The Beatles – Abbey Road (1969) Lyrics

Often neglected in Beatles all-time best album polls in favour of the more technicolor Sgt. Pepper and the darker, less orthodox Revolver, The Beatles' last-recorded album (Let it Be was merely the last one to see the light of day) is a shimmering, never predictable array of song fragments.
It is as progressive as anything the quartet ever recorded, and stuffed full of emotional twists and turns, thanks to their chaotic final years together now coming to a messy close.
Despite their fundamental differences at this stage, McCartney and Lennon were still capable of writing searing material. George Harrison, for so long lumped in with Ringo Starr as a Fabs also-ran compared to the other two stellar members, had become a serious songwriter, contributing to the awe-inspiring Something and Here Comes The Sun, probably the sweetest song John and Paul never wrote.
But the vitriol, ecstasy and social commentary of Lennon and McCartney is what makes Abbey Road an essential, and they came through with a vengeance.
There is the sexual swamp-rock of Come Together, the psychedelic monster I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (highlighted by McCartney’s nimble bass playing and of course, that unique side-two song suite, loved and loathed by Beatles-heads in equal measure. “Sun King” is a musical dose of LSD; “Golden Slumbers” is the band at their most nursery-rhyme epic and The End is a prophetic dose of virtuosity on which everyone takes a solo -even Ringo.


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