Friday 12am ET: Feature LP: Beatles – Abbey Road (50th Anniversary Edition)

Abbey Road is the eleventh studio album by English rock band the Beatles, released on 26 September 1969 by Apple Records. The recording sessions were the last in which all four Beatles participated. Let It Be was the final album that the Beatles completed and released before the band’s dissolution in April 1970, but most of the album had been recorded before the Abbey Road sessions began. The two-sided hit single from the album, “Something” backed with “Come Together”, was released in October and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

Abbey Road incorporates genres such as blues, pop and progressive rock, and makes prominent use of the Moog synthesizer and the Leslie speaker. Side two contains a medley of song fragments edited together to form a single piece. The album was recorded amid a more enjoyable atmosphere than the Get Back/Let It Be sessions earlier in the year, but there were still frequent disagreements within the band. John Lennon had privately left the group by the time that the album was released, and Paul McCartney publicly quit the following year.

Abbey Road was an immediate commercial success and reached number one in the UK and US, although it initially received mixed reviews, with some critics describing its music as inauthentic and bemoaning the production’s artificial effects. Over time, the album became viewed as among the Beatles’ best and many critics have ranked it as one of the greatest albums of all time. In particular, George Harrison’s contributions in “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun” are considered to be among the best songs that he wrote for the group. The album’s cover features the four band members walking across a zebra crossing outside Abbey Road Studios and has become one of the most famous and imitated images in popular music.

On 8 August 2019, Apple Corps announced the upcoming release of 50th anniversary editions of the album scheduled for September 27. Presented with new mixes in stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos, expanded with previously unreleased session recordings and demos, the special anniversary releases includes Super deluxe four-disc set, three-LP deluxe vinyl set, a two-CD deluxe set, a limited-edition picture disc, single CD and LP releases, and digital and streaming. On September 26, 2019, the Beatles YouTube channel premiered a music video for “Here Comes the Sun” in its 2019 remix to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the album.

Original edition

1. “Come Together” 4:19
2. “Something” 3:02
3. “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” 3:27
4. “Oh! Darling” 3:27
5. “Octopus’s Garden” 2:51
6. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” 7:47

1. “Here Comes the Sun” 3:05
2. “Because” 2:45
3. “You Never Give Me Your Money” 4:03
4. “Sun King” 2:26
5. “Mean Mr. Mustard” 1:06
6. “Polythene Pam” 1:13
7. “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window” 1:58
8. “Golden Slumbers” 1:31
9. “Carry That Weight” 1:36
10. “The End” 2:05
11. “Her Majesty” (as a hidden track) 0:23

2019 Super Deluxe Edition bonus tracks
Disc 2 of 2CD Version

1. “Come Together” (take 5) 3:30
2. “Something” (studio demo) 3:37
3. “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (take 12) 4:44
4. “Oh Darling” (take 4) 3:30
5. “Octopus’s Garden” (take 9) 1:43
6. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” (Trident recording session & reduction mix) 6:59
7. “Here Comes The Sun” (take 9) Harrison 3:40
8. “Because” (take 1 Instrumental) 3:07
9. “You Never Give Me Your Money” (take 36) 5:17
10. “Sun King” (take 20) 3:14
11. “Mean Mr. Mustard” (take 20) 1:34
12. “Polythene Pam” (take 27) 1:39
13. “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” (take 27) 1:39
14. “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight” (takes 1-3) 3:20
15. “The End” (take 3) 2:11
16. “Her Majesty” (takes 1-3) 1:33

Disc 2 of 3CD Box Set: Demos & Outtakes

1. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” (Trident recording session & reduction mix) 6:59
2. “Goodbye” (home demo) 2:23
3. “Something” (studio demo) 3:37
4. “The Ballad of John and Yoko” (take 7) 3:37
5. “Old Brown Shoe” (take 2) 3:15
6. “Oh! Darling” (take 4) 3:30
7. “Octopus’s Garden” (take 9) 1:43
8. “You Never Give Me Your Money” (take 36) 5:17
9. “Her Majesty” (takes 1–3) 1:33
10. “Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight” (takes 1–3) 3:20
11. “Here Comes The Sun” (take 9) 3:40
12. “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (take 12) 4:44

Disc 3 of 3CD Box Set: Demos & Outtakes

1. “Come Together” (take 5) 3:30
2. “The End” (take 3) 2:11
3. “Come and Get It” (studio demo) 2:42
4. “Sun King” (take 20) 3:14
5. “Mean Mr. Mustard” (take 20) 1:34
6. “Polythene Pam” (take 27) 1:39
7. “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” (take 27) 1:39
8. “Because” (take 1 / instrumental) 3:07
9. “The Long One” (trial edit
1. “You Never Give Me Your Money”
2. “Sun King”
3. “Mean Mr. Mustard”
4. “Her Majesty”
5. “Polythene Pam”
6. “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window”
7. “Golden Slumbers”
8. “Carry That Weight”
9. “The End”) 16:10
10. “Something” (take 39 / instrumental / strings only) 2:41
11. “Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight” (take 17 / instrumental / strings & bass only) 3:17

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