Monday, September 24, 2018

Beatles White Album 50th anniversary set world buying guide

  1.  U.S. Amazon  7 disc (6 CD /Blu-ray( (Super Deluxe):
  2.  U.S. Amazon 3 CD:
  3. U.S. Amazon 4 LP:
  4. U.S.  Amazon 2 LP Vinyl:
  5. UK 7 disc (6 CD.Blu-ray):
  6. UK 3 CDs:
  7. UK Amazon 4 disk vinyl:
  8. UK Amazon 2 disk vinyl:
  9. Japan 7 disc (6 CD SHM, Blu-ray):
  10. Japan Amazon (4 LPs)
  11.  Japan Amazon 3 CDs (SHM):
  12. Canada Amazon 6 CDs and Blu-Ray:
  13.   Canada Amazon 3 CDs:
  14.  Canada Amazon 2 LPs:
  15. Canada Amazon 4 LPs:
  16. Germany Amazon 4 LPs:
  17. Germany Amazon 3 CDs:
  18. Germany Amazon 7 discs (6 CDs/Blu-ray): 
  19. Germany Amazon 2 LPs Vinyl:

The configurations and their contents:

The BEATLES (‘White Album’) releases include:

Super Deluxe:
  • The comprehensive, individually numbered 7-disc and digital audio collections feature:
  • CDs 1 & 2: The BEATLES (‘White Album’) 2018 stereo album mix
  • CD3: Esher Demos: - Esher Demo tracks 1 through 19 sequenced in order of the finished song’s placement on ‘The White Album.’ Tracks 20-27 were not included on the album.
  • CDs 4, 5 & 6: Sessions: - 50 additional recordings, most previously unreleased, from ‘White Album’ studio sessions; all newly mixed from the four-track and eight-track session tapes, sequenced in order of their recording start dates.
  • 2018 album mix in high resolution PCM stereo
  • 2018 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 album mix
  • 2018 Dolby True HD 5.1 album mix
  • 2018 direct transfer of the album’s original mono mix
Deluxe: The 3CD; 180-gram 4LP vinyl box set (limited edition); and digital audio collections pair the 2018 stereo album mix with the 27 Esher Demos.
  • The BEATLES (‘White Album’) 2018 stereo album mix
  • Esher Demos
Standard 2LP Vinyl:
  • The BEATLES (‘White Album’) 2018 stereo mix,
  • 180-gram 2LP vinyl in gatefold sleeve with faithfully replicated original artwork
The BEATLES (‘White Album’) track lists

Super Deluxe [6CD+1Blu-ray set / digital audio collection]

CD 1: The BEATLES (‘White Album’) 2018 Stereo Mix disc 1
  • Back in the U.S.S.R.
  • Dear Prudence
  • Glass Onion
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  • Wild Honey Pie
  • The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
  • Martha My Dear
  • I’m so tired
  • Blackbird
  • Piggies
  • Rocky Raccoon
  • Don’t Pass Me By
  • Why don’t we do it in the road?
  • I Will
  • Julia
CD 2: The BEATLES (‘White Album’) 2018 Stereo Mix disc 2
  • Birthday
  • Yer Blues
  • Mother Nature’s Son
  • Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
  • Sexy Sadie
  • Helter Skelter
  • Long, Long, Long
  • Revolution I
  • Honey Pie
  • Savoy Truffle
  • Cry Baby Cry
  • Revolution 9
  • Good Night
CD 3: Esher Demos:
  • Back in the U.S.S.R.
  • Dear Prudence
  • Glass Onion
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  • The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
  • I’m so tired
  • Blackbird
  • Piggies
  • Rocky Raccoon
  • Julia
  • Yer Blues
  • Mother Nature’s Son
  • Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
  • Sexy Sadie
  • Revolution
  • Honey Pie
  • Cry Baby Cry
  • Sour Milk Sea
  • Junk
  • Child of Nature
  • Circles
  • Mean Mr. Mustard
  • Polythene Pam
  • Not Guilty
  • What’s the New Mary Jane
CD 4: Sessions:
  • Revolution I (Take 18)
  • A Beginning (Take 4) / Don’t Pass Me By (Take 7)
  • Blackbird (Take 28)
  • Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey (Unnumbered rehearsal)
  • Good Night (Unnumbered rehearsal)
  • Good Night (Take 10 with a guitar part from Take 5)
  • Good Night (Take 22)
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Take 3)
  • Revolution (Unnumbered rehearsal)
  • Revolution (Take 14 – Instrumental backing track)
  • Cry Baby Cry (Unnumbered rehearsal)
  • Helter Skelter (First version – Take 2)
CD 5: Sessions:
  • Sexy Sadie (Take 3)
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Acoustic version – Take 2)
  • Hey Jude (Take 1)
  • St. Louis Blues (Studio jam)
  • Not Guilty (Take 102)
  • Mother Nature’s Son (Take 15)
  • Yer Blues (Take 5 with guide vocal)
  • What’s the New Mary Jane (Take 1)
  • Rocky Raccoon (Take 8)
  • Back in the U.S.S.R. (Take 5 – Instrumental backing track)
  • Dear Prudence (Vocal, guitar & drums)
  • Let It Be (Unnumbered rehearsal)
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Third version – Take 27)
  • (You’re so Square) Baby, I Don’t Care (Studio jam)
  • Helter Skelter (Second version – Take 17)
  • Glass Onion (Take 10)
CD 6: Sessions:
  • I Will (Take 13)
  • Blue Moon (Studio jam)
  • I Will (Take 29)
  • Step Inside Love (Studio jam)
  • Los Paranoias (Studio jam)
  • Can You Take Me Back? (Take 1)
  • Birthday (Take 2 – Instrumental backing track)
  • Piggies (Take 12 – Instrumental backing track)
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun (Take 19)
  • Honey Pie (Instrumental backing track)
  • Savoy Truffle (Instrumental backing track)
  • Martha My Dear (Without brass and strings)
  • Long, Long, Long (Take 44)
  • I’m so tired (Take 7)
  • I’m so tired (Take 14)
  • The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill (Take 2)
  • Why don’t we do it in the road? (Take 5)
  • Julia (Two rehearsals)
  • The Inner Light (Take 6 – Instrumental backing track)
  • Lady Madonna (Take 2 – Piano and drums)
  • Lady Madonna (Backing vocals from take 3)
  • Across the Universe (Take 6)
Blu-ray: The BEATLES (‘White Album’) Audio Features:
  • : PCM Stereo (2018 Stereo Mix)
  • : DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (2018)
  • : Dolby True HD 5.1 (2018)
  • : Mono (2018 Direct Transfer of ‘The White Album’ Original Mono Mix)
Deluxe [3CD digipak / 180-gram 4LP vinyl box set (limited edition) / digital audio collection]:
  • The BEATLES (‘White Album’) 2018 Stereo Mix
  • Esher Demos
Standard 2LP Vinyl [180-gram]:
  • The BEATLES (‘White Album’) 2018 Stereo Mix

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Retracing George Harrison, a fan's account - If you know where you are going, these roads will take you there

(Olivia Anne Morris Fuchs attended this year's International Beatleweek in Liverpool and visited Henley-on-Thames and the Bhaktivedanta Manor. This is her account along with videos and pictures she sent along. Thanks, Olivia!)

Every Beatles Fan I've ever met dreams of going to Liverpool, UK, and attending International Beatleweek. I was so fortunate as to do that in 2017; however, the reason I planned that trip did not come to fruition until 2018. So, I planned Liverpool #2 for 2018. 

First stop was a brief tour of London proper; then, a train into Henley on Thames, and George's Friar Park. George used to walk down the hill from Friar Park to the Row Barge Inn to enjoy a pint and to jam into the night with friends. It is a lovely little 16th century pub in a special little village. Now, it is a bed and breakfast run by Cath and Joe Miller who welcome you like family. (Save yourself money by booking directly with them at The Row Barge Inn, West Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2ED. Their dinner is wonderful and their Full English Breakfast is as good as I found any place in my travels.

Up the hill from The Row Barge Inn, an easy walk, is the entrance to George's Friar Park. The Friar Park gates are so lovely as to merit a trip on their own. Friar Park still is an active part of Henley-on-Thames. Each trip I made up to Friar Park found someone coming or going. It still is beautifully maintained and lovely to see. The folks at Henley-on-Thames are very protective of Friar Park and those who still count it home, Olivia and Dhani. Having said that, apparently Cath and Joe had done a good job of letting the locals know I was coming to stay for a bit. Every place I went in the village, I was greeted with "you must be the American Girl who loves George," and my name, and a story. That was just lovely.

Sacha Wingard maintains a flat fee London Cab service; he has become my friend. He met me at Heathrow, and had to wait for me for two hours to clear customs. We visited spots in London I asked to see again; then, he delivered me to the train to Henley-on-Thames. The next day, Sacha fetched me from The Row Barge Inn to take me to Bhaktivedanta Manor, the Krishna Temple in Aldenham. Later, we went
back to London; next day he dropped me at the airport for my flight to Manchester. You may find him on Facebook. No amount of praise is sufficient for Sacha. He will make your travels easy; now knows my favorite "George" spots; he is so reasonable; and you will feel so safe while in his company. He's the real deal.

Sacha had saved a few gifts from his last trip to Bhaktivedanta Manor for me, and had mentioned when he was there that I'd be visiting in August. The Communications Director of Bhaktivedanta Manor, Radha Mohan das, greeted me upon arrival and welcomed me to join him on a private tour. We visited the
private quarters of the founder, His Divine Grace Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, a very special friend of George over the years. You may recall that before he died, Prabhupada removed the ring from his hand and gave it to his closest Krishna confidants to deliver to George. George wore it the rest of his days. When Dhani helped me select my own ring to commemorate that one, he confirmed that he has the ring still, and loves it, as well. 

Radha Mohan das took me on a special tour of the memorial garden at Bhaktivedanta Manor which had been made to honor George for his gift to the Krishnas of the Temple, itself. It is lovely. Radha Mohan das pointed out special spots where George had spent special time, or meditated. There were a couple of
spots where George and Radha Mohan das had interacted. Then, I was stunned when Radha Mohan das sang some of George's songs to me at the appropriate spots in George's Garden. I was so in the moment that I didn't focus carefully on the videos. But you still should enjoy them. 

After an additional couple of days to tour in London, I flew to Manchester and took the train to Liverpool. Then, I enjoyed all International Beatleweek has to offer. That was a separate joy. If you are a Beatles fan, you should make this a reality for yourself. It is an expense you can manage in many different ways. And, if you need a "consultation," let me know. It really is a place of Peace & Love. 

George taught us All Things Must Pass. But, he also showed us that if we want Here Comes the SunI have more stories, photos, and videos on my Facebook profile, here, and would welcome you as a friend, if you ask. 

Olivia Anne Morris Fuchs

(FYI, Olivia tells us there is a Facebook group called The Friar Park Fan Club about the history of Friar Park.)

(Olivia also recommends "Chasing Rhinos With the Swami, Volume 1," which includes memories of George Harrison.) 

Friday, September 14, 2018

"Egypt Station" hits multiple Top 10s in first chart positions

"Egypt Station" (Copyright MPL Communications)

Paul McCartney's Egypt Station has hit the top 10 on nine different charts in its first chartings. It hit #1 in Germany, #2 in The Netherlands and on Ultratop Flanders in Belgium, #3 in Norway, on Official in the UK, and on Ultratop Wallonia in Belgium, #4 in Sweden, #5 in Italy, #7 on Ireland, and #12 in New Zealand. And a story on says that it looks like the album will make a #1 debut In the U.S.

Paul is about to play some of those songs in concert as he begins his Freshen Up tour Sept. 17 in Quebec. You can get tickets to shows on the tour here.

McCartney "Under the Staircase" audio-video playlist

Screen capture from "Under the Staircase"

Spotify announced today "Paul McCartney & Spotify Singles: Under The Staircase," a new playlist of audio and video recordings all from the concert Paul McCartney did at Abbey Road Studios recently. The playlist is highlighted by "Under the Staircase," a film of the Abbey Road show. Sound for the film was overseen by Giles Martin. The band sounds great. McCartney's voice, though, sounds a little on the rough side.

The songs in the playlist:
  1. o   A Hard Day's Night
  2. o   Love Me Do
  3. o   Drive My Car
  4. o   Got To Get You Into My Life
  5. o   We Can Work It Out
  6. o   I've Just Seen A Face
  7. o   Lady Madonna
  8. o   Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band/Helter Skelter
  9. o   Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five
  10. o   My Valentine
  11. o   Fuh You
  12. o   Come On To Me
  13. o   I've Got a Feeling
  14. o   One After 909
  15. o   Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  16. o   Back In The U.S.S.R.
  17. o   Birthday

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

John Lennon: Imagine: The Ultimate Collection ordering guide


4 CD/2 Blu-ray: 

 2 LP: 

2 CD: 



DIGITAL (4 discs): 



2 LP: 

2 CD:











Super deluxe limited editon: 


2 CD: