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ABBEY ROAD

The Beatles

 

Proto-Prog

4.47 | 980 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars It's really an honour to review a BEATLES record, and this was the last studio album they recorded. It's interesting that as prog was being birthed in the late sixties THE BEATLES had already had an illustrious career that was ending in 1969 with this record. For many BEATLES fans this is their favourite one of the lot, and certainly the album cover is famous.

The first song "Come Together" was a song I never really liked. Even when AEROSMITH covered this song in the late seventies I still didn't like it a whole lot, even though I was a big AEROSMITH fan back then. "Something" is one of the greatest ballads I have ever heard ! I must confess that George Harrison has always been my favourite BEATLE. The best for me on this record is "Here Comes the Sun" followed by this song "Something", both George Harrison songs. As a matter of fact the closest BEATLES paraphernalia I ever owned was a George Harrison t- shirt when I was in my teens. "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" was a fun song who's lyrics reminds me of the old English nursery rhymes. "Oh ! Darling" is Paul McCartney all the way. "Octopus's Garden" is a Ringo sung and written song that is quite good. "I Want You (she's heavy)" is dark and heavy.

"Here Comes The Sun" was written at a time when THE BEATLES seemed to have these endless meetings to discuss business, and sign forms and cheques etc. with their management and accountants etc. Anyway George decided to skip one of the meetings he was supposed to go to with the rest of the band, and he drove out to the country to a farm on a sunny day and wrote this song with his guitar in hand. Just listen to the lyrics and the melody that is full of light and evokes happiness. "Because" is dark, while "You Never Give Me Your Money" has a beautiful piano intro and the guitar is good later in the song as well. "Sun King" is reserved, while the next three song blend into each other like a medley of songs. All three are uplifting and fun tunes.The next three as well blend together forming another medley, as the album ends with a less than 20 second song.

This is one of my top three favourite BEATLES albums and a must-have people.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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