To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ eponymous ninth album--widely referred to as the White Album--the legendary group is set to re-release the double LP on Nov. 9. To herald the release of the 50th-anniversary edition of the White Album, The Beatles have released a video for the track “Glass Onion” on Apple Music, as The Washington Post reports. The collage-style visual features live performance footage and rarely seen photos of The Beatles in the studio and being their Beatley selves. You can find more information on how to watch the video by following this link.
While 1968’s White Album is one of the most beloved Beatles records, it signaled a sea change in the way the group wrote and recorded music. Whereas before John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote collaboratively, the White Album saw the two songwriters penning more songs on their own and also featured more (and amazing) contributions from George Harrison.
The Beatles wrote many of the songs that would end up on the White Album while they were in India practicing transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. “Glass Onion”--still considered a Lennon/McCartney composition as per John and Paul’s agreement, but written mostly by Lennon--is an interesting song not just in its psychedelic sounds and imagery, but also in the fact that it references a number of other Beatles songs. Perhaps one of the most famous lines is “Well here’s another clue for you all/The Walrus was Paul.” The song also references “Strawberry Fields,” “Lady Madonna” and “The Fool on the Hill.”
The 50th-anniversary edition of the White Album features the original 30 tracks remixed by Giles Martin, the son of legendary producer and “5th Beatle,” the late great George Martin. The re-release will also contain 50 studio outtakes and 27 preliminary acoustic demos recorded at George Harrison’s house prior to official recording.
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