Moon landing, 350,000-strong Woodstock, anti-Vietnam war demonstrations, Richard Nixon became president, and the birth of Sesame Street all happened 50 years ago, in 1969. You know what else happen five decades ago? Specifically on this day, August 8? The Beatles released the album Abbey Road with the now-iconic cover of the four band members crossing a zebra crossing on Abbey Road. 50 years on.
The music world, namely Apple Corps Ltd., Capitol and UMe, together with The Beatles is celebrating with Abbey Road Anniversary Edition releases. The anniversary edition features 17 tracks that are newly mixed 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.
The Beatles Abbey Road Anniversary Edition is available in several packages, including Abbey Road’s Super Deluxe box set with 40 tracks and Abbey Road’s limited edition Deluxe vinyl box set (3x 180g vinyl LPs). Both the Super Deluxe and Deluxe vinyl box sets’ 23 session and demo recordings are presented in chronological order of their first recording dates. There’s a bunch of other versions too (including an affordable CD album).