By John Toscano
Giles Martin did an excellent job remixing these tracks in stereo, I now can hear new pieces of songs that i've listened too for years are now, subtle instruments in the background. Highly reccomended for any Beatles fan.
Esher Demos? Yes. Outtakes? Mostly. Remix? No.
By Chris McKenzie
This remix is nowhere near as necessary as the Sgt. Pepper one was. That, I could understand, since the instruments in the original mix ended up in the extreme left and right channels. With the White Album, however, it was already very well mixed. The main difference I notice is that the bass is turned up significantly, and there are a few original recording elements MISSING. Not my White Album.
The Esher demos are gorgeous and well worth getting on their own, if you get nothing else. It’s like unplugged Beatles sitting around their living room making music.
The outtakes range from indispensible (Revolution 1, sadly only available as part of the entire album; Not Guilty; Good Night takes; the “I Will” sequence on disc 6) to filler (all of the instrumental backing tracks). For hardcore fans only.
By tim bullard
The remixes are outstanding. The archival material gives insights into the politics of the Beatles during this period. If the Esher demos are an accurate reflection, Lennon came to the table loaded for bear with as much material as George and Paul combined. While the majority of Lennon's songs were realized with full group participation, McCartney's best efforts (I Will, Mother Nature's Son, Blackbird) were Paul sans Beatles. Hmmm...A double album was the only way out. Forget Yoko. You can see where the tension came from and why Ringo took a temporary hike. But even Beatles filler is superior stuff.
Fan of Real Song Titles
By Another Beatles Listener
1) I truly appreciate recent and prompt improvements upon the
presentation here, specifically with regard to track titles for
the song listings; someone has refined this list beautifully.
Yes, it is largely about the music . . . but we are, all too often,
being offered material that is — especially for this format —
denied the respect of careful attention to the given title(s):
“No Repsect” via Someone (Else), allegedly for the Kingbees;
“Bad Reputaion” via Someone allegedly representing Freedy
Johnston; “Three Time In Love” via Someone allegedly for
Tommy James; an “a Capella” version of a Tag (or Coda) as
allegedly representing The Beach Boys (!!!) . . . come on, folks
2) How about this for a wildly tight White Album (without any
attempt here toward a track sequence)?
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Mother Nature’s Son
I’m So Tired
Don’t Pass Me By
(I know; verily doth it border ’pon blasphemy for some.)
3) For a new Revolver (or Rubber Soul / Revolver) Compilation
— or somehow! — could iTunes gather in a couple of such
Previously Released items as the “Yellow Submarine” track
(from the Real Love EP) that includes Ringo’s Spoken Intro
. . . or the “complete” version (from the Free As A Bird EP or
Single) of “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)” . . . ? Just askin’.
I have ’em on CD, so it isn’t quite Snooze and Lose.
4) The present breathtaking Official Compilation now gets the
fifth star from me because of such improvements of
presentation as I mention above . . . leaving aside any issue
of whether to include “Hey Jude” via a traditionally (Pre-’15)
unshortened edit of the song in its familiar “standard” form.
5) Thank you for any and all patience with my lengthy, well,
First Review Ever; perhaps some will want it to be my last;
and it may well prove thus.
I remember listening to this on LP back in the early 1980's. I loved the many personalities of this double LP. It is my favorite Beatles LP. Not as polished as Abbey Road or ground breaking as SPLHCB. Alone, this LP is simple and straight forward. I have always loved "Goodnight". Such a warm and gentle way to close out the LP. Have the "Black Album" so never really liked the demos off it. I over did it in the 80's on them. Will buy it on pay day...... JDSB-3 in New York "Child of Nature" became "Jealous Guy". You heard it here first.
A Masterpiece Album
This is a great album with many beautiful, unique, amazing, and memorable songs. But I wish there could be a album about the 1969 Apple Rooftop “Concert”.
Any true Beatles fan will LOVE this!!! Excellent work Giles Martin!
By The Dapper Dane
Ok so I’m listening to one (1) track - the dear prudence esher version - and you can hear all the novelty and nakedness - what’s not to like folks? These guys are no longer in business. All worth it. For the fan.
How did I miss so much?
I found The Beatles through NYC DJ Murray the K in October 1963. I was 11 and scurried to my record store in South Orange, NJ as soon as “Meet the Beatles” was released. I was hooked. I followed all things Beatles and even bought a Beatles wig at Jordan Marsh in Fort Lauderdale in March 1964. I was immersed in Beatles music for the next couple of years and bought every album except Revolver. It just didn’t resonate with me and was too slow. The White Album was a revelation but I didn’t understand it so I didn’t appreciate it. Listening to the anniversary disks brought the entire Beatles world back to me and I fell in love with a song I could barely tolerate when it dropped: Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” The numerous takes of so many of the cuts and other recordings on the disks pierced my memory, my thoughts and my heart. Everything old was new again. I’m so grateful for this opportunity to go back and come forward with four geniuses and, of course, their guru, George Martin - the real fifth Beatle (sorry, Murray the K and, of course, Cousin Brucie) and the brilliant work of his son, Giles,on this compilation of musical and cultural genius.