The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ Gets 50th Anniversary Box Set

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The BeatlesAbbey Road is getting a new 50th anniversary box set.

This is the first time Abbey Road has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings and demos. The album’s sweeping new edition follows the universally acclaimed, remixed, and expanded anniversary editions of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The BEATLES (“White Album”) released in 2017 and 2018 respectively. All the new Abbey Road releases feature the new stereo album mix, sourced directly from the original eight-track session tapes.

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The Beatles Announce Christmas Box Set

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The Beatles will be releasing a limited edition box set for Christmas. Billboard reports:

[T]hey will be releasing a limited-edition box set of their Christmas holiday messages, originally given only to fan club members on flexi-discs from 1963 to 1969.

The limited edition set will include seven 7-inch colored vinyl singles, one for each of the seven messages. The Christmas records have never been given general release as a set before, though one was made available as part of The Beatles Rock Band video game.

Pre-orders are up on Amazon.

An Oral History of The Beatles’ First U.S. Concert

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This weekend marked the anniversary of The Beatles’ first U.S. concert, the Washington Post has an oral history:

I never was a screamer. It was all about the music for me. The concert started with some warm-up groups, and I was relieved because I had heard about the screaming that went on in England. And I thought: Nobody’s screaming. This is going to be nice; we’re going to be able to hear them. (Laughs.) When they started playing, you couldn’t hear a thing. It was unbelievably loud, like white noise. I remember the policeman near me stuck bullets in his ears.