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Abbey Road

The BeatlesAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UB3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,463 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Beatles' last days as a band were as productive as any major pop phenomenon that was about to split. After recording the ragged-but-right Let It Be, the group held on for this ambitious effort, an album that was to become their best-selling. Though all four contribute to the first side's writing, John Lennon's hard-rocking, "Come Together" and "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" make the strongest impression. A series of song fragments edited together in suite form dominates side two; its portentous, touching, official close ("Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"/"The End") is nicely undercut, in typical Beatles fashion, by Paul McCartney's cheeky "Her Majesty," which follows. --Rickey Wright

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CD Org. 1987 Pressing Made In Holland Few Lighthairlines Otherwise Perfect Disc & Artwork

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512 of 553 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars (2009 Update) The Crown Jewel of The Beatles Catalog January 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
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.
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570 of 624 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What planet are these guys from? August 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
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.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metallica Fan's Point of View June 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Hi. This was my first Beatles album. I am normally a fan of Metallica, Guns and Roses, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, so I never really thought that I would like the Beatles. Well, I was suprised when I listened to this album. It really is great. Every song is genius. I know this may not sound like much coming from a hard rock/metal fan, but what I am trying to say is that I think anybody can apprecitate this album, it really is a work of art!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Final Walk January 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album
Their last recorded album... a must have for any Beatles fan and to have it on vinyl is great oo.
Published 4 days ago by Tmillz
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Beatles
Critics and fans can debate which album is best but this one has to be in the top five! A wonderful, melodic and memorable rock journey that works from start to finish. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jay Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars What's There NOT TO like?
The Beatles, even with all the turmoil and upheaval personality-wise, couldn't help but be great, no matter what! Read more
Published 10 days ago by Robert Schroeder
5.0 out of 5 stars CD Version
In this day of downloads, Pandora, SkyCloud etc., I had not bought a CD in a long time. On a whim we bought Abbey Road and are glad we did. Read more
Published 11 days ago by JS
4.0 out of 5 stars I just like this album.
This was a favorite of mine long ago. A friend was playing it and I decided I wanted it. I don't hear any difference, but it's been over 35 years since I had the original album. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Que Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Abbey Road
It took me back. I lost most of my original Beatles music in a flood, so I'm slowly getting some of my favorites back.
Published 21 days ago by rumar
4.0 out of 5 stars CD good, cover - disappointing
I really wise this would have come in a plastic case. That's the only disappointment. Good delivery, quality of CD good.
Published 24 days ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles History with Music
The collection of CD's support a Coursea six week online class,Beatles Music.
Each CD matches the Beatles CD discussed for the week.
Published 28 days ago by Charlotte M. Kopcke
1.0 out of 5 stars No CD in package
This was a gift for somebody who could not open it until just this week (3/14/14) and when the package was opened, there was NO CD included!! A total rip off of a classic album. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Flangl17
5.0 out of 5 stars Abbey Road. Enough said.
I should have completed this library years ago. even as a Beatles fan I did not realize just how much original music they were recording and how often. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Denise Provenzano
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