On September 26, 1969, the British pop band The Beatles released what would become one of their most iconic and beloved records (and also their last as a band): Abbey Road. The 17-track album was an immediate success, reaching No. 1 on the U.K. and U.S. charts, and it’s not hard to see why. Abbey Road contains a handful of the band’s most famous songs, from “Come Together” to “Here Comes the Sun” to “Because.” Even more famous, perhaps, is that cover art, which shows the band members—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr—walking across the eponymous street, located right outside Abbey Road Studios, where they recorded the record.
To honor the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road, the band will release a “super deluxe edition” of the album, according to Rolling Stone. This version is produced by Giles Martin, son of the original album’s producer George Martin, and features 23 rare session recordings, demos, and outtakes, most of which have never been released. This comes off the success of previous deluxe releases of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The White Album, released in 2017 and 2018.
As Paul McCartney writes in the forward for the new edition, “The Beatles recording journey had gone through many twists and turns, learning curves and thrilling rides. Here we were — still wondering at the magic of it all.”
Abbey Road: Super Deluxe Edition arrives in stores on September 27.
Feature Image: Abbey Road Studios (EMI)