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Songs of The Beatles Volume 12

Songs of The Beatles' Abbey Road Period

1969 February 01 - August 20

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This page is mostly about the book Songs of The Beatles' Abbey Road Period and the Period it covers.
For information about the album, visit the Wikipedia Abbey Road page.
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Period Overview

The Abbey Road Period was the last of the Beatles' Periods, leading up to the last album the Beatles recorded, Abbey Road. Songs recorded during this Period were released on two one singles ('The Ballad Of John And Yoko'/'Old Brown Shoe', 'Let It Be'/'You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)') and the Beatles 12th UK LP, Abbey Road.

To be clear, here's a little list of the official Beatles' "Last Records":

In the US, Capitol released 'The Long And Winding Road'/'For You Blue'off Let It Be, which could be considered the first of the post-Beatles releases.

It had become clear during the previous Period (Let It Be) that the Beatles were breaking up. The band knew songs recorded for the Get Back/Let It Be project were far below their capabilities, so they agreed to come together to make what they knew would be their last album. The maturity of this decision and its execution is yet another shining example for all musicians.

There is considerable intermingling of songs written and recorded during and the Let It Be Period, some winding up on Let It Be, others on Abbey Road. For various reasons, Let It Be was released after Abbey Road, even though the songs on Let It Be were recorded mostly before Abbey Road's songs.

Details on all the sessions and releases are in the book Songs of The Beatles' Abbey Road Period.
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Book Overview

(for a detailed look at the overall book format, see the Series Overview)

The book starts with an overview of the Beatle Periods, showing where Abbey Road fits in their career. It then shows chronological lists of songs recorded and released during this Period.

The "Releases" section shows records that were released containing songs recorded this Period. Details are provided about the UK records. (Details about the US records are in The Songs section.)

A "Hearing The Music" section gives some orientation and history about the vinyl records and how they were intended to be heard.

The bulk of the book details the 20 songs of the Abbey Road Period:

The 20 Songs of the Abbey Road Period
Side A Side A
 20th single  The Ballad Of John And Yoko  Old Brown Shoe
Side 1 Side 2
 Abbey Road  Come Together  Here Comes The Sun
 Something  Because
 Maxwell's Silver Hammer  You Never Give Me Your Money
 Oh! Darling  Sun King
 Octopus's Garden  Mean Mr. Mustard
 I Want You (She's So Heavy)  Polythene Pam
 She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
 Golden Slumbers
 Carry That Weight
 The End
 Her Majesty
 21st single  Something  Come Together
 22nd single  Let It Be  You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

This is a reference work designed much like a technical manual. It has tables, graphs, and figures, but no pictures. This book was written for serious students of the Beatles.
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Table of Contents (approximate)

Songs of The Beatles' Abbey Road Period table of contents
Contents Page
Preface
   Book Format
Introduction
   Beatle Records
   Beatle Periods
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Period Overview
  Let It Be Period Expanded to Songs and Releases
Releases
   45: Get Back / Don't Let Me Down
   45: The Ballad Of John And Yoko / Old Brown Shoe
   LP: Abbey Road
   45: Something / Come Together
   45: Let It Be / You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)
   LP: Let It Be
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Hearing the Music: Album Analysis and Song Details
  Listening to the Album
  Speaker Placement - The Magic Triangle
  Tempos & Times Primer
  Playing The CD
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The Songs
  Using This Section

  Single
    The Ballad Of John And Yoko
    Old Brown Shoe

  Abbey Road
    Come Together
    Something
    Maxwell's Silver Hammer
    Oh! Darling
    Octopus's Garden
    I Want You (She's So Heavy)
    Here Comes The Sun
    Because
    You Never Give Me Your Money
    Sun King
    Mean Mr. Mustard
    Polythene Pam
    She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
    Golden Slumbers
    Carry That Weight
    The End
    Her Majesty
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Appendix
Glossary
References
Index
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161
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Front Cover

Photo of cover of Songs of The Beatles' Abbey Road Period

Book Specifications
Pages Size Binding Price
 about 196  8.5" x 11"  Paperback (perfect/glue) see price list
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Copyright 2007-09 by Ken Westover at Cliff Canyon Publishing Co. All rights reserved.
This material may not be distributed without the written permission of the author.
E-mail questions or comments to cliffcan@indra.com.

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