Abbey Road [Vinyl]
Abbey Road [Vinyl]
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1969 classic Tracklisting:A1 Come Together (4:21) A2 Something (3:03) A3 Maxwell's Silver Hammer (3:27) A4 Oh! Darling (3:27) A5 Octopus's Garden (2:51) A6 I Want You (She's So Heavy) (7:47) B1 Here Comes The Sun (3:05) B2 Because (2:46) B3 You Never Give Me Your Money (4:02) B4 Sun King (2:27) B5 Mean Mr. Mustard (1:06) B6 Polythene Pam (1:13) B7 She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (1:57) B8 Golden Slumbers (1:32) B9 Carry That Weight (1:37) B10 The End (2:20) B11 Her Majesty (0:23)
|Vinyl Release Date:||December 05, 1995|
|Number Of Discs:||1|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 1377 reviews|
|1. ||Come Together|
|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|
|9. ||You Never Give Me Your Money|
|10. ||Sun King|
|11. ||Mean Mr. Mustard|
|12. ||Polythene Pam|
|13. ||She Came in Throught the Bathroom Window|
|14. ||Golden Slumbers|
|15. ||Carry That Weight|
|16. ||The End|
|Average Customer Review: ( 1377 customer reviews )
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483 of 522 found the following review helpful:
(2009 Update) The Crown Jewel of The Beatles Catalog Jan 04, 2000
By Steve Vrana
For years I accepted on faith that the best album ever made was Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. While that album remains a stunning example of the summer of love, the true trinity of the Beatles oeuvre are Rubber Soul, Revolver and Abbey Road--with the nod going to Abbey Road as the Beatles final studio album.
There is not a false note on this album. It kicks off with a forceful vocal from John Lennon on "Come Together," which is balanced by the tenderness of "Something," one of George Harrison's best songs (and only Beatles A-side single contribution). With "Because" Lennon wrote one of the loveliest melodies of his career. Even the silliness of McCartney's "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and Ringo Starr's child-like "Octopus's Garden" exude charm and warmth from a band that was on the verge of fragmenting forever and taking some of the innocence of the sixties with them.
And then there's the side-2 suite (tracks 9-16)which still makes for powerful listening thirty years later. Sir Paul McCartney summed it all up in "The End": "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." And so the curtain rang down on the best rock 'n' roll band in our lifetime. ESSENTIAL
Here's a brief update of the 2009 remastered release of ABBEY ROAD:
THE SONGS: There are no new songs or demos included on this rerelease. It contains only the original tracks from the 1969 release.
THE REMASTERING: This CD has been remastered from the original stereo analogue master tapes. Since this is one of the few Beatles albums to be recorded in stereo (YELLOW SUBMARINE and LET IT BE are the only other two), there is no mono version. The muffled, sometimes muddy sound of the 1987 CD issue has been replaced with a crisp, clean sound that creates an entirely new listening experience.
THE BOOKLET: There is a 16-page booklet with brief "Historical Notes" as well as "Recording Notes," which are serviceable but not overly thorough. A full eleven of the pages are devoted to photos, including three from their final photo shoot on August 22, 1969, at John Lennon's home at Tittenhurst Park. Also, of historical note, are several proofs from the ABBEY ROAD cover shoot.
THE MINI-DOCUMENTARY: First of all, anyone expecting a VH1 Behind the Music-style documentary will be sadly disappointed. The video runs less than four minutes and contains very little actual video. There is some footage used from the "Something" promotional video. Otherwise it is all still photos. [Although there is some clever computerized gimmickry used to make it appear as if the Beatles are actually walking across the pedestrian crossing in front of Abbey Road Studio.] The documentary also includes voice-over commentary from McCartney, Harrison, Starr and producer George Martin. As for the music, there is a snippet of a demo of "Come Together." Otherwise, only samples of final take versions are heard. [Total running time - 3:46. Note: You will need QuickTime to view this on your computer.]
THE CD CASE: The cardboard CD case is not ideal for two reasons: First of all, it's a trifold case so it will not lay flat and it will be more prone to wear. Secondly, the CD is awkward to get out of the slipcase without touching the recorded side of the disc.
THE VERDICT: Ignore the naysayers. Buy this album. It's like hearing the album for the first time!
552 of 603 found the following review helpful:
What planet are these guys from? Aug 18, 2000
By Sal Nudo
Until recently, the only thing I knew about The Beatles' "Abbey Road" was the goofy album cover where all four band members are crossing the street. Now I consider it one of the best, most innovative rock 'n' roll albums ever released. And I mean innovative and fresh by today's standards, not just the standards of the late 1960s. These guys practically invented the art of making melodic rock music, and they certainly weren't afraid to experiment with sounds and ideas.
"Abbey Road" offers something for everybody; a 90-year-old senior citizen could enjoy this album as easily as a 5-year-old kid. The sounds and tastes of this record are all over the map. For instance, whereas "Come Together" is a serious rock anthem with a heavy message, songs like "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" (Lennon-McCartney) and "Octopus's Garden" (Ringo Starr) are silly pop nuggets. Romance is also present, like on George Harrison's beautiful "Something" (which includes a swooning string section), and on the dramatic "Oh! Darling," where Paul McCartney belts out the lyrics in his most sincere tone. Overall, there's a boyish, innocent quality to these songs, especially lyrically, yet a sophistication to the sound and musical development. In short, the Beatles, as well as their producer, George Martin, possessed the resources, talent, musicality and what must have been a sense of finality to create one of the best records ever.
Though the Beatles were on their way out with "Abbey Road," the seven-minute-plus "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" is reminiscent of another British band on their way in back in 1969, Led Zeppelin. The song features longing lyrics and an indelibly heavy guitar riff in the style of Jimmy Page before he became a household name. Conversely, songs like "Because" and "Sun King" are positively airy and lightweight, unbelievably catchy. The Beatles thrived on hazy, dreamy songs that featured their head-in-the-cloud choruses and melting melodies, making it all seem as easy as a summer breeze.
Beginning at "You Never Give Me Your Money," the album transforms into a hot-potato medley of one sublimely melodic song after another, a shockingly creative assembly line of tracks that magically blend together, thanks mostly to producer George Martin. It's comparable to a movie score with words or a spur-of-the moment "Best of" mixture. McCartney and Lennon deserve the lion's share of credit for creating this 20-minute joyride, on the second side of one album. Despite the inevitable end of the band, the guys sound excited, joyful, happy to be alive, inspiring, a little crazy and willing to experiment on their way out.
As the music on "Abbey Road" mutates from one moment to the next -- sometimes in the space of just one song -- the lustrous sounds and sky-high choruses mix perfectly with the weightless lyrics. As the album winds down and such greats as "Mr. Mustard" and the punk-ish "Polythene Pam" rage on, the band opt to go out on a positive and touching message that truly resonates. Overall, I understand now why many have said that there are the Beatles and then there is everyone else.
60 of 66 found the following review helpful:
Final Walk Jan 04, 2001
By Thomas Magnum
While Let It Be was their final release, Abbey Road was the result of the last time they recorded together in the studio. Despite the annonmosity and frayed tensions among the band, Abbey Road shows that they could produce music head and shoulders above everyone else. "Come Together" has a Chuck Berry riff and George Harrison's "Something" has became a standard with even Frank Sinatra recording a version. "Oh! Darling" has Paul McCartney flexing his vocal muscles and "Octopus' Garden" is a fun and goofy Ringo Starr composition. "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" is aptly titled as it has an urgency and yearning John Lennon vocal with heavy guitar playing. "Here Comes The Sun" is the best song George Harrison did with the Beatles with it's optimistic lyrics playing in stark contrast to the dark clouds surrounding the band at the time. The song suite that closes the album shows the band were still willing to push boundaries and it is appropriate it closes out with a song called "The End". Abbey Road marked the close of the recording career of the greatest group in music history. In the six years that they made music in the studio together, they produced songs that not only affected the music world, but the world as whole. From their hair, to their clothes to just about everything they did, they gripped the public's image and attitudes.
26 of 27 found the following review helpful:
The Beatles' Swansong Aug 19, 2000
By Scott T. Rivers
The Beatles had an impeccable sense of timing. Unlike most rock bands, the Fab Four knew when to quit while still on top. "Abbey Road" (1969) marked the group's last album and it remains an appropriate finale. Though it doesn't quite reach the artistic zenith of "Revolver" (1966), "Abbey Road" contains some of the Beatles' finest music: "Come Together," "Something," "I Want You," "Here Comes the Sun," "Because" and the remarkable "pop symphony" that dominates the second half of the disc. However, it's easy to see why "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" became, in the words of John Lennon, the "song that broke up the Beatles." Paul McCartney certainly could have come up with something better than this overproduced, annoying track. When you omit "Maxwell" on your CD player, "Abbey Road" emerges as an even stronger recording. This Beatles swansong may lack the landmark stature of "Sgt. Pepper," yet it remains a stronger album in terms of its polished production and largely superb compositions.
25 of 26 found the following review helpful:
A Flawless Finale Dec 04, 2001
By WILLIE A YOUNG II
My emotions have certainly been all over the place for the past few days, and "Here Comes The Sun" certainly takes on a new poignance with the tragic passing of George Harrison on November 29, but Abbey Road has always had a wistful, playful feel and that fact is underscored by the fact that The Beatles were on their last legs as a band when this was recorded.
From start to finish, this LP is perfect, George's guitar playing had grown so expressive and fluid that he dominates the entire first side, Paul McCartney's songwriting anchors the album but his bass playing is a downright miracle (witness his jazzy, funky lines on "I Want You (She's So Heavy)".
Ringo actually solos on the album closing "The End" and does a damn fine job! His open high-hat, snare and footwork on this track is outstanding. John,as always lays his soul bare on the aforementioned "I Want You.." and proves that his cryptic lyrical side is fully intact on "Come Together", classic. Listening to "Abbey Road" it's hard to believe that these are the same cheeky young lads who wailed joufully out of tune on "Please Please Me" 7 years earlier, but they are and that perfectly demonstrates the greatest trait the Fab Four possessed that still sets them apart from their comtemporaries, Growth. This is what true artistry is all about. REST IN PEACE GEORGE, WE'LL MISS YOU.
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