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Fans recreate Beatles' Abbey Road cover shot 50 years on

Fans recreate Beatles' Abbey Road cover shot 50 years on”

John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison were photographed striding single file over the crossing on August 8 1969, and the image went on to become one of the most recognised covers in music history for their Abbey Road album. The new stereo mix of Abbey Road is also available in 1CD and 180-gram 1LP vinyl packages, for digital download in standard and MFiT audio, and on a limited edition picture disc vinyl LP illustrated by the album's front and back cover art images.

Photo Recreating the iconic Beatles photo keeps the crossing busy.

You can touch it, sit on it, and even hold up traffic, as so many tourists do every day, to take a photo of yourself walking in the footsteps of the Beatles in the very same spot they strolled 50 years ago. "I've seen lots of different sights on the crossing, too, from couples having their wedding photos taken to people going across naked".

This is the first time the album - the last to be recorded together by the band - has been remixed and packaged with additional tracks. They were there to celebrate the 50th anniversary of when the Fab Four made the same walk across the iconic road on the same date in 1969, for the cover shoot of their Abbey Road album.

And while, like most other Beatles albums, Abbey Road has had its fair share of reissues over the years, this 50th anniversary version looks pretty slick in its own right. As a Beatles fan, to be involved is just mind-blowing.

"They were an extraordinarily important band to me as a child ... it's like mecca, but for music", Mr Thompson said.

Abbey Road's Super Deluxe box set presents 40 tracks - including "The Long One" Trial Edit & Mix for the album's epic Side 2 medley - on three CDs (stereo) and one Blu-ray disc (Dolby Atmos, 96kHz/24 bit high resolution stereo, and 96 kHz/24 bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1).

Lifelong Beatles fan Solange Bueno flew from Brazil especially for the anniversary, and spent the entire day walking across Abbey Road.

And that ongoing, unquenchable, nostalgic thirst for all things Beatles reveals itself in popular culture as well.

"The poems in the lyrics are full of love, full of peace, all their lessons are [about] being yourself, be free, do what you want."



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