The Beatles’ Abbey Road breaks chart record as it hits no.1 once again

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At the end of last month, the Beatles (opens in new tab)’ classic 1969 album Abbey Road (opens in new tab) was reissued as a deluxe box set to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

It went straight in at no.1 on the UK album charts – and it’s broken a record in the process.

Abbey Road spent a total of 17 weeks at the top of the UK charts after its release in September 1969 and by reaching the no.1 position once again after 49 years and 252 days, it’s been officially recognised by the Guinness World Records for the longest time for an album to return to the top spot in the UK.

On hearing the news, Paul McCartney tweeted: “It’s hard to believe that Abbey Road still holds up after all these years. But then again, it’s a bloody cool album.”

Meanwhile, it’s been reported that long-lost Beatles footage has been discovered in a bread bin during the clearance of a house in Wales.

Far Out magazine (opens in new tab) report that the first film, valued at £10,000, shows McCartney, John Lennon (opens in new tab), George Harrison (opens in new tab) and Ringo Starr (opens in new tab) singing There’s No Business Like Show Business, while further footage shows Lennon talking about the band’s friendship with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi from 1967.

Additional footage also shows Lennon playing an acoustic guitar, performing an alternative version of God, which went on to appear on his 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

It’s not the first time rare memorabilia has been found in a bread bin. In 2018, a 1963 recording of I Never Dreamed featuring David Bowie and his band The Konrads was discovered stashed away (opens in new tab).

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The Beatles: Abbey Road Deluxe Reissue (opens in new tab)

The Beatles: Abbey Road Deluxe Reissue (opens in new tab)
This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles classic 1969 album Abbey Road – and to mark the occasion, it's been remixed and remastered in this deluxe box set.

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