After what seems like an eternity, the 50th anniversary editions of the Beatles Abbey Road album were finally confirmed on Thursday, 8th August, the 50th anniversary of the Beatles 'zebra crossing' photo shoot outside the famous studios. You can see what format suits you here. The same day, Paul McCartney also announced a book signing at Waterstones in Piccadilly, London where he will also read from his 'Hey Grandude' picture book. Tickets go on sale on Monday 12, August 2019. More details here
One rumoured new release that hasn't been confirmed yet is 'The Paul McCartney Album Collection Vol.1 1970-73'
The set contains the following releases: McCartney / Ram / Ram(Mono version) / Wild Life / Wings Over Europe / Red Rose Speedway / Band On The Run.
The problem for fans who want to purchase everything to keep their collections up to date is that further releases could be in the pipeline.
On the 7th December last year, Wild Life, Red Rose Speedway and the £300, 11 disc Paul McCartney and Wings 1971–73 were released as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection series. Favourite for Archive Collection releases this year are London Town (1978) and Back to the Egg (1979), prompting the possibility of another £300 box set 1978-79 with additional video footage, possibly a Wings concert from 1979. Seven tracks from Flaming Pie (1997), a close 3rd favourite were remastered in 2016 and appeared on the 4CD Deluxe Edition of Pure McCartney. It could potentially mean Flaming Pie is in the Archive Collection can! A nice suprise to close 2019 could be a low key 50th anniversary release of 'Live Peace in Toronto 1969' complete with calendar.
If your looking for further 50th Anniversary releases, 2020 could bring a deluge of new box sets as the Beatles solo careers were launched in 1970 as well as the Beatles delayed Let It Be project finally being given a release.
Sentimental Journey- Ringo Starr (27th March 1970) I don't think the news that Ringo Starr has handed all his tapes to the record company to sort out will result in a number of Archive releases. They'll most probably focus on his more popular albums Ringo & Goodnight Vienna where other Beatles featured on the recordings. During 1970 Ringo had released two album in 9 month. Sentimental 'I did it for my mum' Journey and Beaucoups of Blues a country & western album recorded in Nashville.
Let It Be- The Beatles (8th May 1970) We're already aware that the 1970 film version of Let It Be and a new 2019 'happy' version from film director Peter Jackson are due to be released but what about a box set of the LP with outtakes? That would keep Giles Martin and his team busy!
McCartney- Paul McCartney (8th May 1970) McCartney is due to be released as part of The Paul McCartney Album Collection Vol.1 1970-73'. I don't see any other release for this album in the immediate future.
All Things Must Pass - George Harrison (8th May 1970) George Harrison's classic masterpiece from 1970 has been re-issued 3 times since it's initial release in 1970. It's first appearance on CD in 1987, remastered on CD in 2001 before receiving an expensive re-issue on vinyl in 2010. If any release deserved a 'Beatles style' 50th anniversary box set it's George Harrison's All Things Must Pass. C'mon Dhani, don't let us down...
John Lennon Plastic Ono Band/Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band - (11th December 1970) I bought the John Lennon Plastic Ono Band when it was released in 1970 but didn't really get it, probably my young age. Nowadays, I'd love a 50th anniversary release of both the Plastic Ono Band albums, John & Yoko's released in the same deluxe box set. They were recorded with the same musicians, released on the same day, they belong together.
From Then to You - The Beatles (18th December 1970) I've heard they maybe releasing the Beatles Xmas singles as a CD Box set this year but a certainty must be the release of From Then to You on it's 50th anniversary next December. Merry Christmas to you....
Well that's the speculation at beatlesnow.com, what do you think?