Album 0288: The Beatles – Abbey Road

The-Beatles-Abbey-Road-album

Release Date: 1969
Genre: Pop

Tracklisting:

1. Come Together (04:20)
2. Something (03:02)
3. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer (03:28)
4. Oh! Darling (03:27)
5. Octopus’s Garden (02:51)
6. I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (07:47)
7. Here Comes The Sun (03:06)
8. Because (02:46)
9. You Never Give Me Your Money (04:03)
10. Sun King (02:26)
11. Mean Mr. Mustard (01:07)
12. Polythene Pam (01:13)
13. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (01:59)
14. Golden Slumbers (01:32)
15. Carry That Weight (01:36)
16. The End (02:22)
17. Her Majesty (00:26)

Total Length: 47:29

Come Together is a simple classic that starts the album. Very light guitar usage, focusing more on drum and bass for a good chunk of the song. This was also the band’s first real foray into utilizing the full uses of stereo. This song has cool things going on both sides and is a joy. Something starts off seeming like a basic song but is honestly really catchy and nice. It gives me this weird nostalgic vibe which I both like and find troubling.

Maxwell’s Silver Hammer is a funny little song. I can see why some people would hate this, but I absolutely love it and don’t see a reason why the band can’t have fun with the music like this. Oh! Darling is basically like a 50s blues song with a bit of doo wop (I think that’s correct) and is just really nice. They picked a tone they wanted and just went with it. Octopus’s Garden is silly and fun. I really like the production, and also love what the guitar and piano does throughout.

I Want You (She’s So Heavy) is also a blues-influenced song. Very different from what the band usually does in that the song is extended and goes on for quite a while. The main melody is quite catchy and I just love the whole thing. Here Comes The Sun is yet another huge classic. Kind of cheesy to be entirely honest but I don’t mind, it’s a nice kind of cheesy. Because is probably the first track so far that I don’t really care for. It’s a bit strange and just not really to my taste, though I like some of the weird synths used.

You Never Give Me Your Money starts one of two medleys (or just one large medley if you want to look at it that way) and this track by itself is a mish-mash of a bunch of different things. It takes some getting used to but it’s enjoyable. Sun King is kind of boring in my opinion, though. Mean Mr. Mustard is a fun little thing. Polythene Pam isn’t near as good but at least it’s over quick. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window caps off this first medley, it’s better but still not that memorable for me.

Golden Slumbers begins the second medley, it’s kind of nice. I like the bigger moments in it. Carry That Weight is great though, simply fantastic. It also references back to track nine, which is probably why some consider this to be one big medley instead of two. The End is cheesy and has a decent drum solo for the first half, and the second half is cool. Her Majesty is a cool, tiny track. I still don’t entirely understand the medley and parts of it annoy me, but this is a great album overall, very easy to get into for the most part, and just highly listenable.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

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