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THE BEATLES REVISIT ABBEY ROAD WITH SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY RELEASES SEPTEMBER 27th

Abbey Road Presented with New Mixes in Stereo, 5.1 Surround, and Dolby Atmos; Expanded with Previously Unreleased Session Recordings and Demos 

By Harvey Kubernik © 2019 

It was 50 years ago today, on August 8, 1969, that the world’s most famous band stepped out from London’s EMI Recording Studios to

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stride, single-file, across the black and white stripes of Abbey Road’s nearby zebra crossing. With photographer Iain Macmillan balanced on a stepladder and one policeman stopping the street’s light traffic, The Beatles crossed back and forth three times, led by John Lennon, followed by Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. Just six photos were taken, with the fifth selected as the cover shot for The Beatles’ penultimate studio album, Abbey Road, named after the tree-lined street in which the studios are located. 

Released September 26, 1969, Abbey Road was not The Beatles’ final album, as Let It Be followed in 1970, but it was the last one John, Paul, George, and Ringo recorded together as a band. The Beatles will celebrate Abbey Road’s anniversary with a suite of beautifully presented packages to be released worldwide on September 27 by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe. the album’s 17 tracks 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.

This is the first time Abbey Road has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings and demos. The album’s sweeping new edition follows the universally acclaimed remixed and expanded anniversary editions of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The BEATLES (‘White Album’) released in 2017 and 2018, respectively. To create Abbey Road’s new stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos mixes, Martin and Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios. All the new Abbey Road releases feature the new stereo album mix, sourced directly from the original eight-track session tapes. To produce the mix, Giles was guided by the album’s original stereo mix supervised by his father, George Martin. Continue reading

The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Now Out with New Mixes in Stereo and 5.1 Surround Audio

Expanded Version with Previously Unreleased Session Recordings, & Special Packaging;

Previously Unreleased 1992 Documentary Film, The Making of Sgt. Pepper,

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Restored for Anniversary Edition’s Super Deluxe Boxed Set

By Harvey Kubernik c 2017

“Sgt Pepper’s was the perfect album to absorb while being Lost in Space.”  —Bill Mumy

To salute the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band  which ushered in The Summer of Love, the Beatles just released a slew of lavishly presented Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Edition packages via Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe.

The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio and expanded with early takes from the studio sessions, including no fewer than 34 previously unreleased recordings.

“It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art,” says Paul McCartney in his newly-penned introduction for the Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Edition. Continue reading

Harvey Kubernik On Sir George Martin

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George Martin 
a grand soul.
He will be missed.
He knew how 
to make the music come alive 
and touch the soul 
he gave breath 
and depth 
to notes and words.
He helped create 
musical masterworks.

He made a huge impact
on so many lives.
I met him a few times 
and he was humble 
and kind 
and we talked touch 
about putting music to words 
or words to music.
He was an inspiration 
and will continue 
to inspire.

The Sufi Poets say 
All is music 
and found music 
is found 
in all things 
and George brought that to this planet 
in our time 
perhaps as much 
as anyone ever did.

Stephen John Kalinich
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