Each copy of this limited edition is sequentially numbered. The
packaging recreates the original double-gatefold sleeve and
includes the original poster as well as the individual photos of
each band member.
The Beatles: George Harrison (vocals, acoustic & electric
guitars, violin, organ, bass, tambourine, firebell); John Lennon
(vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, harmonica, saxophone,
piano, organ, harmonium, bass, 6-string bass, maracas, tambourine,
tape loops); Paul McCartney (vocals, acoustic & electric
guitars, flute, flugelhorn, piano, Hammond organ, bass, drums,
bongos, timpani, percussion); Ringo Starr (vocals, piano, drums,
bongos, maracas, castanets, tambourine).
Additional personnel includes: Yoko Ono (vocals); Eric Clapton
(electric guitar); Mal Evans (trumpet, tambourine); George Martin
(piano, harmonium); Chris Thomas (harpsichord, Mellotron); Maureen
Starkey, Patti Harrison (background vocals).
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios and Trident Studios, London, England
between May and October 1968.
Audio Remasterers: Sam Okell; Sean Magee; Steve Rooke; Guy Massey;
Liner Note Authors: Mike Heatley; Kevin Howlett.
Recording information: Trident Studios, London, UK; Abbey Road
THE BEATLES (generally known as "The White Album" because of its
cover) was a sprawling two-record set, highlighting the distinct
personalities in the group as they matured and moved further away
from each other. With the four Beatles playing like session men on
each other's songs, the making of the album was fraught with
tension. John Lennon's songs included a bitter take on people who
read too much into the Beatles' lyrics ("Glass Onion"), reflections
on loneliness and alienation ("Yer Blues," "I'm So Tired"), and the
avant garde sound collage "Revolution 9."
George Harrison's songs offered black humor ("Piggies") and tender
sadness ("While My Guitar Gently Weeps," with Eric Clapton on
guitar). Paul McCartney provided both light, lyric songs
("Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," "Honey Pie"), and rockers ("Back In The
U.S.S.R.," the explosive "Helter Skelter"). Ringo Starr made his
solo songwriting debut with the goofy country/ska lilt of "Don't
Pass Me By" and sang the album closer "Good Night."