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Beatles Abbey Road 50th anniversary reissues

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I'm sure I'll be in for the 2CD set, nothing more (deluxe is too expensive), nothing less (I don't do vinyl, and single CD is almost as expensive as the 2CD set).

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http://www.superdeluxeedition.com/news/the-beatles-abbey-road-reissued-for-its-50th-anniversary-across-six-formats/#more-151776

 

The Beatles / Abbey Road reissued for its 50th anniversary across six formats

August 8, 2019 by Paul Sinclair

 

3CD+blu-ray box • 3LP vinyl • 2CD deluxe • vinyl picture disc • 5.1 & Dolby Atmos surround mixes • Two discs of outtakes in both CD and vinyl sets

The Beatles‘ 1969 album Abbey Road will be reissued for its 50th anniversary in September. All six physical formats offer a brand new Giles Martin (& Sam Okell) stereo mix and for the first time all the bonus sessions are available on vinyl and CD. Full format details below…

The 3CD+blu-ray super deluxe edition delivers Giles Martin’s new stereo mix on CD 1 with two further CDs of outtakes and unreleased rarities (‘sessions’). A blu-ray audio is the fourth and final disc and it delivers two separate surround sound mixes – a standard 5.1 and a Dolby Atmos mix (along with a hi-res stereo version of the new Giles Martin stereo mix).

The super deluxe is packaged as a luxury hardcover book which slots into an outer slip case. There’s plenty of text with some wonderful photos (many by Linda McCartney). Unlike The White Album package this is a square 12″ x 12″ set.

As well as the standard vinyl LP of the album remix, a 3LP vinyl box is offered which includes all the sessions (from the two CDs in the super deluxe) in their entirety. A 12-inch vinyl picture disc is the third vinyl option available.

Additionally, a 2CD deluxe edition offers the new stereo mix on CD 1 with an alternate version of the album (drawn from the sessions) on disc two. A single CD with the stereo mix of the album will also be issued.

Abbey Road was recorded in 1969 after Let It Be, although as is now reasonably well known, the album was actually released seven months before Let It Be, on 26 September 1969 (largely because no one could face the arduous task of going through those Let It Be tapes and trying to salvage an album out of them).

Incredibly, work on songs that would end up on Abbey Road started just three weeks after the Let It Be sessions finished at 3 Saville Row. The fact that one-time ‘fifth Beatle’, Billy Preston, was still around for the recording of ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)‘ – in Trident Studios – underlines that fact. A different take of this song, with Billy letting loose at the end, is one of the outtakes included in the super deluxe and 3LP vinyl.

Other bonus material of interest (let’s face it, it’s ALL of interest) includes Take 7 of the non-album track ‘The Ballad Of John And Yoko‘ – The Beatles’ last UK number one (and the only one to feature just John Lennon and Paul McCartney playing on it) – and an alternate reading of that song’s B-side, the George Harrison composition ‘Old Brown Shoe‘.

McCartney’s solo demo for what would become Mary Hopkin’s ‘Goodbye‘ shows man and guitar at the peak of his powers. This much bootlegged recording – which has the air of a classic knocked off in his lunch break – is finally officially available on this Abbey Road set, as is George’s demo of ‘Something.’ That song was Harrison’s first single A-side, and while it won an Ivor Novello award it also became the first Beatles’ single not to reach either #1 or #2 in the UK singles chart since ‘Love Me Do’ peaked at 17 back in 1962 (‘Something’ stalled at #4).

The demo of ‘Something’ has already appeared on Anthology 3 of course, although this is a different mix. Talking of which, very little Abbey Road related material from Anthology 3 has been repeated here – ‘Something’ (along with Paul’s demo for ‘Come and Get It’) is the exception rather than the rule. So for example, take 1 of ‘Because‘ features in the new Abbey Road sets but the ethereal acappella version from Anthologyisn’t anywhere to be found.

The two discs of ‘sessions’ also includes three versions of ‘Her Majesty‘ (originally a ‘hidden’ track, of course), a 30 July ‘trial edit/mix’ of ‘The Long One’ which would become the famous medley (at this stage ‘Her Majesty’ was still slap bang in the middle of the sequence) and alternate takes of ‘You Never Give Me Your Money,’ ‘Here Comes The Sun‘ and ‘Oh! Darling‘.

The blu-ray audio that comes in the four-disc super deluxe edition of the Abbey Road 50th anniversary reissue features not only the standard 5.1 mix, but also a Dolby Atmos mix. The latter was also created for Sgt. Pepper in 2017 but not completed in time for inclusion with the super deluxe of the 1967 album. Despite Dolby’s claims that Atmos mixes work fine on standard 5.1 set-ups, we basically have the best of both worlds here.

Finally, a vinyl picture disc of Abbey Road is released at the same time as the four other physical formats. With Sgt. Pepper it followed a few months later. It’s worth noting that the original stereo mix of Abbey Road doesn’t appear anywhere on any of the formats (there was no mono mix).

The 50th Anniversary editions of Abbey Road are released on 27 September 2019.

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Probably the 2 Cd for me. I would have liked to have seen the producers do their treatment on Revolver first. 

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I'm going to have to get the Super Deluxe box. This is one of my favorite records and I will want to hear it all.

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Extra material is nice, an orgy of formats holds no interest for me. I heard the damn thing new on about 50 bajillion record players over the next 5-10 years, enough already.

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1 hour ago, Brad said:

I would have liked to have seen the producers do their treatment on Revolver first. 

Strongly agree.   That was the one where the earth shifted.  

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I never got around to the Purple Chick Abbey Road, but did the Revolver. The evolution of "Tomorrow Never Knows" is itself cause for a study, up to and especially including "Mix 11".

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1 hour ago, JSngry said:

...and especially including "Mix 11".

For those curious (as I just was), that appears to be this...

 

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Can you imagine, 500 copies pressed and released and then STOP THE PRESSES!!! WE'RE GOING WITH ANOTHER MIX!!!!

500 copies. MONO copies at that. That's all. Period.

or was it 600? Don't recall. Still, a shockingly small number of copies.

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I'll be perfectly content to have this one on Spotify. 

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4 hours ago, Rooster_Ties said:

For those curious (as I just was), that appears to be this...

 

No doubt far fetched, but I kept thinking that Coltrane could have laid down a monstrous soprano solo on on top of those instrumental breaks. 

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Not far-fetched at all, that's about as close as Ringo was going to get to copping Elvin (and i still sounds to me like the drum part was recorded in two parts, cymbals alone + drums alone. That cymbal is just sooooooo non-stop!!!). But there it is.

That originally released mix...the common one is like acid, this one is like acid with your finger in a light socket.

 

 

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I just got home from work and played this.  Wow.  My daughter disapprovingly called out "what's that?", but my 17-month old grandson came over and started dancing to it!

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The girls don't know, but the little babies understand.

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10 minutes ago, JSngry said:

The girls don't know, but the little babies understand.

He eats more chicken than any mom ever seen.

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bought the White album uber deluxe, will probably get this too, would absolutely get a Revolver deluxe.

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8 hours ago, danasgoodstuff said:

bought the White album uber deluxe, will probably get this too, would absolutely get a Revolver deluxe.

I still haven't bought the deluxe White Album, even though I am a fan. I got a bit burned by the deluxe John Lennon "Imagine" box set, which wasn't as good as I expected. I was also a little miffed at the exorbitant price of that White Album box. I hope that this Abbey Road box isn't up that high.

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57 minutes ago, bresna said:

I still haven't bought the deluxe White Album, even though I am a fan. I got a bit burned by the deluxe John Lennon "Imagine" box set, which wasn't as good as I expected. I was also a little miffed at the exorbitant price of that White Album box. I hope that this Abbey Road box isn't up that high.

$110 pre-order price on Amazon.  2 CD set at $90 less is good for me.

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1 hour ago, felser said:

$110 pre-order price on Amazon.  2 CD set at $90 less is good for me.

Likewise. 

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One of the greatest rock guitar albums of all time... GH is magnificent on this one.

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Listening to this 50th  anniversary reissue, and I am really enjoying the remix of the tunes.  My favorite Beatles album.  

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17 hours ago, Hardbopjazz said:

Listening to this 50th  anniversary reissue, and I am really enjoying the remix of the tunes.  My favorite Beatles album.  

I am also finishing up listening to the remixed album right now.  Far from my favorite Beatles album (I love the earlier stuff from "Please Please Me" through Revolver), but the remix is beautiful, as were the remixes on Sgt. Pepper and the White Album.  Adds greatly to the listening experience for me.  Props to Giles Martin & Co.

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If anyone has no use for the Blu Ray disc, I'm looking for one so please PM me. Thanks

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From the New York Times evening briefing newsletter:

9. The Beatles returned to the pop charts with an “Abbey Road” reissue.

 

The album hit No. 3 on this week’s Billboard 200 chart, marking its first time in the Top 10 since 1970. (The original album, released on Sept. 26, 1969, spent 11 weeks at No. 1.)

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