A closer look at Beatles album
By MARK KENNEDY
AP Entertainment Writer
Hardcore fans of the Beatles like to pore over every detail of the band and endlessly dissect their songs. Then there’s Giles Martin, who manages to time travel to meet the Fab Four.
Martin is the son of legendary Beatles producer George Martin, and he’s lately been returning to the treasure trove of original recording sessions to remix key albums by John, Paul, George and Ringo.
“It’s really nerve-wracking because it’s a legacy of music which is really important,” the soft-spoken Martin said. “What I do is make sure I provide the fans – and people who don’t even know the Beatles – with music that’s worth listening to and is interesting.”
Martin last year remixed “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and this year resurfaces with a fascinating and exhaustive look at “The Beatles,” better known as the “White Album,” which contains such classics as “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” “Blackbird” and “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.” It coincides with celebrations for the album’s 50th birthday.
Besides punchier, remixed versions of the 30 songs on the original double album, the anniversary package includes 27 acoustic demos of material the Beatles made at Harrison’s house before going into the studio and 50 studio outtakes, including the unreleased “Not Guilty,” a studio jam of “Blue Moon” and early versions of “Let It Be,” “Lady Madonna” and “Across the Universe,” which would appear on other albums.
Martin was tapped by the surviving Beatles and the wives of Harrison and Lennon to rummage around in Abbey Road Studios in London and re-listen to everything, including abandoned songs and rehearsals.
Among the gems in the box set is an unrecorded Lennon song called “Child of Nature” that will later morph into his solo hit “Jealous Guy.”