This fall, Apple Records will release a special 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles' classic final studio album Abbey Road with new mixes by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in high resolution stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos. The set will also include 23 additional demos and session outtakes. 
 
“The Beatles recording journey had gone through many twists and turns, learning curves, and thrilling rides,” wrote Paul McCartney in the edition's liner notes. “Here we were – still wondering at the magic of it all.”  
 
The original release of Abbey Road was awarded a GRAMMY for engineering and the new mix uses the original 8-track session tapes which were mostly supervised by legendary Abbey Road engineer Geoff Emerick and Giles Martin’s father, Beatles producer George Martin. 
 
“The magic comes from the hands playing the instruments, the blend of The Beatles’ voices, the beauty of the arrangements,” said Martin in the liner notes to the new edition. “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…They knew this was it. The way I would explain it is, you’ve only got a certain number of breaths or heartbeats left in your life, and you want to make sure they’re important. That’s the essence of Abbey Road — they knew how important it was.”
 

The 4-cd and 3-LP special edition will include track-by-track details, photographs by Linda McCartney, images of handwritten lyrics, recording sheets, tape boxes, print ads, and session notes in a 100-page hardbound book. A limited edition vinyl box will include three 180 gram LPs and the deluxe 2 CD will pair together session outtakes in the original album’s running order.  Among the collection’s many highlights include The Beatles trying out George Harrison’s new Moog synthesizer, McCartney demos for what would become Badfinger’s debut single “Come and Get It” and Mary Hopkins’ single “Goodbye,” behind the scenes rehearsals for John Lennon’s “Come Together” at Trident Studios with Let It Be engineer Glyn Johns (“My boys are ready to go,” shouts Lennon), and session highlights from “Ballad of John and Yoko” recorded by Lennon and McCartney playing all the instruments.
 
“You do get the impression with Abbey Road that Paul was trying to hold on to the dream — and my dad as well.” Martin told Rolling Stone. “Sonically, it’s more like his work with America. Abbey Road has that precision — everything’s in tune, it has the right fit, and that’s how he liked things to be.”
 

“You do get the impression with Abbey Road that Paul was trying to hold on to the dream — and my dad as well," said Martin. "Sonically, it’s more like his work with America. Abbey Road has that precision — everything’s in tune, it has the right fit, and that’s how he liked things to be.” Look for the new release worldwide September 27, 2019 and more sneak peaks at Epiphone.com.