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The Beatles Expanded White Album Reissue – What To Expect

by Paul Cashmere on September 22, 2018

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The Beatles ‘The Beatles’ (aka The White Album) will be expanded for a new box set to mark its 50th anniversary in November.

In the last 24 hours, tweets have appeared at the official Beatles Twitter teasing the reissue and there have also been further details released by investigative fans.


The teases suggest a major production is on the way equivalent to the expanded ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ box of 2017. The four CD/ two DVD edition of Sgt Pepper was produced by Giles Martin and included outtakes, a remastered original, the mono original and documentaries on the album.

If ‘The White Album’ is given the same treatment, expect a work of art.

According to vlogger beatleman69 on YouTube you can expect:

A 4LP set, two discs of the new stereo remix and two discs of the Esher demos, the original demos recorded at George’s home that has been widely bootlegged over the years.

Then there will also be a 3CD version, two with the newly remastered album and a third disc of the Esher demos.

Then the box edition will be a 6 disc edition featuring the three discs just mentioned and three discs of outtakes plus a Blu-Ray (with no video, only audio).

Outtakes will include ‘Hey Jude’, ‘Revolution’, ‘The Inner Light’, ‘Across The Universe’, ‘Lady Madonna’, as well as non-album jams. Some of the tracks have never before surfaced. There will also be a 12 minute version of ‘Helter Skelter’ but the infamous 27 minute version will not be included.

The release date is expected to by November number 9 number 9 number 9.

This video is by Matthew Street.

Esher Demos details

It is unconfirmed which tracks will be used for the White Album box but this is what we know was recorded.

Cry Baby Cry – with a different intro and ending from the album version
Child Of Nature – unreleased, but later became Jealous Guy
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill – the other Beatles make animal noises
I’m So Tired – with a slightly different spoken passage
Yer Blues – John Lennon is ‘insecure’ rather than ‘suicidal’
Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey – far less frenetic than the studio version
What’s The New Mary Jane – included on Anthology 3
Revolution 1 – lacks the ‘you say you’ll change the constitution’ verse
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – with different lyrics in places
Circles – unreleased by The Beatles
Sour Milk Sea – unreleased by The Beatles
Not Guilty – studio version included on Anthology 3
Piggies – rather than ‘eat their bacon’, the piggies ‘cut their pork chops’
Julia – in a higher key and with the verses in a different order
Blackbird – with a double-tracked vocal, no break, a slightly slower tempo
Rocky Raccoon – shorter, without the opening and final verses
Back In The USSR – lacks the final verse
Honey Pie – released on Anthology 3, with the final verse edited out
Mother Nature’s Son – without the guitar intro of the studio version
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – with a double-tracked vocal from Paul McCartney
Junk – included on Anthology 3
Dear Prudence – with a spoken ending and double-tracked vocals
Sexy Sadie –
Happiness Is A Warm Gun – lacks the intro and the final section
Mean Mr Mustard – his sister is called Shirley, not Pam
Polythene Pam – slightly different chords; ‘well it’s a little absurd but she’s a nice class of bird’; the verses are repeated
Glass Onion – with double-tracked gobbledygook from Lennon

Work on The White Album began on 30 May 1968 at Abbey Road. The album was released on 22 November 1968.

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