‘It keeps the music alive’: Beatles producer Giles Martin talks Abbey Road’s 50th anniversary reissue

Producer Giles Martin has spoken to Music Week about his work on the 50th anniversary reissue of The Beatles’ legendary Abbey Road LP, which is on course to return to No.1 this Friday.

The seminal 1969 album, which was the last to be recorded by the Fab Four, spent 17 weeks at No.1 during its original run and is currently top of the midweek chart with sales of 20,132 to date, according to the Official Charts Company.

The record’s 17 tracks have been newly mixed by Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo, high res stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos, accompanied by 23 session recordings and demos, most of which are previously unreleased, for a number of special anniversary packages.

“Where Sgt Pepper’s is their most immersive, psychedelic record and the White Album is their most visceral record, Abbey Road is the one that, sonically, probably sounds the best and that created the biggest challenge for us remixing it – because the original record sounds pretty good,” said Martin, son of the late Beatles producer George Martin.

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