Abbey Road • Beatles US album

USA vinyl album Abbey Road

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‘Abbey Road’ USA album – Apple record label
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  • Label: Apple SO 383 STEREO
  • Released: 1st October 1969
  • Sales figures: after 1 month – 3 million; to date – over 9 million; Certified Gold – 27th October 1969; Certified Platinum – 26th December 1991; Certified Diamond – 10th January 1997
  • Peak position:
    Billboard – #1;
    Cashbox – #1;
    Record World – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 11 – eight weeks from 1st November 1969, two weeks from 3rd January 1970, and one week from 24th January 1970
  • Weeks in chart: 129 – from 25th October 1969

This was the first LP released under the terms of their new Capitol contract, and – due to their increased royalty rate and Capitol bumping up the price by a dollar – it gave the crumbling Apple empire a tidy sum of money.

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USA vinyl picture disc album (Re-release) Abbey Road

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  • Label: Apple SEAX 11900
  • Released: December 1978

This special edition picture disc came about because of the Bee Gees’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ rock-opera movie. Whilst the movie itself was a forgetable flop, it did manage to re-ignite some interest in The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ LP. Capitol took advantage of this renewed interest to re-release a few of their other LPs as well – one of which was ‘Abbey Road’.

The centre of the sleeve is actually a big hole, revealing the picture disc beneath.

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USA remastered vinyl album (Re-release) Abbey Road

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  • Label: Capitol MFSL 1 023
  • Released: 28th December 1979

In the late 1970s Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL) made a name for themselves by cutting classic albums at half-speed. This new mastering technology produced high quality lacquers that captured every little nuance of sound and improved stereo separation.

The first Beatles’ album to receive the MFSL treatment was ‘Abbey Road’ in 1979.

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USA remastered vinyl album (Reissue) Abbey Road

  • Label: Capitol MFSL 1 023
  • Released: October 1982

By early 1982 MFSL had remastered two more Beatles albums – ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and ‘The White Album’. These proved to be such a success that they decided to give the remaining nine albums the same treatment too, and released them in a box-set called ‘The Beatles/The Collection’.

The already released ‘Abbey Road’ was then reissued with a brand-new cover to match the rest in the set.

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USA CD album (Re-release) Abbey Road

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  • Label: Apple C1 46446
  • Released: 20th October 1987
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USA remastered vinyl album (Re-release) Abbey Road

  • Label: Apple
  • Released: 1st July 1988
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USA remastered CD album (Re-release) Abbey Road

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  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • Released: 9th 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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