|Released||26 September 1969|
|Studio||Abbey Road Studios|
|Genre||Rock, Blues Rock|
Let It Be
The album was primarily made a few months after the recording of "Let It Be". Tensions in the band were high. Unlike the previous album, the album was produced by George Martin. The Beatles, at the beginning of recording, had no real idea that the album would be their last. By the end, they knew it would be their last. Sessions for Abbey Road began in April and ended in August. Most of the album was recorded between 2 July and 1 August 1969.
While Abbey Road is a rock album, it also incorporates genres such as blues, pop, and progressive rock and makes prominent use of the synthesizer and the Leslie speaker. It is also notable for having a long medley of songs on side two, that have subsequently been covered as one suite by other notable artistes. The album was recorded in a more collegial atmosphere than the Get Back / Let It Be sessions earlier in the year, but there were still significant confrontations within the band, particularly over Paul McCartney's song "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", and John Lennon did not perform on several tracks. By the time the album was released, Lennon had left the group, though this was not publicly announced until McCartney also quit the following year. Although it was an immediate commercial success, it received mixed reviews. Some critics found its music inauthentic and criticized the production's artificial effects. By contrast, critics today view the album as one of the Beatles' best and rank it as one of the greatest albums of all time. George Harrison's two songs on the album, "Something" and "Here Comes The Sun", have been regarded as some of the best he wrote for the group. The album's cover, featuring the group walking across a zebra crossing outside Abbey Road Studios, has become one of the most famous and imitated in the history of recorded music. Abbey Road remains the Beatles' best-selling album.
"Let It Be was actually the last release, but Abbey Road was the last recording" — Paul McCartney
"Abbey Road was a competent album" — John Lennon
"Also, Abbey Road, the second side" — Ringo Starr
The album opens with "Come Together", written by John Lennon. The song was inspired by a campaign song that Lennon partially wrote for Timothy Leary. Come Together, on the surface, is a nonsense song. Come Together was released as a single with "Something".
"Her Majesty" is notable for being the first-ever hidden track. It became so by accident; it was cut from the rough master tape on the orders of Paul McCartney, but the engineer doing this had been instructed never to throw away any Beatles material, so he spliced it on to the end of the tape, preceded by ~12 seconds of leader tape. Initial pressings of the album did not list this track.
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All songs written by Lennon/McCartney, except where noted otherwise.
- "Come Together" - 4:20
- "Something" (George Harrison) - 3:03
- "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" - 3:27
- "Oh! Darling" - 3:26
- "Octopus's Garden" (Richard Starkey) - 2:51
- "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" - 7:47
- "Here Comes the Sun" (Harrison) - 3:05
- "Because" - 2:45
- "You Never Give Me Your Money" - 4:02
- "Sun King" - 2:26
- "Mean Mr. Mustard" - 1:06
- "Polythene Pam" - 1:12
- "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" - 1:57
- "Golden Slumbers" - 1:31
- "Carry That Weight" - 1:36
- "The End" - 2:19
- "Her Majesty" - 0:23
- John Lennon:Lead,Harmony,Backing and Chorus Vocals.Acoustic (six and twelve-string) Electric Guitars.Piano,Electric Piano, and Moog Synthesizer,Noise Generator,Maracas and Sound-Effects
- Paul McCartney:Lead,Harmony,Backing and Chorus Vocals.Bass,Electric and Acoustic Guitars.Piano,Electric Piano,Moog Synthesizer,Hand-Claps and Sound Effects
- George Harrison:Lead,Harmony,Backing and Chorus Vocals.Electric,Acoustic and Bass Guitars.Moog Synthesizer,Hand-Claps.
- Ringo Starr:Lead,Backing and Chorus Vocals.Drums,Tambourine,Maracas,Cowbell,Bongos,Congas,Piano,Anvil,Wind Machine and Hand-Claps.
- George Martin: Producer,Lowrey Organ and Electric Harpsichord
- Billy Preston: Hammond Organ
- Mike Vickers: Synthesizer
- Geoff Emerick: Engineer
- Phil McDonald: Engineer
- Mal Evans:Anvil
- Uncedited:12 Violins,4 Violas,4 Cellos,2 Double Bass,4 Horns,3 Trumpets,Trombone and Bass Trombone.
- Gibson Les Paul Standard
- Fender Stratocaster
- Epiphone 230TD Casino
- Rickenbacker 4001S
- Hofner 500/1
- Fender Jazz Bass
- Fender VI
- Gibson J-160E
- Martin D-28
- Ludwig Hollywood drum kit with Jazz Festival snare drum, calfskin heads
Behind the scenesEdit
- This album has one of the most homaged covers ever. Tributes include a spring 2014 poster by UK chip (fry in American English) manufacturer McCain, with their four guys walking across a potato field striped like the crossing.
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