While speaking with DIY Magazine (to publicise his new solo project Egypt Station, due out in September), Paul McCartney confirmed that there will in fact be a 50th Anniversary Edition of the The Beatles (a.k.a. The White Album):
Have you finished preparing the 50th anniversary package of that one yet?
It’s all in place, I’ve just got a couple of essays [to approve]. It’s all lined up and it’s really good.
Are there any moments you’d forgotten about when you were trawling back through the archives?
Something sparks another memory, but it’s really nice because we were a great little band – I think we can agree on that. 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 [‘The White Album’] is very cool and it sounds like you’re in the room; that’s the great thing about doing remasters. 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.
Exact details are scarce, but it looks like on November 22 this year we will definitely see something similar to the 50th Anniversary Edition box set Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band from last year – which was beautifully done.
A new mix remastered by Giles Martin and Sam Okell? Definitely some demos and studio outakes, from what Sir Paul said. The mono version of the album included? And maybe some bonus materials, including a new stereo mix of the ‘Hey Jude’/’Revolution’ single (like they did with ‘Strawberry Fields’/’Penny Lane’ for Pepper)?
“Guess I’ll have to buy the White Album again”–to add to the original vinyl copy I bought in 1968, two other recently acquired second pressings, a 1970s French white-vinyl pressing, the 30th anniversary CD, the mono CD (from the mono box set), and the vinyl pressing from the stereo box set. Thanks.
This is exactly what I was hoping. Sad that every album prior to Pepper was ignored by Apple. I’m hoping the success of pepper will spur them to continue the remixing and royal treatment which they all deserve. I would love to hear more if not all the outtakes. Just release them and let fans enjoy them. It’s too puzzling to see what good they are doing sitting behind a locked vault. We’ve already lost John and George so what’s the need to keep them unheard. Let the fans enjoy it all,