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‘Abbey Road’ UK album – front cover
Front cover
‘Abbey Road’ UK album – back cover
Back cover
‘Abbey Road’ UK album – Apple record label
Record label
  • Label: Apple PCS 7068
  • Released: 26th September 1969
  • Peak position:
    Melody Maker – #1;
    NME – #1;
    Record Retailer – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 17 – eleven weeks from 4th October 1969, and six weeks from 27th December 1969
  • Weeks in chart: 81 – from 4th October 1969
‘Abbey Road’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
Outside cover, folded-out
‘Abbey Road’ UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘Abbey Road’ UK album – EMI tape cassette label
Cassette label
  • Label: EMI TC PCS 7088
  • Released: 1969
‘Abbey Road’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
Outside cover, folded-out
  • Label: EMI TC PCS 7088
  • Released: 1972
  • Label: Apple PHO 7088
  • Released: 16th January 1979
‘Abbey Road’ UK album – CD front cover
Front cover
‘Abbey Road’ UK album – CD back cover
Back cover
‘Abbey Road’ UK album – Apple CD label
CD label
  • Label: Apple CDP 7 46446 2
  • Released: 19th October 1987
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #30
  • Weeks in chart: 11 – two weeks from 31st October 1987, and nine weeks from 8th March 1997
‘Abbey Road’ UK album – CD front cover
Front cover
‘Abbey Road’ UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘Abbey Road’ UK album – CD back cover
Back cover
‘Abbey Road’ UK album – Apple CD label
CD label
  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • Released: 9th September 2009
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #6
  • Weeks in chart: 4 – from 13th September 2009
Average rating   from 4 reviews
5-star review  from  Doug

When I first heard this when I was about 20, I thought the second side was a load of rubbish. I remember thinking that it was a load of childish twaddle. I honestly don’t know what I was thinking, because now I think that it is the Beatles best album ever.
I think it was because of songs like Carry That Weight, which I thought didn’t really sound like Beatles songs. And Mean Mr. Mustard kind of reminded me of a nursery rhyme type-of-thing. But I think once you have listened to it a few times the tunes just grab you and sweep you along through the whole second side.
If I’m honest, I still admit that the drum solo at the end sounds a bit dated. Its very 60s, and reminds me of all those drum solos that cream used to do on their albums. It’s a good bit of drum playing though.

As a swan song, I think this showcases what made the Beatles so great throughout their career. Paul’s great strength is his tunes, his fabulous melodies, and there are loads of them here. And John’s was his original lyrics and off-the-wall ideas. Paul would never have written something like Come Together or I Want You (She’s So Heavy) in a million years, just like John would never have written Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.
The real revelation though, is George. He comes up trumps with two of the best songs of his entire career here – Here Comes The Sun and something. I consider them the best 2 songs on the entire album.

5-star review  from  Matias

The real Beatles masterpiece. Not as long as the Beatles nor as varied as Sgt. Peppers… Abbey Road is where the fab four really excelled themselves - for the last time. Of course it seems difficult to put any Beatles on top of another (say Revolver? Rubber Soul? Or the mentioned White Album and Sgt. Peppers… ) but still, Abbey Road is the album that deserves such honour.

5-star review  from  Jb

There was a lot of scuttle around this album. The Paul is dead nonsense - the fact that at the time the Beatles we’re not as cohesive as when they we’re together in the past. There was also scuttle they started the project and Paul was driving them crazy with his prefectionist tendencies - so they shelved it - released the White Album - and finished it later. For my money the side that runs from one track into the next Mr..… … Sun, Polythene Pam, and out to Ringo’s drum solo and Her Majesty - IS THE BEST SIDE OF AN ALBUM EVER RECORDED. Even the other side with Something and Come Together competes with some of the best. It was studio work that was like 2001 a space odyssey - years ahead of its time.

4-star review  from  Trev

Many peoples favourite but for me let down by side one sequence of Maxwell/Oh! Darling/Octopuses/I Want You (She’s So Heavy). Not great by their standards. Side two absolutely brilliant.
Stand out songs are George’s Something and Here Comes The Sun.

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