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Abbey Road
Abbey Road
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The height of their acheivement, 30 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Abbey Road (Audio CD)
Abbey Road is recognisable worldwide, the front cover picturing the band on a pedestrian crossing near Abbey Road Recording Studios in North London. This picture has become the most famous snapshot of the band, yet in spite of its popularity the album itself does not contain many of the groups real mimicked classics, save for 'Come Together,' 'Here Comes The Sun' and 'Something,' the powerfully romantic masterpiece that represented George Harrison's coming of age as far as song writing is concerned.
This album comes with large doses of everything The Beatles are revered for; happiness, romance, humour, psychedelic melodies, experimental guitar riffs and downright slickness.
The first seven tracks are fine examples of the above attributes. The cool 'Come Together' modestly opens the album and is soon followed by classic love ballads in 'Something' and 'Oh Darling!' The comedy of 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' and Ringo's 'Octopus's Garden' combines with upbeat classic 'Here Comes the Sun' and guitar epic 'I Want You' ensuring a tasty first half.
If the first seven tracks can clearly be categorised and distinguished then it is fair to say that the second half of the album is a psychedelic melting pot of all of these categories. Songs overlap into a ear catching medley which runs from the thoroughly enjoyable 'You Never Give Me Your Money' and climaxes appropriately with 'The End.'
The brief final track, 'Her Majesty,' epitomises the theme of comedy and light-heartedness that is evident throughout. Which is surprising considering the atmosphere in the recording studio at a time when much of the bands' in-fighting was beginning to surface.
For me, Abbey Road will always be the best Beatles album, the height of their achievements. Little more needs to be written.

Hatful Of Hollow
Hatful Of Hollow
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for any fan of the 1980's guitar pop phenomenon., 30 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Hatful Of Hollow (Audio CD)
A compilation of unreleased and BBC tracks, 1984's 'Hatful of Hollow' is a 'must-have' for fans of The Smiths and of high-quality music generally. On listening to the album it is clear that unlike other more accomplished Smiths' albums such as 'The Queen is Dead,' 'Hatful of Hollow'is merely a collage of lesser known tracks and alternative versions of classic tunes such as 'This Charming Man'. However this is by no means a negative interpretation. The album is attributed with a distinctively raw sound that many other Smith's albums lack, particularly noticeable in the relantless consistency of Marr's guitar in tracks such as 'These Things Take Time,' 'Handsome Devil' and ' Accept Yourself.'
Personally, this will always be my favourite Smith's album for the simple reason that it was the album that really introduced me to their music. It showcases a wide range of their qualities in that it is a brash lively album but ends on a sombre and sorrowful note with tracks like 'This Night Has Opened My Eyes,' 'Back To The Old House,' and the agonisingly short 'Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want.'
The inclusion of some of the bands most celebrated tracks, 'How Soon Is Now?' 'This Charming Man' and 'William It Was Really Nothing,' ensures that this album is a must for any fan of the 1980's guitar pop phenomenon that were The Smiths.

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