Abbey Road

~ Release group by The Beatles

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Abbey Road12" Vinyl17
  • GB1969-09-26
Apple RecordsPCS 7088[none]
Abbey Road12" Vinyl17
  • US1969-10-01
Apple RecordsSO-383[none]
Abbey Road12" Vinyl17
  • DE1969-11-09
Apple Records1C 062-04 243[none]
Abbey Road12" Vinyl17
Odeon1J 062-04.243[none]
Abbey Road (3rd Pressing)12" Vinyl17
Apple RecordsPCS 7088[none]
Abbey Road12" Vinyl16
Apple RecordsAP-8815[none]
Abbey Road12" Vinyl17
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SO-383[none]
Abbey Road12" Vinyl17
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SO-383[none]
Abbey Road12" Vinyl17
  • JP1978-06-05
Apple RecordsEALP-97001[none]
Abbey Road12" Vinyl17
Apple Records1C 072-04 243
Abbey Road12" Vinyl17
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Mobile Fidelity Sound LabC1 07777 7 46446 1 7, MFSL 1-023[none]
Abbey Road12" Vinyl17
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabMFSL 1-023[none]
Abbey RoadCD17
  • JP1983-05-21
EMI-Odeon (imprint)CP35‐3016[none]
Abbey Road12" Vinyl17
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SJ-383
Abbey RoadCD17
  • JP1987-10-19
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), OdeonCDP 746446 2, CP32-53324988006611528
Abbey RoadCD17
  • GB1987-10-20
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46446 2077774644624
Abbey RoadCD17
  • US1987-10-20
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46446 2, CD‐PCS 7088077774644624
Abbey Road12" Vinyl17
  • US1987-10-20
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)C1-46446
Abbey RoadCD17
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46446 2, CD‐PCS 7088077774644624
Abbey RoadCD17
EMI Music CanadaC2 0 7777 46446 24077774644624
Abbey RoadCD17
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)C2 46446077774644624
Abbey Road (Europe reissue; Made in UK)CD17
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDP 7 46446 2077774644624
Abbey RoadCD17
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK), Apple RecordsCDP 7 46446 2, CD‐PCS 7088077774644624
Abbey RoadCassette17
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)C4-46446077774644648
Abbey Road12" Vinyl17
  • US1995-12-05
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)C1 46446 1077774644617
Abbey RoadCD17
  • JP1998-03-11
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK), Apple Records, EMI (double‐boxed EMI logo representing Japanese domestic repertoire from 東芝EMI and EMIミュジック・ジャパン, until the latter’s acquisition by Universal Music Japan in April 2013)CDP 7 46446 2, TOCP-511224988006740051
Abbey Road12" Vinyl17
  • JP2004-01-21
Apple RecordsTOJP-60142
Abbey Road (2009 stereo remaster)Enhanced CD19
  • XE2009-09-09
  • GB2009-09-09
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0946 3 82468 2 4094638246824
Abbey RoadCD18
  • XE2009-09-09
Apple Records0946 3 82468 2 4094638246824
Abbey Road (2009 stereo remaster, different cover art from UK version)Enhanced CD18
  • US2009-09-09
Apple Records, Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0946 3 82468 2 4094638246824
Abbey Road (2009 stereo remaster)Digital Media18
Apple Records, EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)00602567713449
Abbey Road12" Vinyl17
  • XE2012-11-12
Apple Records0094638246817094638246817
Abbey Road12" Vinyl17
  • US2012-11-13
Apple Records094638246817094638246817
ザ・ビートルズSHM-CD17
  • JP2014-12-17
Apple Records, Universal Music (plain logo: “Universal Music”)UICY-769784988005867605
Abbey RoadDigital Media17
EMI Catalogue00602547670342
Abbey Road (2019 mix) (catch-all for digital releases without barcodes.)Digital Media17
  • US2019-08-08
Universal Music Catalogue (aka UMC)
Abbey Road (super deluxe edition)3×Digital Media17 + 12 + 11
Universal Music Catalogue (aka UMC)00602508146077
Abbey Road (2019 mix)Digital Media17
Universal Music Catalogue (aka UMC)00602508145636
Abbey Road (super deluxe edition)3×Digital Media17 + 12 + 11
Universal Music Catalogue (aka UMC)00602508146084
Abbey Road (super deluxe edition)CD17
  • AU2019-09-27
Apple Records, Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America)0800743602508007439
Abbey Road (anniversary edition)CD17
  • XE2019-09-27
Apple Records, Universal Music Group (has logo with just "Universal Music Group")06025080074390602508007439
Abbey Road (2CD anniversary edition)2×CD17 + 16
  • XE2019-09-27
Apple Records, Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America)0602577915079602577915079
Abbey Road (anniversary edition)12" Vinyl17
  • XE2019-09-27
Apple Records0602577915123602577915123
Abbey Road (2CD anniversary edition)2×SHM-CD17 + 16
  • JP2019-09-27
Apple RecordsUICY-79051/24988031353004
Abbey Road (anniversary edition)SHM-CD17
  • JP2019-09-27
Apple RecordsUICY-158504988031353066
Abbey Road (anniversary super deluxe edition)3×CD + Blu-ray17 + 12 + 11 + 35
Apple Records, Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America)06025779211240602577921124
Abbey Road (anniversary edition)2×CD17 + 16
  • US2019-09-27
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), UMe (imprint of Universal Music Enterprises)B0030718-02602577915079
Abbey Road (2019 mix) (hi‐res audio)Digital Media17
  • XW2019-09-27
Universal Music Catalogue (aka UMC)00602508145643
Abbey Road (super deluxe edition) (hi‐res audio)Digital Media40
  • XW2019-09-27
Universal Music Group (has logo with just "Universal Music Group")00602508146107
Abbey RoadCassette17Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)4XT-383[none]
Abbey RoadReel-to-reel17Apple RecordsL 383
Bootleg
Abbey Road (stereo DESS bootleg)CD-R17
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsPCS 7088[none]
Abbey RoadCD17
Apple Records (fake label; use for unofficial releases purporting to be on Apple Records)EALF 97001, EALF-97001[none]
Abbey Road (twenty20)CD9
  • XW2017-10-14
[no label] (Special purpose label – white labels, self-published releases and other “no label” releases)[none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Come Together
Oh! Darling
Something
Something / Come Together
covers:Abbey Road Now! by Various Artists
included in:The Beatles (2009 stereo remasters)
The Beatles Box Set
The Beatles Collection
With Love From Me To You
part of:Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 5) (order: 5)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 14) (order: 14)
The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 22) (order: 22)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/24047 [info]
lyrics page:http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Beatles:Abbey_Road_(1969) [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/cwvr [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_beatles/abbey_road/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/6929/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/abbey-road-mw0000192938 [info]
Wikidata:Q173643 [info]

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At the fag end of the 60s, the Beatles produced Abbey Road, their last smoke and mirrors triumph, a musical truce that papered over cracks between the group which were, by now, unfathomably deep. It was to be a marvellous set-piece finale for the group that had defined the decade.

Although large sections of the material had been left over from as far back as their Indian sojourn in the spring of 1968, the overall sound and feel was that of a coherent and logical work, which played to every one of the foursome's considerable strengths.

John Lennon would frequently dismiss the album after its release, but Abbey Road contains three of his very finest works: Come Together, I Want You (She's So Heavy), and Because. George Harrison established himself as an individual talent of some note with the beautiful Something and the ever-lovely Here Comes the Sun, and even Ringo Starr continued to set fair his light entertainer course with Octopus's Garden.

However - the deplorable Maxwell's Silver Hammer aside - Abbey Road is primarily a triumph for Paul McCartney, preserving The Beatles' legacy on their less-than-fond farewell. Apart from being fairly low-key on the album's first side, his piecing together of their 'long medley' from leftovers and doodles on the reverse is possibly his greatest sustained achievement, culminating in every member of the group soloing on The End. Although this side is responsible for myriad crimes later committed in its name (think the worst of 10cc, ELO, Alan Parsons Project), it is a mature and intelligent coda to the single most important act British music produced.

The Beatles' work was done. They'd come to symbolise the 60s, taken youth culture to the world, and ultimately collapsed under the responsibility, the weight they had to carry. Abbey Road is the soundtrack to it all.