The Beatles have broken their own record for the album with the longest gap between number one chart placings as Abbey Road tops the UK charts almost 50 years after it was first released.

The Beatles' 11th record usurped Liam Gallagher's latest solo album from the top spot, its prospects enhanced by a special anniversary edition featuring previously unheard Beatles material.

Sky News reports that the chart record was previously held by Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band whose peculiar and indeed striking trajectory featured a gap of 49 years and 125 days before it too topped the charts yet again. Sgt Pepper's also returned to number one on the 50th anniversary of its release in June 2017.

Abbey Road, however, finished its initial 17-week run in the charts on January 31, 1970. As a result, it now holds the accolade, a gap of 49 years and 252 days.

His mind may presumably be more engaged with his recent book for children, Hey Grandude! and global sales of his recent solo album, Egypt Station but ex-Beatle Paul McCartney acknowledged the enduring success of the revitalised, expanded release.

"It's hard to believe that Abbey Road still holds up after all these years. But then again it's a bloody cool album."