The Beatles (“The White Album”)

~ Release group by The Beatles

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
The Beatles2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
  • CA1968-11-22
  • US1968-11-25
Apple RecordsSWBO 101[none]
The Beatles (mono)2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
  • GB1968-11-22
Apple RecordsPMC 7067, PMC 7068[none]
The Beatles (stereo)2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
  • GB1968-11-22
Apple RecordsPCS 7067, PCS 7068
The Beatles2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SWBO-101[none]
The Beatles (stereo)2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
  • JP1976-06-05
Apple RecordsEAS-77001•2[none]
The Beatles - Volume 1 & Volume 22×Cassette17 + 13
Apple Records2 C 242-04173, 2 C 242-04174, C 242-04.173, C 242-04.174[none]
The Beatles (titles on record label oriented to the left, Capitol in green lettering)2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SWBO 101[none]
The Beatles (titles on record labels centred, capitol in beige lettering)2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SWBO 101[none]
The Beatles (White vinyl reissue)2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
  • GB1978-09-29
Apple RecordsPCS 7067/8
The Beatles (White Vinyl)2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SEBX-11841[none]
The Beatles2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
Apple Records1C 172-04 173, 1C 172-04 174[none]
The Beatles (red vinyl)2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
  • JP1982-01-21
OdeonEAS-67157.58[none]
The Beatles (Both LPs are translucent (hold it up to a bright light and you can see through it).)2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabMFSL 2-072[none]
The Beatles2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Mobile Fidelity Sound LabMFSL 2-072[none]
The Beatles2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabMFSL 2-072[none]
The Beatles2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SWBO-101
The Beatles2×CD17 + 13
  • XE1987-08-24
  • GB1987-08-24
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK), Apple RecordsCD-PCS 7067/8, CDS 7 46443 8077774644389
The Beatles2×CD17 + 13
  • XE1987-08-24
  • GB1987-08-24
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CD-PCS 7067/8, CDS 7 46443 8077774644389
The Beatles (The Beatles 25th anniversary)2×CD17 + 13
  • JP1987-08-24
EMI-Odeon (imprint), OdeonCP25-5329, CP25-5329·30, CP25-53304988006615748
The Beatles (individually numbered)2×CD17 + 13
  • GB1987-08-24
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 464442, CD‐PCS 7067, CD‐PCS 7068, CDS 7 46443 8077774644389
The Beatles2×CD17 + 13
  • US1987-08-25
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 7 46443 2, CDP 7 46444 2077774644327
The Beatles2×CD17 + 13
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)C2-46443077774644327
The Beatles2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)C1 46443077774644310
The Beatles (Made in Holland)2×CD17 + 13
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CD-PCS 7067/8, CDS 7 46443 8077774644389
The Beatles (Made in UK)2×CD17 + 13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDS 7 46443 8077774644389
The Beatles2×CD17 + 13
  • JP1998-03-11
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK), Apple Records, EMI (double‐boxed EMI logo representing Japanese domestic repertoire from 東芝EMI and EMIミュジック・ジャパン, until the latter’s acquisition by Universal Music Japan in April 2013)CDP 7 46443 2, CDP 7 46444 2, TOCP-51119, TOCP-511204988006740037
The Beatles (30th anniversary limited edition)2×CD17 + 13
  • GB1998-11-23
Apple Records7243 4 96895 2 7724349689527
The Beatles (2009 stereo remaster)CD + Enhanced CD17 + 15
  • XE2009-09-09
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0946 3 82466 2 6094638246626
The Beatles (2009 stereo remaster)CD + Enhanced CD17 + 14
  • US2009-09-09
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0946 3 82466 2 6094638246626
The Beatles2×Digital Media17 + 14
EMI Catalogue5099900700399
The Beatles (2009 stereo remaster)2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
  • XW2012-11-12
Apple Records0094638246619094638246619
The Beatles (mono)2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
  • XW2014-09-14
Apple RecordsPMC 7067/8
The Beatles (Mastered for iTunes)2×Digital Media17 + 14
EMI Catalogue5099900700399
The Beatles2×Digital Media17 + 13
  • XW2015-12-24
EMI Catalogue602547670175
The Beatles3×CD17 + 13 + 27
  • XE2018-11-09
Apple Records, Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America)0602567571339602567571339
The Beatles and Esher Demos4×12" Vinyl17 + 13 + 13 + 14
  • XE2018-11-09
  • US2018-11-09
Apple Records, Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America)0602567572015602567572015
The Beatles (deluxe edition)3×SHM-CD17 + 13 + 27
  • JP2018-11-09
Apple Records, Universal Music Group (has logo with just "Universal Music Group")UICY-78857/94988031304976
The Beatles (50th anniversary super deluxe edition)6×CD + Blu-ray17 + 13 + 27 + 12 + 16 + 22 + 90
  • XW2018-11-09
Apple Records0602567571957, 67571950602567571957
The Beatles2×12" Vinyl17 + 13
  • XW2018-11-09
Apple Records6769686602567696865
The Beatles (deluxe) (Mastered for iTunes)3×Digital Media17 + 13 + 27
  • XW2018-11-09
Universal Music Catalogue (aka UMC)602577086939
The Beatles (super deluxe)6×Digital Media17 + 13 + 27 + 12 + 16 + 22
  • XW2018-11-09
Universal Music Catalogue (aka UMC)602577087080
The Beatles (super deluxe) (Mastered for iTunes)6×Digital Media17 + 13 + 27 + 12 + 16 + 22
  • XW2018-11-09
Universal Music Catalogue (aka UMC)602577087097
The Beatles (super deluxe) (24bit-96khz)Digital Media107
  • XW2018-11-09
Universal Music Catalogue (aka UMC)602577097072
The Beatles and Esher Demos (50th anniversary deluxe edition)3×CD17 + 13 + 27
Apple Records, Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America)0602567571339602567571339
The Beatles (individually numbered set)2×CD17 + 13Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDS 7 46443 8[none]
The Beatles (trademark text and apple logo on back)2×CD17 + 13Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK), Apple RecordsCD-PCS 7067/8, CDS 7 46443 8077774644389
Bootleg
The Beatles2×CD17 + 14
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Mobile Fidelity Sound LabMFSL 2-072[none]
The Beatles (US stereo DESS bootleg)2×CD17 + 13
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsPCS 7067-8[none]
The Beatles Part One12" Vinyl17
Apple Records1C 172-04 173 PD
The Beatles2×CD32 + 23
СД-Максимум (CD-Maximum)CDM 0500-431/432
(unknown)
The Beatles Vol. II (mono)12" Vinyl13
Apple RecordsAPPLE 2002

Relationships

mash-ups:The Grey Album by Danger Mouse
covers:Mojo Presents: The White Album Recovered (N° 0000001) by Various Artists
The White Album by Morgan James
included in:The Beatles (2009 stereo remasters)
The Beatles Box Set
The Beatles Collection
The Beatles in Mono (2009 mono remasters)
part of:The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 9) (order: 9)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 10) (order: 10)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 29) (order: 29)
David Keenan: The Best Albums Ever (number: 80) (order: 80)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/46402 [info]
lyrics page:http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Beatles:The_Beatles_(1968) [info]
https://genius.com/albums/The-beatles/The-beatles-white-album [info]
reviews:http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13432-the-beatles/ [info]
http://www.bootlegzone.com/album.php?name=cdm432_1 [info]
http://www.bootlegzone.com/album.php?name=cdm432_2 [info]
http://www.bootlegzone.com/album.php?name=mfsltb2 [info]
http://www.nme.com/reviews/461 [info]
http://www.popmatters.com/review/beatles-whitealbum/ [info]
http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/review/the-beatles-the-beatles-the-white-album/467 [info]
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/the-beatles/6138859/The-Beatles-The-Beatles-review.html [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/4b8c [info]
other databases:http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/B/Beatles,_The/Discography/Beatles_[The_White_Album],_The/ [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_beatles/the_beatles__white_album__f13/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/6891/ [info]
https://www.spirit-of-rock.com/en/album/The_Beatles_(White_Album)/1239 [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000418113 [info]
Wikidata:Q3295515 [info]

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After the show came the reality. Fractured, dislocated and expansive, The Beatles - housed in its legendary plain white, subtly embossed sleeve - came out in November 1968. It arrived at a time when both the group and the world had changed irrevocably: the former since their first forays into fame and fortune, the latter scarred by the ongoing war in Vietnam and the assassination of Martin Luther King, to touch upon the tip of the iceberg.

From the inside looking out, maybe everything wasn't going to be alright, despite John Lennon's assurances on the rousing Revolution 1, just one of many highlights on what is perhaps The Beatles' most ambitious studio album.

After writing dozens of songs while meditating in India in the spring, the group returned to Abbey Road - and Trident, in Soho - to record over 30 tracks of new material up until the summer. When you think of how unrest had started to simmer within the group's ranks - Yoko Ono arriving in the studio; Apple forming; Ringo leaving and then returning - and how broad the album's palette of sounds (blue beat, heavy metal, folk and doo-wop, to name a few), The Beatles still manages to hang together like few other works.

The Lennon and Paul McCartney stereotypes are at once reinforced, yet also dismissed - few would have thought Good Night was the product of Lennon's pen, and likewise Helter Skelter didn't immediately scream McCartney. Away from such showpieces, it's the doodles that delight - George Harrison's Savoy Truffle is a fine counterweight to While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except For Me and My Monkey balances the gravitas of Revolution 1.

Given that it also contains Lennon, Ono and Harrison's nine-minute noise collage Revolution 9 and McCartney's genuinely pointless Wild Honey Pie, it's little wonder that producer George Martin always opined that The Beatles could have made a splendid single album. That said, without such variety on offer, the compiling of one's own version wouldn't be the national pastime it is today.