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21 September 2018
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It may include the mono on the Blu-Ray, @glazball, to save space and keep costs down. A 6CD set is cheaper than an 8.

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Here's a few things I'm hoping to hear.

  • The sound of Cynthia throwing John's clothes out of the bedroom window at Kenwood. Apparently this can be heard on Revolution 9 , buried in the mix.
  • Paul's early demos for Hey Jude , which we all know was originally called Hey Jules. One take goes on for so long that John considers getting back with Cynthia just to shut Paul up.
  • Some more Esher demos, including George's other songs about confectionery - Quality Street, Roses and Crunchy Frog.
  • Don't Pass Me By minus that bloody violin.

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Ron Nasty said
It may include the mono on the Blu-Ray, @glazball, to save space and keep costs down. A 6CD set is cheaper than an 8.  

That would be great, though to play devil's advocate - how much does it really cost a record label to print two extra CDs these days?  I'm sure the cost would get passed along to the buyer, but I do think the mono version would be a great addition and selling point since it wasn't released in the US originally.  (Please correct me if I'm wrong, I defer to your encyclopedic Beatles knowledge!)

And it does seem a bit ironic to play mono music from a high-res multi-channel audio format like a Blu-ray.  I'd be happy to do so - don't get me wrong - but it would be quite the juxtaposition of technology 🙂  I would liken it to playing an early Atari game on a 4K TV!  It would be overkill but it would sure be enjoyable.

Alas, since we still only have rumors, I'll have to just be patient while we await our official track listing announcement.  With or without the mono versions, I don't expect to be let down one bit.

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There are mono mixes included on the Blu-Ray that comes with John's upcoming Imagine  deluxe, some of which are exclusive to the Blu-Ray.

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Wogblog has reports of a leak with further details. 

Track list, 3 disc version:

CD 1: The Beatles, side 1 and 2 New stereo mix
CD 2: The Beatles, side 3 and 4 New stereo mix
CD 3: Esher Demos:
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Dear Prudence
Glass Onion
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
I’m so tired
Blackbird
Piggies
Rocky Raccoon
Julia
Yer Blues
Mother Nature’s Son
Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
Sexy Sadie
Revolution
Honey Pie
Cry Baby Cry
Sour Milk Sea
Junk
Child Of Nature
Circles
Mean Mr. Mustard
Polythene Pam
Not Guilty
What's The New Mary Jane

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The biggest news so far is that among the 50 outtakes/demos/outtakes on the other three discs is a previously unheard recording of 'Let It Be ', tho considering the work that went on with the song during January 1969 it surely cannot be that complete or much too it. 

The story going around, so far unconfirmed, is that a mono mix will be on the Blu-ray, exclusive to the super deluxe box set, possibly with other exclusive material as you can fit so much more on blu-ray than CD. There will be no videos only audio on the blu-ray. 

 

I am far more excited about this than the 'Pepper' and 'Imagine ' sets and will no doubt opt for a Blu-Ray player to connect to my laptop.

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Why not listen to it on a proper stereo as well?

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The image of the super deluxe that has emerged:

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This box set is coming through just as I had hoped. 

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This box set is coming through just as I had hoped.   

It sounds amazing. Lots of content. 

1.The Beatles 2.Sgt. Pepper 3.Abbey Road 4.Magical Mystery Tour 5.Rubber Soul 6.Revolver 7.Help! 8.Let It Be
9.A Hard Day’s Night 10.Please Please Me 11.Beatles For Sale 12.With The Beatles 13.Yellow Submarine

21 September 2018
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I’ve really been neglecting my Beatley duties recently, I didn’t even knoe the anniversary was so close.  paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif

This looks amazing from what I’ve heard, looks like I know what I’m convincing my mom she should get me for my birthday. 

The Concert for Bageldesh

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24 September 2018
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From @Joe's article on the 50th release, discs 4-6 tracklistings:

CD4: Outtakes (1)

Revolution 1 (Take 18)
A Beginning (Take 4)/Don't Pass Me By (Take 7)
Blackbird (Take 28)
Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (Unnumbered rehearsal)
Good Night (Unnumbered rehearsal)
Good Night (Take 10 with a guitar part from Take 5)
Good Night (Take 22)
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Revolution (Unnumbered rehearsal)
Revolution (Take 14 - Instrumental backing track)
Cry Baby Cry (Unnumbered rehearsal)
Helter Skelter (First version - Take 2)

CD5: Outtakes (2)

Sexy Sadie (Take 3)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Acoustic version - Take 2)
Hey Jude (Take 1)
St Louis Blues (Studio jam)
Not Guilty (Take 102)
Mother Nature's Son (Take 15)
Yer Blues (Take 5 with guide vocal)
What's The New Mary Jane (Take 1)
Rocky Raccoon (Take 8)
Back In The USSR (Take 5 - Instrumental backing track)
Dear Prudence (Vocal, guitar & drums)
Let It Be (Unnumbered rehearsal)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Third version - Take 27)
(You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care (Studio jam)
Helter Skelter (Second version - Take 17)
Glass Onion (Take 10)

CD6: Outtakes (3)

I Will (Take 13)
Blue Moon (Studio jam)
I Will (Take 29)
Step Inside Love (Studio jam)
Los Paranoias (Studio jam)
Can You Take Me Back? (Take 1)
Birthday (Take 2 - Instrumental backing track)
Piggies (Take 12 - Instrumental backing track)
Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Take 19)
Honey Pie (Instrumental backing track)
Savoy Truffle (Instrumental backing track)
Martha My Dear (Without brass and strings)
Long, Long, Long (Take 44)
I'm So Tired (Take 7)
I'm So Tired (Take 14)
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (Take 2)
Why Don't We Do It In The Road? (Take 5)
Julia (Two rehearsals)
The Inner Light (Take 6 - Instrumental backing track)
Lady Madonna (Take 2 - Piano and drums)
Lady Madonna (Backing vocals from take 3)
Across The Universe (Take 6)

Chris Evans played the stereo Back In The USSR  Esher demo on his Breakfast Show this morning. For however long it stays there:

Or, for those who can get iPlayer, it can be found here at 1:39:13.

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This is a must buy. Really happy with this track list. Can’t wait to hear those instrumental backing tracks!

1.The Beatles 2.Sgt. Pepper 3.Abbey Road 4.Magical Mystery Tour 5.Rubber Soul 6.Revolver 7.Help! 8.Let It Be
9.A Hard Day’s Night 10.Please Please Me 11.Beatles For Sale 12.With The Beatles 13.Yellow Submarine

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Rolling Stone on their first listen to the Super Deluxe, at Abbey Road and guided by Giles Martin, with their thoughts on what they find "15 of the most revelatory moments".

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Only one new (out)take from Happiness Is A Warm Gun , probably their most complex song ever, whereas 2 outtakes from I Will ... really?

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Giles Martin & Sam Okell interview about mixing the album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve1vaEIXhV0&

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Any clue as to when this will be available to pre-order?  I'm completely ecstatic this is really happening.  Surely this means we'll get the same treatment for Abbey Road next year, right???

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It is available on Amazon now.

Click on the Amazon link in my signature and search for B07HFYZY7D. You don't you have to change the drop down menu if you don't want to. The right item will come up in the results list.

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Thank you very much @Ahhh Girl!  Done and done!  Weird that it didn't turn up earlier on Amazon when I searched for "The Beatles White Album 50th Anniversary".  Did the pre-order just go up today?

I was really happy to see the mono versions will be included on the Blu-ray.  I suppose it is a little disappointing we won't get the 27 minute take of Helter Skelter , but when I pause to consider it, I'm not sure how often I'd want to really listen to 27 minutes of Helter Skelter .  I would like to hear it, just out of curiosity.  Perhaps they are holding onto it along with Carnival Of Light and other rarities so we'll have some reason to buy for the 75th Anniversary Box Sets!

One other question - do we know if any of the included takes of Good Night has John on vocals?

Edit:  Found the answer to my question in the Rolling Stone article @Ron Nasty linked.  Sounds dreamy!

Case in point: a previously unknown version of “Good Night ” where John, Paul, George and Ringo all harmonize over folk guitar.

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I couldn't find it just searching in Amazon's search bar either, @glazball. mccartney-shrug_01_gif

I received an email from thebeatles.com that had a link to the Amazon record. I wanted to make sure I helped @Joe out by using his link* so I copied the ASIN from the Amazon record and popped it into Joe's link. ahdn_john_08_gifahdn_george_08

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I guess I’ll have to wait since I’m boycotting Amazon.

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