original_441I thought a lot about this week’s album of the week pick because I didn’t want to reach the 500 album milestone without never covering an album by The Beatles. The band which was made up of John Lennon (Vocals/Guitars), George Harrison (Guitars/Vocals), Paul McCartney (Vocals/Bass/Guitars/Piano), and Ringo Starr (Drums/Vocals) is whether you love, like, or hate them is the greatest band to ever live because there is The Beatles and then everyone else. The band released their first album in 1963 and just imagine that on September 26, 1969, the band would release their 11TH studio album and one of my personal favorites in Abbey Road via Apple Records and produced once again by the fifth Beatle George Martin. This was a significant album for the band as it was the last time that all four members had participated in the recording process and while Let It Be was released the following year in 1970, most of that was recorded before Abbey Road. They say that the band had so many disagreements on previous releases that once this album was complete, John had secretly quit the band while Paul went public the following year after the release of Let It Be. The album was one of the most successful releases as it went number one on the Billboard Top 200 as well as number one in Holland, Canada, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Spain, and West Germany. Funny enough, the 2019 reissue of the album went number one in the UK, Portugal, Spain, Scotland, and Belgium. The album has also sold over 12 million copies in the United States giving it Diamond status showing how influential the album really is.

abbey-road-back-cover2jpg1. Come Together– The track with that famous drum roll, Lennon saying shoot me (accompanied usually by a hand clap), and and cool as ice guitar riff kicks off this classic Beatles track that was originally written by John and intended as a campaign song for Timothy Leary who was running against Ronald Reagan in California at the time. 5/5

2. Something– Frank Sinatra once said that this was one of the top 50 love songs of all time and it was the song that rose George Harrison to the same status as a songwriter with Lennon and McCarthy. It was a love song written to his first wife Pattie Boyd. 5/5

3. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer– This is an example of how an upbeat song can be so dark if you really pay attention to the lyrics. The track is about a student named Maxwell Edison who goes around murdering people with a hammer as his weapon of choice. While I love the inclusion of the Moog synthesizer and Anvil hits, this is often credited as the song responsible for breaking up The Beatles. 5/5

4. Oh! Darling– a sort of r&b styled rock track that saw Paul McCartney sing the song by himself every day until he got the perfect take. He wanted it to sound like he had been singing the song all week in the clubs to get a rough sound. John Lennon once said, “Oh! Darling’ was a great one of Paul’s that he didn’t sing too well. I always thought I could have done it better – it was more my style than his. He wrote it, so what the hell, he’s going to sing it.” 5/5

5. Octopus’s Garden– The world famous Ringo Starr song that we all love and expect to hear live from him. This was the last song recorded by the band that featured Ringo on vocals and it all came because instead of getting his order of Fish & Chips, he received squid instead. The boat’s captain then told him a story of how Octopuses travel along the sea bed collecting rocks to build a garden. 5/5

6. I Want You (She’s So Heavy)– An unusual song for the band as it was almost 8 minutes in length and lacked a lot of lyrics. It was John’s love song to Yoko Ono and it’s a track that I think could be credited in helping Black Sabbath finding their sound. 5/5

beatles-abbey-road-label_027. Here Comes The Sun– Another amazing Beatles track that was written by George Harrison who was playing hokey that day as he spent at Eric Clapton’s house instead of with the rest of the band. The lyrics have to do with George’s joy at the sight of spring and how he felt being away from the drama in The Beatles camp. 5/5

8. Because-The track starts off with the cool electric harpsichord sound played by producer George Martin in which John enters and he copies on guitar what the harpsichord is doing. The song is eerie, but musically amazing with the vocal harmonies from Harrison, Lennon, and McCarthy as it ends in the famous diminished triad or the devil’s note. 5/5

9. Medley- The Beatles recorded 8 short tracks for a medley 5/5:

A. You Never Give Me Your Money-The first track written for the medley and it documented all the troubles The Beatles were having financially. It starts off as a piano ballad before it finishes with some amazing guitar work.

B. Sun King-as the song fades in from the harbor sounds of the last track, the vocal harmonies take over in this track that George once claimed was inspired by Fleetwood Mac’s Albatross.

C. Mean Mr. Mustard-John based this track which he also said was his least favorite on a mean Scottsman who was cheap with his money.

D. Polythene Pam– Lennon says, “That was me, remembering a little event with a woman in Jersey, and a man who was England’s answer to Allen Ginsberg … I met him when we were on tour and he took me back to his apartment and I had a girl and he had one he wanted me to meet. He said she dressed up in polythene, which she did. She didn’t wear jack boots and kilts, I just sort of elaborated. Perverted sex in a polythene bag. Just looking for something to write about.”

E. She Came In Through the Bathroom Window– A track McCarthy has said was about their dedicated fans, “We were bored, he was out and so we decided to pay him a visit. We found a ladder in his garden and stuck it up at the bathroom window which he’d left slightly open. I was the one who climbed up and got in.”

F. Golden Slumbers-a track that was based off of a Thomas Dekker lullaby entitled Cradle Song. It was a beautiful written track with pianos, string arrangements, and bass guitars.

G. Carry That Weight-a track that McCarthy wrote that kind of signified what they would go through after The Beatles as nothing they did would have the same impact as this music did.

H. The End– Paul McCartney said, “”I wanted [the medley] to end with a little meaningful couplet, so I followed the Bard and wrote a couplet.” John confirmed saying, “That’s Paul again … He had a line in it, ‘And in the end, the love you get is equal to the love you give,’ which is a very cosmic, philosophical line. Which again proves that if he wants to, he can think.”[4] Lennon misquoted the line; the actual words are, “And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make…”

10. Her Majesty– This was originally a hidden track on the album and the track only featured Paul McCartney written as sort of a music hall styled track and it;s only 26 seconds long. 5/5

My Final Thoughts-For a group that was eventually on their way out following the release of this and Let It Be, they created some of the greatest music ever. As I said before, there’s The Beatles and then there is everyone else after them. The whole entire album is a classic which is why I gave it five stars out of five for a final grade.

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