A music video for ‘Here Comes The Sun’ has been revealed in celebration of The Beatles’ iconic eleventh album, ‘Abbey Road’, which reached it’s landmark 50th anniversary today. The video was filmed within Studio Two. Tomorrow will see the reissue of ‘Abbey Road’ to mark the official 50th anniversary.
The Youtube description to the music video reads, “It was 50 years ago today, on August 8, 1969, that the world’s most famous band 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.”
Footage from the Apple Corps archive and Linda and Paul McCartney are set to the stereo mix of the classic George Harrison production. The reissue of the album is set to feature newly mixed versions of all 17 tracks including new versions to ‘Oh Darling’ and ‘Come Together’, by Giles Martin, the son of late George Martin, and engineer Sam Okell.
In the press release for the album, it reads, “The video’s sun centrepiece was filmed as it was meticulously crafted on-set in Abbey Road’s Studio Two,”.
Rock historian Mark Lewisohn permitted The Guardian access to an unheard tape that reveals audio from Lennon, McCartney and George Harrison at their Apple HQ on Savile Row, discussing plans for their next album after ‘Abbey Road’.
In his talk with The Guardian, Lewisohn said. “The books have always told us that they knew ‘Abbey Road’ was their last album and they wanted to go out on an artistic high. But no – they’re discussing the next album. And you think that John is the one who wanted to break them up but, when you hear this, he isn’t. Doesn’t that rewrite pretty much everything we thought we knew?”
Recently, the Salvation Army gardens, Strawberry Fields, in Woolton, Liverpool, opened for the first time as a tourist attraction. The site offers a new visitor centre, cafe and shop, including an interactive exhibition on the early life of John Lennon and The Beatles. Lennon’s sister, Julia Baird spoke to the BBC and said that her brother would once scale the walls to reach his “special place”, saying, “As children we all have somewhere that’s a bit ours, a bit special,”
Anthony Cotterill of the Salvation Army said, “John Lennon found sanctuary here as a child and that’s exactly what we want to offer by opening the Strawberry Field gates for good.”