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Abbey Road [Vinyl]
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Audio CD, Enhanced, Limited Edition, September 8, 2009
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There is not a false note on this album. It kicks off with a powerful 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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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One of my favorite Beatles albums! This classic deserves a seven star rating! Thanx!Published 6 hours ago by Samuel E. Smith
Love the abbey road album, thought I was buying a 1968 1st pressing and received a 1975 reissue instead.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Do NOT buy this record. I love The Beatles but this makes it so difficult to listen to them. Got it delivered and the very first time I play it, it skips and will just miss 15sec... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Pete
I lost my album and then my CD. This is to replace it as it was one of their very best.Published 5 days ago by Kathie Blair
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. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Susan Steen / Joe igloe AMZ Reviewer