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Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Beatles: Abbey Road (IAS #007)

A rule is a rule, so here's a slightly different angle on an all-too-familiar record:

The Beatles - Abbey Road

15 comments:

  1. Abby Road always sounds like a Christmas Record to me. When it came out I was back in school and didn't have any money. All the summer jobs were gone. One of my brothers or sisters got a hold of a copy around Christmas and we played it all the time. The Beatles gave us such a great Christmas present. So much wonderful music from our favorite band.

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  2. Worst moment #3: that stupid fake Spanish in "Sun King". Spoils an otherwise lovely moment on an otherwise perfect album.

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  3. A rule is a rule huh? Can't wait to hear your take on Enter the 36 Chambers...

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    1. Don't worry, that's coming up, too.

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    2. I'm concerned with your ability to objectively review hip hop albums, since you show no apparent appreciation of the genre.

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    3. I expect 127 comments under that Neutral Milk Hotel album.

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    4. @Alexey P.

      Why? Do the Pitchfork crowd read George's reviews in the first place?

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    5. Probably not, but I certainly like the idea.
      Also, I'm afraid (concerned, too) that love for it stretches way beyond Pitchfork and its readership.

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    6. I agree that I'm concerned that George's apparent dislike of hip hop music will affect how objectively he can review hip hop albums like Enter the 36 Chambers or Illmatic. I expect he'll explain his dislike of the genre as best as he can, though, and try to defend those albums in some way.

      George's comment does appear to confirm that he'll be reviewing every album in the RYM list, including jazz albums. In this case, it will be interesting to see him provide his thoughts on "Kind of Blue." And if he ever makes it into the 200's and 300's of the RYM list, we can even look forward to reviews of John Williams soundtracks and the Rite of Spring, haha.

      BTW, I have a feeling that George chose the RYM list because art rock and prog rock artists are well represented in the top 500, unlike your usual music critic lists that usually exclude anyone of those who's not Pink Floyd.

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  4. George, looking forward to your review of "Revolver," next in line on the RYM list. I posted a piece about the "Abbey Road" review on Hey Dullblog.

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  5. Not much to take issue with here. Abbey Road is nearly perfect... except "I Want You," which I think Lennon once said was better than "I Am the Walrus." I hope that was the drugs talking. It's just too long and boring.

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  6. Here's some of my favorite moments:
    1) Paul nearly cracking up on "Writing 50 Times". And "Rose and Valerie screaming from the gallery"--Manson family?
    2) John's last blood-curdling "YEEEEAAUGHHH!!"
    3) I get a lump in my throat when Ringo sings "Knowing their happy and they're safe." I just smile when I imagine this gangly, friendly octopus "letting us in."
    4) I don't have a favorite George moment, mostly because he finally figured out his magic touch, and everything he does is perfect. Probably not since the Rickenbacker days was he so vital to the sound of the band. He brings a deep but simple soulfulness that he would never duplicate.
    4) There's no way Her Majesty would have worked between Mustard and Pam. It's a great epilogue to their recorded career.

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    1. I think Paul's cracking up during the "writing 50 times" line has to do with John mooning him from the mixing desk. Or at least, that's what I read...

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  7. hey Georgie boy, you should do Kanye's 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' next haha. Would be interesting. We've already read your thoughts on these albums.

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  8. For all the greatness, for some reason, Stones songs are played on radio ten times more than the Beatles. Go figure.

    George, Love all your reviews. When I want learn about an act, I turn here first.

    By the way, How long do I have to wait until you post an Uriah Heep album on this Important Album series?

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