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The BeatlesAbbey Road

Label:Apple Records – PCS 7088
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, 3rd Pressing
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Rock, Pop
Style:Pop Rock

Tracklist

A1Come Together
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
4:21
A2Something
Written-ByHarrison*
3:03
A3Maxwell's Silver Hammer
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
3:27
A4Oh! Darling
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
3:27
A5Octopus's Garden
Written-ByStarkey*
2:51
A6I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
7:47
B1Here Comes The Sun
Written-ByHarrison*
3:05
B2Because
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
2:46
B3You Never Give Me Your Money
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
4:02
B4Sun King
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
2:27
B5Mean Mr. Mustard
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
1:06
B6Polythene Pam
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
1:13
B7She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
1:57
B8Golden Slumbers
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
1:32
B9Carry That Weight
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
1:37
B10The End
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
2:20
B11Her Majesty
Written-ByLennon-McCartney
0:23
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Notes

This version has a big Ⓟ (Ⓟ 1969) on labels. Other version listed on discogs have small Ⓟ (2498807 and 4396536)

Dark green label with big 33 1/3 moved to the center. The label has "Her Majesty" credit after The End on the side 2.

Album has full laminated sleeve. Some copies have the drain showing at the crossing.
Aligned Apple logo on jacket rear.
The records were housed in standard white paper EMI inner sleeves.

"An E.M.I. Recording"
Mfd. in U.K.

Thanks to George Martin, Geoff Emerick and Phillip McDonald

Northern Songs. NCB. - A1, A3, A4, A6, B2 to B11
Harrisongs - A2, B1
Startling Music - A5
Printed by Garrod & Lofthouse International Ltd

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: NCB
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, version 1): YEX 749-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, version 1): YEX 750-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, version 2): YEX 749-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, version 2): YEX 750-2U
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, version 3): YEX 749-2 PPO 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, version 3): YEX 750-1 PTA 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, version 4): YEX-749-4 GD 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, version 4): YEX 750-2U ML 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, variant 5): YEX 749-2 THP 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, variant 5): YEX 750-1 ODH 9
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, variant 6): YEX 749-4 RR 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, variant 6): YEX 750-2U OO 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, variant 7): YEX 749-2 HAA 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, variant 7): YEX 750-2U RL 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, variant 8): YEX 749-4 AC 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, variant 8): YEX 750-2U TM 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, variant 9): YEX 749-2 PAH 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, variant 9): YEX 750-1 PHL 8
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, variant 10): YEX 749-2 PTD 9 12
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, variant 10): YEX 750-1 HCH 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, variant 11): YEX 749-4 L 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, variant 11): YEX 750-2U AM 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, variant 12): YEX 749-2 PDP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, variant 12): YEX 750-1 PGH

Other Versions (5 of 858)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Abbey Road (LP, Album)Apple Records, Apple Records3C 062-04243, PMCQ 31520Italy1969
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Abbey Road (LP, Album)Apple Records1 C 062-04 243Germany1969
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Abbey Road (LP, Album)Apple Records2C 062-04243France1969
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Abbey Road (LP, Album)Apple Records, Apple RecordsPCSM.7088, PCSM 7088New Zealand1969
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Abbey Road (LP, Album, Dark Green Apple Label)Apple RecordsPCS 7088India1969

Reviews

Vinyl-TP's avatar
Vinyl-TP
This is By Far and Hands Down the best pressing of Abbey Road in existence! The original Mix, for one. The mix the band originally agreed to be released. The UK pressings from the original 1969 to the 70’s and early 80’s were Superior! Their pressing quality as well. Forget that 50th anniversary Giles Martin mix, which was HIS reimagining of how this album should sound. And buries vocals and George’s guitars. This is the one to get! The sound stage is Wide, the separation of instruments, the vocal presence… I could go on, but.. this being my favorite rock album of all time, I’ve had this on Every format since 8-tracks! So I’ve heard it enough to know. If you’re a casual, go ahead and buy what’s available at Best Buy or Walmart. Or stream what’s out there. But if you’re a True fan of this album and you want to hear it as if The Beatles were playing in your living room… and you have a good system, then This is worth Every penny!
carterwrombouts's avatar
it is impossible to rate the quality of the material at hand here. this is their last great artistic statement; a portrait of the greatest band in their final days.
instead i will rate the pressing as best as I can. I have a VG/VG -2/-1 copy. her majesty is listed on the label but not on the sleeve. back cover apple is aligned with the text, front cover has the drain in the picture. it is widely agreed that the -2/-1 version is the best pressing you can get of this album, truest to their intentions on how it was meant to be heard. To my ears, it sounds like it lives up to the hype. Strong bass, clear vocals, bright highs and deep lows. vinyl is quiet (aside from scratches etc). the only real issue i had was distortion at the end of side 2, starting at Golden Slumbers and carrying through to Her Majesty. It is at this point that the sound become more muffled and distorted. Not sure if this could be the effect of inner groove distortion, or rather just groovewear from playing it on subpar equipment. Other than that, it really is a priviledge to listen to music at this quality, while also owning a piece of history. It is likely that the very copy I own was picked up by someone on the way home from school or work, or given to someone as a Christmas present, but now it is in my collection being cleaned and taken care of meticulously. We never see UK pressings in Canada, so to have one in my hands here is truly something.
For anyone wondering which pressing they should get, this is the one.
billw415's avatar
billw415
Edited 4 years ago
The 2/2U matrix was also shipped with a light green Apple label, as an export to the US (recently opened a vintage sealed copy with an older Jem import sticker, and noticed this variation).
jussumen's avatar
jussumen
So there it is : the best album ever recorded without the shadow of a doubt! Your mileage my vary, but to me this is simply incredible value. I never get tired of listening to it. Any new version I find is enough to give it a try. Favorites include the UK LP, the Toshiba Black and the fresh 2009 Remaster. Everytime I play it one more time i discover a few details i didn't notice before or find another tune that simply rocks me like never before. From the opening 1,2 snap attack double bass/hi hats of COME TOGETHER, the pro - metal tour de force of I WANT YOU, Ringo's dreamy 60ies fantasy about that OCTOPUS GARDEN, George's ballads HERE COMES THE SUN and BECAUSE; or (playing right now) the dreamy sequence including YOU NEVER GIVE ME YUR MONEY, SUN KING and POLYTHENE PAM - not to forget MAXWELL'S SILVER HAMMER, that bloody ballad this covers so many highlights, more ideas to be found here than on their grand opera : THE BEATLES aka 'White album'- The first album that was made to sound best on your Home Stereo, not meant to be played live. So George Martin and the engineers at Abbey Road Studios had just as much input than The Beatles. Finally. Respect goes out to the instrumental skills on display here, Paul's bass was never so exposed, Ringo's small Ludwig drum kit sounds larger than you can image on the final parts - simply check his drumming on CARRY THE WEIGHT on a true audiophile system with large bass sound. Before the final sequence with final 'So In The End The Love You Take Is Equal To The Love You Make' ends this fantastic recording you get pushed from one killer track to the next - it is Side 2, that has that special magic. You get many moods and many lyrics, melodies and emotions. So this was The Beatles legacy. Will there ever be a better album ? No, they just don't make them like that anymore...
This is the Beatles album that you should play to those who think they don't like or care about The Beatles ..:-)...Thought it is over ? not really THE END is a nice little da capo. Sweet and perfectly perfect, also to test your Stereo equipment... Can it carry the weight ?