The Beatles’ Abbey Road album has returned to the top of the UK album charts after a record-breaking 49 years and 252 days.
Fifty years after its release, the album’s anniversary has been marked with special editions by Capitol/Apple Corps/Universal Music Enterprises.
The classic album returned to the summit on consumption of 34,680 units (including 2,284 from sales-equivalent streams and 8,707 on vinyl).
The chart-topping feat has been officially recognised as a Guinness World Record for the longest time for an album to return to No.1 in the UK. This new milestone for Abbey Road extends The Beatles’ own record, previously held by Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which topped the charts in June 2017, after a gap of 49 years, 125 days.
Paul McCartney said: “It’s hard to believe that Abbey Road still holds up after all these years. But then again it’s a bloody cool album.”
The album’s 17 tracks have been newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos, accompanied by 23 session recordings and demos, most of which were previously unreleased.
The release was accompanied by a new music video for Here Comes The Sun, which features photos from the Apple Corps archive, and photos and footage shot by Linda McCartney supplied by Paul McCartney.