Published: Sat, August 10, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Fans recreate Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ cover shot on 50th anniversary

Fans recreate Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ cover shot on 50th anniversary

"Abbey Road", which was voted the best Beatles album by readers of Rolling Stone in 2009, was the only one of the group's original British albums to show neither the band's name nor a title on the cover.

Members of the Beatles, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, cross Abbey London, England, Aug. 8, 1969.

On the morning of August 8, 1969, The Beatles were snapped by photographer Iain Macmillan as they strolled across the zebra-striped crosswalk in front of Abbey Road Studios, with one of the pics being used as the cover for what became "Abbey Road".

The news was revealed 50 years to the day that the Fab Four stepped out from London's EMI Recording Studios to stride, single-file, across the black and white stripes of Abbey Road's nearby zebra crossing for the iconic cover image.

The Beatles will celebrate Abbey Road's 50th anniversary with a number of special releases of the legendary album. "Here we were - still wondering at the magic of it all", he writes in that intro. Producer Martin also wrote an introduction for the book, which will contain unpublished photographs and a track-by-track history of the album.

The record, which was officially released in September 1969, will be presented with new mixes and will be expanded with previously unreleased session recordings and demos.

Abbey Road's Super Deluxe and Deluxe vinyl box sets' 23 session and demo recordings are presented in chronological order of their first recording dates.

He said Abbey Road the album was inspirational. The book also features chapters written by Beatles historian Kevin Howlett diving into the context of the Abbey Road sessions, providing a track-by-track analysis, session notes, the cover art photo shoot and an essay by David Hepworth analysing the longstanding influence of the classic LP. "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" leads the charge.

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