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The Beatles - The Beatles And Esher Demos Album
The Beatles - The Beatles And Esher Demos Album
Performer: The Beatles
Title: The Beatles And Esher Demos
Label: Apple Records, Universal Music Group International
Released: 09 Nov 2018
Style: Rock & Roll, Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Experimental, Country Rock, Blues Rock, Avantgarde
Cat: 0602567572015
Rating: 4.8/5
Format: MP3, FLAC, WMA
FLAC size: 2348 mb | MP3 size: 2434 mb | WMA size: 2757 mb
Genre: Rock / Pop

3Glass Onion
4Revolution 9
5Rocky Raccoon
6Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
7Honey Pie
8Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
9Not Guilty
12Revolution 1
13Mother Nature's Son
14The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
15 Esher Demos
16Yer Blues
17Martha My Dear
18Happiness Is A Warm Gun
19Sour Milk Sea
20Wild Honey Pie
21Mean Mr. Mustard
22Dear Prudence
24Why Don't We Do It In The Road?
25Cry Baby Cry
26Polythene Pam
27Helter Skelter
28Sexy Sadie
29Child Of Nature
30 The Beatles
31I'm So Tired
32I Will
34Savoy Truffle
35Good Night
37Back In The U.S.S.R.
38What's The New Mary Jane
39Long, Long, Long
40While My Guitar Gently Weeps
41Don't Pass Me By


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
PMC 7067/8The Beatles The Beatles ‎(2xLP, Album, Mono, M/Print, Num)Apple RecordsPMC 7067/8UK1968
PMCQ 31513/4, 3C 062-04173/4The Beatles The Beatles ‎(2xLP, Album, Num, RE, Emb)Apple Records, Apple RecordsPMCQ 31513/4, 3C 062-04173/4Italy1969
LSAP 79003/4The Beatles The Beatles ‎(2xLP, Album, RE)Jugoton, Apple RecordsLSAP 79003/4Yugoslavia1981
EAS-50039/40The Beatles The Beatles ‎(2xLP, Album, Num)Apple RecordsEAS-50039/40Japan1978
SWBO-101, SWBO 101The Beatles The Beatles ‎(2xLP, Album, Num, Cap)Apple Records, Apple RecordsSWBO-101, SWBO 101US1968


  • Art DirectionDarren Evans
  • ArtworkRichard Hamilton
  • Editor [Copy Editor]Steve Tribe
  • Engineer [Principal Engineers at EMI Recording Studios Original Album]Ken Scott
  • Engineer [2018 Mixes Audio Restoration]James Clarke
  • Engineer [Additional Engineers Original Album]John Smith , Ken Townsend, Mike Sheady, Nick Webb, Peter Bown, Philip McDonald, Richard Lush
  • Engineer [Principal Engineers at EMI Recording Studios Original Album]Geoff Emerick
  • Engineer [Principal Engineers at Trident Studios Original Album]Barry Sheffield
  • Executive-ProducerJeff Jones
  • Lacquer Cut ByMiles
  • Liner NotesGiles Martin, Kevin Howlett, Paul McCartney
  • Mastered By [2018 Mixes Stereo Mastering Engineer]Miles Showell
  • Mixed ByGiles Martin
  • Mixed By [2018 Mixes Esher Demos]Giles Martin
  • Mixed By [2018 Mixes Mix Assistants]Greg McAlister, Matt Mysko, Paul Pritchard , Stefano Civetta
  • Mixed By [2018 Mixes Mixing Engineer]Sam OKell
  • Orchestrated By, ProducerGeorge Martin
  • Photography ByJohn Kelly , Linda McCartney
  • Photography By [Photo Editing and Research]Aaron Bremner, Dorcas Lynn
  • Producer [2018 Mixes]Giles Martin
  • Producer [Additional Production Original Album]Chris Thomas
  • Producer [Esher Demos]The Beatles
  • Producer [Original Album], Orchestrated By [Original Album]George Martin
  • Producer [Project Producers]Guy Hayden, Jonathan Clyde
  • Project Manager [2018 Mixes]Adam Sharp
  • Research [2018 Mixes Archive Tape Research ]Kevin Howlett
  • Research [2018 Mixes Archive Tape Research]Mike Heatley
  • Transferred By [2018 Mixes Transfer Engineer ]Matthew Cocker
  • Written-ByHarrison (tracks: A7, B4, C7, D3, E6, F4, G7, H3, H6), Lennon (tracks: H2), Lennon/McCartney (tracks: A1 to A6, A8 to B3, B5, B7 to C6, D1, D2, D4 to E5, F1 to F3, F5 to G6, H7), McCartney (tracks: H1), Starkey (tracks: B6)


50th anniversary 4LP edition comes in a lift-top box which comprises of
- 'The Beatles' album newly remastered (half speed mastering) by Giles Martin sourced directly from the original four-track and eight-track session tapes. The album comes in a gatefold sleeve with reproduction of original artwork with embossed "The Beatles" logo and four portrait prints of John, Paul, George and Ringo,
- 'Esher Demos' in gatefold sleeve with embossed "The Beatles" logo and 'Esher Demos' printed on lower left,
- a 12"×24" four-page booklet with articles by Paul McCartney, Giles Martin & Kevin Howlett and
- a 24"×36" fold-out poster with photos of the band members on the front and song lyrics on the back.

On back of box:
℗ 2018 The copyright in this compilation is owned by Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) / Apple Corps Limited. © 2018 The copyright in this compilation is owned by Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) / Apple Corps Limited. Artwork © Apple Corps Limited. 'Beatles' is a trademark of Apple Corps Limited. 'Apple' and the Apple logo are exclusively licensed to Apple Corps Limited. Sdrm Biem. LC01846. Made In Germany. Universal International Music B.V. Gerrit Van Dee Veenlaan 4, 3743 Dn, Baarn, Netherlands. 0602567572015.

On left inner panel of "The Beatles" gatefold sleeve:
℗ & © 2018 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) / Apple Corps Limited. 0602567964872.

On left inner panel of "Esher Demos" gatefold sleeve:
℗ 2018 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by G.H. Estate Limited under license to Apple Corps Limited. © 2018 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) / Apple Corps Limited. 0602567964865.

A1 to A6, A8 to B3, B5, B7 to C6, D1, D2, D4 to E5, F1 to F3, F5 to G6, H7: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.
A7, B4, C7, D3, E6, F4, G7: Harrisongs Ltd.
B6: Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd
H1: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC.
H2: Lenono Music.
H3, H6: Concord Bicycle Assets LLC.


  • Barcode (Text): 6 02567 57201 5
  • Barcode (String): 602567572015
  • Label Code: LC01846
  • Rights Society (On box): Sdrm Biem
  • Rights Society (On labels side E to H): SDRM BIEM
  • Other (Record 1 catalog number): 0602567571964
  • Other (Record 2 catalog number): 0602567571971
  • Other (Record 3 catalog number): 0602567571995
  • Other (Record 4 catalog number): 0602567572008
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched): 6757196 BI32800 - 01 A1 MILES. ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. ROOM 30
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched): 6757196 BI32800 - 01 B1 MILES. ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. ROOM 30
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout etched): 6757197 BI32801 - 01 A1 MILES. ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. ROOM 30.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout etched): 6757197 BI32801 - 01 B1 MILES. ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. ROOM 30
  • Matrix / Runout (Side E runout etched): 6757199 BI32802 - 01 A2 MILES. ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. ROOM 30.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side F runout etched): 6757199 BI32802 - 01 B2 MILES. ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. ROOM 30.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side G runout etched): 6757200 BI32803 - 01 A2 MILES. ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. ROOM 30.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side H runout etched): 6757200 BI32803 - 01 B2 MILES. ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. ROOM 30.


  • Record Company – Universal Music Group
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Calderstone Productions Limited
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Apple Corps Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Calderstone Productions Limited
  • Copyright (c) – Apple Corps Ltd.
  • Engineered At – EMI Studios
  • Engineered At – Trident Studios
  • Remastered At – Abbey Road Studios
  • Pressed By – Optimal Media GmbH – BI32800
  • Pressed By – Optimal Media GmbH – BI32801
  • Pressed By – Optimal Media GmbH – BI32802
  • Pressed By – Optimal Media GmbH – BI32803
  • Published By – Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
  • Published By – Harrisongs Ltd.
  • Published By – Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd.
  • Published By – Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
  • Published By – Lenono Music
  • Published By – Concord Bicycle Assets LLC
  • Lacquer Cut At – Abbey Road Studios


Comments (34)
The packaging on this set is super nice. Two high-gloss, thick gatefolds contained within a high-gloss lift-top box. Very nice. The pressing is also very high quality. Thick vinyl, inside black polylined inner sleeves, plays dead quiet, flat, centered, absolutely no surface noise, clicks or pops. Really smooth playback. That being said, when it comes to the sound, I prefer earlier versions of this album. While the clarity is excellent on this version, each instrument comes through super clear, I feel like the sound is a bit too cleaned up. It lacks some of the original analog warmth and rawness that my Japanese EAS version from the 70s has. While the sound is very big on this new version, the drums especially hit hard, I feel the sound overall loses some richness. I wouldn't call it thin, as the mix is balanced well and full sounding, it's just a little less saturated (the bass is big too but it sounds less defined). While this version doesn't sound bad at all, it's definitely a different listening experience than early stereo versions. It's a little to clean for my taste as I prefer the unsettling urgency and grittiness of the earlier versions.
For me, this set just plain sounds mind-blowingly good. One of my favorite albums, put out in a great set, with a new mix that just sounds...right. That’s the word. Can’t recommend it highly enough.
On my copy, I got 2 of the disc 4 of the Esher demos.Anyone have 2 disc 3 of the esher demos so we can swap? Many thanks.
One of the worst sound version the one I heard,shameful work G.Martin.Too much bass loud i think for cheap hi fi systems.P.S I have first UK,Germany,USA pressings.
Don't use a cheap hi fi system then, is that so hard?
I was listening to this and my mam came into the room and she swore blind that Paul McCartney's contributions are higher up in the mix than on her original mono copy (0000447), along with Ringo's workman-like drumming. Can anyone confirm this is true as my mam is convinced that Macca and "Him off Thomas the Tank Engine" (as she insists on calling Ringo, her least favoured member of the fab four) are trying to further aggrandize their legacy, and probably cream off a few extra million in royalties for themselves.
I basically agree with your mother, even if I don't own an original mono edition of the White Album. But "Let It Be Naked" The Beatles - Let It Be... Naked is similar. John's tracks are very much mixed into the background, compared to the original. So it could be the same here.
This new mix sounds really nice and clear, plus it combines some of the good sides of the original stereo mix with some of the good sides of the mono mix. Overall, everything sounds crystal clear, and instruments and voices are much more distinguishable (e.g. buried vocals at the end of track 1 etc etc).I very much like the original mix though, which I think is pretty good, compared to many other Beatles stereo mixes, and of course because I grew up with it.Downsides:- some of the slips that George Martin did on the stereo mix were actually reproduced here, which is beyond my comprehension. (e.g. in "Happiness Is A Warm Gun", the last bit of Lennon's word "down" during the first run through of "I need a fix..." which was left instrumental on the final version is STILL there at 0:56. This mistake was not present on the original mono mix.)- Why give us the much-bootlegged esher demos as vinyl bonus discs 3+4 when the alternate takes from the Super Deluxe version are much more exciting to the casual Beatle freak (which the 4LP-set still is mainly adressed to, let's face it...)(well OK, the demos on here are better quality, and some alternates, but still...)Here is an excellent analysis: http://wogew.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-beatles-white-album-super-deluxe.html
Managed to get this for around £60 inc. shipping in the end via an Alibris seller "Oldies". This site frequently offers discounts, and I've reliably scored the expensive box sets far cheaper through them—as I did in this case. It takes about three weeks to ship from the US, but worth it if you're in no rush. Another good source is Rarewaves on eBay, who nearly always seem to be cheaper than anyone on new releases.
You can always tell what the pressing is in advance. Never had an issue with them in over five years.
Rarewaves are based in the US/Channel Islands. Tax dodgers ?????.A lot of their offers are (poorer) American pressings, rather than the EU ones.
Surprising that there hasn't been much pushback over the price of the vinyl edition of this. £15 (or less) for the CD with Esher Demos vs. £89 for the vinyl? That's crazy. Ok, it's 4 records, but that doesn't account for the vast disparity. Last year for Sgt. Pepper I got the double vinyl for around £25 (shopping around), and the CD was, again, about £15. Even as an diehard fan, I find this pricing is eye-watering, and a complete gouge. I am sitting tight for the inevitable Black Friday deal, where it'll no doubt be closer to £60, which is what it should have been in the first place.
Does anyone know if this was cut to lacquer using a pure analog chain? Analog source is awesome but curious if Abbey Road has analog preview signal capability or do they convert to digital for the delay before cutting lacquer.
They do have that capability, but this is a remix so it is a digital source (prob 96/24).
My esher demo vinyl one has a awful pressing, lots of jumps in the first song of the a side...
My Esher Vinyl 1A too ... but nothing is visible. Dear Prudence is not funny to hear :-(
There is nothing more that can be said about the musical masterpieces which make up “The Beatles/The White Album”. The album has already spoken for itself for 5 decades now! Wow! Still a classic! This is a truly phenomenal remix while still keeping with the spirit of the original mix intact, but taking the production a step further. No doubt in part to Miles Showell’s half speed mastering being nothing short of brilliant on this record and many more also. I was truly gobsmacked the first time I listened to the album as a whole. The depth and tightness of the bass is shockingly good. The midrange cuts through so that parts of songs that may not have stuck out to one originally make their “debut”. The guitar fills and bass parts on “Yer Blues” an example to myself at least. There’s a new purr to the high mids and high end that come through on this mix. “Helter Skelter” actually has a new clarity to it on this record, at least to me all these years later. The “Esher Demos” are truly a treat to sit back, listen to, and think “huh, so that’s how that one progressed” in certain parts and on certain songs. It’s also a treat to hear what made it to certain solo albums, “Junk” being the first one to come to mind, which of course appeared on Paul’s first solo record. The vinyl is stunningly silent and has a clarity that is immediately noticeable. Giles is to be highly commended on his ability to have made this even more of a masterpiece, if I dare say. I cannot strongly enough recommend this 4xLP set to any Beatles fan.
Reviewing The Beatles "White Album" is a daunting task, on many levels. Thus, I will refrain from sharing my views on the music, and focus on this Remaster / Half Speed / Anniversary release. The production, mastering and sonic clarity is astounding. I have never thought this album was a very Hi-Fi experience, and that was a part of the experience... or so I thought. Giles's production brings every instrument, vocal and sound into mesmerizing clarity and spot on definition. I am beyond impressed. It does not sound like a different mix, it simply sounds clearer, richer and all the more real. Each one of the vinyl in my box set is dead quiet. Only a rare tick here and there, but over all sublime pressing. I purchased my box set from Amazon in the US, and it came perfect. No damage, no warps, just a lovely product that brings the sonic magic. Highly recommended for fans of The Beatles.
greed style
Anyone else seeing scratches/deep scuffs from a defect in manufacturing on these? Everything sounds great as far as the pressing is concerned, but I was dismayed to find 2 deep scrapes on side 4 of the Escher Demos. I’m waiting on my return copy to arrive in a couple days.
Yes I heard..and noticed a side that had a cluster of little parallel 1.5 mm scratches. I don't know what happens in the manufacturing process but I've come across this before (recently with the last LP by Slug - yellow vinyl edition)
I have the Optimal pressing and I must say that I'm a little disappointed with the vinyl quality-- side two has excessive non-fill distortion and I usually get much better from them. I wonder if this was somehow a rush job? The Escher demos had no issues. My copy was pre-ordered in September.
yes, my esher demo vinyl one it´s a bad pressing, lots of jumps in the first song of the a side...
Same here, I had two copies with pressing issues on the first record, surface noise and clicks/ticks. I expected a perfect pressing from Optimal...unfortunately not the case.
I'm on my second copy. It's a bit better than the first, but there's still groove noise and a bit of non-fill. Very annoying for a box set from Optimal.
Are all pressings for this from Europe? I got my 4LP from Amazon US and wondering if this is the same.
If you look on the back on the box in the small-print, it reads 'Made In Germany' towards the end. Or at least, my copy does...
Yes i think so, Optimal Media located in Germany got the job again like they did with "Beatles In Mono" Box Set and last year's "Sgt.Pepper". Great quality! Compare matrix of your copies with the ones here at discogs to make sure it's the same pressing.
Always skeptical about remixes and remasters, especially of albums that have been given the treatment numerous times...but this sounds incredible, not unlike the Sgt Peppers from last year. A really fun experience, like listening to the album for the first time again.
Outstanding remix and pressing. Very pleased. Very low noise.Nice to have the gatefolds in the box vs. records only. Again, these sound great, so the meat of the matter accomplished!
The Esher demos completely demonstrate their collective genius and musicianship. Incredibly another welcome addition to their body of work.
Fantastic quality all around. Flat and quiet vinyl with truly great sound.
Anyone know just how limited this 'limited edition' really is?
Word to the wise for anyone trying to find a copy of Sgt. Pepper Deluxe...try places like Best Buy in the store...I picked up a copy two weeks ago at Best Buy for the original price, and they had 2 or 3 other copies, which I left for other lucky fans. I live in NYC so it isn't unlikely that these would be in stock in smaller towns and cities.
Not sure you’re likely to get a final number, but it’s worth noting that last year’s Sgt. Pepper’s Deluxe is now out of print and is generally unavailable except on the aftermarket (and at aftermarket prices). It may take awhile but I assume this will do the same, especially considering how desirable the Esher Demos are compared to the outtakes on the second LP of Sgt. Pepper’s.