The Beatles’ Abbey Road album was released on September 26, 1969 – fifty years ago – and to celebrate, the iconic British band will be launching an expanded box-set reissue on the anniversary date.
The suite of packages will be released via Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UME and it will be focused on the 12-times platinum penultimate album.
The album’s 17 original tracks are obviously included, but they will be newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in 5.1 surround, high res stereo, stereo and Dolby Amos. Besides, the updated album will also contain a ‘little’ surprise: 23 session recordings and demos, most of them unreleased until this iconic moment.
“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” Martin says in the new album’s edition written introduction.
Paul McCartney also shared a special note for the anniversary edition package. “The Beatles recording journey had gone through many twists and turns, learning curves and thrilling rides,” McCartney wrote about the band. “Here we were — still wondering at the magic of it all.”
The super deluxe box set contains 40 songs on three different CDs plus a Blu-ray disc, while the Super Deluxe digital audio collection includes the 40 tracks for download purchase and also streaming. If none of this options sound appealing to you, the limited edition Deluxe vinyl box set might be a better choice for modern hipsters and nostalgic vinyl fans.
Even though Abbey Road wasn’t their last album, it was the last one the four original band members recorded together as a group, and that is why they have chosen to commemorate their 1969’s album for this special occasion.