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Beatles, The - Abbey Road
Label: Capitol Records
Release: 1969

Tracklisting:
Come Together
Something
Maxwell's Silver Hammer
Oh! Darling
Octopus's Garden
I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Here Comes the Sun
Because
You Never Give Me Your Money
Sun King
Mean Mr. Mustard
Polythene Pam
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End
Her Majesty
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The true Beatles finale, this 1969 classic saw the band, after the failed sessions that eventually made up the "Let It Be"album, put all their energies together to make one big, final artistic statement, even though they could hardly stand the sight of each other at this point. And they did it.

Doubtless, you know most of the stuff here - quite a lot of it's been played many a time on those little transistor radios.But, of course, songs like "Come Together", "Something", and "Here Comes the Sun" are all great, classic etc. - legendaryBeatles, so there's no real need to discuss everything in detail. As for them other songs, well - "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"is a jolly good, fun song, with an incredibly catchy hook (shocker). Same goes for the gorgeous "Oh! Darling", and there'ssome wonderful guitar sounds on "Octopus's Garden".

One of the major cuts on here is the gigantic "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" which may, just by a slight fraction, be the best cut here, with it's awesome Harrison groove and vocal melody. The best bit out of it's seven or so minutes is perhapsthe apocalyptic ending, as Harrison drags out his line to it's grandest conclusion. An absolute barnstormer, this one."Because" is a great, minimalistic little number too - nice vocal harmonies.

Of course, the main part of the album is Side 2 - the big "suite". All of the songs are wonderful little gems - from the opening "You Never Give Me Your Money", the rocky "Mean Mr. Mustard", the gorgeous "Golden Slumbers"...everything. And then bang! It ends with, well..."The End" - a superb, utterly conclusive finale to the whole shebang. Classic classic classic.As far as final statements go, this ranks right up with the best of them - it's just classic.

This album, overall, easily lands the 10. It's pretty much perfect - there's nothing bad at all about it. What a great album - fantastic. Classico.

Reviewer Rating of CD :

the last beatles album, and it could be considered the best. even in the late stages of their career, their death if you will, they were willing ot push and grow, and ended up making an album of uncommon sonic depth, clarity, and emotional beauty. this album is completely coherent, and natural sounding.

the first half is a collection of top rate songs, starting with come together, the classic, and also featuring, something, maxwell's silver hammer, here comes the sun, octopus's garden, and the infamous i want you so bad (she's so heavy). great songs.

the second side however, could be considered inspiration for prog, in some small way. the band, mostly paul, took a bunch of unuseable song fragments, and weaved them together in such a way that they made one of hte first pop rock suites. the mood runs from beautiful depression, to silly rocking, to the ONLY solo ringo recorded with the band (and it's dorky: but it's meant that way, a parody on drum solo's) and it ends with "the end" the most surging, emotional, beautiful, PERFECT way i've ever heard a band end not just an album but a career. the album is perfect in every way.

oh, there's also a "hidden" track called her majesty that makes fun of the queen. buy it now. you don't know music if you don't.

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Absolutely amazing. Every song is perfection in music form. The ultimate "make you smile" album. Bliss

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