Side Two:Abbey Road contains the most unique half album of the Beatles' catalog. Side Two contains a 16-minute medley of eight short songs that showcases beautiful songwriting, amazing guitar work and the only Beatles' drum solo performed by Ringo Starr.
Prog Rock Elements: The Beatles were not a prog rock band, but they recorded a few tracks that are now considered the best of the genre. Once again, they demonstrated that they could write any kind of music they set their minds to.
One Last Showcase of Brothership: As the Beatles recorded Abbey Road, there was a sense that this might be there last album. The four had been through so much over the years, but they came into the studio willing to put their differences aside and give their final goodbye to the world. The final song on the album, 'The End', contains their final show of brotherhood: a live three-guitar attack recorded in one take, with Paul, George and John each taking two bars.
That Final Line...: "And in the end/the love you take is equal to the love you make." 'Nuff said.
Some more facts about this album:
Abbey Road was the final album recorded by the Beatles, but Let It Be was the final album to be released.
Abbey Road sold 4 million copies in its first 2 months of release. In the United Kingdom, the album debut at number 1, where it stayed for 11 weeks before being displaced by the Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed. In total the album spent 92 weeks in the UK top 75.
Worldwide, it sold four million copies in its first six weeks on sale, and a further million by the end of 1969 – making it the best-selling long-player of the year. Abbey Road was the fourth best-selling album of the entire 1960s, and the eighth best-selling of 1970.
In 1980 it became The Beatles' first album to sell more than 10 million copies worldwide.
At the time, many critics argued that the music on Abbey Road was inauthentic and full of artificial effects. Many critics now see the album as one of the Beatles’ best and rank it as one of the greatest albums of all time.
Shortly after the album’s release, the cover became part of the “Paul is dead” rumour that was spreading across college campuses in the United States.
One of the assistant engineers working on the album was 19 year old Alan Parsons, who went on to engineer Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.
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