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Table of contents
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.
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.
(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:
|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|
|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|
|Carry That Weight|
|21st single||Something||Come Together|
|22nd single||Let It Be||You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)|
Let It Be Period Expanded to Songs and 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
Hearing the Music: Album Analysis and Song Details
Listening to the Album
Speaker Placement - The Magic Triangle
Tempos & Times Primer
Playing The CD
Using This Section
The Ballad Of John And Yoko
Old Brown Shoe
Maxwell's Silver Hammer
I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Here Comes The Sun
You Never Give Me Your Money
Mean Mr. Mustard
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
Carry That Weight
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