My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Click on track list to expand (captured from Wikipedia’s Abbey Road Page.)
Brief Background: Abbey Road was throughout 1969 and was released in September of the same year. The album was to be a return to the band working together in the studio with producer George Martin. The recording of this album would be the last time all four members were in a studio together (Let It Be would be released in 1970, but the recording was already complete).
What I think: We’ve come to my favorite Beatles album here with Abbey Road. I love the idea of them going into the studio to put out one last great piece of music before they disbanded forever (though it was never expressed that this would be the last and it wasn’t exactly a harmonious process). It’s a good piece to be a culmination as well with elements of many periods of their career and a look into the future of music as well. I love the use of the Moog Synthesizer it fits great into these songs. Also, Ringo finally lets loose and shows us what a great drummer he his throughout the album, but especially on his solo in “The End”.
As far as the actual songs, “Here Comes the Sun” is one of the best ever written. It is always uplifting, but there is nothing better than putting it on in the car during the first warm spring day after a cold Minnesota winter. And the second half medley is a wonderful roller coaster that is filled with great melodies and hooks. “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” to “Golden Slumbers” to “Carry That Weight” and the gorgeous, smart and exciting “The End” may be the best four track selection of any album. …and then you have “Her Majesty” which is just great way for the Beatles to troll everyone.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? No doubt, one of the top 15 albums every!
Rating (Out of 5): 5
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album?No (38/151)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 75%