Fifty years on, Abbey Road is still traveling well.
Thanks to its special 50th anniversary re-issue Apple Corps, the Beatles’ historic album is strolling to the top of the U.K. albums chart.
The album, which features the classics "Come Together," “Something,” "Here Comes The Sun," "Octopus’s Garden" and much more, first ruled the national survey in October 1969, and spent 17 weeks there, 11 of those consecutive, according to the Official Charts Company.
Abbey Road is No. 1 on the midweek chart with a lead of 12,000 chart sales over the reigning chart-leader, Liam Gallagher’s Why Me? Why Not (Warner Records), the OCC reports.
Widely regarded as the Beatles’ greatest LP, Abbey Road is the final studio album recorded by the Fab Four. It wasn't the last album released by the band, however, an honor that went to Let It Be which was also recorded in 1969, prior to the Abbey Road sessions, but issued in May 1970.
To celebrate its special milestone, a "Super Deluxe Edition" of Abbey Road dropped last Friday (Sept. 27), a three-disc set featuring a full-album remix by Giles Martin and two discs of previously unreleased outtakes and demos.
It’s the first time Abbey Road has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings and demos.
Meanwhile, Lewis Capaldi’s former No. 1 Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent (EMI) is at No. 3 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart Update, rising four places following the British singer’s recent BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Symphony, while hip-hop duo D-Block Europe is on track for a solid debut with PTSD (D-Block Europe) starting at No. 4.
The midweek U.K. singles chart is led by Aussie singer and songwriter Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch), which climbs 7-1 for its first stint atop the leaderboard.
The weekly singles and albums charts are published late Friday local time.