Sunday, May 26, 2024

Listen to 3 Versions of The Beatles’ “Something” from “Abbey Road” 50th Anniversary Edition Remixed, Demo, and Instrumental


You can now listen to three new versions of The Beatles’ “Something,” one of George Harrison’s masterpieces, on YouTube and on Amazon. I’ve posted the YouTube links here.

These are from the upcoming 50th anniversary edition of “Abbey Road,” due September 27th. There are several iterations– CD, CD and vinyl, vinyl alone.

All the songs have been remixed by Giles Martin and his team the same as “Sgt. Pepper,” “The White Album,” and the “1” album. Just doing an A/B comparison between the remastered “Abbey Road” from the 2009 black box set is a mind blower. It’s as if someone removed a muffling device from the 2009 version — and we thought then that that was incredible improvement!

Ringo, for one, should be jumping up and down. His magnificent drums roll like thunder now when needed, and are light as feathers as well. George’s guitar solo now crackles, it actually “speaks” so expressively. And listen to the demo version, which (I don’t know) maybe only collectors had, but I don’t think so.

“Abbey Road” 50th was hard to assemble because some of it had turned up in other places in bits and pieces. But now it’s remixed so vibrantly, I can’t wait to hear the rest of it.



Something– instrumental

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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