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ABBEY ROAD, recorded in the summer of 1969, was the last album recorded by the Beatles (LET IT BE was released in 1970, but recorded in early '69). The Beatles: Paul McCartney (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass); John Lennon (vocals, guitar, keyboards); George Harrison (vocals, guitar, synthesizer); Ringo Starr (vocals, drums, percussion). After the laborious disorganization and infighting that characterized early 1969's LET IT BE sessions (as famously captured on film), the fractious four were willing to let George Martin take the reins and to work with him as a cohesive unit for the much more succinct production of their (and the decade's) swan song, ABBEY ROAD. The superb performances make the album an artistic high point for all members of the group. Paul McCartney inspired the suite of songs that begins with "You Never Give Me Your Money." Often thought of as two long medleys, the songs that fill most of the second half of ABBEY ROAD segue seamlessly into one another, but are programmed as separate CD...
Song List: Disc 1
1. Come Together
2. Something
3. Maxwell's Silver Hammer
4. Oh! Darling
5. Octopus's Garden
6. I Want You (She's So Heavy)
7. Here Comes the Sun
8. Because
9. You Never Give Me Your Money
10. Sun King
11. Mean Mr. Mustard
12. Polythene Pam
13. She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
14. Golden Slumbers
15. Carry That Weight
16. End
17. Her Majesty
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Label:  Capitol/EMI Records
ArtistThe Beatles
Genre:  Classic Rock
Release Date:  September 26, 1969
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review by . May 27, 2011
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The thing about Beatles albums is that so many of them are essential that none of them can really stand out in the overall Beatles discography as THE essential Beatles album. None of them really stand out as their greatest work because you can argue that so much of it - with the POSSIBLE exceptions of their earlier work - is their greatest work. I have a great love for the Beatles, but when I talk about it, I tend to come off as a hater because I focus a lot on the band's demigod reputation, one …
review by . September 18, 2006
posted in Music Matters
'Abbey Road' is actually the last album the Beatles recorded together. It is a triumph and a fine way to end their time together as history's most celebrated rock band. They agreed to do two "sides"--as was conventional before C.D.'s--each one uniform. Side one is rock and roll unadulterated. Side two is a pop symphony that is carefully melded together with several segues, making the songs melt into one another. It is correctly considered one of their great works, but the polish makes it different …
review by . November 18, 2000
posted in Music Matters
Pros: The Beatles     Cons: I Want More!!!!     Last night on television, I watched a special on the Beatles. After viewing this show, it became clear as to why I have not done a review of these guys. They are the pinnacle of rock and roll music. To review them, is to review my own life!      To realize how much this band means to me, I can give you this example. This album was released when I was 9 years old. I (with parents permission) …
review by . April 24, 2000
Pros: beautiful, amazing, awe-inspiring, etc.     Cons: last Beatles album :(     True story: Tonight, I was planning on taking a shower, so I decided to put on a CD. I intended to pause it when I was ready to shower and start playing it again when I got out. The CD I happened to choose was the Beatles' "Abbey Road." Big mistake. When the entire glorious album was over some 40 minutes later, I had taken off my wrist watch-- and that's all. What was …
review by . January 19, 2000
Pros: Beautiful Songs and Production     Cons: Melancholy     All good things must come to an end sooner or later, and Abbey Road for the Beatles was their sweet goodbye. This was the last George Martin production for the Beatles, which is direct contrast to the Phil Spector production of the Get Back sessions. The arrangements on Abbey Road are lush and full and especially so on the 2nd side as mostly all of the songs glide into one another.      …
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