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It’s become accepted wisdom that the making of the Beatl es, aka the White Album, was the moment that the fractures within the band became critical – its sprawling, diverse brilliance the sum of four solo projects rather than a band working in harmony towards a collective vision. the vast new Deluxe Edition, released this month, holds within its grooves ample information to suggest that line is at least partly a red herring. Listening to the illuminating collection of largely unreleased studio outtakes reveals a playful levity that contradicts the view of a band barely on speaking terms. A debate about Marmite-flavoured crisps at the start of Lady Madonna dissolves into laughter, while Paul and John fool around like giggling stoned teenagers on the daft Latin-flavoured Los Paranoias. Also revelatory on the finally released Esher Demos is a remarkably torpid early take of Helter Skelter recorded before McCartney turned it into the white-knuckle powerhouse it became on the final album.

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The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? Issue 21 of Long Live Vinyl celebrates the moment 50 years ago when the two biggest bands on earth went head to head on record-shop shelves. Our cover story tells the inside story of the making of The White Album and Beggars Banquet, while taking a look inside the new Deluxe Editions of both albums – you’ve never heard The White Album like this before! And our special collector’s edition covers enable you to choose either a Beatles or Stones edition – or buy both! Elsewhere this issue, we meet two of the most outspoken characters in the current musical landscape – Richard Ashcroft and Baxter Dury – to hear about their extraordinary new albums, and Heavenly Records founder Jeff Barrett talks us through his remarkable life in music, selecting the records that have soundtracked his career. Tim Burgess sits down for a chat about his O Genesis record label, The Trip visits Liverpool, our Classic Album is A Tribe Called Quest’s 1993 hip-hop masterpiece Midnight Marauders and we round up 40 Essential Laurel Canyon records that should be residing in your collection. If all that’s not enough, we bring you the most extensive range of new album, reissue and hardware reviews anywhere on the newsstand.