Dolby Atmos Blu-ray Review: Thoughts and Opinions
The Beatles: Abbey Road Dolby Atmos Blu-ray Review: The Basics
The Beatles:- Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Blu ray
Probably the most eagerly awaited release of the year, maybe the last 10 years due to the new Atmos mix on the blu ray.
Remixed for 2019 by Giles Martin son of Legendary original Beatles producer George Martin.
Abbey Road’s Super Deluxe box set presents 40 tracks – including “The Long One” Trial Edit & Mix for the album’s epic Side 2 medley – on three CDs
(stereo) and one Blu-ray disc (Dolby Atmos, 96kHz/24 bit high resolution stereo, and 96 kHz/24 bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1).
The four discs are housed in a slip-sleeved 12” by 12” 100-page hardbound book with McCartney’s foreword; Martin’s introduction; insightful, in-depth chapters written by Beatles historian,
author, and radio producer Kevin Howlett covering the months preceding The Beatles’ Abbey Road sessions, track-by-track details and session notes,
the cover art and photo shoot, and the album’s reception upon its release; plus an essay by music journalist and author David Hepworth looking at the album’s influence through 50 years.
The gorgeous book is illustrated with rare and previously unpublished photographs, including many taken by Linda McCartney; never before published images of handwritten lyrics, sketches,
and a George Martin score; Beatles correspondence, recording sheets, and tape boxes; and reproduced original print ads.
And now what you've all been waiting for this review is based on the Atmos mix.
1: Come Together :- The album opens up with John Lennon's rock tune. The bass on this track is outstanding, good sounds in all speakers.
2: Something :- George Harrison's classic, this one sounds so smooth. Great vocals, good solid bass. Lovely strings on this outstanding track.
3: Maxwell's Silver Hammer :- Jovial, ditty. Synthesisers in rears, guitars and harmony vocals sound incredible.
4: Oh! Darling :- Sounds like an old blues/R&B track. Harmony and vocals in all speakers, great sound.
5: Octopus's Garden :- Ringo's great track gives us some fun. Sounds all round, vey good sounding track.
6: I Want You (She's So Heavy):- Heavy track, Guitars at the sides good vocals with excellent drums.
7: Here Comes The Sun :- Another George track, this one is beautiful, Georges vocals are so clear its like he is right in front of you, great sound.
8: Because :- Laid back, great sounding track. The vocals and the space of the sound is incredible. The Moog Synthesiser is outstanding on this track.
9: You Never Give Me Your Money :- Soft track, nice piano start with good vocals, piano starts in the front left, Pauls voice is in the center but also in the side channels, impressive.
Ringo in front right.What sounds like doorbells in the side left speaker.
10: Sun King :- Reminds me of an early Fleetwood Mac song. The first notes of the guitar and bass, Guitar then pans to back rear speakers, this track is very heavy on Atmos sounds.
Cricket in the rear speaker.
11: Mean Mr. Mustard :- This is the first track of the Medley (Long One) jovial ditty.Tambourine side left speaker another good Atmos track.
12: Polythene Pam :- Upbeat and Great use of all speakers!
13: She Came In Through The Bathroom Window :- Sounds like old Beatles > Harmonies in the rear, Tambourines in the side again.
14: Golden Slumbers :- Slow lovely song. Piano and strings at the front alongside Pauls voice
15: Carry That Weight :- End of the medley is a good tune to end with. Nothing solid in the Atmos department but great sound overall.
16: The End :- And as the song says; this was the End. Good to have a Ringo solo. Harmony vocals in the rears Additional guitars in the side channels.
17: Her Majesty :- Pauls voice starts to pan and then the track finishes before it goes all the way round. A fun play with the sound.
The packaging for this set is outstanding the booklet has great pictures/information. The 3 CD's have so many tracks / outtakes/ demo sessions, which make this a must have set. The Atmos is just the icing on the cake, for anyone with an Atmos set up this is an absolute must have set.
Atmos just allows the music to breathe, and without doubt you hear things that you have never heard before, Incredible.
Giles has done a great job with the Atmos he hasn't just put sounds anywhere just because he can.
AUDIO SCORE = 9.5 out of 10
BASICS: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Sounds Pretty darn good to me!! Can't wait to hear it!!
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