Abbey Road

Performers THE BEATLES

November 13, 2012 | Compact Disc

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The last Beatles album to be recorded (although Let It Be was the last to be released), Abbey Road was a fitting swan song for the group, echoing some of the faux-conceptual forms of Sgt. Pepper, but featuring stronger compositions and more rock-oriented ensemble work. The group was still pushing forward in all facets of its art, whether devising some of the greatest harmonies to be heard on any rock record (especially on "Because"), constructing a medley of songs/vignettes that covered much of side two, adding subtle touches of Moog synthesizer, or crafting furious guitar-heavy rock ("The End," "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," "Come Together"). George Harrison also blossomed into a major songwriter, contributing the buoyant "Here Comes the Sun" and the supremely melodic ballad "Something," the latter of which became the first Harrison-penned Beatles hit. Whether Abbey Road is the Beatles' best work is debatable, but it's certainly the most immaculately produced (with the possible exception of Sgt. Pepper) and most tightly constructed. [Abbey Road was reissued and remastered on vinyl in 2013.] ~ Richie Unterberger

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 13, 2012

Number of Discs: 1

UPC: 094638246817

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Abbey Road

Abbey Road

Performers THE BEATLES

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 13, 2012

Number of Discs: 1

UPC: 094638246817


Title Track Time
1.Come Together --
2.Something --
3.Maxwell's Silver Hammer --
4.Oh! Darling --
5.Octopus's Garden --
6.I Want You (She's So Heavy) --
7.Here Comes The Sun --
8.Because --
9.You Never Give Me Your Money --
10.Sun King --
11.Mean Mr Mustard --
12.Polythene Pam --
13.She Came In Through the Bathroom Window --
14.Golden Slumbers --
15.Carry That Weight --
16.End --
17.Her Majesty --

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The last Beatles album to be recorded (although Let It Be was the last to be released), Abbey Road was a fitting swan song for the group, echoing some of the faux-conceptual forms of Sgt. Pepper, but featuring stronger compositions and more rock-oriented ensemble work. The group was still pushing forward in all facets of its art, whether devising some of the greatest harmonies to be heard on any rock record (especially on "Because"), constructing a medley of songs/vignettes that covered much of side two, adding subtle touches of Moog synthesizer, or crafting furious guitar-heavy rock ("The End," "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," "Come Together"). George Harrison also blossomed into a major songwriter, contributing the buoyant "Here Comes the Sun" and the supremely melodic ballad "Something," the latter of which became the first Harrison-penned Beatles hit. Whether Abbey Road is the Beatles' best work is debatable, but it's certainly the most immaculately produced (with the possible exception of Sgt. Pepper) and most tightly constructed. [Abbey Road was reissued and remastered on vinyl in 2013.] ~ Richie Unterberger
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