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Rating POLL: Abbey Road

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Hombre, Nov 21, 2020 at 8:48 AM.

  1. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    And also side two. :D
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  2. Bungo

    Bungo Forum Resident

    San Jose, CA
    Tied with the White Album for my favorite Beatles album. Of course it's a 5/5.
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  3. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    One of the many great things about the Beatles' version of "Maxwell" is that Paul seems to have had in mind a tuba playing the bass part--and he captured that vibe perfectly, including an unusual bass timbre that while it doesn't sound exactly like a tuba, it abstractly captures the gist of one. I think at some point he was thinking of the tune as if a brass & percussion ensemble (with a bass drum player, a snare drum player, etc.) were doing it, and I can also easily imagine choral parts that aren't there, but the arrangement conveys all of that that while being far sparser than one might expect. The sparseness reminds me a lot of the "Come Together" arrangement.
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  4. Tom Vinson

    Tom Vinson Well-Known Member


    A work of great art to be sure, but as hard as I try to be free of any bias, the complete ubiquity of the album (radio, college dorm posters) has dampened its charms a bit. That being said, The Beatles' Abbey Road does not need me to defend it, and I'm ecstatic that it exists. It is also, paradoxically, the Beatles album I own the most versions of, so what am I even talking about?
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  5. fallbreaks

    fallbreaks Forum Resident

    It’s interesting that one of John’s gripes was that they ‘spent more money’ recording MSH, since they basically had unlimited studio access to EMI Studios after Revolver.

    For all John, George and Ringo complain about Maxwell, it only took three days from start to finish, and John isn’t even on it.

    True, they played it a bunch in January, but they played a lot of stuff that never went anywhere, too. Do you suppose they confuse Maxwell with Obladi Oblada?
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2020 at 7:16 PM
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  6. drsmuts

    drsmuts Well-Known Member

    Yeah it's got a few weak tracks on side 1...but Something, Here Comes..., I Want You and the Medley more than make up for these.

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  7. Big Blue

    Big Blue Forum Resident

    I’ll be curious to see where we go tomorrow in this series... or are we rating Let It Be, even though it was not released in the ‘60s?
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  8. hangwire13

    hangwire13 Forum Resident

    4/5 from me, a casual Beatles fan.
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  9. Terry

    Terry Senior Member

    Um, Excellent
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  10. Hombre

    Hombre Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Yes, we'll rate Let It Be tomorrow, the last Beatles album of my list.

    Actually this series involves albums by '60s groups, but that doesn't exclude some records released in the early '70s by the same artists.
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  11. Big Blue

    Big Blue Forum Resident

    Thanks for clarifying! I just wasn’t sure if ‘60s groups meant only their albums from the ‘60s.
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  12. Mackaveli

    Mackaveli Well-Known Member

    Golden Slumber's/Carry That Weight/You Never Give Me Your Money suite is a mini masterpiece of music
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  13. Mackaveli

    Mackaveli Well-Known Member

    Rubber Soul?
  14. Hombre

    Hombre Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I think it was Paul who said it was recorded in three days. But I guess that's documented.
  15. Another Steve

    Another Steve Forum Resident

    Around here, one in a three way tie for first place among the Beatles albums. 5/5
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  16. yesteryear

    yesteryear Forum Resident

    I honestly don't listen to The Beatles nearly as much as I once did.. but when I do, it's Side 2 of Abbey Road.

    I still consider that medley to be among the great musical works of the 20th century.
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  17. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly 1964-73 rock's best decade

    Side 1 is a 4/5 with three classics (Come Together, Something, and Octopus Garden) mixed with three that are more of a mixed bag, but side two is just magnificent, starting off with my favorite George Harrison song, leading into the long medley that takes a hodgepodge of songs and bits of songs and makes them into musical magic. I still get pumped every time I hear the "Oh yeah, alright, are you gonna be in my dreams tonight.." leading into the drum and guitar solos and the great finish still gives me chills.
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  18. brew ziggins

    brew ziggins Forum Prisoner

    The Village
    Something and Here Comes the Sun are great songs. I don't care much for them at this point, but they are undeniably 5/5.
    I dig Bathroom Window, and Octopus' Garden is fun, but the rest of the album strikes me as meh - to meh +. Don't really have much patience for it.
    Overall, I guess 3/5 for Abbey Road.
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  19. pinkrudy

    pinkrudy Forum Resident

    a masterpiece for sure but there are other albums i love more. so im going with 4/5.
    I think the white album is more ambitious and better. white album is a 5/5.
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  20. Bhobb

    Bhobb Crate Digger

    5/5 for me, plus I never get tired of looking at the cover.
    I wonder how Her Majesty voted? I've heard she's a pretty nice girl but somewhat taciturn.
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  21. SonicBob

    SonicBob Forum Resident

    West Virginia
    Excellent. Probably my favorite Beatles album, period.....
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  22. Larry Mc

    Larry Mc Forum Dude

    3/5 (good)
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  23. Seabass

    Seabass Old Git

    Devon, England
    I listened yesterday for the first time in c. 30 years plus (I’m not really a Beatles fan) via amazon music. (Apologies to the vinyl club).

    I found it surprisingly enjoyable.

    3.5 plus

    The big ‘but’ is that once was enough and I’m not twitching to listen today.

    I’ve listened to Gerry Rafferty City to City that I’ve just rebought, 4 times in last 3 days.

    Maybe Gerry is just less demanding
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  24. Archguy

    Archguy Forum Resident

    Richmond VA
    The Beatles: Abbey Road (1969)

    Side 1:

    Come Together A+
    Something A+
    Maxwell's Silver Hammer A
    Oh! Darling A
    Octopus's Garden B-
    I Want You (She's So Heavy) A+

    Side 2:

    Here Comes The Sun A
    Because A
    You Never Give Me Your Money A
    The Sun King B
    Mean Mr. Mustard B
    Polythene Pam B
    She Came In Through The Bathroom Window A
    Golden Slumbers A
    Carry That Weight B
    The End
    Her Majesty

    My rating: 5/5 (excellent)


    'Maxwell' should probably be an A- but I made it A to spite all the haters. Didn't grade the last two snippets on the album because they're not really songs imho, though I am glad for the last bit since the FF already did the self-important grandiose finale bit on Pepper. Anyway, one of the greatest albums of all time.
  25. Tim 2


    Alberta Canada
    One of my favourite Beatles albums, gotta go with 5/5.

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