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The seven-disc story of The Bea­tles’ 1968 dou­ble.

Tra­di­tion­ally, The White Al­bum is seen as the be­gin­ning of the slow death of The Bea­tles. This 50th- an­niver­sary edi­tion partly tells a dif­fer­ent story: that al­though they some­times recorded sep­a­rately, it was very much a band ef­fort. 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... The Bea­tles were clearly hav­ing a ball here. TOM DOYLE

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