The Beatles' last studio album!
Super Deluxe anniversary collection! 3CDS and one Blu-ray disc
Dolby Atmos, 96k/24bit high resolution stereo, and 96k/24bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1!
Housed in a slip-sleeve 12" x 12" 100-page hardbound book w/ McCartney's foreword
New stereo remix and presented with additional session recordings and demos!
Sourced directly from the original 8-track session tapes
Newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - rated No. 14!
The famed last studio album by The Beatles, the iconic Abbey Road is presented here for the first time 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.
It was 50 years ago, on August 8, 1969, that the world's most famous band stepped out from London's EMI Recording Studio to stride, single-file, across the black and white stripes of Abbey Road's nearby zebra crossing. With photographer Iain Macmillan balanced on a stepladder and one policeman stopping the street's light traffic, The Beatles crossed back and forth three times, led by John Lennon, followed by Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. Just six photos were taken, with the fifth selected as the cover shot for The Beatles' penultimate studio album, Abbey Road, named after the tree-lined street in which the studios are located.
Released September 26, 1969, Abbey Road was not The Beatles' final album, as Let It Be followed in 1970, but it was the last one John, Paul, George, and Ringo recorded together as a band. The Beatles will celebrate Abbey Road's anniversary with a suite of beautifully presented packages to be released worldwide on September 27 by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/Universal Music Enterprises.
Giles Martin, working with Sam Okell, from the original eight-track session tapes, was guided by the album's original mix supervised by his father, George Martin.
"The magic comes from the hands playing the instruments, the blend of The Beatles' voices, the beauty of the arrangements," Giles Martin explains in his written introduction for the new edition. "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."
Ringo Starr tells interviewers: "I've loved all the re-releases because of the remastering, and you can hear the drums, which got dialed down in the old days."
Abbey Road's Super Deluxe box set presents 40 tracks — including "The Long One" Trial Edit & Mix for the album's epic Side 2 medley — on three CDs (stereo) and one Blu-ray disc (Dolby Atmos, 96kHz/24 bit high resolution stereo, and 96 kHz/24 bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1). The four discs are housed in a slip-sleeved 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 photo shoot, 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 gorgeous 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.
Abbey Road's Super Deluxe 23 session and demo recordings are presented in chronological order of their first recording dates. "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" leads the charge.
For an overnight session on February 22, 1969, The Beatles were joined at London's Trident Studios by producer George Martin and engineer Glyn Johns to record "I Want You (She's So Heavy)." Abbey Road's new edition combines a take from that session with the concluding part of the Trident master's 8-track reduction mix made later at the EMI studios, revealing for the first time Billy Preston's thrilling overdubbed organ solo. With their amps turned up high, The Beatles received a noise complaint from one of the studio's neighbors in the Soho area of the city. The take starts with Lennon exclaiming, "My boys are ready to go!," before the band is told about the complaint. Lennon replies, "What are they doing here at this time of night?," then lays it down: "Well, we'll try it once more very loud. And then if we don't get it, we'll try it quiet, like it might do it the other way. OK. The loud one, last go. Last chance to be loud!"
In the same month that the raucous Trident session took place, McCartney recorded a home demo of "Goodbye" for the Apple-signed singer Mary Hopkin and Harrison recorded a solo demo of "Something" at EMI Recording Studios. Both demos are featured on Abbey Road's new edition. "Goodbye" makes its release debut. Although previously released on Anthology 3 in a version featuring guitar and vocal, the new anniversary mix of George's "Something" demo features for the first time vocal, guitar and piano.
The Beatles reconvened at EMI's studios and Olympic Sound Studios for sessions spanning mid-April to early May. On April 14, Lennon and McCartney recorded the single "The Ballad Of John And Yoko" in EMI's Studio Three, with Geoff Emerick as the balance engineer. Two days later, the single's B-side, "Old Brown Shoe" was recorded. Session recordings for these tracks, as well as three more songs started during this period, "Oh! Darling," "Octopus's Garden," and "You Never Give Me Your Money," are featured in Abbey Road's anniversary edition.