The Beatles worked up "Octopus's Garden" in early 1969 while filming Let it Be. Unfortunately, The Beatles hastily harvested it for their penultimate studio album. That was a missed opportunity, for a few reasons other than the fact that the band featured it in the film. Let Be is only 35 minutes long. Abbey Road as released lasts 47 minutes, undoubtedly causing inner groove distortion on vinyl LPs. Some of the great early Capitol and Parlophone albums draw the listener in with Ringo's down to earth charm, like: Meet the Beatles Beatles For Sale Yesterday and Today (2 Ringo deep cuts on one disc). To leave Ringo off of their final album after brightening up so many of their 1962-68 albums made it seem as if Ringo were less important than he actually was. The A Hard Day's Night soundtrack includes Ringo with his theme song. Including him on the Let it Be soundtrack via "Octopus's Garden" would also have been the right move to display Ringo's effervescent personality. Had the Beatles added this jovial Ringo song to their final studio album we would be talking about a more appropriate way to follow up the still otherwise strong and whimsical (see "Maxwell's Silver Hammer") Abbey Road. Let It Be, their final studio album deserved the same kind of magic from Ringo.