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

‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) USA album – front cover
Front cover
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) USA album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) USA album – back cover
Back cover
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) USA album – Apple record label
Record label
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) USA album – free photographs
Free photographs
‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) USA album – free poster
Free poster, both sides
  • Label: Apple SWBO 101 STEREO
  • Released: 25th November 1968
  • Sales figures: after 1 week – just under 2 million; to date – just under 10 million; Certified Gold – 6th December 1968; Certified Platinum – 26th December 1991; Certified Diamond – 25th July 2000
  • Peak position:
    Billboard – #1;
    Cashbox – #1;
    Record World – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 9 – six weeks from 28th December 1968, and three weeks from 15th February 1969
  • Weeks in chart: 155 – from 14th December 1968

George saved the Capitol LP from disaster when he caught a pre-release hearing in Los Angeles. He was in town to produce Jackie Lomax’s debut LP, and was horrified to find that the American engineers had run the master through a limiter (making the loud parts quieter and the soft parts louder). This had a rather unfortunate effect on songs like ‘Helter Skelter’ and ‘Long, Long, Long’. Fortunately, George managed to bring the problem to light before the tapes were pressed.

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USA double white vinyl album (Re-release) The Beatles (aka The ‘White Album’)

‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) USA album – Apple record label
Record label
  • Label: Apple SEBX 11841
  • Released: 21st August 1978
  • Peak position:
    Billboard – #107

This special white vinyl edition was released to coincide with the Bee Gees’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ rock-opera movie.

Whilst the movie itself was a forgetable flop, it did manage to re-ignite some interest in The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ LP. Capitol took advantage of this renewed interest to re-release some of The Beatles’ other LPs too – one of which was ‘The White Album’.

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USA remastered double vinyl album (Re-release) The Beatles (aka The ‘White Album’)

  • Label: Capitol MFSL 2 072
  • Released: 7th January 1982

In the late 1970s Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL) made a name for themselves by cutting classic albums at half-speed. This new mastering technology produced high quality lacquers that captured every little nuance of sound and improved stereo separation.

The first Beatles’ album to receive the MFSL treatment was ‘Abbey Road’ in 1979, quickly followed by ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and ‘The White Album’.

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USA remastered double vinyl album (Reissue) The Beatles (aka The ‘White Album’)

  • Label: Capitol MFSL 2 072
  • Released: October 1982

By early 1982 MFSL had remastered three Beatles albums – ‘Abbey Road’, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and ‘The White Album’. These proved to be such a success that they decided to give the remaining nine albums the same treatment too, and released them in a box-set – ‘The Beatles/The Collection’.

The already released ‘White Album’ was then reissued with a brand-new cover to match the rest in the set.

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

‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) USA album – CD front cover
Front cover
  • Label: Apple C1 46443
  • Released: 25th August 1987

USA remastered double vinyl album (Re-release) The Beatles (aka The ‘White Album’)

  • Label: Apple
  • Released: 1st July 1988

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

‘The Beatles’ (aka The ‘White Album’) USA album – CD front cover
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  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • Released: 9th September 2009
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