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ABBEY ROAD

The Beatles

 

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Frankie Flowers
5 stars The Beatles' final studio album was a perfectly timeless work. Although the fab four weren't functioning as a unit at the time, the album was tightly constructed with some amazing tracks.

The opener is a Lennon classic "Come Together" which showed he was still a mean stomping rocker at heart. John's "I Want You" also has a killer hard rock riff . Variety shows with McCartney leaning more towards pop whimsy on "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" which is good stuff but a little insubstantial compared to "Oh Darling" which is excellent and more of the style I like. Paul also brings back some of his Little Richard moans. Ringo's "Octopus's Garden" is a real charmer and a great kids number too. I can't say I've heard songs with such a lyrical nature anywhere else!

Harrison's songwriting had become exceptional by this point. He steals the show with the delicate "Something" and the utterly beautiful "Here Comes The Sun". The second half is the most legendary of all. It's a sustained suite concieved mostly by Paul and it ties a string of ditties that wouldn't have stood on their own, but tied together they combine to make perhaps some of the finest music ever made. I could rave about all of the tracks here but I won't. "GoldenSlumbers/Carry that Weight/The End" contain a Ringo drum solo and the only one the group released on a studio album. The masterstroke "Her Majesty" is where McCartney comes back when you think it's all over with a brief simple ditty that deflates the group's career on just the right note. Abbey Road is surely among one of the greatest records of all time. A music collection somehow wouldn't be the same without this. It's pure class. 5 stars.

Frankie Flowers | 5/5 |

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