Every year, thousands of tourists flock to Abbey Road and clumsily attempt to recreate the famous cover of the Fab four crossing the street. If you’ve ever tried it yourself, you know it’s not that easy. As a consolation, however, Beatles fans will get a super deluxe reissue of what is perhaps one of the most iconic rock and roll albums ever, and certainly one of the most influential album covers to have ever been released. This is because Abbey Road turns 50 years, and to celebrate it, there’s a whole pack of things being released for true fans only.
Producer Giles Martin (son of George Martin, the original producer of Abbey Road) has been in charge of the mix together with engineer Sam Okell. The box comes with an additional 23 tracks, consisting of demos and other recordings in four different CD’s together with a 100-page hardcover book with a foreword by Paul McCartney, an introduction by Giles Martin, a written history from Kevin Howlett, and an essay on Abbey Road and its influence by journalist David Hepworth. The reissue will also include 3 LP vinyl edition of Abbey Road, a two CD deluxe edition and a standard edition.
“The magic comes from the hands playing the instruments, the blend of The Beatles’ voices, the beauty of the arrangements,” writes Martin. “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. I work with two Beatles experts who make a whole load of notes on the transfers,” he said. “Then I look at the notes and listen to everything again and make my own. Then we argue. They say, ‘This is a valid outtake because the ending is different on the mix,’ and I go, ‘No it’s not, it’s just a slightly different mix’. My job is to be a bit of a bastard.”
“The Beatles recording journey had gone through many twists and turns, learning curves and thrilling rides. Here we were – still wondering at the magic of it all,” writes McCartney says on his foreword. We couldn’t agree more.
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