BEATLES Reissues "On A Roll!"

ANOTHER BEATLES Album to be "re-visited & expanded..."

May 18, 2017

Stefano Panzeri

BEATLES music never sounded so GOOD! Whether albums from the Fab 4 are reissued in Mono, or in "Deluxe" fashion as the upcoming 50th Anniversary "Sargent Pepper's..." set will be, it's giving Beatles' fans everywhere another chance to listen to, and experience the incredible, ground-breaking, and timeless music that they created in the short span      (8 years!) of their recording career. Fittingly, the man behind the gargantuan task of sorting through tapes, repairing, re-mixing, and "cleaning up" the old recordings, is GILES MARTIN, the son of Beatles' Producer/Mentor/Father-Figure/Arranger/etc, Sir GEORGE MARTINGILES MARTIN first undertook the task of curator of The BEATLES recording legacy when he worked on the soundtrack for the Las Vegas show, "LOVE," which featured tremendously creative and compelling "mash-ups" of BEATLES classics. Giles Martin is also behind the re-mixed and improved sound of "Sargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," due for release 1 week in advance of the classic album's 50th Anniversary of it's release in 1967. The 'Deluxe' Box Set of "Sgt. Pepper's" is said to include many, MANY alternate versions and outtakes of the songs on the album, giving the listener a much broader view of not only the song's progression during the writing/recording process, but it also sheds light on the many variations of the songs that The Beatles tried before selecting the versions that we are all now ultra-familiar with. It's just been revealed that the NEXT project for Giles Martin will be the self-titled 1968 album from The Beatles, commonly known as The "White Album!" Now, it should be noted that up until the 50th Anniversary of the "Sgt. Pepper" set, The Beatles kept a tight lid on any Beatles music that was not commercially was 25 years after the break-up of the band that the first (official) releases of outtakes and alternate versions appeared on the "Beatles Anthology" discs. So, the fact that there will be another BEATLES album receiving attention and eventual release so soon after "Sgt. Pepper" is indeed, very noteworthy. And exciting! GILES MARTIN will certainly have his work cut out for him because the "White Album" recording sessions marked what many music critics have deemed a "great deal of indulgence" at this point in the Beatles' recordings. The "Sgt. Pepper" album had hundreds of hours of works-in-progress, outtakes, rehearsals, etc., and the "White Album" will present Martin with at least that much raw material to work with...It was not uncommon for The Beatles to go thru dozens and dozens of 'takes' of individual songs, illustrated by the many versions of songs like "Sexy Sadie," & "Ob La Di, Ob La Da," each of which logged more than 70 takes!  No release date as of yet for the re-visited "White Album," but we'll be anxiously awaiting yet another chapter in the unending, fascinating, timeless career and music of The Beatles! Rock On!