Sunday, September 22, 2019

Take A Walk Down The Beatles "Abbey Road" With New 50th Anniversary Edition Of The Album

This year marked the 50th anniversary of "Abbey Road," The Beatles final album which John, Paul, George and Ringo performed together in the studio. To celebrate the legendary album, Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe will release a new remix of the album, along with 23 previously unreleased studio session tracks in a new deluxe box set, on September 27th. The new remix of the "Abbey Road" album is once again handled by producer Giles Martin (son of the famous George Martin), as he careful enriches the songs that we have all come to know so well.

Beatles' fans will no doubt try and dissect every song to find the little differences, but the first thing you will notice upon your first listen is how great this record still sounds. For this album, The Beatles went back into the studio, after the "Let It Be" recording disaster, to possibly create one final farewell album. At this point in their career, The Beatles were splintering in different directions creatively, but "Abbey Road" displays a maturity in their music and how they all came together to once again make a magical album.

The new remix of the "Abbey Road" album does bring the power of the drums and bass more up front, as noticed in "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" and "Mean Mr Mustard." The harmonies are also noticeable more present as in "Here Comes The Sun" and "Sun King." Also interesting in songs like "Sun King" and in "Her Majesty" is the movement of the vocals and instrumentation from the right speaker to the left and back again, as they play with the stereo effect. All of the instruments sound amazing, as there is a separation between them that gives the songs a cleaner, clearer presentation.

The two CDs or two LPs worth of session work is where Beatles' fans will enjoy hearing studio chatter between the band and alternate versions of these well-known songs. The first track you come across "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" features John discussing with George Martin how to deal with the complaint of The Beatles playing too loud in the studio. So, to remedy the situation, John tells the boys to play it loud one more time, which in turn gives us this raw, bluesy rendition of the song. These sessions also gives us Paul's playful song "Goodbye," as well as stripped down version of "The Ballad Of John And Yoko." Hearing The Beatles working out the different parts of the album closing medley is priceless and the inclusion of "The Long One" is the icing on the cake for Beatles' completest. The final studio session tracks highlight the wonderful work of George Martin, as is showcases the strings and brass arrangements on the songs "Something" and "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight."

The care that went into restoring these session outtakes is definitely appreciated, as they sound almost as good as the final tracks. You can hear every misstep or chord change that went into the development of this timeless album. The 50th anniversary of The Beatles' "Abbey Road" will be released in a number of different formats including a super deluxe box set, which includes 3 CDs (the new remix of the album and studio sessions) and a Blu-ray (High-Res stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 versions of the album). It was also be available as a triple-vinyl set, which also includes all of the tracks in the super deluxe box set, as well as a deluxe 2 CD set and also as a limited edition single LP picture disc vinyl. To find out more about this new release, please visit abbeyroad.thebeatles.com

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