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 I thinking? You can't pause a work of art in the middle. I was mesmerized by "Abbey Road" and unable to do anything else but listen in awe. Of course, I had heard it several times before, but every time, I notice more and more depth to this amazing album.
Someone asked me whether "Abbey Road" had been digitally remastered. That's the incredible thing-- this album sounds just as amazing on the original vinyl copy that my parents have. The only adjective I can use to describe the sound is RICH. It's hard to understand unless you have heard it, but the instruments and vocals are unmatched. Nowadays, artists have producers and advanced equipment to deal with a dozens or so tracks of music, but still, 31 years later, no one can surpass the Beatles' sound on this album.
In terms of the songs, this album features several Beatles hits such as "Come Together," "Something," "Oh! Darling," "Here Comes the Sun" and "Because." "Octopus' Garden" is an entertaining song by Ringo and "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" is a satirical song about a boy hitting people over the head (including his teacher) written in response to the media's accusation that "Helter Skelter" (from "The White Album") inspired Charles Manson's murders. This album features Paul's most incredible vocal performance (on "Oh! Darling") and some of the Beatles' most beautifully arranged songs, both vocally and instrumentally.
The really unique thing about "Abbey Road" (and the thing that prevented me from being able to pause the CD) is that all the songs run into each other. This is especially true of the last nine or so songs. The track listing has 17 songs, but the album is really one entity. This style was extremely innovative.
It is commonly thought that "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is the best album ever recorded, but I think that "Abbey Road" is. This album is incredibly beautiful. The album is also mysterious because of the myths about the album cover indicating that "Paul is dead," (supposedly, if you play the record backwards, it says this phrase) because he is barefoot and is walking with his right foot forward, while the other three have their left foot in front. Sadly, after this album, the entire Fab Four was no more.
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 … more
'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 … more
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) … more
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. … more
One wonders what direction the Beatles would have gone in had they remained together. Truthfully, they broke up when they were at the top of their game. This final studio recording of all original material(although not a final release, Let It Be)shows many classic songs and varying styles. The sleazy Come Together, the happy go lucky Octopusses Garden, the creative suite on Side 2 all great. Not to mention George Harrison's two gems. Even some good guitar solos by John and George. Classic song stylings … more
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 ...