First issued on 26th September, 1969 Abbey Road was the final Beatles album to be recorded but not their last to be released. Let It Be, though mainly recorded in January, 1969 was finally released in May, 1970 alongside the film of the same name.
Following the ‘live’ nature of the “Let It Be” recordings, Abbey Road, The Beatles returned to the North London studios to create carefully crafted recordings with ambitious musical arrangements. Interestingly 12 of the songs that appeared on the finished album were played during the filmed rehearsals and sessions for “Let It Be” back in January.
For the first time on a Beatles album, the front cover contained neither the group’s name nor the album title just that iconic photograph taken on the zebra crossing near the entrance to the studios in London NW8 in August 1969.
Abbey Road entered the British album chart at no. 1 in October and stayed there for a total of seventeen of its 81 weeks in the chart. In the US, it spent eleven weeks at # 1 during its initial chart stay of 83 weeks.
- George Martin
- Recorded at
- Abbey Road Studios
- Principal Engineers
- Phillip McDonald & Geoff Emerick
- Additional Production
- Chris Thomas
- Abbey Road
- The Beatles
- 26 September 1969
- 22 February 1969 - 20 August 1969 at Abbey Road Studios, Olympic Studios, and Trident Studios
- Rock, Art rock, Blues-rock, Rock and roll, Hard rock
- Apple, Parlophone, Capitol Records, EMI
- George Martin
- Allmusic Rated 5/5 link Blender Rated 4/5 link PopMatters Rated 5/5 link Rolling Stone (favourable) 1969 Rolling Stone Rated 5/5 2004
Abbey Road is the eleventh official U.K. album and seventeenth U.S. album released by The Beatles. Though work on Abbey Road began in April 1969, making it the final album recorded by the band, Let It Be was the last album released before the Beatles' dissolution in 1970. Abbey Road was released on 26 September 1969 in the United Kingdom, and 1 October 1969 in the United States. It was produced and orchestrated by George Martin for Apple Records. Geoff Emerick was engineer, Alan Parsons was assistant engineer, and Tony Banks was tape operator.Abbey Road - Beatles It is regarded as one of The Beatles' most tightly constructed albums, although the band was barely operating as a functioning unit at the time. Rolling Stone magazine named it the 14th greatest album of all time.
Get Back album (later retitled Let It Be) Paul McCartney suggested to George Martin the group get together and make an album "the way we used to" free of the conflict that began with the sessions for The White Album. Martin agreed, stipulating that he must be allowed to do the album his way. In their interviews for the Beatles Anthology series the surviving band members stated they knew at the time this would very likely be the final Beatles' product and therefore agreed to set aside their differences and 'go out on a high note'. With the Let It Be album partly finished, the sessions for Abbey Road began in April, as the "Ballad of John and Yoko"/"Old Brown Shoe" single was completed. Most of the album was recorded between 2 July and 1 August 1969. After the album was finished and released, the Get Back/Let It Be project was re-examined. More work was done on the album, including the recording of additional music (see Let It Be). Thus, though the bulk of Let It Be was recorded prior to Abbey Road, the latter was released first, and Abbey Road properly was the last album started by The Beatles before they disbanded. In September 1969, just shortly before the release of the album, John Lennon was on hiatus from the group with the Plastic Ono Band, effectively being the first official sign of dissolution. The two album sides are quite different in character. Side one is a collection of single tracks, while side two consists of a long suite of compositions, many of them being relatively short and segued together. The main impetus behind the suite approach was to incorporate the various short and incomplete Lennon and McCartney compositions the group had available into an effective part of the album.
Abbey Road became one of the most successful Beatles albums ever. In the UK the album debuted straight at #1. Abbey Road spent its first 11 weeks in the UK charts at #1, and then was knocked off just for 1 week to #2 by the Rolling Stones debuting at the top with Let It Bleed. However, the following week—which was the week of Christmas—Abbey Road returned to the top for another 6 weeks, completing 17 weeks at the top. In all it spent 92 weeks inside the UK Top 75, making a big re-entry after over 16 years in 31 October 1987, when it was released for the first time on CD and reached #30. In the UK Abbey Road was the best-selling album of 1969 and the fourth best-selling of the entire 1960s, and the eighth best-selling album of 1970. Reaction in the U.S. was similar. The album debuted at #178, then moved to #4 and in its third week to #1, spending 11 non-consecutive weeks at the top, but was not the best-selling album during the Christmas week. Abbey Road spent a total of 129 weeks in the Billboard 200, re-entering the charts at #69 on 14 November 1987 when it was released for the first time on CD. It was the 4th best-selling album of 1970 in the US and is now certified 12x platinum by the RIAA.
Justin Knight on 4th May 13:
“Their Best Album EVER”
Kei Lin on 11th Apr 13:
“This is Kei Lin from Taiwan.
I work for a media company called Xinmedia.
Here I plan a series music forum of the Beatles.
The first one will be on May, 3rd.
The scale of the forum is not big, around 45 people attending at most.
But now here I have a problem, I would like to make a handbill to promote the forum.
So may I have the right to use the photo attached?
Or any suggestion?
I don't have any budget to buy the copyright of the photo.
I'm really truly a big Beatles' fan.
Can you help me?
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TMIBFITW on 7th Apr 13:
“No Paul isn't dead! That's far fetched, I mean I'm sure the others would have really quit if Paul had really died.”
email@example.com on 6th Apr 13:
“I have this on vinyl!”
mccartneybusra on 7th Feb 13:
“İts very good album.”
mrmustardthetaxman on 6th Jan 13:
“I love Abbey Road Medley!
I got this in christmas and I can't stop listening all the tracks!”
Tadeusz on 1st Jan 13:
“I love this album.”
Sgtpepper66 on 1st Dec 12:
“this album is sad cuz its the last beatles album :(”
JohnLego on 13th Nov 12:
“this is on my backpack”
JohnLego on 13th Nov 12:
“Ranking Abbey Road:
Carry That Weight
Maxwell's Silver Hammer
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
Here Comes the Sun
You Never Give Me Your Money
Mean Mr. Mustard
I Want You
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