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Abbey Road

First released: 1969, October 1

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Tracks
  1. Come Together (4:21)
    Recorded: July 21, 1969 at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added July 22, 23, 25, 29, and 30, 1969
    John Lennon - lead vocal, lead guitar, electric piano
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums, maracas
  2. Something (3:03)
    Recorded: April 16, 1969 at Abbey Road, London, England and remade May 2, 1969 with overdubs added May 5, 1969, July 11, 1969, July 16, 1969 and August 15, 1969
    John Lennon - lead guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, handclaps, background vocal
    George Harrison - double-tracked lead vocal, lead guitar, organ
    Ringo Starr - drums, handclaps, background vocal
    Session musicians - strings
  3. Maxwell's Silver Hammer (3:27)
    Recorded: July 9, 1969 at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added July 10-11, 1969 and August 6, 1969
    John Lennon - lead guitar, harmony vocal
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar, guitar, piano, background vocal
    George Harrison - four-string guitar, acoustic guitar, Moog synthesizer, background vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums, anvil, background vocal
    George Martin - organ
  4. Oh! Darling (3:27)
    Recorded: April 20, 1969 at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added April 26, 1969, July 23, 1969, August 8, 1969 and August 11, 1969
    John Lennon - background vocal
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar, piano, background vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar, synthesizer
    Ringo Starr - drums
  5. Octopus's Garden (2:51)
    Recorded: April 26, 1969 at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added April 29, 1969 and July 17-18, 1969
    John Lennon - lead guitar, background vocal
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, piano, background vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar, synthesizer
    Ringo Starr - lead vocal, drums
  6. I Want You (She's So Heavy) (7:47)
    Recorded: February 22, 1969 at Trident Studios, London, England with overdubs added April 18, 1969, April 20, 1969, August 8, 1969 and August 11, 1969 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead vocal, lead guitar, organ
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison - rhythm guitar, synthesizer, white-noise (at the end)
    Ringo Starr - drums
  7. Here Comes the Sun (3:05)
    Recorded: July 7, 1969 at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added July 8 and 16, 1969 and August 6, 11, 15 and 19, 1969
    John Lennon - acoustic guitar, harmony vocal, handclaps
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, harmony vocal, handclaps
    George Harrison - lead vocal, acoustic guitar, Moog synthesizer, handclaps
    Ringo Starr - drums, handclaps
    Session musicians - strings
  8. Because (2:46)
    Recorded: August 1, 1969 at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added August 4-5, 1969
    John Lennon - harmony lead vocal, lead guitar, harpsichord
    Paul McCartney - harmony lead vocal, bass guitar
    George Harrison - harmony lead vocal, Moog synthesizer
  9. You Never Give Me Your Money (4:02)
    Recorded: May 6, 1969 at Olympic Sound Studios, London, England with overdubs added July 1, 11, 15, 30 and 31, 1969 and August 5, 1969 at Abbey Road, London, England
    John Lennon - lead guitar, background vocal
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar, piano, background vocal
    George Harrison - rhythm guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums, tambourine
  10. Sun King (2:27)
    Recorded: July 24, 1969 (with "Mean Mr. Mustard" as one song) at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added July 25, 1969 and July 29, 1969
    John Lennon - multi-tracked lead vocal, lead guitar, maracas
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, harmonium
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums, bongos
    George Martin - organ
  11. Mean Mr. Mustard (1:06)
    Recorded: July 24, 1969 (with "Sun King" as one song) at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added July 25, 1969 and July 29, 1969
    John Lennon - lead vocal, piano
    Paul McCartney - fuzz bass, harmony vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Ringo Starr - drums, tambourine
  12. Polythene Pam (1:13)
    Recorded: July 25, 1969 (with "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" as one song) at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added July 28, 1969 and July 30, 1969
    John Lennon - lead vocal, acoustic guitar, lead guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, lead guitar, harmony vocal
    George Harrison - rhythm guitar, tambourine
    Ringo Starr - drums, maracas
  13. She Came in Through the Bathroom Window (1:57)
    Recorded: July 25, 1969 (with "Polythene Pam" as one song) at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added July 28, 1969 and July 30, 1969
    John Lennon - acoustic guitar, background vocal
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, lead guitar, background vocal
    George Harrison - bass, tambourine
    Ringo Starr - drums, maracas
  14. Golden Slumbers (1:32)
    Recorded: July 2, 1969 (with "Carry That Weight" as one song) at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added July 3, 4, 30 and 31, 1969 and August 15, 1969
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar, piano
    Ringo Starr - drums
    Session musicians - strings
  15. Carry That Weight (1:37)
    Recorded: July 2, 1969 (with "Golden Slumbers" as one song) at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added July 3, 4, 30 and 31, 1969 and August 15, 1969
    John Lennon - bass guitar, chorus vocal
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, piano, chorus vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar, chorus vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums, chorus vocal
    Session musicians - strings, brass
  16. The End (2:20)
    Recorded: July 23, 1969 at Abbey Road, London, England with overdubs added August 5, 7, 8, 15 and 18, 1969
    John Lennon - lead guitar, lead guitar solo, background vocal
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar, piano, lead guitar solo, background vocal
    George Harrison - rhythm guitar, lead guitar solo, background vocal
    Ringo Starr - drums
    Session musicians - strings
  17. Her Majesty (0:23)
    Recorded: July 2, 1969 at Abbey Road, London, England
    Paul McCartney - lead vocal, acoustic guitar
Credits
Producer: George Martin
Engineers: Geoff Emerick, Phillip McDonald
Photography: Ian MacMillan

George Harrison: Vocals, Guitar, Moog Synthesizer
John Lennon: Vocals, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Electric Piano, Maracas
Paul McCartney: Vocals, Bass, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano
Ringo Starr: Drums, Vocals, Anvil, Tambourine, Maracas

George Martin: Organ
Billy Preston: Organ
Mike Vickers: Moog Synthesizer
Releases
1969, October 1 Apple SO-383 (US)
Reviews & comments
Mike Kurtz (2009, October 5)
My favorite Beatles\\\'s album and quite a fitting one to be their last. I know \\\"Let It Be\\\" was released after, but \\\"Abbey Road\\\" was recorded after \\\"Let It Be\\\". You get the feeling right from the first track that the group knew this was to be their swan song . After constant bickering nearly split them up during the Let It Be sessions, Lennon calls his mates to \\\"Come Together\\\" one last time. It\\\'s the most impressive and tight that they have played since Sgt. Pepper. The lyrics are bittersweet and peppered with sentimental utterances of a love affair at it\\\'s end. \\\"Here comes the sun and I say, it\\\'s alright...It seems like years since it\\\'s been here\\\", \\\"Once there was a way to get back homeward...Boy you\\\'re gonna carry that weight a long time....Soon we\\\'ll be away from here, step on the gas and wipe that tear away....all good children go to heaven....and of course the resounding \\\"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.\\\" Paul even has the last word with \\\"Her Majesty\\\". The first side (showing my age here) is just pure rock at it\\\'s best, with songs written by the premiere song writers of the day and performed by the greatest group in the history of popular music. George Harrison\\\'s two contributions are far and away his best as he too was blossoming into a great song writer. And don\\\'t forget Ringo\\\'s Octopus Garden! Side two is the farewell tour if you may. It starts off with Harrison\\\'s \\\"Here Comes The Sun\\\" and goes of into a series of mini songs and eventually ends up with the band \\\"fighting it out\\\" musically. John and George argue back in fourth on guitars, Ringo gets his two cents in with a solo and the music breaks them down until all that\\\'s left is a lonely piano waiting for Paul\\\'s melodic and sad goodbye. After he sings \\\"the love you make.\\\" the band comes back slower and softer, as if they just realized it\\\'s gone to far and cannot be fixed anymore, you can almost see the curtain come down on the greatest band of all time. A true masterpiece.
Jimmy C. (2003, July 13)
Possibly the best Beatle album. Two Harrison songs are on this one, Something and Here Comes the Sun, and both are classics. Come Together is another great rocker, though it's been covered by too many bands. Maxwell's Silver Hammer is a fun little song about a serial killer. I Want You, with 13 different words in the entire song , is practically the definition of minimalism, even though it goes on for over seven minutes. The cutoff at the end is classic! Ringo even has a great little tune here, Octopus's Garden, with an Allman Brothers-style guitar intro. Oh Darling! is a desperate-sounding rocker (in a good way). Because's harmonies and You Never Give Me Your Money lead into the medleys that fill up the second side, though the latter is practically a medley in itself. The tracks in the medleys flow seamlessly, and culminate in She Came in Through the Bathroom Window and the appropriate The End, respectively. Her Majesty is an unnecessary ditty that's a curious inclusion on this album, and seems like an optional hidden track, since there's such a long break before it. Overall, this is a fitting farewell for music's greatest band ever.
All Music Guide (2002, April 28)
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 were still pushing forward in all facets of their 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. — Richie Unterberger

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