Abbey Road • Beatles UK album

UK vinyl album Abbey Road

‘Abbey Road’ UK album – front cover
Front cover
‘Abbey Road’ UK album – back cover
Back cover
‘Abbey Road’ UK album – Apple record label
Record label
  • Label: Apple PCS 7068
  • Released: 26th September 1969
  • Peak position:
    Melody Maker – #1;
    NME – #1;
    Record Retailer – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 17 – eleven weeks from 4th October 1969, and six weeks from 27th December 1969
  • Weeks in chart: 81 – from 4th October 1969

They were originally going to call this album ‘Everest’ after Geoff Emerick’s favourite brand of cigarettes, but when it came to taking the photos they were so pissed off with each other that they couldn’t be bothered to go any further than down the street. The shot of them outside the studios gave them the obvious name ‘Abbey Road’.

The long medley on side two was originally going to be called ‘The Long One’ or the ‘Huge Medley’ and had a different running order. It started out with ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ and ‘Sun King’, and was followed by ‘Mean Mr. Mustard’, ‘Her Majesty’, ‘Polythene Pam’, ‘She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’, ‘Golden Slumbers’, ‘Carry That Weight’ and ‘The End’. Paul then decided to have ‘Her Majesty’ taken out, but instead of chucking it …

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UK tape cassette album (Re-release) Abbey Road

‘Abbey Road’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
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‘Abbey Road’ UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘Abbey Road’ UK album – EMI tape cassette label
Cassette label
  • Label: EMI TC PCS 7088
  • Released: 1969
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UK tape cassette album (Re-release) Abbey Road

‘Abbey Road’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
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  • Label: EMI TC PCS 7088
  • Released: 1972
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UK vinyl picture disc album (Re-release) Abbey Road

  • Label: Apple PHO 7088
  • Released: 16th January 1979
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UK CD album (Re-release) Abbey Road

‘Abbey Road’ UK album – CD front cover
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‘Abbey Road’ UK album – CD back cover
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‘Abbey Road’ UK album – Apple CD label
CD label
  • Label: Apple CDP 7 46446 2
  • Released: 19th October 1987
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #30
  • Weeks in chart: 11 – two weeks from 31st October 1987, and nine weeks from 8th March 1997
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UK remastered CD album (Re-release) Abbey Road

‘Abbey Road’ UK album – CD front cover
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‘Abbey Road’ UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘Abbey Road’ UK album – CD back cover
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‘Abbey Road’ UK album – Apple CD label
CD label
  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • Released: 9th September 2009
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #6
  • Weeks in chart: 4 – from 13th September 2009

CD: Come Together / Something / Maxwell’s Silver Hammer / Oh! Darling / Octopus’s Garden / I Want You (She’s So Heavy) / Here Comes The Sun / Because / You Never Give Me Your Money / Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard / Polythene Pam / She Came In Through The Bathroom Window / Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End / Her Majesty / Abbey Road Mini-Documentary

Produced by George Martin. Remastered by Guy Massey and Steve Rooke

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (2,7) Harrison and (5) Starkey

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