“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” – Paul McCartney

These are the final words of “The End” the final song on the final Beatles album, Abbey Road.  A perfect summary of the impact that these four lads from Liverpool had, not only on music, but in the consciousness of the world.  In my mind, Abbey Road is one of the greatest albums in music history.

The quality of the lyrics for the songs on this album were top notch and the songs on this album that are most often cited when I mention my love of The Beatles are “Here Comes the Sun” and “Something”.  When I hear this I always get a warm feeling and smile on my face because these two songs were written by George Harrison (with a Lennon assist) and cemented the goal the band set for the album:  a jam session like they used to do in the old days.

Of course all of the great lyrics and music are mixed in perhaps that greatest sound mixing ever done on an album thanks to the incredible work of George Martin.  Take a listen to “Oh Darling” in the original master recording or better yet “Here Comes the Sun” and you will hear stereo mixing at its very best.  One bit of sound engineering trivia for music buffs out there, Alan Parsons, who went on to engineer Dark Side of the Moon for Pink Floyd was an engineer on Abbey Road.

“The End” features the only drum solo by Ringo Starr in The Beatles catalog and dueling guitars between McCartney, Lennon and Harrison each in their own playing style.  Have a listen, enjoy, and spend your time on this orb making as much love as you can.  The world will be a better place if you do.

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4 Responses to Beatles…Beautiful

  1. Used to sing it? Come on. Yellow Submarine is a GREAT bath time song! 🙂

  2. Love the Beatles… and the amazing stories and factoids that surround them. They have an allure like few other bands do. I love Lonely People. As a very young child, my mom said I used to sing Yellow Submarine a capella. 🙂

  3. KYRambler says:

    Very cool Sarah! Always nice to hear the impact their music, and this album in particular, has on people!

  4. Sarah says:

    My husband is a huge Beatles fan – and Abbey Road is also one of his favorites. I can't tell you how many times we're walking in a store and he points to the speaker playing muzak and says “That's a Beatles song”…It's his favorite refrain.

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