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ABBEY ROAD

The Beatles

 

Proto-Prog

4.49 | 688 ratings

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topofsm
4 stars I borrowed this record from my dad, because I really hadn't heard much of the Beatles music. I was sure that the Beatles were just a good band from the 60s that got a bit too much airplay. Then I heard this album and I was impressed. If you listen to this album, you may start to appreciate the Beatles' musicianship.

Come Together is a great groovy little track. It's a catchy tune and it's a great opener for the rest of the album.

The next track, Something is a beautiful ballad-type track. About halfway through the song, the chords and the harmonies get a bit adventurous, making this not just a pretty song, but a fun pretty song.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer is an upbeat little ditty. It's a fun catchy little track. The lyrics are surprisingly disturbing for such a fun song, though they're not bad enough to make someone avoid this song.

Oh Darling and Octopus' Garden continue in the same fun/catchy songs vein, the former being a cheezy love song (and a good cheezy love song at that) and the latter being a fun nonsense type song.

I want you (She's so heavy) is one of the coolest tracks on the album. It is rather heavy and dark for a Beatles song, and it contains some great organ jamming and some sweet electric guitar riffs.

Here comes the Sun is fantastic. The chords and the harmonies are just perfect, and it's one of the most beautiful songs you will ever hear from the 60s era.

Because is an odd track. It's got some great melodies, but it's got a mysterious psychadelic type vibe. It's not fantastic, but it's a good song.

After this, the songs start to play out like a suite, with different themes appearing and re-appearing through the songs. You never give me your money is pretty at first, and after a couple of minutes it turns fun and bouncy.

Sun King is a simple acoustic type song, repeating lyrics from Here comes the sun and ending the song in Italian beautifully.

Now this is where things start to get fun. Mean Mr. Mustard is a short song about the bum on the street. After a minute, it flows into the next track, Polythene Pam, where the tempo picks up, and the band sings about Mr. Mustard's sister, who is so good looking but she looks like a man. Things keep picking up until finally it goes smoothly into She came in through the bathroom window, a good love song. After this everything drops out. You may be wondering why they would drop out the tracks after things started getting exciting. Well it picks up again.

Golden slumbers starts off slow enough, with some quiet piano. It continues the same way, until it adds some drums and segues into Carry that weight. Suddenly, the music and melody from You never give me your money appears. They just about wrap up the 'suite' when suddenly the tempo picks up quickly and it goes into The End, starting of with some cool drums. Everyone starts jamming out in the song behind a repeated, Love you in the background. It finally drops out, finishing with a grand and beautiful ending.

Her Majesty was originally going to be after Mean Mr. Mustard, but it works out for a nice little ditty for about 20 seconds. Not much to say about it.

What can I say. There are some great, fun songs at the beginning of the album, and the way the later half of the album goes together, it can make the listener very excited to hear it. I would reccomend this one to fans of both pop and prog alike.

topofsm | 4/5 |

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