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Ringo Starr confirms plans for a 50th anniversary “Abbey Road” box set

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Credit: Scott Robert RichieIn 2017 and 2018, respectively, The Beatles marked the 50th anniversaries of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and “The White Album” with deluxe box-set reissues, and now Ringo Starr has confirmed that plans are in the works for a similar Abbey Road release.

“I’ve loved all the re-releases because of the remastering,” Starr tells Billboard, “and you can hear the drums, which got dialed down in the old days.”

While he thinks the remastered tracks sound great, Ringo isn’t a big fan of the alternate takes that have been included in the deluxe releases.

“I get a bit fed up, personally, with all those, like, Take 9 or Take 3, the odd takes that we didn’t put out, but that’s part of the box set and you have to do stuff like that,” the drummer maintains. “But I’ve always just listened to the record itself, what we put out in the ’60s or 1970, and it’s brighter.”

Abbey Road, which was the last studio album the Fab Four recorded, was released on September 26, 1969. It includes “Come Together,” “Something,” “Oh! Darling,” “Octopus’s Garden” and “Here Comes the Sun,” among many other classic tunes.

Meanwhile, Starr currently is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his first All Starr Band tour on a new North American trek that kicked off Thursday in Windsor, Canada.

Reflecting on the longevity of his star-studded touring group, Ringo tells Billboard, “I never sit and think, ‘Oh, man, we’ll be doing this in 30 years…’ It’s not a thought you have. But it’s still going and it’s still popular and I’m still having fun and I love playing, so I’ve got all the reasons I need to do it year after year.”

Check out all the band’s upcoming dates at RingoStarr.com.

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