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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, 9 Sept. 2009
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 13.97 x 12.55 x 1.14 cm; 92.13 Grams
- Manufacturer : Apple
- Manufacturer reference : CDP7 46446 2
- Original Release Date : 1969
- SPARS Code : AAD
- Label : Apple
- ASIN : B000002UB3
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 63,227 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Beatles - Abbey Road - CD
The Beatles' last days as a band were as productive as any major pop phenomenon that was about to split. After recording the ragged-but-right Let It Be, the group held on for this ambitious effort, an album that was to become their best-selling. Though all four contribute to the first side's writing, John Lennon's hard-rocking, "Come Together" and "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" make the strongest impression. A series of song fragments edited together in suite form dominates side two; its portentous, touching, official close ("Golden Slumbers" / "Carry That Weight" / "The End") is nicely undercut, in typical Beatles fashion, by Paul McCartney's cheeky "Her Majesty", which follows. --Rickey Wright
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Not really going to say much about the album as countless words have been written that will tell you just what high regard this is held for not just Beatles' fans, but music fans in general.
From "Come Together" to "The End" the lads treat us to some magnificent material, but really it's the songwriting of George that takes the album to a new level. He'd written some great tracks in the past, but he really showed a maturity with "Something" and the wonderful "Here Comes The Sun". There are some great moments on here, "Because" due to the wall-of-vocals and the aforementioned "Come Together". This was a great way to sign off.
The digital remaster sounds great, nice and crisp. The packaging is superb with a heavy weight 180g pressing and black polythene inner (I've called mine Pam!). The only disappointment for me was the sleeve turned up quite badly bent, but this is a "playing" copy, so not the end of the world.
If you're new to the Beatles then why not start at "The End"?
Now I have it and I am pleased.
It's never quite the same handling a CD as opposed to the old vinyl records but for convenience and sound quality, you can't beat them.
Abbey Road is a special product for it single handedly defines why this band was special. It is bold, but never alienates the audience. Its lyrics speak of value, but are never overly sentimental. And contains humorous motifs that are loved by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The first side of the album - 'Come Together' through to 'I Want You' - is reminiscent of many of the bands earlier works and contains a host of wonderful melodies, but the it is the second side of the album that is commonly regarded as the highlight. 'Here Comes The Sun' is surely the most uplifting song you could wish for, and and sets a tone for the ambitious segueing of works that follow; all ending on the whimsical note of 'Her Majesty' that McCartney original wrote as a joke on the way to the studio. At 23 seconds long, its blunt ending typifies how the band could seamlessly merge more abstract ideals with the traditions that they popularised.
This 2009 remaster is a joy to listen to. From reading some of the other reviews/comments, I was under the impression that unless I owned a super-hi-fidelity sound system worth at least four thousand pounds, it would impossible for me to now enjoy this music because I am absolutely compromised by my CD players lack of value. I need not reiterate that playback technology has, somewhat, 'improved' since the '60s, and the weedy sound that my stack-system used to produce is quite embarrassing today. This mastering seems to tick all the boxes that the vinyl and its equipment of the day completely missed, so I'm thrilled to hear my favorite songs with such depth and clarity, and whats more, I appreciate the efforts that went into it.
If you're a newcomer to The Beatles, you'd be hard pushed to find a better album than Abbey Road. Top drawer!
I did have to clean the 1st track probably due to residue left in pressing of the album.
But all good after that.