15 Aug The Beatles celebrate 50 years of Abbey Road with 6 editions of the album
The Beatles are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road with a reissue, in fact, six variations of them. Abbey Road is the eleventh studio album from the Beatles that was originally released in 1969. It was the only original UK Beatles album sleeve at the time to show neither the artist name nor the album title on its front cover. The album has got a fresh new mix by producer Giles Martin the son of the late George Martin, who produced Abbey Road and mix engineer Sam Okell.
Set to release are the standard Abbey Road Anniversary Edition on vinyl and CD. A Super Deluxe Edition on 3xLP vinyl box set, this edition is also available as a double CD set. Also in the line up is a 12-inch vinyl picture disc.
There is a four-CD Abbey Road Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition that is slated to drop on the same date. This set includes a 12” by 12” 100-page hardbound book with McCartney’s foreword; Martin’s introduction; insightful, in-depth chapters written by Beatles historian, author, and radio producer Kevin Howlett covering the months preceding The Beatles’ Abbey Road sessions, track-by-track details and session notes, the cover art and photoshoot, and the album’s reception upon its release; plus an essay by music journalist and author David Hepworth looking at the album’s influence through 50 years. The book is illustrated with rare and previously unpublished photographs, including many taken by Linda McCartney; never before published images of handwritten lyrics, sketches, and a George Martin score; Beatles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.
All six variants will be released on the 27th of September. Head here for more info and listen to the studio demo of ‘Something’ that has been made available ahead of the full release.