The Beatles - Abbey Road

Sourced from the original master tapes and cut at Abbey Road Studios

Pressed on 180-gram vinyl; Abbey Road makes its North American LP debut in stereo

Optimum audiophile-quality sound from a first-rate team of producers and engineers


For years the most anticipated vinyl reissues have been from the one, the only Beatles catalog. Finally, after a delay due to the meticulousness of the remastering process and assorted other hurdles, that day has come. 

George came into his own as a writer on Abbey Road with "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something." The sessions proved to be the last for the Beatles. Rumors circulated for some time that Paul was not wearing pants for the cover photo and they were airbrushed on, but photo outtakes from the same session have proven this false.

Abbey Road won the 1969 Grammy for Best Engineered (Non-Classical) Recording. Nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Group.

These titles update the Beatles classic albums, which have continued to sell strongly and attract new generations of fans long after the quartet disbanded in 1970. For this reissue, individual titles were sourced from the original master tapes. Then each title was copied into 24-bit/44.1 kHz files with no compression and cut to lacquer at Abbey Road Studios. It was a painstaking process with maximum attention paid to every detail.

For its Beatles' Stereo Albums series on LP, Capitol/Apple turned to a crack team of engineers to remaster the entire studio catalog from the original sources. The team, including Guy Massey, Steve Rooke and Sam Okell with Paul Hicks and Sean Magee undertook a four-year restoration process for the LP versions, combining state-of-the-art equipment, vintage studio gear and rigorous testing to meet the highest fidelity standards and produce authentic unsurpassed sound rivaling the original LPs. There is no longer any need to pay hundreds of dollars for Japanese pressings!

Extensive testing was done before engineers copied the analog master tapes into digital files using 24-bit/192 kHz resolution and a Prism A-D converter. Dust build-ups were removed from tape machine heads after the completion of each title. Artifacts such as electrical clicks, microphone vocal pops, excessive sibilance and poor edits were improved upon as long as they were judged not to damage the integrity of the songs. The 24/192 transfers were done to produce an archival copy of the tapes and then those files were reduced to 24/44.1 kHz files for final mastering.De-noising technology was applied in only a few necessary spots and on a sum total of less than five of the entire 525 minutes of Beatles music. 

The digital files were cut to lacquers at Abbey Road Studios. Engineer Sean Magee cut the LPs in chronological release order. He used the original 24-bit remasters rather than the 16-bit versions that were required for CD production. It was decided to use the remasters that had not undergone "limiting," a procedure to increase the sound level.

Steps to eliminate vocal distortions and inner-groove distortions were addressed. The latter can affect high-middle frequencies, producing a "mushy" sound noticeable on vocals. Using what Magee has described as "surgical EQ," problem frequencies were identified and reduced in level to compensate for this.

Lastly, the first batches of test pressings made from the master lacquers that had been sent to two pressing plants were judged. Records with any noise or click appearing on more than one test pressing in the same place were rejected, on the grounds that undesired sound had been introduced either during the cutting or pressing stage. The remasters have the absolute best sound quality, producing the quietest vinyl lacquers.

For producer Rick Rubin, The Beatles' recorded achievements are akin to a miracle. The most popular bands in the world today typically produce an album every four years, Rubin told a 2009 radio audience. That's two albums as an eight-year cycle. "And think of the growth or change between those two albums. The idea that The Beatles made thirteen albums in seven years and went through that arc of change ... it can't be done. Truthfully, I think of it as proof of God, because it's beyond man's ability."

Side 1
Come Together
Maxwell's Silver Hammer
Oh! Darling
Octopus's Garden
I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Side 2
Here Comes the Sun
You Never Give Me Your Money
Sun King
Mean Mr. Mustard
Polythene Pam
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight

Customer Reviews (2.44 Stars) 9 person(s) rated this product.

digital? what's the point?

posted on 06/03/2017
2 Stars
Reviewer: wolfspider
First off from the title of my review you can tell what's the point of listening to a digitized song that was originally recorded in analog on vinyl? Well let's see where do I begin. first the grooves are noisy and Scratchy right out of the cover. The 180 grain vinyl was pressed so poorly you can see dimples and ripples when the light hits it just right. The sound quality is obviously not that of the original analog recordings. I will definitely be looking for an original vinyl pressing from the era. Do yourself a favor and go out and buy the CD, it probably will sound just as good if not way better.

Really Terrible Remaster

posted on 12/11/2016
1 Stars
Man, what a rip-off. The CDs and MP3s sound better than this. Not sure who was responsible for this remaster, but they should think about getting a new career. I listened to this several times, wondering where the bass guitar and vocals were. The bass is sometimes mixed right out, and the vocals were too low. It was a complete waste of money.


posted on 01/02/2015
5 Stars
After heard the analogue japan lp(emi toshiba), after heard the stereo CD-parlophone emi (from the stereo box), this is finally THE version how the fab 4 recording should must sound .SHM CD format did get the license (by Universal) to produce the fab 4 catalogue; until now only the stereo versions; i hope they do also the first mono versions .A true discovery by a "grey and old "beatles fan .And yes i did own the apple UK LP (1969)using fine turntables like Thorens, Linn .And yes i still can remember how that sound was .The SH CD is coming very close to that

Just so disappointing

posted on 04/24/2013
1 Stars
Reviewer: Tom R.
This is a great record and it deserves better. The sound is dull and my copy is defective with scuffing on side one. Inexplicably, the white noise on "I Want You', instead of growing in intensity, goes up and down in volume as the record spins. Is anybody even reporting for work anymore at Beatles HQ?

If you can get an early or audiophile pressing, you should. (My American pressing bought the week of release is far superior). If not, the remastered CD will do just fine.

Defective pressing

posted on 03/15/2013
3 Stars
My first copy was Defective on side 1. However, after many weeks of trying to contact EMI AMERICA, I finally got through and they sent me a replacement that is 100%. Still sounds like it's a copy of the CD, but it is what it is I guess, it's not pure analog. If you need a good, clean copy of Abbey Road, it's worth a purchase, but not as good as an original APPLE pressing.

No flaws

posted on 02/03/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: LOWEL
My copy of ABBEY ROAD is GREAT the old sratch sound in I WANT YOU (SHES SO HEAVY) is gone!My other copys from the oldest to the last Capital issue #C1 46446 1 has it.I finaly have a clean copy.

Should have been better pressed

posted on 12/01/2012
3 Stars
Reviewer: paul v k
The new EQ-ing of the music if fun (who the heck doesn't like more bass), however the surface noise is just sadly way too high. Sounds like an old record that hasn't been cleaned in many a year. My MOFI LP version still remains the reference for me.


posted on 11/19/2012
1 Stars
Side one has a whoosing at the run in and side two has the whooshing present about 2 minutes before and thru the run out grooves. Record is flat but the whooshing makes it un-playable.

It's digital, and you can hear it

posted on 11/13/2012
1 Stars
Reviewer: MusicNut612
Typical digital remaster to vinyl. Big bass but everything else just lacks. Seems like the mids/highs are being pushed back from the bass. Like many figured, these were pressed with the general masses in mind. Not intended really for audiophiles. The press is also horrid. Pops, static all over the silent parts. The runout/blank vinyl is filled with scratches.

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