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  • Summary: The 50th Anniversary release of the Beatles 1969 album features stereo mixes by Giles Martin and Sam Okell and a disc of demos and session outtakes. A super deluxe includes an additional disc of demos and session outtakes, a coffee table book, and a Blu-ray disc of the Dolby Atmos, 5.1The 50th Anniversary release of the Beatles 1969 album features stereo mixes by Giles Martin and Sam Okell and a disc of demos and session outtakes. A super deluxe includes an additional disc of demos and session outtakes, a coffee table book, and a Blu-ray disc of the Dolby Atmos, 5.1 surround and his-res stereo mixes of the album. Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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  1. Oct 3, 2019
    100
    The Abbey Road Anniversary Super Deluxe proves they were a cohesive unit through to the end. Their work once again sounds fresh and experimental yet always in the pocket of the melody. We can hear that the Beatles were eager to work together one more time to pour more musical flavors into their magic elixir.
  2. Q Magazine
    Sep 26, 2019
    100
    Abbey Road showed The Beatles at the very peak of their collective powers. ... It's certainly not the sound of a band who were sick of the sight of one another. This is something echoed in the unreleased takes and demos included here. [Nov 2019, p.119]
  3. Sep 26, 2019
    100
    Giles Martin and Sam Okell have done a new mix in stereo, 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos. The mix does wonders for moments like the three-way guitar duel in “The End,” with Paul, George and John trading off solos live on the studio floor. The Sgt. Pepper and White Album sets were packed with mind-blowing experiments and jams, but Abbey Road is considerably more focused. In these 23 outtakes and demos, you hear a band in the zone, knowing exactly what they want to do, working hard to finesse the details, even the ones only they’ll notice.
  4. Sep 26, 2019
    100
    The whole thing works beautifully and, if you shop carefully, you will end up with superb value for money and a repackaging of a great album that for once isn’t stuffed with redundance.
  5. Sep 27, 2019
    96
    The remixed album itself holds hundreds of small and large musical pleasures. ... So for anyone on the fence, maybe the best advice is to buy this edition for the deliriously detailed historical book, if nothing else — then decide whether to warm up to the new spatial separation on John, Paul and George’s turn-taking guitar solos on “The End,” among other modest tweaks.
  6. Mojo
    Sep 26, 2019
    80
    Giles Martin hasn't dug up Abbey Road; but his subtle improvements have smoothed out the odd bump. [Nov 2019, p.103]
  7. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 15, 2019
    80
    The original album, remastered by a team co-headed by George Martin's son Giles, is presented with a freshness and immediacy that makes a mockery of the passage of half a century. ... The two CDs of sessions and demos are a revealing trove. [Nov 2019, p.88]

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  1. Sep 28, 2019
    10
    Side two of this album may be the best album side ever. The Beatles and George Martin at their best.
  2. Oct 6, 2019
    10
    As close to perfection as you'll ever get. It's got plenty of timeless classics (Come Together, Something, Here Comes the Sun) that you stillAs close to perfection as you'll ever get. It's got plenty of timeless classics (Come Together, Something, Here Comes the Sun) that you still hear regularly today. It's got experimentation throughout the album. It's got fantastic "album" tracks. The musicianmanship is spot on and the production is flawless. I have heard on occasion people referring to the 6 track medley toward the end as self indulgent. Bearing in mind the songs were probably all throwaway numbers to begin with, it's incredible that the band and producer created some of the most innovative music ever put down in a studio with this section. Yes, there is Revolver and Sgt Pepper, both incredible records but for me it's Abbey Road that is the Beatles most mature, most consistent, most balanced and overall most complete work and that is really saying something. A pleasure to listen to every single time. Expand
  3. Oct 2, 2019
    10
    @SuperMax156 : you are full right !!! i'm an old boomer who love this boring music until my death...BUT (because there's always a BUT) don't@SuperMax156 : you are full right !!! i'm an old boomer who love this boring music until my death...BUT (because there's always a BUT) don't forget that you are the future stupid boomer of tomorrow !!! Expand
  4. Sep 28, 2019
    10
    An already perfect album is made even better by the incredible mixing done to songs like Oh! Darling, Maxwell's Silver Hammer, Here Comes theAn already perfect album is made even better by the incredible mixing done to songs like Oh! Darling, Maxwell's Silver Hammer, Here Comes the Sun, and Golden Slumbers Expand
  5. Sep 28, 2019
    10
    Magnificent work. A return to form with modern audio techniques. A classic of pop rock music, a must.
  6. Sep 27, 2019
    10
    Amazing. There will never be another band like the Beatles and this proves it why. Loved it, specially "the long one", what an amazing medley.
  7. Oct 1, 2019
    0
    Boomers think this stuff is great because boomers think everything their debauched and pretentious generation did was great. And the BeatlesBoomers think this stuff is great because boomers think everything their debauched and pretentious generation did was great. And the Beatles are the ultimate boomer band. Overrated. Pretentious. Insipid. But the worst of it is the Beatles are boring. This is old boring music for old boring boomers. Expand