With the deluxe 50th anniversary edition of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" due out in eight days, the Beatles camp apparently already has set its sights on its next archival project.
Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin and co-producer of much of the group's recent reissues, tells the BBC that 1968's "The Beatles," aka "The White Album," is next on the docket.
Martin confirmed that the set "is the next release" and that there's plenty of material to draw on for additional content.
"That is where they started becoming indulgent," in the studio, Martin said. "There are 70 takes of 'Sexy Sadie,' for instance. The efficiency went slightly out the window. There's a lot of stuff, so it's getting the balance right."
Just to confirm..I said the White Album is the next Beatles album. I promise that I'm not working on it. Enjoy Sgt Pepper first! X https://t.co/Eo3JIltqfl
— Giles Martin (@mashupmartin) May 18, 2017
Martin, who helped create mash-ups for Cirque du Soleil's "The Beatles LOVE" show and recently remastered "Live at the Hollywood Bowl," gave no timetable for "The Beatles" reissue, however. The "Sgt. Pepper's" set comes out May 26.
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