Abbey Road returns for special 50th Anniversary

The mining of Beatles product is not quite done yet. Next on the list will be the 50th anniversary expanded box-set reissue of the 1969’s ‘Abbey Road.’

Ringo Starr confirmed the news via an interview with Billboard, saying he’s quite impressed with the overall improvements in sound over the years. Starr added that he gets “a bit fed up, personally, with all those, like, Take 9 or Take 3, the odd takes that we didn’t put out,” but that he’s “loved all the re-releases because of the remastering.” One of the best features? Starr:You can hear the drums, which got dialed down in the old days.”

So far the remasters have included 1967’s ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and 1968’s ‘White Album.’ The additions have included acoustic versions and alternate takes of songs, giving listeners of how the songs evolved.

Starr is currently on the road with his latest All-Starr Band, which also includes Steve Lukather of Toto and Gregg Rolie formerly of Journey. Their dates together continue through a Sept. 1 appearance at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

In their performance last night, the band performed a ‘Rubber Soul’ deep cut, “What Goes On,” which Starr noted was the only Beatles song credited to John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Starkey.


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