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'Abbey Road' 50th Anniversary - Speculation
12 July 2019
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Discussions and speculation are occurring aplenty elsewhere so it seems daft not to have something on the forum. No idea how the thread will go and this post may be edited when figured out and/or official announcements come. At the time of writing all talk of contents and release is speculation, nothing has been confirmed.

As posted in 'Beatles News' (by Ron Nasty), Giles posted on twitter

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which has been taken to mean a 50th release is happening with an announcement coming in a few weeks.

No idea how to get the pictures on here as there is no copy option but on this twitter page are pictures of a tracklisting for a 50th 'Abey Road' deluxe with packing options. Nothing is confirmed. 

Details are on Wogblog.
 
Abbey Road ’ ANNIVERSARY SUPER DELUXE EDITION (4 DISC)
12” x 12” hardcover book to house:
CD1: New ‘Abbey Road ’ stereo album mix
CD2: Demos and Outtakes
CD3: Demos and Outtakes
DISC 4 (Blu-ray): Dolby Atmos mix of whole album / 5.1 surround of whole album / hi-res stereo mix of whole album
Book
Limited Edition

Although we have seen a draft of a 3CD track list, this was not final:

CD1
Abbey Road usual track list

CD2
I Want You (She’s So Heavy) [Take 32 + Billy Organ]
Goodbye [Demo]
Something [Demo]
Ballad Of John And Yoko [Take 7]
Old Brown Shoe [Take 2]
Oh Darling [Take 4]
Octopus Garden [Take 9]
You Never Give Me Your Money [Take 36]
Her Majesty [Takes 1-3]
Golden Slumbers - Carry That Wait [Takes 1-3]
Here Comes The Sun [Take 9]
Maxwell's Silver Hammer [Take 12]

CD3
Come Together [Take 5]
The End [Take 3]
Sun King / Mean Mr Mustard [Take 20]
Polythene Pam - Bathroom Window [Take 27]
Because [Take 1]
The Long One [Trial Edit and Mix]
Something [Orchestral – Take 39]
Golden Slumbers [Take 17]

Abbey Road ’ ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION (2CD)

Expanded 2CD package features the new stereo album mix on and adds a second CD of demos and outtakes
Limited edition

Abbey Road ’ ANNIVERSARY EDITION (1CD)

1CD digi featuring the new ‘Abbey Road ’ stereo album mix
Unlimited edition

Abbey Road ’ ANNIVERSARY SUPER DELUXE EDITION (3LP BOX)

12” x 12” lift off lid box to house:
LP1: New ‘Abbey Road ’ stereo album mix
LP2: Demos and Outtakes
LP3: Demos and Outtakes
Limited edition

Abbey Road ’ ANNIVERSARY EDITION (1LP)

180-gram 1LP vinyl featuring the new stereo album mix
Packaging faithful to the original album

Of course, there will also be non-physical formats for purchase or streaming.

 
All this could be nonsense, nothing may happen, all details could change and even more than that.

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I saw the same on another website earlier this evening and was contemplating whether it was time to start this thread.

I do hope there are at least a couple of changes to this version of the tracklisting, so in that regard am glad it's marked as *NOT FINAL*.

Here are the twitter images:

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12 July 2019
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3 takes of Her Majesty ... wow... u_u

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I assume The Long One will be the medley with Her Majesty between Mean Mr. Mustard and Polythene Pam .

Why yes that is a picture of Paul dabbing. Deal with it.

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I’m really hoping this happens. It’s heaven because The Beatles experience is never truly over - demos and outtakes are still being released, and in large quantities. The Pepper and White Album releases are among the most treasured items in my collection. The only ‘new’ music I have purchased in recent times have been the deluxe editions. Hopefully LIB and other albums get the same treatment and continue this trend. It keeps the band alive in an extraordinary way.

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Of course I'll be pre-ordering/buying this, no matter what!

.... However.... I do feel that the track listing (so far) is a bit anemic.  I hope we end up with more than 4 discs (3CD/1 Blu-ray) of material since Sgt. Pepper was 6 discs.  One of the main draws for me will be the multi-channel mixes.  I'm eagerly looking forward to "officially" enjoying those.  (No, the Beatles Rock Band tracks don't count!)

My other concern would be: how many of the "demos & outtakes" tracks were already released on Anthology 3 ?

Here's hoping the updates will keep coming quickly!

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@glazball said
I hope we end up with more than 4 discs (3CD/1 Blu-ray) of material since Sgt. Pepper was 6 discs.

But, remember, the 4th CD in the Pepper deluxe was the mono mix, and AR didn't have a mono mix, while discs 5 & 6 in Pepper were a DVD and Blu-Ray with identical contents. You remove the mono mix and the DVD and you're down to 4 discs.

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Yes I'd considered that, but when compared to (the marketing of) the Sgt. Pepper 's 50th set, including only 4 discs just screams a lesser value.  After all, Pepper, White Album and Imagine all had 6 discs in their sets, so it only follows that Abbey Road should as well.  If only 4, perhaps AR50 will cost less?  Of course, I'd rather they include more material and therefore more discs... but only if that material is worthwhile.

I'm kind of at a loss as to what those discs would be though.  Perhaps something like the Elements mixes in the Imagine Ultimate Collection where certain parts are highlighted?  I enjoyed those more than I thought I would, but in the end they do seem like filler.  Some audio tracks with commentary from Paul and Ringo (and others) might be welcome, but again, kind of filler-y.

I suppose we'll know soon and I'm hoping for a few really cool surprises - like the long lost take of John doing vocals on Oh! Darling .  (jk, I wish!)

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