Set for release on September 27th is the 50th anniversary edition of the Beatles‘ 1969 swan song Abbey Road. Newly remixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo, high res stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos, accompanied by 23 session recordings and demos, most of which are previously unreleased. The set will be available on CD, vinyl, and all digital platforms.
According to the Beatles’ press release, “This is the first time Abbey Road has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings and demos. To create Abbey Road’s new stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos mixes, Martin and Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios. All the new Abbey Roadreleases feature the new stereo album mix, sourced directly from the original eight-track session tapes. To produce the mix, Giles was guided by the album’s original stereo mix supervised by his late-father, George Martin.”
Paul McCartney is quoted in the foreword for Abbey Road’s anniversary edition packages saying: “The Beatles recording journey had gone through many twists and turns, learning curves and thrilling rides. Here we were — still wondering at the magic of it all.”
Giles Martin explained in the introduction to the new set: “The magic comes from the hands playing the instruments, the blend of The Beatles’ voices, the beauty of the arrangements, Our quest is simply to ensure everything sounds as fresh and hits you as hard as it would have on the day it was recorded.”
In addition to newly commissioned essays, the accompanying book is illustrated with rare and previously unpublished photographs, including many taken by Linda McCartney; never before published images of handwritten lyrics, sketches, and a George Martin score; Beatles correspondence, recording sheets, and tape boxes; and reproduced original print ads.
Although John Lennon missed the Abbey Road sessions for “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” following a car crash in Scotland, he had workshopped the song heavily during the Beatles’ January 1969 Let It Be project: [“Yeah, it’s a typical McCartney sing-a-long, or wherever you call ’em. He did quite a lot of work on it. I was ill after the accident when they did most of that track. And I believe he really ground George and Ringo into the ground (laughs) recording it.”] SOUNDCUE (:13 OC: . . . ground (laughs) recording it)
Paul McCartney explained that close-knit harmony vocals on a tune like “Because” came from working hardcore on three-part harmony since they were teenagers in Liverpool: [“With the Beatles, we started off years ago doing harmonies, and I think just as we went on we got better and better. And for something like ‘Because,’ which I think was, like, the epitome of it; we worked at it. We did it a few times ’til we got it right.”] SOUNDCUE (:12 OC: . . . got it right)
George Harrison admitted he wasn’t sure whether the Abbey Road sessions were actually marking the end of the Beatles: [“We didn’t know, or I didn’t know, at the time that it was the last Beatle record that we would make, but it kind of felt a bit like we were reaching the end of the line.”] SOUNDCUE (:11 OC: . . . of the line)
Ringo Starr believes that no band can expect to carry on indefinitely as a thriving artistic unit: [“The lifespan of any band, really, is, like eight years, because by then, y’know, you were 20 when you started. Early-‘20s, you’re energized and suddenly you’re 30 and, ‘Y’know, I wanna play the blues!'”] SOUNDCUE (:15 OC: . . . play the blues)
The Abbey Road Super Deluxe (three-CD, one Blu-ray set; digital audio collection)
Disc One: 2019 Stereo Mix
“Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”
“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”
“Here Comes The Sun”
“You Never Give Me Your Money”
“Mean Mr. Mustard”
“She Came In Through The Bathroom Window”
“Carry That Weight”
Disc Two: Sessions
“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” (Trident Recording Session & Reduction Mix)
“Goodbye” (Home Demo)
“Something” (Studio Demo)
“The Ballad Of John And Yoko” (Take 7)
“Old Brown Shoe” (Take 2)
“Oh! Darling” (Take 4)
“You Never Give Me Your Money” (Take 36)
“Her Majesty” (Takes 1-3)
“Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight” (Takes 1–3 / Medley)
“Here Comes The Sun” (Take 9)
“Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (Take 12)
Disc Three: Sessions
“Come Together” (Take 5)
“The End” (Take 3)
“Come And Get It” (Studio Demo)
“Sun King” (Take 20)
“Mean Mr Mustard” (Take 20)
“Polythene Pam” (Take 27)
“She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” (Take 27)
“Because” (Take 1 – Instrumental)
“The Long One” (Trial Edit & Mix – 30 July 1969) (Medley: “You Never Give Me Your Money, Sun King, Mean Mr Mustard, Her Majesty, Polythene Pam, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, The End”)
“Something” (Take 39 – Instrumental Strings Only)
“Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight” (Take 17 – Instrumental – Strings & Brass Only)
BLU-RAY: Abbey Road
Audio Features: Dolby Atmos; 96kHz/24 bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; and 96kHz/24 bit High Res Stereo (2019 Stereo Mix)
SOURCE: Press release
- Set for release on September 27th is the 50th anniversary edition of the Beatles‘ 1969 swan song Abbey Road.
- Newly remixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo, high res stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos, accompanied by 23 session recordings and demos, most of which are previously unreleased.
DID YOU KNOW???
- Throughout the years, many of the songs on Abbey Road have been performed live, with John Lennon including “Come Together” in concert in Madison Square Garden at his 1972 “One To One” benefit; Paul McCartney has performed “Something,” “You Never Give Me Your Money,” “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window,” “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End,” and “Her Majesty,” over the past 25 years; George Harrison introduced both “Something,” and “Here Comes The Sun” as part of his live repertoire at 1971’s The Concert For Bangladesh; and Ringo Starr‘s “Octopus’ Garden” made its live debut during his 1998 taping of VH1 Storytellers.