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5.0 out of 5 stars
Album Road - A True Masterpiece, 6 Mar 2003
I was delivering newspapers 7 early mornings and 6 evenings per week in 1969 when the album was released. I'd always had to rely on my elder Beatle-fanatic cousin when listening to Beatles LP's (as the vinyl was endearingly called), as I could only afford to buy singles. My first ever single was She Loves You in '63 (which I still have), but my first proper album purchase was the last that the Beatles recorded as a foursome. When I look at the surface of that record now I'm surprised that it's in such good nick considering the number of plays it's had.
Today the CD gets played regularly, and with good reason. It's 30-odd minutes of sheer delight - the Beatles at their musical and lyrical best. It's interesting that popular music was going though a metamporhosis; the split into either bubblegum or heavy rock was becoming clear, and went in favour of the latter. In 1970 the Beatles had already become deeply uncool to many 16-year-olds, who were by now into Pink Floyd or Tyrannosaurus Rex, Traffic and Hendrix. But not me. Though I was into the other stuff, I loved the Beatles dearly - and Abbey Road was a great way for such a hugely influential bunch of guys to bow out.
Producer George Martin has referred to Abbey Road as a "happy album" whose recording brought "the boys" back together one more time. I'm glad it did.
My favourite film of all time is "A Hard Day's Night", for all sorts of sentimental reasons, and my favourite album of all time is without a doubt Abbey Road. Wow.