A lucky few music insiders were on hand in Manhattan yesterday (August 19th) for the airing of Giles Martin's new remix of the Beatles' Abbey Road album. The invite-only sessions were headed up by Guy Hayden from Universal Music’s London office, who played key selections from the remixed 1969 classic, surround sound Dolby Atmos mixes, and a handful of outtakes from the sessions. The 50th anniversary edition of the band's final album, Abbey Road, will be released on September 27th.

Highlights included a February 1969 basic track of John Lennon leading the band through “I Want You (She's So Heavy),” Paul McCartney's home demo of “Goodbye,” which he wrote for Apple Records protege Mary Hopkin, along with early alternate takes of Ringo Starr's “Octopus's Garden,” and George Harrison's “Old Brown Shoe.”

On hand at the morning session were members of Ringo Starr's current All Starr Band — drummer Gregg Bissonette, Men At Work's Colin Hay, along with Hamish Stuart from the Average White Band and Paul McCartney's group from 1987 to 1993.

Paul McCartney admits that there will never be another group even remotely like the Beatles: “The Beatles were the best. And, y'know, the thing about the Beatles is (they're) a very good little rock band. It really was a little rock band. Four guys, who when we played something — we locked in. And because we worked so much in Liverpool, then in Hamburg, and then in England, and America — we could read each other. So, yeah, I think we were the best (laughs).”