The Beatles - The Beatles White Album 180g Vinyl 2LP Mono
The Beatles The Beatles White Album 180g Vinyl 2LP Mono
Audiophiles Get Their Wish: The Beatles (The White Album) Cut from the Original 1/4-Inch Analog Master Tapes and Pressed at Optimal on Dead-Quiet LPs
NO DIGITAL USED IN MASTERING CHAIN: Working at Abbey Road, Engineers Magee and Berkowitz Used Same Techniques Employed in 1960s for All-Analog Project
This Extraordinary Mono Pressing is the Definitive Analog Version of This Extraordinary Double Album
Beatles remastering engineers saved the best for last. Cut from the original 1/4-inch analog master tapes and pressed at Optimal in Germany on dead-quiet 180g LPs, the Beatles' The Beatles (The White Album) is made by and for audiophiles. More collectable than its stereo and digital processors, and featuring utterly transparent-to-the-source sound, it is completely different than its stereo analog counterpart by way of the all-analog cutting process and audiophile-focused manufacturing. Purists rejoice: NO DIGITAL is involved in any part of the chain. This pressing presents the band as it was meant to be heard, in spectacular mono sound.
Mastered from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by Grammy-winning engineer Sean Magee and Grammy-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz, The Beatles (The White Album) exemplifies sonic transparency and analog purity. While the recent stereo LP and CDs were created from digital remasters, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records for the The Beatles (The White Album) mono 2LP employing the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers.
Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of the Beatles’ albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.
Comprised of material each member wrote on acoustic guitars while on a spiritual retreat in India, The Beatles—most commonly known as The White Album—remains the band’s most expansive, and, for multiple reasons, famous record. While its double-album sprawl suggests indulgence, there are few (if any) missteps. It stands as the group’s last one-for-all, all-for-one effort, even if most of the songs double as solo material given the singing by individual members on many of the tracks. Forty-plus years on, it’s impossible not to love what’s here. And now, with this definitive 2LP pressing, you’ll worship it.
Stepping back to the more basic production techniques of its earlier albums in order to distance themselves from the myriad imitators, the Beatles drop the psychedelic effects and focus on the tunes. Not that further recording-studio advancements don’t assist the band in making history. With the arrival of 3M eight-track machines, front skin removed from Ringo’s bass drums, and tea towels placed on the other drums, the sound is deadened and thickened, characteristics that are transparent on this stellar pressing.
So is the group’s shift towards American gear, namely, three Fender basses, which prominently figure into the mix. For the first time, fans can also fully detect the slight increase in room ambience, the intentional leakage that contributes to the sense of space, and the chorusing treatments on “Yer Blues” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (hello, Eric Clapton), songs that mirror the Beatles’ decision to tone down phasing atmospherics. And dig George Martin’s honky-tonk piano on “Rocky Raccoon,” a percussive addition that’s the only half-speed recording on this album.
Yes, you waited decades. Now, celebrate the end-all-be-all definitive edition of this seminal double album by securing your pressing today.
The Beatles The Beatles White Album Track Listing:
1. Back in the U.S.S.R
2. Dear Prudence
3. Glass Onion
4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
5. Wild Honey Pie
6. The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
8. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
9. Martha My Dear
10. I'm So Tired
13. Rocky Raccoon
14. Don't Pass Me By
15. Why Don't We Do It In The Road
16. I Will
19. Yer Blues
20. Mother Nature's Son
21. Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
22. Sexy Sadie
23. Helter Skelter
24. Long Long Long
25. Revolution 1
26. Honey Pie
27. Savoy Truffle
28. Cry Baby Cry
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