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Audio CD, Enhanced, Limited Edition, September 8, 2009
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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 24-AUG-1988
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
Top Customer Reviews
What a shame they now couldn't stand to be in each others presence for more than a few minutes.
And somehow, despite the acrimony and anger and frustration, their best work emerged. Go figure.
The remastering is beautiful, crystal clear and well balanced. The packaging is the very best that the digipack format can offer. Masterful. I could grow to like it if it was all so well done. Much kudos and many thanks for the hard work needed to bring both to my hands and ears.
And it is Abbey Road. There is nothing that can be said that will qualify that or make the contents come alive any more than just sitting and listening will. I was a stranger to this album until quite recently, and on one hearing, even this late in the day, I understood what all the fuss was about.
"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.
Bottom line: the vinyl sounds great - better than the CD (the 2009 remaster).
I was skeptical - I bought the 2009 mono Beatles box and the stereo versions of Abbey Road and a few others. I thought they sounded better than my older Beatles CDs, but they weren't as great-sounding as I was expecting based on reading lots of reviews at the time which stated the remastering was phenomenal.
I suspected this vinyl copy would be based on the same master used to produce the 2009 CD, so I held off on buying it for the longest time.
But I finally just clicked "buy now" and so glad I did. It really does sound warmer, more spacious, and more alive than the CD. (I did A/B comparisons as soon as I received it.) The disc is perfectly flat, with no pops/scratches and much less surface noise than the average new LP in my collection.
I'm not a vinyl snob. I have lots of CDs and digital files on my iPhone, love listening on the go. Vinyl is more expensive and less convenient, so I only buy vinyl if there's good reason to believe the vinyl sounds better.
In this case, it really does. Happy with my purchase.
UPDATE: After several months with this album and playing it over and over, we still have encountered no problems or skips or anything. The music is amazing and brings a happier mood into the house each time. We don't get tired of it, and anyone who appreciates music or life probably won't either. Definite must-have.