Friday, April 27, 2018

George Harrison launches HariSongs - new label for Indian classical music - video

The George Harrison Estate is launching a new record label HariSongs to reissue the Indian classical music George championed, recorded and produced - including his collaborations with sitar master Ravi Shankar and other Indian musicians.

You can learn more - and stream and download the inaugural, digital-only, releases here.

Here's the news release:

London, April 27, 2018 – The George Harrison Estate is happy to announce their new label, HariSongs, created in partnership with Craft Recordings to release Harrison’s archive of Indian Classical and World music and his collaborations with the finest exponents of Indian Classical music.

To celebrate this body of music, HariSongs launches today with two reissues in honour of both Ravi Shankar’s birthday (b. 7th April, 1920) and Ali Akbar Khan’s birthday (b. 14th April, 1922) this month.

These titles — both recently out-of-print, and never before available via streaming platforms — are the acclaimed Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan In Concert 1972 and the last collaboration by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, Chants of India. These digital-only reissues are now available for the first time via streaming outlets, as well as to download (In Concert is also on Hi-Res 96/24 and 192/24 formats).


About In Concert 1972


In Concert 1972 was originally released via Apple Records in 1973, with a statement that read: "Within the small community of Brilliantly Gifted Musicians there exists an even smaller world of Masters. Two of these masters recently joined together in concert ...". The album features two of Indian Classical music's greatest artists at the height of their powers, the sitar maestro Ravi Shankar and master of the sarod, Ali Akbar Khan. The album captures the live recordings from a performance which took place at New York City's Philharmonic Hall on October 8, 1972 and was mixed and edited by George Harrison (with Zakir Hussain and Phil McDonald). Featuring tabla accompaniment by the great Alla Rakha, this mesmerising concert comprises three ragas played in the jugalbandi style (or a duet played by two solo musicians) and became a poignant tribute to the guru of both soloists (and the father of Ali Akbar), the great Allauddin Khan, who had died but a month previously.
Critical praise for In Concert 1972
“This wonderful recording comes from a show at New York's Philharmonic Hall with a dream team: Ali Akbar Khan on sarod and Alla Rakha on tabla. One of the three pieces, 'Raga – Manj Khamaj,' totals almost an hour, enabling you to get much closer than on most Shankar albums of the period, to the natural extension and patient exploration of an Indian classical-music evening."
Rolling Stone 
“This is the living, fire-breathing embodiment of one of the greatest partnerships ever forged in Hindustani (Northern Indian) classical music… Two musicians pouring their hearts out for their guru: that is the most succinct description of this sometimes smouldering, sometimes fiery, masterpiece.”
Gramophone Magazine 

About Chants of India


Chants of India by Ravi Shankar and produced by George Harrison was originally released in 1997 on Angel Records. Recorded in both Madras, India, and Henley-on-Thames, UK, this collaboration was referred to by Shankar as “one of the most difficult challenges in my life, as a composer and arranger”, and draws upon the sacred Sanskrit texts of the Vedas, Upanishads and other scriptures. He added, “the repetitive use of mantras invoke a special power within oneself and I have tried to imbibe this age-old tradition in this recording... into which I have poured my heart and soul”. 
Critical praise for Chants of India
“Perhaps the very best introduction to the enduring creative friendship between the Bengali classical master and the scruff from Liverpool's back streets”

"'Chants of India represents a creative milestone in the life of a veteran artist whose contributions to traditional Indian music cannot be overestimated."

"Shankar took Hindu prayers, mantras and scriptural texts and framed them within larger musical settings, incorporating both Indian and European instruments along with voices. The results are transporting – and very beautiful."
NPR Music
In Concert 1972
Ravi Shankar (sitar) & Ali Akbar Khan (sarod) with Alla Rakha (tabla)
  1. Raga Hem Bihag – 25:18
  2. Raga Manj Khamaj – 51:01
  3. Raga Sindhi Bhairavi – 26:18
Chants of India
All songs are traditional, arranged by Ravi Shankar, except where indicated.
  1. Vandanaa Trayee – 4:32
  2. Omkaaraaya Namaha – 1:53
  3. Vedic Chanting One – 3:12
  4. Asato Maa – 7:12
  5. Sahanaa Vavavtu – 4:26
  6. Poornamadah – 1:28
  7. Gaayatri – 3:26
  8. Mahaa Mrityunjaya – 4:43
  9. Veenaa-Murali – 3:36
  10. Geetaa – 2:13
  11. Managalam (original composition by Shankar, Dr Nandakumara) – 4:03
  12. Hari Om (original composition by Shankar) – 2:57
  13. Svara Mantra (original composition by Shankar) – 4:34
  14. Vedic Chanting Two – 2:13
  15. Prabhujee (original composition by Shankar) – 8:06
  16. Sarve Shaam – 5:09 

Vintage sheet music: "Do You Want to Know a Secret"

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Vintage songbook: Songs By George Harrison and Ringo Starr

I'm in the new Beatlefan

The latest issue of America's longest-running Beatles fan publication is out.

Get a copy to read my interview with photographer Paul Saltzman about his experiences studying Transcendental Meditation alongside the Beatles in India 50 years ago. I also contributed a couple of book reviews.

Lots more good stuff, too:

 Beatlefan #231 continues our look back 50 years, with a focus on the launching of The Beatles’ Apple Corps. Bruce Spizer traces how Apple rolled out; Tom Frangione looks at John, Paul, George and Ringo’s contributions to releases by other Apple acts; and Wally Podrazik examines the impact Apple had on Beatles fandom. Also in the new issue, John Firehammer talks with Paul Saltzman about his time with The Beatles in India; Al Sussman and Bruce Spizer chat about Spizer’s Beatles books; Bill King looks at how McCartney’s “Off the Ground” album holds up after 25 years; Sussman discusses the live 1963 recording of The Beatles that recently resurfaced; Rip Rense makes a case for the great lost Lennon solo song; and fan Brian Cashman takes a fun look at The Beatles’ penchant for clapping on record. Plus, we have all the latest news (including reports on Ringo's knighthood and what Julian Lennon is up to) and reviews of new recordings, books and more. A sample issue costs $8 in the U.S. or $12 abroad. U.S. funds only. If you want the latest issue, be sure to specify #231. For more information, email

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

"Beatles for Sale" track-by-track by Paul McCartney

From Disc Weekly, Nov. 4: Paul runs down the songs on the Beatles' latest LP.

We got 14 tracks in to the record, which is about as much as you can fit in. We're pleased about this because we don't like to give short measure and we felt a bit bad about  the Hard Day's Night album only having 13 numbers.

We think there are some interesting sounds on the LP.

No Reply: John sings this one and I do the vocal harmony. We tried to give it different moods, staring off quietly with a sort of vaguely bossa nova tempo, building up to a straight beat crescendo in the middle, and then tailing off quietly again .

I'm a Loser: I reckon the best way to describe this one is a folk song gone pop. John and I both sing, but John does most of it. He also plays some nice harmonicas, too.

Baby's in Black: I better explain what John and I meant by this title, hadn't I? The story is about a girl who's wearing black because the bloke she does has gone away forever. The feller singing the song facies her, too but he's getting nowhere We wrote it originally in a waltz style , but it finished as a mixture of waltz and beat.

Rock'n'Roll Music: This is an old Chuck Berry thing which we used to do at the Cavern and we've tried for that old-type clipped down-in-the-valley echo on it. There's some piano going, too. George Martin, John and I on the keyboard all at once.

I'll Follow the Sun: John and I wrote this one some while ago, but we changed the middle eight bars before we actually recorded it. John and I sing it, and Ringo played the top of a packing case instead of his drums this time. Just for a change, you know.

Mister Moonlight: This is the second one we didn't write. It was originally the B-side of Dr. Feelgood and one of the numbers we played at the Cavern. I play a bit of organ solo in the background, and John and I do the singing. Ringo got hold of a horn-shaped sort of conga drum for this with good effect.

Kansas City: Another old Cavern thing of ours, which we've been asked to record. I mean, it's one we used to play there, not one we wrote. I do most of the singing this time and some piano playing, and John and George join in on the vocal bit.

Eight Days a Week: I got the title for this one when I was being driven over to visit John. The chauffeur was talking away to me, saying how hard his boss worked the staff, so hard they seemed to do eight days a week. W've altered the plot a bit for the song of course. The bloke loves the girl for eight days a week. John and I do the singing.

Words of Love: This isn't ours. It's an old Buddy Holly specialty which we used to do again at the Cavern. There was a fabulous guitar bit on the Holly disc, sounding almost like bells. George took the same riff and double-tracked it, and sounds as good.

Honey Don't: We didn't write this one, either. It's Ringo's solo piece, a simple and sweet piece which he handles as well vocally as he does his drum kit. Yes, he's singing! Again it's another Cavern item of ours, only John used to sing it in those days.

Every Little Thing: John and I got this one written in Atlantic City during our last tour of the States. John does the guitar riff for this one, and George is on acoustic. Ringo bashes some timpani drums for the big noise you'll hear.

I Don't Want to Spoil the Party: We went after a real country and western flavor when we wrote this one. John and I do the singing in that style and George takes a real country solo on the guitar.

What You're Doing: We wrote this one in Atlantic City like "Every Little Thing." It's not that Atlantic City is particularly inspiring, it's just that we happened to have a day off the tour there. Ringo does a nice bit of drumming decoration in the introduction and I double track on the vocal as well as playing some piano.

Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby: This is another Cavern thing, an old Carl Perkins number. We've got that clipped tape echo effect for it again. It's a swinging end to the album, and George has a good solo again.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ringo releases video for "Give More Love," announces 2018 birthday plans

Better late than never, I guess. Ringo Starr has released a video to "Give More Love," the title track of his 2017 album.

It's also been announced that Hard Rock Cafe locations will air a video message from Ringo on his birthday on July 7. The date marks his 78th year, and the tenth anniversary of his annual "peace and love" event, in which he asks fans to join him in wishing for world peace and harmony.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for, then Peace & Love,” says Starr. “I was blown away last year with how far this idea keeps spreading – we started in New Zealand, had people sending Peace & Love from Antarctica, Japan, Costa Rica, India, Russia, Brazil, Europe, London, Liverpool and Hawaii. It was so far out.

“So here we are ten years later and it keeps growing. I want to thank Capitol who have hosted us the last four years, Hard Rock, the David Lynch Foundation and everyone for continuing to help spread Peace & Love, Ringo.”

Gala ticket to "Yellow Submarine" world premiere, July 17, 1968

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

History: Those crazy Liverpool band names, Record Mirror, Aug.4, 1962

From Record Mirror, Aug. 4, 1962:

IS THE Liverpool area the rockingest part of the great British Isles? A publication, Mersey Beat, just arrived, makes me think this is the case.

... groups mentioned include the Tremors, Fabulous Fourtones, the Deltas, the Skyliners, the Tremolos, Rick Shaw & The Dolphins, Ken Tracey and the Beat Squad, the Cyclones, the Dakotas, the Zodiacs, the Midnighters, the Four Jays, Group One, the Bluegenes, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Solohettes, the Mersey Beats, the Dennisons, the Searchers.

Names that intrigue are the Beatles (who were billed as big as Bruce Channel in Liverpool), the Spidermen, the Morockans.

... More names: Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, whose names include some that their mothers never thought of, I reckon – Johnny Guitar (he’s 21), Ringo Starr (21) and Ty Brian (21).

Monday, April 16, 2018

Eric Clapton "Life in 12 Bars" soundtrack features Beatles, George Harrison tunes

Beatles tunes don't get anthologized much, but Eric Clapton had a special relationship to the group, having collaborated with George Harrison on a number of projects and, of course, having provided the famed solo on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

So, it's no huge surprise to see that tune and a few other Beatles-related tracks included on the soundtrack to "Life in 12 Bars," a documentary film about Clapton now airing on HBO.

The Life in 12 Bars soundtrack is due out June 8 and includes the Beatles' recording of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," Cream's "Badge" (which was co-written by Clapton and George, and George's "My Sweet Lord," which features Clapton on guitar.

You can order the soundtrack from Amazon now. The film is also out on Blu-ray June 8.

Ed Sheeran to provide cameo, music to new Beatles-themed comedy

Singer Ed Sheeran will appear in a cameo in and provide music to a new Beatles-themed comedy, "All You Need is Love," directed Danny Boyle ("Trainspotting") and written by Richard Curtis ("Four Weddings).

The musical comedy follows a busker who wakes up to find he is the only person who can remember the Beatles.

Vintage Beatles pic: Paul

Friday, April 13, 2018

Liverpool hatches master plan to revitalize its "Beatles Quarter"

The City of Liverpool is mulling a plan to reinvigorate the city's "Beatles Quarter" centered around the famed Cavern Club in an effort to capitalize on tourism related to the band's local history.

A recent economic impact report found that the city’s Beatles related industry has been growing at 5-15% a year following the city’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2008 with Cavern City Tours and the Cavern Club now attracting 800,000 visitors per annum and 80% of the Hard Day’s Night Hotel guests classed as international.

... Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, who has also created a Beatles Legacy group, said: “The Beatles are known the world over and not just by those who grew up with them, new audiences are discovering their music all the time and wanting to learn about the bands roots.

“The fact is we have a good Beatles tourism offer but it’s not at the level it could and should be – one that has a world class wow factor that reflects the band’s timeless genius and global impact."

Vintage ad: Beatles "From Me to You" single

"What brings the Beatles, Donovan, Brian Jones and Cilla Black together for a summit meeting?" Vintage Apple Records for Grapefruit's "Elevator"

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Ringo signs new song publishing deal

Ringo Starr has signed with a new publisher to administer rights to his song catalog.

According to the New York Post, the deal with Bertelsmann "covers 150 titles, BMG said, including his songwriting contributions with the Beatles that include 'Octopus’s Garden,' 'What Goes On,' "Flying," 'Don’t Pass Me By' and 'Maggie Mae.'"

...The rights for Starr also include his solo catalog derived from 19 post-Beatles albums as well as rights to any future compositions.

“We’ll be administering the catalog, putting his music to work,” said a BMG spokesman, with rights ranging from streaming music to use in commercials, films or future compilations.

History: The Tornados talk Beatles, July 1963

The Tornadoes were the first British pop band to the U.S. charts, with the space-age instrumental hit, "Telstar," written and produced by the legendary Joe Meek. By 1963, the band had lost considerable ground to the Shadows in the UK instro-pop stakes and the emergence of Mersey Beat.

Here, the group weigh in on the Beatles' prospects in the U.S.

From Disc, July 13, 1963

"Listen," said Clem. "When we cut 'Telstar', did the Americans say what a great British sound? They didn't. They just said: 'We like the sound of The Tornados. It's their own sound.'

"Well, this is what I'm saying about The Beatles and all the other Liverpool groups that have made it big. It's not a special Merseybeat rhythm and blues, or big beat. It's a special sound belonging to the group that thought of it.

"And good luck to them. It's different, new and exciting."

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

History: Jane Asher interview in Fabulous Magazine March 21, 1965

THE FIRST disc that Jane Asher ever bought was 'Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour On The Bed Post Overnight?' by Lonnie Donegan.

"I've changed a lot since those days," said Jane. She smoothed back her long red hair in a thoughtful fashion. "I'm very fond of rhythm and blues now. Chuck Berry and Sonny Boy Williamson are two of my favourites."

She only has one great hate in the music world and that's traditional jazz.

"I just don't like it. It sets my teeth on edge. Some modern jazz is okay. I have records by Dave Brubeck and Duke Ellington and I like them."

Some time ago Jane went to audition for a record company to cut a disc.

"I was trembling like a leaf," said Jane, "and the song came out sounding rather like a rusty door on very squeaky hinges. It was never issued. As a singer, I make a very good actress."

At that moment Jane's brother, Peter, walked into the room. There's no mistaking the family resemblance. Pete has a shorter thatch of that magnificent red hair of which Jane is rightly proud.

"Here's the star of the family," said Jane, introducing me. "Pete has just cut his first disc with a school friend named Gordon."

The number is called 'World Without Love' and the boys call themselves simply Peter and Gordon. "Who wrote it?" I asked.
"John and Paul," replied Jane.
"Paul who?" I inquired innocently. Jane shot me a withering glance.

I left looking suitably withered.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Vintage Beatles Hand Painted Mold (Wales) Assembly Hall Concert Poster (UK, 1963)

Beatles' "Ed Sullivan Show" appearances upgraded to high-def DVD, out May 25

An upgraded, high-definition collection of the Beatles' "Ed Sullivan Show" appearances is set for release May 25. Similarly updated collections featuring Sullivan appearances by Elvis Presley, the Supremes and the Temptations also are set for release that day.

You can order the Beatles collection from Amazon now.


The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Beatles collects the four entire episodes ofThe Ed Sullivan Show with history-making performances by The Beatles on two DVDs. On February 9, 1964, The Beatles stepped onto Ed Sullivan’s stage to make their U.S. TV debut. 73 million Americans tuned in and “Beatlemania” exploded. In these unforgettable live shows from 1964 and 1965, The Beatles performed 20 songs, including the Number One hits ‘She Loves You,’ ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand,’ ‘Ticket To Ride,’ ‘Yesterday,’ ‘Help!,’ ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ and ‘All My Loving.’

According to a news release, the shows are "newly upgraded from standard definition (720x480, 4x3) to high definition video (1920x1080, 16x9) and digitally enhanced for image clarity and stabilization."

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Video: Paul McCartney shares "dream" in MLK tribute

Paul McCartney is among celebrities sharing their dreams for the future in a video tribute organized by Stevie Wonder in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated 50 years ago this week.

Here's Paul's statement via his Twitter:

Vintage Beatles "magnetic hair" game

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Beatles post trailer for restored "Yellow Submarine," screening in theaters this summer


Restored 4K Theatrical Version With Remixed 5.1 Stereo Surround Sound 

Once upon a time…or maybe twice…there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland… 

NEW YORK / LONDON / LOS ANGELES – APRIL 03, 2018 – Abramorama announced today a deal with Apple Corps Ltd. and Universal Music Group (UMG) to theatrically release The Beatles’ classic 1968 animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, across North America this July in celebration of its 50th anniversary. 

Abramorama, Apple Corps Ltd. and UMG have teamed to give Beatles fans of all ages the opportunity to come together and share in this visually stunning movie and soundtrack. 

Abramorama originally partnered with Apple Corps, Imagine Entertainment, White Horse Pictures, StudioCanal and UMG’s Polygram Entertainment on the Ron Howard documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years.

Yellow Submarine was restored in 4K digital resolution by Paul Rutan Jr. and his team of specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. The film’s songs and score were remixed in 5.1 stereo surround sound at UMG’s Abbey Road Studios by music mix engineer Peter Cobbin.

Due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film’s restored photochemical elements. This was all done by hand, frame by frame.

Richard Abramowitz, CEO of Abramorama said, “We’re thrilled to have the privilege of bringing Yellow Submarine back to the big screen so that 3 generations of happy Beatles fans can enjoy the ground-breaking animation and classic tunes and that have long been part of our collective cultural DNA.”

Directed by George Dunning, and written by Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn and Erich Segal, Yellow Submarine began its voyage to the screen when Brodax, who had previously produced nearly 40 episodes of ABC’s animated Beatles TV series, approached The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein with a unique vision for a full-length animated feature.

Yellow Submarine, based upon a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope, propelled by Beatles songs, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “It’s All Too Much.”

When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognized as a landmark achievement, revolutionizing a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques.

Inspired by the generation’s new trends in art, the film resides with the dazzling Pop Art styles of Andy Warhol, Martin Sharp, Alan Aldridge and Peter Blake.

With art direction and production design by Heinz Edelmann, Yellow Submarine is a classic of animated cinema, featuring the creative work of animation directors Robert Balser and Jack Stokes with a team of animators and technical artists. Information on local screenings can be found here:

Vintage Mersey Beat Promotional Poster (UK, Circa 1962)

Sunday, April 1, 2018

News! 50th anniversary Beatles "White Album" out in November! Special one-disk edition!

Official news release:

50th Anniversary Edition Presents Long-Awaited Single-Disk "WHITE ALBUM"

Re-mixed, Re-mastered and Re-sequenced from the Original Master Tapes by Giles Martin

New Track Sequence, Multiple Formats

Out November 22, 2018

London - April 1, 2018 - Apple Corps marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' "White Album" worldwide on November 22 with a new, improved version of the famed release, especially re-mixed, re-mastered and re-sequenced for the occasion by producer Giles Martin.

Unlike the original "White Album," which was released as a two-record set in 1968, this new version is a single disk. The approach honors the vision of the Beatles' legendary producer, George Martin.

"My dad famously said that he wished the 'White Album' had been a regular, one-disk release, so this is a way to make that wish a reality," Giles Martin said.

Creating a one-disk "White Album" required Giles to go into the Beatles' vault to select the absolute best recordings from the album's recording sessions.

"Essentially, we had to start from square one, listen to what the group had recorded during the sessions in 1968 and pick the absolute best tracks," Martin said.

He added: "Frankly, the two-disk 'White Album' contains a lot of dross. There are some really lame, cheesy songs like 'Blackbird,' 'I Will' and 'Julia,' which are really acoustic-sounding and boring. And then there's stuff like 'Back in the U.S.S.R., which is just a rip-off of the Beach Boys ripping off Chuck Berry."

"Also," Martin said, "there are some songs that just don't make sense, like 'My Guitar Gently Weeps' and 'Glass Onion.' Onions aren't made of glass. They're vegetables. I think. Or tubers. And guitars can't cry. How can a guitar weep? It's a musical instrument."

"Really, when you look at it, it's a very thrown-together album," Martin added. "It's got all sorts of different styles going on. They didn't even bother putting a picture on the cover."

Along with eliminating filler from the LP's track list, Martin spent hours listening to hundreds of outtakes and demo recordings of the original 'White Album' tunes.

"Anything was fair game," he said. "If it was recorded in that time frame, we considered including it in the new edition. Unfortunately, there wasn't much to work with."

"For example," Martin said, "there were some acoustic demos recorded at George's house. We could've included those, but they sound really demo-y and unfinished. It's like you're in a living room with the Beatles, not listening to a polished studio recording. Plus, they're mostly acoustic. They don't rock."

After much work, Martin settled on the following track list:

1. Helter Skelter (Really Long Version)
2. Revolution #9 (Super Loopy Version)

"Yes, I know that's only two songs," Martin says. "But they're both really long. On the vinyl version, each will take up a full side."

Fans have clamored for the 20-minute version of "Helter Skelter" for years and some of them may even feel like it's been worth the wait.

"The thing that comes to mind about the song, not immediately, but after the first 10 minutes or so, is that's it's really quite extraordinarily long," said Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn.

"It goes on for a bit and you think they're about to wrap it up, but then it keeps going. And then it keeps going some more," he adds. "Eventually, after you've gone into the kitchen to make a cup of tea and feed the cat, you come back into the living room and it ends."

The new version of "Revolution #9," meanwhile, is a fresh take on John Lennon's experimental classic. The original song has been expanded to more than double its original length with the inclusion of a dance beat and new tape loops added by Yoko Ono, Sean Ono Lennon and Giles Ono Martin.

"We needed to fill up the entire second side of the album, so we made it longer," Martin explained.

The new tape loops include sounds of goats, tree frogs and an electric drill. "I recorded that last one while I was remodeling my kitchen," Martin said.

Fans will likely want to know whether these new tracks are in mono or stereo. The answer, Martin says, is both.

"Sometimes it's stereo, sometimes it's mono," he said. "At some points the sound drops out completely and comes back super loud and scares the beejeezus out of you. This is NOT an album you want to listen to on headphones, or while you're driving, or mowing the lawn or remodeling your kitchen."

Asked to comment on the new album, Paul McCartney said, "I'm just glad I got the 'A' side!," while Ringo Starr said, "I'm ok with whatever!"

Like the original album, the anniversary edition will be packaged in a plain white sleeve. "But this time it won't say 'The Beatles' on it," Martin said. "It will just be white. At this point, we think people can figure it out."

The package won't include any extras, such as a book or video content, because, "frankly, all that stuff is a lot of work," said Apple Corps CEO Jeff Jones.

However, the set will be available in a variety of formats, including vinyl, CD and a 78 rpm box set.

To avoid confusing casual Beatles fans, the original "White Album" will be withdrawn immediately from distribution.

"We figure anyone who wants the old version has it," Martin said. "This is a 'White Album' for a new generation that hasn't got a clue about what they've missed."

The anniversary edition, White Album 1, is available for pre-order now.



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