Friday, November 6, 2009

Beatles Remastered - Abbey Road Recorded in 1969 Sounds Like a 2009 Performance!

By John R Powell

With the exception of the 2000 compilation and Let It Be Naked in 2003, fans have been listening to the Beatles as they were put on CD in 1987. That is now 22 years ago. Sound technology has improved leaps and bounds since then.

If you're thinking you've heard the Beatles songs hundreds and hundreds of times, I'm telling you that the remastered CD's are the closest thing to new Beatle music as we're ever going to experience. The first song "Come Together" has so many "new" sounds that are actually sounds that were on the original recordings but they weren't separate and distinct as they are now on the remastered CD's.

For these new remastered tracks, engineers went back to the original tapes that George Martin mastered. They dug for all of the audio details of the individual sounds. The quality of the Beatles recordings were mostly very meticulous. George Martin in my estimation is the fifth Beatle. Four Beatles in the recording studio and the fifth (George Martin) was in the control booth. His contribution to their sound, their creative efforts and their overall success is undeniable. His recording techniques were brilliant to say the least. New life has truly been breathed into music that has proven itself timeless. Is this worth the investment of replacing older versions? Absolutely!

Abbey Road is the 17th U.S. album and the 11th U.K. album released. Even though Let It Be was the last album released before the dissolution of the Beatles in 1970, Abbey Road was the last album that was properly started by the band before they disbanded. Let It Be was nearly finished when Abbey Road started, and after releasing Abbey Road, the Beatles went back and completed various overdubs and a couple of recordings before finally releasing Let It Be. Basically, even though Let It Be is technically the last album ever released by the Beatles, Abbey Road is their true swan song. It is their true final goodbye.

Abbey Road has two sides that are completely different in style. The first side is full of single songs. The second side is a suite of compositions that Lennon and McCartney wrote that are combined together into a complex melody. I believe side two of Abbey Road is what makes this album one of the greatest of all time.

Side two has songs that if you look at the individual songs, they are just incomplete and fragmented songs. The suite starts with the McCartney composition "You Never Give Me Your Money", which is the only song that I would consider complete by itself. It continues on with "Sun King", "Mean Mr. Mustard", and "Polythene Pam". All three of these songs were composed by John Lennon.

The suite continues on with the McCartney penned songs "She Came in through the Bathroom Window", "Golden Slumbers", "Carry That Weight", and "The End". The song "Carry That Weight" has part of the song "You Never Give Me Your Money" in it. They use that song as the bridge for "Carry That Weight" and then it goes back to the original song and continues on to "The End".

In my opinion, one of the most beautiful pieces of music the Beatles have ever done is the very end of the song "The End". It has the lyrics, "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make". These are the last lyrics in the last song on the last album the Beatles have ever produced. It is a fitting ending for the greatest group I've ever listened to. The way that Producer George Martin and Paul McCartney compile these together proves that the Beatles (plus George Martin), when together, are bigger than any of them could ever be individually.

Abbey Road was named the 14th best album of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. I personally think that it is better than some of the Beatles other albums that rank higher in Rolling Stones list. Particularly Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which ranks at #1 on the list. I think Abbey Road is better in so many ways. Abbey Road has more three part harmonies in it than any other Beatle album recorded.

The biggest aspect that sets it apart from other Beatle albums is the Abbey Road medley, the suite of songs that take up side 2 of the album. Nobody in the world has ever been able to reproduce anything like it. Nobody ever will. If you followed the fab four after the split, you know that with just a few exceptions the magic that was so special about most of the Beatle music was for the most part not present in the music of John, Paul, George or Ringo in their individual careers after the Beatles. They obviously had a magic as the Beatles that was greater than their individual talents. Collectively their was a creative synergy that transformed their individual gifts into something that had a large part in transforming the culture of their day.

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