Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Album of the Day #66: ABBEY ROAD - The Beatles

Title: Abbey Road

Artist: The Beatles
Label: Parlophone/EMI
Year: 1969
Songs: Come Together/Something*/Maxwell's Silver Hammer/Oh! Darling/Octupus's Garden**/I Want You (She's So Heavy)/Here Comes The Sun*/Because/You Never Give Me Your Money/Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came In Through The Bathroom Window/Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End/Her Majesty
Written by: John Lennon & Paul McCartney, except *George Harrison and **Richard Starkey
Produced by: George Martin
Thoughts: The Beatles' last hurrah is just amazing. You have probably the greatest side two in rock history. Of course, the irony is that even though it has eleven tracks, it's actually shorter than the first side. Beyond the length, the medley is just brutal to listen to. Its' creativity comes as a shock to the system...it's so good. Paul's work as an arranger, with George Martin, is just perfect. The precussor to John's tough, raw early solo singles lay here, considering most of those were recorded aroung the time of this album anyway. George's two tracks are pure beauty and Ringo's "Octopus's Garden" is filled with all the charm of your usual Ringo song. (By the way, it probably should have been credited to Harrison/Starkey, but George is clearly too nice a person.) Overall, it's just a true masterpiece. Something every single human bieng needs to hear.
Rating: 10/10

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