EMI 2CDs C2 46443: BEATLES - White Album - 1988 CANADA OOP NM
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The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960 and one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. The group's best-known lineup consisted of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals). Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, the group later worked in many genres ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical and other elements in innovative ways. Their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania"; as their songwriting grew in sophistication, by the late 1960s they came to be perceived by many fans and cultural observers as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era's sociocultural revolutions.

As a five-piece line-up of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison on guitar and vocals, with Stuart Sutcliffe (bass) and Pete Best (drums), the band built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960. Sutcliffe left the group in 1961, and Best was replaced by Starr the following year. Moulded into a professional act by manager Brian Epstein, their musical potential was enhanced by the creativity of producer George Martin. They gained popularity in the United Kingdom after their first single, "Love Me Do", became a modest hit in late 1962. They acquired the nickname the "Fab Four" as Beatlemania grew in Britain over the following year, and by early 1964 they had become international stars, leading the "British Invasion" of the United States pop market. The band toured extensively around the world until August 1966, when they performed their final commercial concert. From 1966 they produced what many critics consider to be some of their finest material, including the innovative and widely influential albums Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (1968) and Abbey Road (1969). After their break-up in 1970, the ex-Beatles each found success in individual musical careers. Lennon was murdered in 1980, and Harrison died of cancer in 2001. McCartney and Starr remain active.

The Beatles are the best-selling band in history, with sales of over one billion units estimated by EMI Records. They have had more number-one albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other act. According to the RIAA, as of 2012 they have sold 177 million units in the US, more than any other artist, and in 2008 they topped Billboard magazine's list of the all-time most successful Hot 100 artists. As of    2012, they hold the record for most number-one hits on the Hot 100 chart with 20. They have received 7 Grammy Awards from the American National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and 15 Ivor Novello Awards from the British   Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. They were collectively included in Time magazine's compilation of the 20th century's 100 most  influential people.

The Beatles (White Album) is the ninth official album by the English rock group The Beatles, a double album released in 1968. It is also commonly known as "The White Album" as it has no graphics or text other than the band's name embossed (and, on the early LP and CD releases, a serial number) on its plain white sleeve.

The album was written and recorded during a period of turmoil for the group, after visiting the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India and having a particularly productive songwriting session in early 1968. Returning to the studio, the group recorded from May to October 1968, only to have conflict and dissent drive the group members apart. Ringo Starr quit the band for a brief time, leaving Paul McCartney to play drums on two tracks. Many of the songs were "solo" recordings, or at least by less than the full group, as each individual member began to explore his own talent.

Upon release in November 1968, the album received largely positive reviews and reached number 1 on the charts in the United Kingdom and the United States. The album is notable for the eclectic nature of its songs, which has divided critics in evaluating its legacy. The album has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, and was listed at number 10 on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. Previously in 1987, as part of their 20th anniversary, Rolling Stone ranked it #9 on "The 100 Best Albums of the Last Twenty Years."

The album was the first that The Beatles undertook following the death of their manager, Brian Epstein, and the first released by their own record label, Apple.

Most of the songs were conceived during a transcendental meditation course with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh, India in the spring of 1968. The retreat had required long periods of meditation, initially conceived by the band as a spiritual respite from all worldly endeavors—a chance, in John Lennon's words, to "get away from everything." Both Lennon and Paul McCartney had quickly found themselves in songwriting mode, however, often meeting "clandestinely in the afternoons in each others rooms" to review the new work. "Regardless of what I was supposed to be doing," Lennon would later recall, "I did write some of my best songs there." Close to forty new compositions had emerged in Rishikesh, twenty-three of which would be recorded in very rough form at Kinfauns, George Harrison's home in Esher, in May 1968.

The Beatles had left Rishikesh before the end of the course, with Ringo Starr and then McCartney departing, and Lennon and Harrison departing together later. According to some reports, Lennon left Rishikesh because he felt personally betrayed by rumors that Maharishi had made sexual advances toward Mia Farrow's sister Prudence, who had accompanied The Beatles on their trip. Shortly after he decided to leave, Lennon wrote a song called "Maharishi" which included the lyrics, "Maharishi/You little twat"; the song became "Sexy Sadie". According to several authors, Alexis Mardas (aka "Magic Alex") deliberately engineered these rumors because he was bent on undermining the Maharishi's influence over each Beatle. In a 1980 interview, Lennon acknowledged that the Maharishi was the inspiration for the song: "I just called him 'Sexy Sadie'."

The album's working title, A Doll's House, was changed when the English progressive rock band Family released the similarly titled Music in a Doll's House earlier that year.

The Beatles were at the peak of their global influence and visibility in late 1968. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, released the previous year, had enjoyed a combination of commercial success, critical acclaim, and immense cultural influence that had previously seemed inconceivable for a pop release. Time, for instance, had written in 1967 that Pepper constituted a "historic departure in the progress of music—any music," while Timothy Leary, in a widely quoted assessment of the same period, declared that the band were prototypes of "evolutionary agents sent by God, endowed with mysterious powers to create a new human species." After releasing an album that had delivered such critical, commercial, and generational shock waves, The Beatles faced the inevitable question of what they could possibly do to top it. The next full-length album, whatever it was, was destined to draw considerable scrutiny. The intervening release of Magical Mystery Tour notwithstanding (released as a double EP package in the UK), The Beatles represented the group's first major musical statement since Sgt. Pepper, and thus was a highly anticipated event for both the mainstream press and the youth-oriented counter-culture movement with which the band had by this time become strongly associated.

This listing is for a very rare, out of print 2-CD title - an OPENED, Near MINT 2-CD set PRESSED and ISSUED by EMI // PARLOPHONE // APPLE Records of a highly collectible title from their catalog - a superb title featuring -

The BEATLES

CD title -
The Beatles WHITE ALBUM

Track listing:
All tracks written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney except where noted.
1. "Back in the U.S.S.R."      McCartney
2. "Dear Prudence"      Lennon
3. "Glass Onion"      Lennon
4. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"      McCartney
5. "Wild Honey Pie"      McCartney
6. "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill"      Lennon with Yoko Ono
7. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (George Harrison)    Harrison
8. "Happiness Is a Warm Gun"      Lennon
9. "Martha My Dear"      McCartney
10. "I'm So Tired"      Lennon
11. "Blackbird"      McCartney
12. "Piggies" (Harrison)    Harrison
13. "Rocky Raccoon"      McCartney
14. "Don't Pass Me By" (Richard Starkey)    Starr
15. "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?"      McCartney
16. "I Will"      McCartney
17. "Julia"      Lennon
18. "Birthday"      McCartney with Lennon
19. "Yer Blues"      Lennon
20. "Mother Nature's Son"      McCartney
21. "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey"      Lennon
22. "Sexy Sadie"      Lennon
23. "Helter Skelter"      McCartney
24. "Long, Long, Long" (Harrison)    Harrison
25. "Revolution 1"      Lennon
26. "Honey Pie"      McCartney
27. "Savoy Truffle" (Harrison)    Harrison
28. "Cry Baby Cry"      Lennon, with McCartney
29. "Revolution 9"      Speaking from Lennon, Harrison, George Martin and Yoko Ono
30. "Good Night”      Starr

Performers on this item include -
George Harrison – lead, harmony and backing vocals; lead and rhythm guitars (electric and acoustic guitars), four and six-string bass guitars;  Hammond organ; drums and assorted percussion (tambourine, hand shake bell, hand-claps and vocal percussion) and sound effects
John Lennon – lead, harmony and backing vocals; lead and rhythm (electric and acoustic guitars), four and six-string bass guitar; acoustic and electric piano, Hammond organ, harmonium, mellotron; drums and assorted percussion (tambourine, maracas, hand-claps and vocal percussion); harmonica, saxophone and whistling; tapes, tape loops and sound effects (electronic and home-made)
Paul McCartney – lead, harmony and backing vocals; lead and rhythm (electric and acoustic) guitars, four and six-string bass guitar; acoustic and electric piano; Hammond organ; timpani; tambourine; hand-claps; vocal percussion; drums on "Back in the U.S.S.R." and "Dear Prudence"; recorder; flugelhorn; sound effects
Ringo Starr – drums and assorted percussion (tambourine, bongos, cymbals, maracas, vocal percussion); electric piano and sleigh bell on "Don't Pass Me By"; backing vocals on "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill"; lead vocals on "Don't Pass Me By" and "Good Night"
Guest Musicians:
Eric Clapton – lead guitar on "While my Guitar Gently Weeps"
Mal Evans – backing vocals and hand-claps on "Dear Prudence", hand-claps on "Birthday", trumpet on "Helter Skelter"
Jack Fallon – violin on "Don't Pass Me By"
Pattie Harrison – backing vocals on "Birthday"
Jackie Lomax – backing vocals and hand-claps on "Dear Prudence"
Maureen Starkey – backing vocals on "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill"
Yoko Ono – backing vocals, brief lead vocals and hand-claps on "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill", backing vocals on "Birthday", speech, tapes and sound effects on "Revolution 9"
Session Musicians:
Ted Barker – trombone on "Martha My Dear"
Leon Calvert – trumpet and flugelhorn on "Martha My Dear"
Henry Datyner, Eric Bowie, Norman Lederman, and Ronald Thomas – violin on "Glass Onion"
Bernard Miller, Dennis McConnell, Lou Soufier and Les Maddox – violin on "Martha My Dear"
Reginald Kilby – cello on "Glass Onion" and "Martha My Dear"
Eldon Fox  – cello on "Glass Onion"
Frederick Alexander  – cello on "Martha My Dear"
Harry Klein – saxophone on "Savoy Truffle" and "Honey Pie"
Dennis Walton, Ronald Chamberlain, Jim Chest, and Rex Morris – saxophone on "Honey Pie"
Raymond Newman and David Smith – clarinet on "Honey Pie"
Art Ellefson, Danny Moss, and Derek Collins – tenor sax on "Savoy Truffle"
Ronnie Ross and Bernard George – baritone sax on "Savoy Truffle"
Alf Reece – tuba on "Martha My Dear"
The Mike Sammes Singers – backing vocals on "Good Night"
Stanley Reynolds and Ronnie Hughes – trumpet on "Martha My Dear"
Tony Tunstall – French horn on "Martha My Dear"
John Underwood and Keith Cummings – viola on "Glass Onion"
Leo Birnbaum and Henry Myerscough – viola on "Martha My Dear"
Production team:
Geoff Emerick – engineer, speech on "Revolution 9"
George Martin – record producer and mixer; string, brass, clarinet, orchestral arrangements and conducting; piano on "Rocky Raccoon"
Ken Scott – engineer and mixer
Barry Sheffield – engineer (Trident Studio)
Chris Thomas – producer; Mellotron on "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill", harpsichord on "Piggies", piano on "Long, Long, Long" Saxophone arrangement on "Savoy Truffle"

The 2-CD set is from the EMI // PARLOPHONE // APPLE Records series of out of print CDs.

CD catalog # C2 46443
CD was issued in 1988 (first pressing of this title on CD format)
CD was made in CANADA by DISQUE AMERIC - Disc 1 - W9W2[011]C246443 & Disc 2 - UMH1[011]C246444
Recordings are from 1968

The CDs, JEWEL CASE and INSERTS are all in Near MINT condition - LIKE NEW, except for two tiny little cracks on the front and back jewel case plastic panels!! We couldn't see any marks of any significance on any of the reflective sides, even under strong, white light. We play tested this item on our audio system and it performed, PERFECTLY!

This CD is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: EMI 2CDs C2 46443 NM
  • Manufacturer: EMI / Electrola / Odeon / Pathe Records
  • Condition: Used

EMI 2CDs C2 46443: BEATLES - White Album - 1988 CANADA OOP NM

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