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    • by Paul Rance

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      ‘Abbey Road’ was the final great Beatles album, and was actually an album quite light in tone, and one which gave little indication of the forthcoming break-up of the world’s greatest-ever rock and pop group - especially with an opening rocker entitled ‘Come Together’. John Lennon, well into the peace and love movement at this stage, appropriately supplied the vocals…

      The two songs best remembered from ‘Abbey Road’ are probably George Harrison’s ‘Something’ and ‘Here Comes The Sun’. Two sweet, uplifting songs, which

      showed off George’s often underestimated songwriting brilliance.

      As with all the great Beatles albums, the sheer diversity takes your breath away. There’s the whimsical ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’ and ‘Octopus’s Garden’, with the latter proving that Ringo Starr could also pen a good song. ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ is rhythm and blues with a smidgeon of psychedelia, and ‘Oh! Darling’ has a raw Paul McCartney vocal - yes, Paul could rock long before his lighter pop of more recent years. But Paul was ...

      • always versatile, and his voice is more mellifluous on ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ and ‘Golden Slumbers’.

        There’s good humor on this album, too, with songs such as these three which merge into each other - ‘ ‘Mean Mr Mustard’, ‘Polythene Pam’, and ‘She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’.

        The harmonies are as strong as ever, on ‘Because’ and ‘Sun King’, and the album ends with ‘Carry That Weight’ and ‘The End’, and both those titles were almost autobiographical when you

        think about it. The Beatles carried the expectations of a generation on their shoulders, and now it was time to split, maaaan…

        ‘Abbey Road’ Track Listing (All songs written by Lennon-McCartney unless otherwise stated)

        Side One Come Together Something (Harrison) Maxwell’s Silver Hammer Oh! Darling Octopus’s Garden (Starkey) I Want You (She’s So Heavy)

        Side Two Here Comes The Sun (Harrison) Because You Never Give Me Your Money Sun King Mean Mr Mustard Polythene Pam She Came In Through The Bathroom Window Golden Slumbers Carry That Weight The End Her Majesty

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