Just a great CD at a reasonable price. Shipping was VERY fast!Published 14 days ago by David Dellinger
No review necessary. It's the Beatles' White Album, for God's sake.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
In the package I get duplicated the first vinyl.
The same songs in the two vinyls.
Side 3 and side 4 missed.
I have every Beatle song. I am a DJ AND THEY STILL ASK ME TO PLAY THEM AND I LOVE ITPublished 19 days ago by Howard Kornet
Great music, good price, fast and prompt delivery. Well packed! Will be back for more!Published 26 days ago by Magnus Kesselmark
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|White Album Remaster Too Good?||
Of all the Beatles' remastered CDs, I feel that the clearest difference from the earlier CD release is shown with the 'White Album'. The sound simply shines, and makes a great record sound more full, dramatic and stunning than ever.
Aug 8, 2011 by Bob Bykowski | See all 7 posts
Love it, but it is a few minutes too long. I think it would have had more of a shock factor if it was a little shorter. Pretty far from the worst song on a Beatles record, far too interesting and unique. It is also one of the more mysterious and sinister momements on the album and essential to... Read More
Mar 9, 2007 by Dansa | See all 30 posts
|Beatle Remasters: Stereo vs. Mono||
To enumerate all the differences between the mono & stereo versions of the first 10 albums would make for too long of a reply. Let me simplify it this way - if you want to hear the mix of the Beatles' albums the way the Beatles intended them to sound, you'll listen to the mono mixes. This is... Read More
Jul 5, 2009 by C. Saylors | See all 20 posts
The recent rerelease of Yellow Submarine previewed the remastered sound, including selections from Sgt. Pepper, Revolver, and the original movie songs (not the orchestral interludes.) It's pretty different. Some weird choices emerge, like the bassline seeming to get mixed way down in A Little... Read More
May 12, 2009 by Neal Allen | See all 32 posts
|Pick Your Single Disc White Album!||
I will go slightly out of the box and include two songs recorded at the same sessions:
1.Back in the USSR
5.While My Guitar Gently Weeps
7.Long Long Long
Side Two -
2.I'm So Tired
7.Good... Read More
Oct 2, 2009 by William E. Houser Jr. | See all 36 posts
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