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UK double vinyl album The Beatles (aka The ‘White Album’)

‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – front cover
Front cover
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – back cover
Back cover
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – Apple record label
Record label
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – free photographs
Free photographs
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – free poster
Free poster, both sides
  • Label: Apple PMC 7067/7068 MONO / PCS 7067/7068 STEREO
  • Released: 22nd November 1968
  • Peak position:
    Melody Maker – #1;
    NME – #1;
    Record Retailer – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 8 – seven weeks from 7th December 1968, and one week from 1st February 1969
  • Weeks in chart: 22 – from 7th December 1968

This was the first album to be released on their new Apple label. Most of the songs are acoustic because they were written in India when they only had acoustic guitars to play around with. In fact, they ended up writing so many new tunes in India that George was moved to complain: “We’re not here to do the next album, we’re here to meditate!”

Given a stack of tracks of varying quality, George Martin tried to convince them that it would be much better to release one glorious 14-track LP instead, but they were having none of it. “What else do you do,” said John, “when you’ve got so many songs and you want to get rid of them so that you can write some more? There was a lot of ego in the band, and there were a lot of songs that maybe should have been elbowed or made into …

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UK tape cassette album (Re-release) The Beatles (aka The ‘White Album’)

‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – EMI tape cassette label
Cassette label
  • Label: EMI TC2 PCS 4501
  • Released: 1970

UK tape cassette album (Re-release) The Beatles (aka The ‘White Album’)

‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – outside cover, folded-out
Outside cover, folded-out
  • Label: EMI TC2 PCS 4501
  • Released: 1972

UK double CD album (Re-release) The Beatles (aka The ‘White Album’)

‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – CD front cover
Front cover
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – CD back cover
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‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – Apple CD label
CD label
  • Label: Apple CDP 7 46443 2
  • Released: 24th August 1987
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #18
  • Weeks in chart: 2 – from 5th September 1987

UK remastered double CD album (Re-release) The Beatles (aka The ‘White Album’)

‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – CD front cover
Front cover
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – CD back cover
Back cover
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) UK album – Apple CD label
CD label
  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • Released: 9th September 2009
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #21
  • Weeks in chart: 3 – from 13th September 2009
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