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  • Summary: The 50th Anniversary release of the Beatles 1969 album features stereo mixes by Giles Martin and Sam Okell and a disc of demos and session outtakes. A super deluxe includes an additional disc of demos and session outtakes, a coffee table book, and a Blu-ray disc of the Dolby Atmos, 5.1The 50th Anniversary release of the Beatles 1969 album features stereo mixes by Giles Martin and Sam Okell and a disc of demos and session outtakes. A super deluxe includes an additional disc of demos and session outtakes, a coffee table book, and a Blu-ray disc of the Dolby Atmos, 5.1 surround and his-res stereo mixes of the album. Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Q Magazine
    Sep 26, 2019
    100
    Abbey Road showed The Beatles at the very peak of their collective powers. ... It's certainly not the sound of a band who were sick of the sight of one another. This is something echoed in the unreleased takes and demos included here. [Nov 2019, p.119]
  2. Sep 26, 2019
    100
    The whole thing works beautifully and, if you shop carefully, you will end up with superb value for money and a repackaging of a great album that for once isn’t stuffed with redundance.
  3. Oct 3, 2019
    100
    The Abbey Road Anniversary Super Deluxe proves they were a cohesive unit through to the end. Their work once again sounds fresh and experimental yet always in the pocket of the melody. We can hear that the Beatles were eager to work together one more time to pour more musical flavors into their magic elixir.
  4. Sep 27, 2019
    96
    The remixed album itself holds hundreds of small and large musical pleasures. ... So for anyone on the fence, maybe the best advice is to buy this edition for the deliriously detailed historical book, if nothing else — then decide whether to warm up to the new spatial separation on John, Paul and George’s turn-taking guitar solos on “The End,” among other modest tweaks.
  5. Dec 5, 2019
    89
    Unsurprisingly, the true treasure for devotees occurs in long-vaulted studio moments.
  6. Mojo
    Sep 26, 2019
    80
    Giles Martin hasn't dug up Abbey Road; but his subtle improvements have smoothed out the odd bump. [Nov 2019, p.103]
  7. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 15, 2019
    80
    The original album, remastered by a team co-headed by George Martin's son Giles, is presented with a freshness and immediacy that makes a mockery of the passage of half a century. ... The two CDs of sessions and demos are a revealing trove. [Nov 2019, p.88]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Nov 25, 2020
    10
    The Beatles best work. So many fantastic and iconic songs. Probably the best album of all time.
  2. May 14, 2020
    10
    The album is what I want in a rock album. The album features elements of blues, jazz, psychedelia and funk to their style. While some songsThe album is what I want in a rock album. The album features elements of blues, jazz, psychedelia and funk to their style. While some songs aren't as strong as others, there are also some of the best rock hits like Here Comes the Sun or Come Togethere. This album I think is overall pretty strong still Expand
  3. Oct 2, 2019
    10
    @SuperMax156 : you are full right !!! i'm an old boomer who love this boring music until my death...BUT (because there's always a BUT) don't@SuperMax156 : you are full right !!! i'm an old boomer who love this boring music until my death...BUT (because there's always a BUT) don't forget that you are the future stupid boomer of tomorrow !!! Expand
  4. Apr 15, 2021
    10
    Perhaps the most definitive Beatles album, alongside Revolver. It's the most bittersweet and tender farewell you will ever hear in music.
  5. Oct 6, 2019
    10
    As close to perfection as you'll ever get. It's got plenty of timeless classics (Come Together, Something, Here Comes the Sun) that you stillAs close to perfection as you'll ever get. It's got plenty of timeless classics (Come Together, Something, Here Comes the Sun) that you still hear regularly today. It's got experimentation throughout the album. It's got fantastic "album" tracks. The musicianmanship is spot on and the production is flawless. I have heard on occasion people referring to the 6 track medley toward the end as self indulgent. Bearing in mind the songs were probably all throwaway numbers to begin with, it's incredible that the band and producer created some of the most innovative music ever put down in a studio with this section. Yes, there is Revolver and Sgt Pepper, both incredible records but for me it's Abbey Road that is the Beatles most mature, most consistent, most balanced and overall most complete work and that is really saying something. A pleasure to listen to every single time. Expand
  6. Sep 28, 2019
    10
    Magnificent work. A return to form with modern audio techniques. A classic of pop rock music, a must.
  7. Oct 1, 2019
    0
    Boomers think this stuff is great because boomers think everything their debauched and pretentious generation did was great. And the BeatlesBoomers think this stuff is great because boomers think everything their debauched and pretentious generation did was great. And the Beatles are the ultimate boomer band. Overrated. Pretentious. Insipid. But the worst of it is the Beatles are boring. This is old boring music for old boring boomers. Expand

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