Abbey Road [Remastered] (CD)


The Beatles

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Michael Keefe 07/28/2010

Abbey Road was the final album recorded by The Beatles, though Let It Be was the last they released. Even amidst one of the most impressive discographies in the history of music, Abbey Road remains one of The Beatles' best and well-loved LPs. Side one offers everything from the silly duo of Ringo-sung "Octopus's Garden" (a staple of children's music albums) and "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" to stoned rock classics "Come Together" and the epic "I Want You (She's So Heavy)." Peppered in with these are George Harrison's lovely ballad "Something," Paul McCartney's bluesy "Oh! Darling." Side two begins with Harrison's gentle classic, "Here Comes the Sun," followed by The Beatles' greatest collective vocal achievement, "Because," which features gorgeous three-part harmony throughout. The rest of the LP is a medley of mostly short cuts, as if the band had patched together whatever songwriting remnants they had lying around. Rather than sounding thrown together, however, the great ideas flow seamlessly together. Paul's excellent "You Never Give Me Your Money" segues into a trio of stylistically John Lennon tracks, which then cede to four more McCartney songs, ending, appropriately, with "The End." But wait … a happy mixing accident left the brief ditty "Her Majesty" spliced onto the master reel, providing a funny coda to an album filled with strange, often humorous lyrics, as well as some of the catchiest tunes The Beatles ever wrote.


Kris Konrad 09/09/2009

Abbey Road is the Beatles swan song. A mammoth masterpiece. The finest finale ever. Musically, the band is incredibly tight and focused. Lyrically they are light-hearted and optimistic. Vocally, they are indescribable. George’s luscious “Something” and “Here Comes The Sun” are by far his most realized songs as a Beatle. “Oh! Darling” and “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” are relentless rockers, the latter threatening to build infinitely. “Octopus’s Garden” and “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” are deliciously and decidedly silly. John’s “Come Together” is a classic rock heavyweight. The song cycle (mainly written by Paul) that covers the second side of the album is pure gold. Starting with the impossible to re-create harmonies of the prelude “Because” to the arcing “You Never Give Me Your Money” to the atmospheric guitar and harmony of “Sun King,” the medley gives and gives. The light-hearted “Mean Mr. Mustard” and the punchy “Polythene Pam” make for an excellent interlude before the final push. “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” is restless and searching. “Golden Slumbers” finds peace. “Carry That Weight” affirms. “The End” is… the end. If the love you make is equal to the love take (it is), and music is love (it is), the Beatles have an endless stream coming their way. Abbey Road is the glorious conclusion to a staggeringly creative and influential seven-year run.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Come Together
The Beatles 04:20
2.
Something
The Beatles 03:03
3.
Maxwell's Silver Hammer
The Beatles 03:27
4.
Oh! Darling
The Beatles 03:26
5.
Octopus's Garden
The Beatles 02:51
6.
I Want You (She's So Heavy)
The Beatles 07:47
7.
Here Comes The Sun
The Beatles 03:05
8.
Because
The Beatles 02:45
9.
You Never Give Me Your Money
The Beatles 04:02
10.
Sun King
The Beatles 02:26
11.
Mean Mr. Mustard
The Beatles 01:06
12.
Polythene Pam
The Beatles 01:12
13.
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
The Beatles 01:57
14.
Golden Slumbers
The Beatles 01:31
15.
Carry That Weight
The Beatles 01:36
16.
The End
The Beatles 02:19
17.
Her Majesty
The Beatles 00:23
18.
['Abbey Road' Mini-Documentary]
The Beatles

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