Abbey Road - Leaner, Meaner and MUCH Better!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Mike Reynolds, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Thievius

    Thievius Blue Öyster Cultist

    You axed everything up-tempo from side one and made a great album fairly dour.

    This is why everyone isn't a record producer.
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  2. The Zodiac

    The Zodiac God's Lonely Man

    You forgot to axe Sun King, Mustard, and Pam.
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  3. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Island Owner

    Zack Island
    That's a good one!
  4. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Why on earth would you bring this idea to a forum of people who like The Beatles, and try and tell them, "Hey, I've improved your 2nd favorite shortening it, and not replacing anything I took out with what I think are better tracks"?

    As far as I'm concerned, the only thing you got right is, yeah, I'll admit it..."Oh! Darling" is a weaker song. Not a weaker track, to be sure, the performance is excellent, but, there's not a lotta writin' in there. But, I wouldn't kick her outta bef for eating crackers in it...

    Try and tell a kid you've improved his Happy Meal, by taking the toy out of it. Try and tell moviegoers Apocolypse Now flows better without "all that Colonel Kurtz crap". You might even make the case that Twin Peaks works just as well without the talking logs...they only talked to the Log Lady, anyway (for all we know, she could have just been making part of it up, and the owls are actually just what they seem after all)...

    But, that's not Abbey Road, is it? No, that's a mixtape based on tracks from Abbey Road; it's just Aby Road.

    Now, if you'll excuse me I'm going to end my evening with a delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich...improved by the lack of bread...:crazy:
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  5. I’ll trade I Want You (She’s So Heavy), which goes on a few minutes too long, for Oh! Darling and Octopus’s Garden, but otherwise I’m with you!
  6. angelees

    angelees Forum Resident


    Why would you want to detract from perfection!!

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  7. OldSoul

    OldSoul Well, I'm a lonesome schoolboy...

    Oberlin, OH
    Side one of Abbey Road, in my opinion, is perfect for alternating between heavier and lighter songs. Octupus's Garden is a beautiful song, I think, Oh! Darling is an amazing performance, and Maxwell is funny.
  8. BadJack

    BadJack Forum Resident

    Boston, MA
    I've decided to have a crack at making this album even leaner and meaner. Here's an early mock-up of the graphics for the new, improved "Abbey Road":

  9. The Zodiac

    The Zodiac God's Lonely Man

    Wow. This thread clearly hit a nerve! :-popcorn:
  10. kevintee

    kevintee Proud McCartney customer since 1964

    St. Louis, MO
    And deservedly so.
  11. raimiz1991inc

    raimiz1991inc Forum Resident

    La Paz, Bolivia
    I think the problem with this thread is the title (practically blasphemous around here). Personally I love to read or hear about people and fans' makeovers of albums deer to them, weather it's trimming down triple and double LPs to one disc, rearranging songs and swap them for others and whatnot, but maybe you could change the title thread to "how would you improve Abbey Road" or something. I get what you mean though, and interesting as it may be I love Maxwell personally and I think Oh Darling is really strong! And since I wouldn't touch the medley, it's an almost impossible task for me to choose which ones should go. Even the hidden track contributes to the overall personality of the album.
    I also thought you would recreate the album mixing AR and LiB songs, which personally I feel that wouldn't work either.
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  12. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident

    i think the medley could be maybe improved, maybe making i want you part of it, but i don't see this improving the album as a whole, just making it shorter and whats the fun in that
  13. Moe Schmo

    Moe Schmo Forum Resident

    I would replace all the songs with songs from AC/DC’s Highway to Hell album
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  14. xilef regnu

    xilef regnu Forum Resident

    I think not.

    Last edited: Jan 13, 2018
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  15. yesstiles

    yesstiles Forum Resident

    Impossible! It's the opening of the great Medley.
  16. raimiz1991inc

    raimiz1991inc Forum Resident

    La Paz, Bolivia
    So would you say switching Here Come the Sun and I Want You so the latter becomes part of the meddley on side 2? That could be interesting:idea:
  17. pseudopod

    pseudopod Forum Resident

    Winnipeg, Canada
    Abbey Road is great how it is. You listen to it how you want, I'll stick with how it was released in 1969. There's nothing wrong with "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", "Oh! Darling" or "Octopus's Garden" either. Oh brother!
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  18. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident

    nah I like here comes the sun where it is .....maybe put ballad f john and yoko in its place, but I don't now, pretty much perfection as it is (well Maxwell could bang his hammer out the door I woudnt be to upset)
  19. jon9091

    jon9091 Master Of Reality

    Perhaps a Gort can merge this thread with the already existing “Tell A Dumb Joke Here” thread?

  20. stax o' wax

    stax o' wax Forum Resident

    The West
    I think The Beatles should have gone out with a double album...
    Can I get an Amen?
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  21. NothingBrightAboutIt

    NothingBrightAboutIt Forum Resident

    I've seen it suggested here to replace "Octopus's Garden" with the 1969 Harrison demo of "All Things Must Pass".
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  22. MLutthans

    MLutthans That's my spaghetti, Chewbacca! Staff

    Marysville, WA
    No, but to each their own! Go for it!
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  23. Yovra

    Yovra Forum Enthusiast

    In one word: ‘no’!
    In more words; ‘Oh, Darling’ is a fine track and after the muddy rock of I Want You on side one, Here Comes The Sun is the perfect opening for side two.
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  24. notesfrom

    notesfrom Forum Resident

    NC USA
    He just made the US Abbey Road album for us.

    Add some reverb for extra texture, stamp a Capitol log on front, and it's almost done. (Volkswagen might have to ante up some ad money, though, or we turn the Beetle into a police car).

    Back cover will need to be totally redesigned; I mean, a picture of a wall and a skirt flittering by?!?... Any ideas?
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2018
  25. notesfrom

    notesfrom Forum Resident

    NC USA
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