Thursday, July 19, 2007

Abbey Road

Abbey Road (CD)
The Beatles

An online reviewer:

"I have come to the conclusion after listening for about five years that this is the best Beatles album in my book. It's a mature and brilliantly executed album statement with perhaps the most lush and tasteful production of the band's career. Harrison comes into his own as a songwriter and Ringo even gets an admirable drum solo. Lennon and McCartney contribute a few numbers as well, as usual. It simply has the feel of being the climax of The Beatles as a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. The End, for instance. Or Her Majesty, the tongue-in-cheek hidden track that has since been spoiled by it's listing on CD versions.....oh well. So yeah, not the obsessive Beatlemaniac I once was, but that does not mean I don't enjoy returning to the music occasionally. You have to take breaks from this band if you are a music junkie. Most of them already have albums like Abbey Road encoded into their brain anyway. Hahaha. But yeah, anyone can get this album, I don't care who you are. Perhaps the most accesible and rewarding album from the band rock grew up with. What's not to get?"

The songs:

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

The Rolling Stones were the bad boys of rock; the Beatles were always the ones that your mother wouldn't mind you dating. They seemed to have a little bit for everyone: Lennon's brilliance and rebelliousness, McCarthy's romanticism, Harrison's mysticism, and Ringo's "drummerness."

How often do you have a musical group whose artistic growth was inextricably intertwined with the cultural changes of a decade, which was the case of the Beatles in the '60s?

Their music never seems to be dated, however.

It is as fresh today as some 40 years ago.

And Abbey Road was perhaps their crowning achievement and swan song as a group at the same time.

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