Music industry veteran Bill Bentley spotlights a slew of top-notch new releases—including the 50th anniversary edition of the Beatles' 'White Album,' plus new music by Charles Bradley, Van Morrison, Graham Parker, and much more!
For the double-album's Golden Anniversary, UMe has issued it remixed and supplemented with oodles of demos, rehearsals, alternate takes, and alternate mixes. What Beatles fan WOULDN'T want to see this big box wrapped up underneath the tree this season?
Kenneth Womack re-tells the Beatles early-to-mid period story with a focus on the man behind the board, groundbreaking producer George Martin. Never previously the focus of such a work, Womack also fills in many details of Martin's formative years.
An extraordinary deluxe re-packaging of an extraordinary album. All the 'Sgt. Pepper' you could ask for! Well, with the exception of the original stereo mix. However, the new stereo mix by Giles Martin sounds great.
Available in multiple configurations, the influential masterpiece is set to become the first of the Fabs' album to receive the Super Deluxe Edition treatment. Of great interest is the stereo remix of the main album.
Yes, it's an officially-sanctioned documentary about The Beatles. Yes, it's marred by some revisionism (literally - black-and-white archival footage has been colorized). Yes, the deluxe two-disc package is worthwhile for excellent bonus interviews.
This week Bill Bentley takes a look at the best of this year's reissues. You may want to consider gifting the music lovers in your life with some of these (or maybe you want to do something nice for yourself).