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AND IN THE END ........,
This review is from: Abbey Road (Audio CD)
The Beatles final album (last to be recorded) is a mixed bag. At one end of the spectrum there are Harrison's two landmark songs - 'Something' & 'Here Comes The Sun' then there is Lennon's frankly baffling 'I Want You Shes's So Heavy' and McCartneys trite 'Maxwells Silver Hammer'.
This is the sound of a band falling apart. Of course, this being the Beatles, there are also moments of pure brilliance - 'Come Together' is John's last great Fabs song and his band mates, especially Paul, help turn the swampy blues track into a minor masterpiece. Ringo's jaunty 'Octopus's Garden' may be a lightweight kids song but the inventive arrangement and clever harmonies are often overlooked.
Abbey Road though is Macca's album. 'She Came In Through The Bathroom Window' is almost classical in it's composition, whilst his work on the long medley shows a man in full command of his obvious talents. George also excells throughout and his distinctive lead guitar work is often outstanding.
Lennon was, at times, very critical of the overbearing McCartney and on Abbey Road the division between the two was never more obvious. But it's Paul thats holds the record together and it's to his, and George Martins, credit that the results are so good. Free to experiment with newly installed 8 track recording equipment the Beatles managed to fashion a complex and polished sounding album that lacked only in consistencey and focus.
Had 'Come and Get It', 'Maybe I'm Amazed' or Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' made the cut then this could well have been The Beatles finest hour. It's sounds a lot better than the scrappy 'Let It Be' and as a swangsong record still manages to stand head and shoulders above the competiton of the late 60's. The iconic cover shot was the icing on the cake.
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Initial post: 14 Sep 2008 20:08:40 BDT
Good review - ceratinly the best of the ones I've just read through. Hurrah for Macca -- he really held the band together during it's latter stages and all the Lennon mealy-mouthed sniping (1970 Rolling Stone interview etc.) really saddens me -- Macca 's contributions to the last two Beatles albums were awesome and he didn't deserve the highly calculated and personalised insults that Lennon meted out immediately post-split.
Posted on 14 Apr 2015 14:00:23 BDT
You underestimate I Want You (She's So Heavy). It is a bluesy conveyance of sex or anything else that John Lennon might have wanted, both raw and soulful at the same time, its intent clear- that is what I want and I kind of deserve it.
It also could be seen as a definitive riposte to the earlier song covered by The Beatles, Money (That's What I Want).
McCartney's best contribution , for me, is You Never Give Me Your Money, a masterful collage that hints towards some musical sections in other parts of Abbey Road. Paul no doubt was the glue to hold the album together but, with Sun King and Because, John's mind was just as ethereal as it was seaside postcard raunchy (Mean Mr Mustard, Polythene Pam). George put in 2 standout tracks but he was only really extending upon what McCartney had done on previous albums.
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