In November a 6CD/Blu-ray box will be released on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the release of "The Beatles", commonly known as the White Album. As with the 50th Anniversary Edition of "Sgt. Pepper", the son of Beatles producer George Martin sat at the controls. Giles Martin not only gave the White Album a new sound, but also digged deep into the archives. We talked to the mastermind behind the Beatles-Reissues about his work on the mammoth project.
At the centre of the "White Album" box are the legendary "Esher Demos", a kind of unplugged version of the record, which have been circulating for years as lousy sounding bootlegs and now for the first time shine in real splendour. But also officially unreleased songs like "Circles" or "Child Of Nature" can be found in the box. Giles Martin (49), an uncomplicated, sometimes sympathetically talked-about contemporary, is happy to provide information about this new treasure on the phone.
Sergeant Pepper had done a good job: The pop music that followed in 1968 ignited a firework of new styles and genres, the effects of which can still be felt today. All this unfolded against the background of enormous political and social upheavals. The peaceful utopias that had made the hippies the leading force of the younger generation in the previous year seemed to have worn off and overtaken each other in a very short time. A look back at a musical year that became a symbol.
1968 was a year of upheaval. Even in the camp of the most famous band of all: When the Beatles started working on the "Sgt. Pepper" successor in spring, hardly anything was the same - especially not this: John, Paul, George & Ringo were no gang anymore, but four grown young men. A fact that "The Beatles" shouldn't harm, though. In the following we look at the conditions, essence and consequences of the record that became famous under the unofficial title "White Album".
It's Saturday, it's hot, and all Woolton's on his feet. In the small garden of St. Peter's Church, between the drinks stand and the barbecue, there is a flatbed truck. At a quarter past four on that July 7, 1957, a few adolescents with guitars climb onto the loading area and off they go. They are one of the many skifflebands shooting out of the herb at that time in England, in this case even from the direct neighbourhood, and they are hardly better or worse than others. Their leader, a shirt-sleeved guy with an Elvis shirt and a checkered shirt, hammers on his cheap guitar and plays the usual popular tunes: the ancient folkkracher "Maggie Mae", "Rock Island Line" by Lonnie Donegan and "Come Go With Me" by the US group The Del-Vikings.
We are in a place steeped in history, where the classic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was created: Abbey Road Studio 2. A large, high room where Giles Martin invited us in mid-April to present his arrangement, which he had tinkered with for almost a year and which proves to be a real sound miracle. The mono treasure, which appeared on 1 June 1967, is now a fully-fledged stereo epic that has been breathed new, dynamic life into with the help of state-of-the-art technology - without harming it in any way. On the contrary: "Sgt. Pepper's" never sounded so intense, so rousing and contemporary. An approach that will also inspire future generations and will probably find far more buyers than the 30 million who have bought it so far.
25. April 1967, Rhöndorf near Bonn, Waldfriedhof: It is the day on which the Federal Republic experiences the largest funeral in its history to date. Former Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, who blessed the temporal at the age of 91, is buried. But it is not only the deserving statesman who is said goodbye, in retrospect his funeral also symbolizes the end of an epoch - that of reconstruction, the economic miracle and a stuffy restorative social climate.
LED ZEPPELIN - The Last Remaster?
"That's it," my ass! Jimmy Page has charmingly told us about the new editions of "Presence", "In Through The Out Door" and "Coda". With "The Complete BBC Sessions" the 72-year-old Englishman once again enters the Remasters-Ring and adds eight songs to the live recordings from the late 60s and early 70s as well as a lot of discussion needs. We report what awaits the fan and discuss with Jimmy Page the new extended and revised re-release - possibly the last remaster.
THE BEATLES - Always on the move
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