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