Abbey Road (studio album) by The Beatles

Abbey Road by The Beatles
Year: 1969
Overall rank: 3rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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92/100 (from 4,427 votes)
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From 05/23/2023 07:58
This is a tale of two completely different halves with side 1 being more about individuals and side 2 being the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In a result of this we get two fantastic halves of music which are totally brilliant for unique reasons. The flow of the second half is simply phenomenal with each track seamlessly blending into one making this side probably the most cohesive run of music the Beatles ever created which is ironic because of the state the group were in at the time. With the Beatles never breaking stride on this side it is so easy to get completely engrossed in the music and lost in the phenomenal atmosphere they create. I am blown away every time I get to experience the beauty of this side and it deserves all the praise it receives. Now onto side 1 which is in my opinion the weaker half as the quality does go up and down a little bit. Despite this, when the quality is there it is it simply astonishing with songs like Come Together, Something and Oh! Darling quickly establishing themselves as some of the Beatles best work. The song that steals the show for me is the beautiful Here Comes The Sun which is completely timeless and is right up there with my favourite ever Beatles songs. However, the two songs which drag this side and the record down is Maxwell's Silver Hammer and Octopus's Garden. Both are on the sillier side of their music and don't have the same instrumental qualities as the outstanding tracks on here. Neither song are bad but are just decent and when they are surrounded by the colossal songs around them they do stand out as weak. Overall, this is another masterpiece from The Beatles which is thoroughly deserving of the praise it gets as the group once again break boundaries and create something that is a true classic in the history of music.
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From 05/10/2023 11:27
Although this has some incredible tracks it's let down slightly by octopus garden and Maxwell's hammer , for this reason I'd never buy it on vinyl cos I'd wanna skip those tracks , Its still a brilliant record but for me revolver is better
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From 04/17/2023 21:57
I wish I had a more original take, but so it goes. Abbey Road is the pinnacle of The Beatles' career. It is their most consistent collection of brilliant songs, all culminating in "the Long One," which remains one of the most satisfying suites in any genre. There's nothing else like it. There are no skippable tracks. Even the goofy "Octopus's Garden" is a fun, appropriately corny Ringo track for the band to end with. There's simply no fat on this thing. It's just a perfect balance of every member at the height of their powers committed to a good ending for their time together.
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From 04/12/2023 09:23
The Beatles ended with a bang. One of the best albums ever crafted. Very modern, reflecting on the sound, they created themselves only a few years ago.
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From 04/08/2023 07:30
Sure, here is my evaluation of The Beatles' "Abbey Road" album using the 20 variables previously mentioned:

Songwriting - 20
Musicality - 20
Production - 20
Cultural Impact - 20
Originality - 19
Vocals - 20
Lyrics - 19
Instrumentation - 20
Artwork - 19
Timelessness - 20
Influence - 20
Innovation - 20
Commercial Success - 20
Relevance - 20
Accessibility - 20
Concept - 19
Cohesion - 20
Flow - 20
Atmosphere - 20
Emotional Impact - 20
Overall score: 398/400

"Abbey Road" is widely regarded as one of The Beatles' greatest and most influential albums. It was their last recorded album and represents a culmination of their musical evolution and creative brilliance.

The album's overall score of 398 out of 400 indicates that it is a near-perfect album that excels in almost every area. Its strengths include songwriting, musicality, production, cultural impact, vocals, instrumentation, timelessness, influence, innovation, commercial success, relevance, accessibility, concept, cohesion, flow, atmosphere, and emotional impact. These factors all contribute to the album's status as a timeless masterpiece that has inspired generations of musicians and fans alike.

The album's only weakness is in the lyrics and artwork, which are still excellent but slightly less outstanding compared to other aspects of the album. However, this is a minor flaw that does not detract from the overall excellence of the album.

Overall, "Abbey Road" is a stunning achievement that showcases The Beatles' musical genius and innovative spirit at its peak. Its seamless integration of different musical styles, its memorable melodies, and its groundbreaking production techniques continue to inspire and influence artists to this day. It remains a timeless masterpiece that stands as one of the greatest achievements in popular music history.
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From 03/10/2023 13:14
Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, Come Together, and Here Comes the Sun are just a few of the amazing and catchy songs on this album. Well deserving of its recognition and is the best album I've heard so far this year. Solid 9.5/10.
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From 12/24/2022 20:33
Many superlatives have been said about The Beatles 'final album "Abbey Road" and there is no doubt that the praise is deserved and that the album is among the Beatles' very best. After the partial uninspired "Let it Be" sessions the group decided to end their cooperation with a really worthy release.
Lennon, who was perhaps the one that was most tired of the role of a Beatle, contributed by two powerful blues-inspired songs "Come Together" and "I Want You". On both tracks the group really demonstrates tight competent playing, and this new remastered release is a true pleasure to listen. Espcially the close vocal harmonies and inspired guitar playing by both Lennon and Harrison all over the album.

Harrison's two songs on the album both belong among his strongest compositions. "Something" became a hit single and "Here Comes the Sun" is a classic that has been recorded in countless cover-versions.

McCartney's "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and "Oh Darling", both fine songs in their own right, have probably also been some of the most criticized. "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" to be silly and a little too "old school". "Oh Darling" might seem a bit like an anachronism, with its strong inspiration from old R & B tracks such as "Raining in My Heart".

Ringo's "Octopus'Garden" appears somewhat as a children's song, but it is actually a nice melody that is both very well arranged and well produced.

Lennon appears on the last number before "Abbey Road - Suite" from his soft side with "Because", which has some very nice vocal parties.

The rest of the album consists mainly of shorter numbers which are inventively more or less tied together. In reality it is probably the "Abbey Road - Suite", which does that one never really gets tired of this album. The suite includes an abundance of delicate pieces of melody, beautiful vocal harmonies, dazzling instrumental playing and not least, it appears unusually inspired. From "You Never Give Me Your Money" to the last stanzas of "The End" one is so much enthralled by the Beatles. There is no doubt that many groups have been strongly inspired by the way this band were able to bind different genres and melody pieces together into a meaningful whole.

Without saying too much, there is probably little doubt that 10CC and Badfinger (Wish You Were Here) have retrieved much inspiration on this album.

As mentioned earlier, the new version remastered is true joy to listen to, and the release cannot be recommended too much.
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From 12/11/2022 12:29
My favourite Beatles album - the first side is a collection of great songs ('Something' shows George's beautiful songwriting), but the second side with the medley is one of the most amazing runs of music ever. This really shows The Beatles at their finest (in my opinion); however, I'm not a huge fan of 'Octopus's Garden', nevertheless, a fantastic album.
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From 10/26/2022 02:12
The first have has some good songs and some great songs , as most Beatles albums, but the second half just flows beautifly and I enjoy every second of the second half.
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From 10/06/2022 00:20
the Beatles is the best!!!!!
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