Abbey Road

~ Release group by The Beatles

Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Abbey RoadThe Beatles12" Vinyl17
  • GB1969-09-26
Apple RecordsPCS 7088[none]
Abbey RoadThe Beatles12" Vinyl17
  • US1969-10-01
Apple RecordsSO-383[none]
Abbey RoadThe Beatles12" Vinyl17
  • DE1969-11-09
Apple Records1C 062-04 243[none]
Abbey RoadThe Beatles12" Vinyl17
Odeon1J 062-04.243[none]
Abbey Road (3rd Pressing)The Beatles12" Vinyl17
Apple RecordsPCS 7088[none]
Abbey RoadThe Beatles12" Vinyl16
Apple RecordsAP-8815[none]
Abbey RoadThe Beatles12" Vinyl17
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SO-383[none]
Abbey RoadThe Beatles12" Vinyl17
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SO-383[none]
Abbey RoadThe Beatles12" Vinyl17
  • JP1978-06-05
Apple RecordsEALP-97001[none]
Abbey RoadThe Beatles12" Vinyl17
Apple Records1C 072-04 243
Abbey RoadThe Beatles12" Vinyl17
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Mobile Fidelity Sound LabC1 07777 7 46446 1 7, MFSL 1-023[none]
Abbey RoadThe Beatles12" Vinyl17
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabMFSL 1-023[none]
Abbey RoadThe BeatlesCD17
  • JP1983-05-21
EMI-Odeon (imprint)CP35‐3016[none]
Abbey RoadThe Beatles12" Vinyl17
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)SJ-383
Abbey RoadThe BeatlesCD17
  • JP1987-10-19
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), OdeonCDP 746446 2, CP32-53324988006611528
Abbey RoadThe BeatlesCD17
  • GB1987-10-20
Parlophone (UK)CDP 7 46446 2077774644624
Abbey RoadThe BeatlesCD17
  • US1987-10-20
Parlophone (UK)CDP 7 46446 2, CD‐PCS 7088077774644624
Abbey RoadThe Beatles12" Vinyl17
  • US1987-10-20
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)C1-46446
Abbey RoadThe BeatlesCD17
Parlophone (UK)CDP 7 46446 2, CD‐PCS 7088077774644624
Abbey RoadThe BeatlesCD17
Parlophone (UK)C2 46446077774644624
Abbey RoadThe BeatlesCD17
EMI Music CanadaC2 0 7777 46446 24077774644624
Abbey Road (Europe reissue; Made in UK)The BeatlesCD17
Apple Records, Parlophone (UK)CDP 7 46446 2077774644624
Abbey RoadThe BeatlesCD17
Parlophone (UK), Apple RecordsCDP 7 46446 2, CD‐PCS 7088077774644624
Abbey RoadThe BeatlesCassette17
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)C4-46446077774644648
Abbey RoadThe Beatles12" Vinyl17
  • US1995-12-05
Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)C1 46446 1077774644617
Abbey RoadThe BeatlesCD17
  • JP1998-03-11
Parlophone (UK), Apple Records, EMI (Japanese double‐boxed logo)CDP 7 46446 2, TOCP-511224988006740051
Abbey RoadThe BeatlesCD17
  • JP1998-03-18
TOSHIBA EMI (a rare imprint used mostly for promos and video releases - does not stand for “東芝EMI株式会社”), Apple Records, Parlophone (UK)TOCP-50512[none]
Abbey RoadThe Beatles12" Vinyl17
  • JP2004-01-21
Apple RecordsTOJP-60142
Abbey RoadThe BeatlesCD18
  • XE2009-09-09
Apple Records0946 3 82468 2 4094638246824
Abbey Road (2009 stereo remaster)The BeatlesEnhanced CD19
  • XE2009-09-09
  • GB2009-09-09
Apple Records, Parlophone (UK)0946 3 82468 2 4094638246824
Abbey Road (2009 stereo remaster, different cover art from UK version)The BeatlesEnhanced CD18
  • US2009-09-09
Apple Records, Parlophone (UK)0946 3 82468 2 4094638246824
Abbey Road (2009 stereo remaster)The BeatlesDigital Media18
Apple Records, EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)00602567713449
Abbey RoadThe Beatles12" Vinyl17
  • XE2012-11-12
Apple Records0094638246817094638246817
Abbey RoadThe Beatles12" Vinyl17
  • US2012-11-13
Apple Records094638246817094638246817
ザ・ビートルズアビイ・ロードSHM-CD17
  • JP2014-12-17
Apple Records, Universal Music (plain logo: “Universal Music”)UICY-769784988005867605
Abbey RoadThe BeatlesDigital Media17
EMI Catalogue00602547670342
Abbey Road (2019 mix) (catch‐all for digital releases without barcodes.)The BeatlesDigital Media17
  • US2019-08-08
Universal Music Catalogue (aka UMC)
Abbey Road (2019 mix)The BeatlesDigital Media17
Universal Music Catalogue (aka UMC)00602508145636
Abbey Road (super deluxe edition)The Beatles3×Digital Media17 + 12 + 11
Universal Music Catalogue (aka UMC)00602508146084
Abbey Road (super deluxe edition)The BeatlesCD17
  • 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)The BeatlesCD17
  • XE2019-09-27
Apple Records, Universal Music Group (has logo with just “Universal Music Group”)06025080074390602508007439
Abbey Road (2CD anniversary edition)The Beatles2×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)The Beatles12" Vinyl17
  • XE2019-09-27
Apple Records0602577915123602577915123
Abbey Road (2CD anniversary edition)The Beatles2×SHM-CD17 + 16
  • JP2019-09-27
Apple RecordsUICY-79051/24988031353004
Abbey Road (anniversary edition)The BeatlesSHM-CD17
  • JP2019-09-27
Apple RecordsUICY-158504988031353066
Abbey Road (anniversary super deluxe edition)The Beatles3×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)The Beatles2×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)The BeatlesDigital Media17
  • XW2019-09-27
Universal Music Catalogue (aka UMC)00602508145643
Abbey Road (super deluxe edition) (24-Bit 96.0 kHz)The Beatles3×Digital Media17 + 12 + 11
  • XW2019-09-27
Universal Music Catalogue (aka UMC)00602508146077
Abbey Road (super deluxe edition) (hi‐res audio)The BeatlesDigital Media40
  • XW2019-09-27
Universal Music Group (has logo with just “Universal Music Group”)00602508146107
Abbey RoadThe BeatlesCassette17Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)4XT-383[none]
Abbey RoadThe BeatlesReel-to-reel17Apple RecordsL 383
Bootleg
Abbey Road (stereo DESS bootleg)The BeatlesCD-R17
Dr. Ebbetts Sound SystemsPCS 7088[none]
Abbey RoadThe BeatlesCD17
Apple Records (fake label; use for unofficial releases purporting to be on Apple Records)EALF 97001, EALF-97001[none]
Abbey Road (twenty20)The BeatlesCD9
  • 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 (2019 mix)
Oh! Darling (2019 mix)
Something (2019 mix)
Something / Come Together
covers:Abbey Road Now! by Various Artists
included in:The Beatles (2009 stereo remasters)
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: 2003 edition (number: 14) (order: 14)
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]
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]
https://www.offiziellecharts.de/album-details-5948 [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.