Influenced by Abbey Road

Abbey Road is one of the half a dozen albums I used to listen to in the old Perth Music Library (I have already written about this early in discussing the Coltrane album "My Favorite Things"). I always used to think it was kind of cool that there was no writing on the front, nothing that said "The Beatles". I suppose at the time everybody new who they were. Having no writing on the cover became a 70s type thing. I suppose it is still done now from time to time but it would be the brave record company (of those remaining) that would put out a record like that. I'm surprised actually that Sony haven't gone back and printed Abbey Road - The Beatles on the front cover.

Probably the most influential thing about this record, for me anyway, was the second side with all the song fragments stitched together. It sounds wonderful but its a difficult thing to pull off. Brian Wilson got it right on "Good Vibrations" but probably didn't get it right on "Smile". Somewhere out there in internet bootleg land you can get alternate versions of the medley with the songs done at different speeds, versions that don't quite work as well as what was released. Much time must have been spent in the control booth getting this record to be the best that it could be.

In general I am always surprised when I listen to it how contemporary this record always sounds. Great playing, engineering, production, tasteful use of synthesizers and the available technology of the time.
Any artists that keeps trying to make something as good or better than this can't be doing too much wrong.

Here is a link to the Abbey Road web camera where you can see idiots disrupting traffic and endangering their lives any time of day or night trying to recreate this album cover's artwork.

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  • Sean Fletcher

    Sean Fletcher Greenwood

    My Dad was a great Beatles fan. So, I have the album (Dad's copy from way back then). The album cover always left an impression with me as a kid (cross walks were still quite a new idea here back then!). And, of course I loved the songs. I regularly play them on the guitar - albeit quite badly, but always seems quite magical.

    My Dad was a great Beatles fan. So, I have the album (Dad's copy from way back then). The album cover always left an impression with me as a kid (cross walks were still quite a new idea here back then!). And, of course I loved the songs. I regularly play them on the guitar - albeit quite badly, but always seems quite magical.

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