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  • Summary: The six CD and 1 Blu-ray box set for the rock band's 1968 multi-platinum album features a new mix by producer Giles Martin and Sam Okell, as well as 27 acoustic demos (the Esher Demos) and 50 session takes.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
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  1. Mojo
    Nov 8, 2018
    100
    Martin's remix feels like the closest anyone can get to sharing the headspace of the people who made the music. The detail is staggering. [Dec 2018, p.98]
  2. Q Magazine
    Nov 8, 2018
    100
    The studio out-takes are where the real action is: a strummy Julia sounds like it could have been on Rubber Soul, the Take 17 version of Helter Skelter is thrillingly raw and there's a spectral early take of While My Guitar... he Beatles were clearly having a ball here. [Dec 2018, p.117]
  3. Dec 6, 2018
    100
    The percussive snap and enhanced reverb on "Yer Blues" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" make the songs all the more blistering, but overall, any flourishes are carefully considered. Better still, the true revelations occur after the familiar first 94 minutes are up.
  4. Nov 9, 2018
    100
    You have to buy the White Album again. ... [Giles Martins' remix is] a secondary attraction. You come to hear multiple alternate versions of material that could be and was played live by a rock band ... or sounded just as complete in hootenanny form in the all-acoustic demos. ... Tracing the small lyrical changes is a delight.
  5. Nov 15, 2018
    100
    At least half of the 30 songs in The Beatles stand among the best of their career. Now, with this carefully detailed and appreciative restoration of how they were developed (from the beginning to end), this boxed set is yet more proof that genius doesn't take time so much as concerted, focused effort, and there is no way to trace the roots of perfect sonic chemistry. You just know it when you hear it.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    Nov 21, 2018
    100
    It peels back the layers of a group diligently working to produce something special. [30 Nov 2018, p.51]
  7. Uncut
    Nov 8, 2018
    90
    Martin's new stereo mix succeeds, principally through lightness of touch. ... Over 107 tracks, we learn that the making of The White Album was not quite the frigid stand-off that we might have been led to believe. But nor does this glimpse behind the curtain diminish The White Album's mystique. [Dec 2018, p.34]

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  1. Nov 23, 2018
    10
    The Beatles never sounded better. The drums and bass are louder and clearer on the remixes. My favorite part were the Esher demos. It's soThe Beatles never sounded better. The drums and bass are louder and clearer on the remixes. My favorite part were the Esher demos. It's so much fun to listen to the songs unplugged and unfinished. Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2018
    10
    A legendary album. An album where not only the splendor of the Beatles is more intense, but of all the genres with which they work, toA legendary album. An album where not only the splendor of the Beatles is more intense, but of all the genres with which they work, to reinvent them or give them another dimension, or even to create. Subjects as illuminating as they are obscure, which make this album still current and important, as it was in that year of 68, where all things seem to be summarized and performed in this album, and this art, with a terrifying and dazzling depth. A masterpiece. Expand
  3. Dec 11, 2018
    10
    Sounds better than I ever could have thought. I'm still discovering new little details that I never heard in the originals.
  4. Dec 30, 2018
    10
    One of the best Beatles albums and for sure one of the best albums of all time. The sound of the album is just beautiful and much much betterOne of the best Beatles albums and for sure one of the best albums of all time. The sound of the album is just beautiful and much much better than the beautiful original. Expand
  5. Jan 29, 2019
    10
    best remix ever in my honest opinion. I've never been so surprised and happy with a remix. It takes the best elements of both original mixesbest remix ever in my honest opinion. I've never been so surprised and happy with a remix. It takes the best elements of both original mixes and mashes them together into a modern masterpiece. This is my favourite album of all time after hearing all 108 tracks in this fantastic deluxe edition, of the greatest band of all time. Hope you take on Abbey Road and Let It Be next as their is so much that can be done with them. Expand
  6. Nov 14, 2018
    9
    Overall this is one of the best albums of the 20th century and my personal favourite of The Beatles. The combination of soul, vocals andOverall this is one of the best albums of the 20th century and my personal favourite of The Beatles. The combination of soul, vocals and lyrics are almost perfect. Listen to: Happiness is a Warm Gun, I Will, Blackbird, Back in the USSR. Expand
  7. Dec 13, 2018
    9
    No puedo escribir nada nuevo, es genial y bastante emotiva, tiene muchos toques de nostalgia que me encantan.

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