The Beatles Abbey Road
Release Date: September 26, 1969 (Apple Records)
Abbey Road. If you asked most people what they thought of first when you ask them about The Beatles, this is what they would probably think of. (Or Sgt. Pepper's). This album has got to be 1 of their best albums ever to be released, which is weird, because they recorded this album when they were at ends with each other. They weren't even really much of a "band" at this point, since they recorded most of the songs separately, with little help from 1 another.
To be truthful, I didn't really like this album much at all when I first got into The Beatles. I still didn't like it until just recently when I finally gave it a fair listen and was addicted to it afterwards. This album has a lot to offer, from the good ("Come Together") to the bad ("Octopus' Garden") and the Queen ("Her Majesty"). (off topic: 10 cookies for anyone who gets that reference)
The section divider, for anyone that didn't know (or didn't catch on to the obvious) is when "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" abruptly ends, and "Here Comes The Sun" begins.
"Come Together" is probably the most popular Beatles song there is, other than "Yesterday". "Something" is a decent song, and a good showcase of George's lyric writing talents. Then you have the ear worm (and as Lennon put it "Granny music") "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". This track is pretty quirky, yet fun and adventurous. "Oh! Darling" reminds me very well of the 70's, which is weird, because this band was in the 60's. It isn't my favorite, but it's good. "Octopus' Garden" ...do I have to do this song? I hate it. I'm sorry, Ringo, but... ugh. It just doesn't sound good at all, and I really hate the guitar in it. I guess we are now entering...
Since I've now talked about the 1st section of the album, I'll talk about the equally as good (and maybe even better) 2nd section. Most of this section of this masterpiece seems to be stitched together songs... probably because it is. From "Here Comes The Sun" to "The End", these were pretty much just little things they recorded here and there and edited to make several short, yet nice and flowing tracks. This section of the album happens to be my favorite. "Here Comes The Sun" is 3rd of 3 of my favorite songs off this album with how it's so catchy, simple, and has a positive vibe to it. "Sun King" starts out very slowly, but has a nice relaxing sound to it. "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Polythene Pam" are both tied in for a closed second because of how funny the lyrics are and how nice they fit the sounds. Really, this entire section is incredibly addictive. "She Came Through The Bathroom Window" is nice, with the extremely addicting "Didn't anybody tell her? Didn't anybody see?". I love that part... anyways, it carries on into "Golden Slumbers" which is a really good track as well, with some really good singing talent plastered all over it. "Carry That Weight" is, again, a really good track. It features a 4 part chorus with all 4 of the Beatles singing that chorus. That was weird since, if you remember from the beginning of this review, they were at ends and weren't really seeing eye to eye.
This song is thought to be "The End" of The Beatles. This is the note they go out on, with some very inspirational, if short, lyrics. It features the unique guitar solo styles of all of The Beatles, and the 1 and only drum solo in the entire Beatles Discography. This would be my favorite song off the entire album, and also happens to be the inspiration for our review group's name "The-End Reviews". After a few seconds of silence, comes "Her Majesty". This track wasn't originally meant to be on the album, but by a slight mistake, made it on anyways. The Beatles liked this touch, so they left it. This track isn't listed on the track list though, so that makes this song a hidden song. It's a weird and obviously unmastered track. It was also meant to originally be in between "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Polythene Pam" but was cut out.
This album has been thoroughly abused by my cd player for the last month or 2, and I absolutely love every song on this album... save for that 1 song. You know which one I mean...