[68] The Beatles – Abbey Road

25 Jul

For all that I consider myself a Paul-before-John fan (and that I might even prefer George over John), my favorite Beatles song is the John penned jam, “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” from Abbey Road.

Abbey Road

Abbey Road

The last 6 weeks or so have been a reeducation.

I came in knowing every song, already had a history with each album, yet there remains something new to hear, there is still a relevence, a current-ness to everything from A Hard Day’s Night through Abbey Road.

There is a reason that the legacy of The Beatles endures, that each new generation continues to be drawn to their evolving catalog.

And that progression is as amazing to hear as individual pieces – each album, each melody, each note.

Abbey Road is another delicious and diverse collection of musical experiments, stiched together into a whole somehow greater than its already exceptional parts.

Maybe it is only 20/20 hindsight that listening to Abbey Road feels like saying goodbye, like the boys are doing one final encore together, knowing this is “The End”.  But perhaps it’s more than background knowledge – apparently the final overdub for “I Want You” was the last time all four Beatles worked in a studio together.

Hindsight or not, it is quite a swan song.

The album is filled with classic rockers like “Come Together” and “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window”, with beautiful ballads like “Something” and “Here Comes The Sun”, with quirky pop riffs like “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”, “Polythene Pam” and Ringo’s wonderfully sweet “Octopus’ Garden”.

Everything you would expect if you’ve been paying attention through the past 5 albums.

Then of course the fascinating patchwork of song snippets that wash over you as you listen to Side Two, hinting at the solo work that each would create into the 70s and (for some) beyond . . .

There are new sounds for me to hear before the familiar strains of Beethoven up ahead in the near distance, so I will say goodbye now to The Fab Four, at least for a while.

But first I cue up “I Want You” one last time and let the groove take me away.

Next Week:  The Beau Brummels – Triangle

Owned before blogging? Yes. (9 of 68 = 13%)
Heard before blogging? Yes. (11 of 68 = 16%)
Recommend? Yes. (55 of 68 = 81%)

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