Artist: The Beatles
Genre: Rock, Classic Rock, Pop Rock
Title: Abby Road
Released: Original release 1969 (This one here is the 1976 reissue)
Musicians: John Lennon – lead, harmony and background vocals; lead and rhythm guitars; acoustic and electric pianos, Hammond organ and Moog synthesizer; white noise generator and sound effects; percussion, Paul McCartney – lead, harmony and background vocals; lead, rhythm and bass guitars; acoustic and electric pianos, Hammond organ and Moog synthesizer; sound effects; wind chimes, hand claps and percussion, George Harrison – harmony and background vocals; lead, rhythm and bass guitars; Hammond organ, harmonium and Moog synthesizer; hand claps and percussion; lead vocals (on “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun”), Ringo Starr – drums and percussion; background vocals; lead vocals (on “Octopus’s Garden”)
Additional musicians: George Martin – piano, harpsichord, organ and harmonium; percussion, Billy Preston – Hammond organ, Mal Evans – “anvil” (on “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”)
Engineer: Geoff Emerick and Phil McDonald
Producer: George Martin (with the Beatles)
Assistant Engineering: Alan Parsons
Mixing Engineer: Geoff Emerick, Phil McDonald and George Martin (with the Beatles)
So much has been written about The Beatles and their discography and such that I see no need to go into endless detail here, so I will stick with focus on just this LP.
Abbey Road is the eleventh studio album by English rock band the Beatles, released on 26 September 1969 by Apple Records. The recording sessions for the album were the last in which all four Beatles participated. Although Let It Be was the final album that the Beatles completed before the band’s dissolution in April 1970, most of the album had been recorded before the Abbey Road sessions began.
Abbey Road is a rock album that incorporates genres such as blues, pop and rock and it makes prominent use of the Moog synthesizer and the Leslie speaker. Side two contains a medley of song fragments edited together to form a single piece.
From Wikipedia: The album was recorded amid a more collegial atmosphere than the Get Back/Let It Be sessions earlier in the year, but there were still frequent disagreements within the band, particularly over Paul McCartney’s song “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”. John Lennon had privately left the group by the time the album was released and McCartney publicly quit the following year. If you want to know the detailed back story you can check it out here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbey_Road
This review is for the 1976 reissue on Capitol Records. It is actually just as good as the Apple release in my opinion. That said though, it is not as good as a Parlophone pressing of course, but that was only available in the UK.
Let’s get to the music. First, I will point out the name of the assistant engineer. If you are into music you may recognize the name. Yes, that is the same Alan Parsons you are thinking of from the Alan Parsons Project, which of course came sometime after working on this LP. I discovered that there is endless information available on each song (every Beatles song for that matter has been dissected to within an inch of its life), so I won’t go into all that here, otherwise this LP review will be at least 20 pages. I will just stick to my notes and highlights of information. I’ll provide links where you can read for more detailed information if you like. (Continue on page 2)