Posts tagged ‘Abbey Road’

May 19, 2012

Vote for the Best Beatles Albums!

Music website hmv.com is supporting the “Music is GREAT” campaign by inviting fans to vote for the greatest British albums in the past 60 years.

Five Beatles albums have been nominated: Abbey Road, Revolver, Rubber Soul, Sgt Pepper and The Beatles (White Album). Vote your favorite Beatles albums before May 20th!

Click here to vote or learn more at TheBeatles.com!

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May 10, 2012

Let It Be

The Beatles’ final studio album Let It Be was released on May 8th, 1970. Although the album was recorded during the sessions for the accompanying documentary film, the tapes were shelved, and the band recorded and released Abbey Road in the meantime. Let It Be was released shortly before the The Beatles announced their breakup.

March 6, 2012

Golden Slumbers

“Golden Slumbers” was written by Paul McCartney and released on The Beatles’ final recorded album Abbey Road. The track appears as part of the side 2 medley and was recorded together with “Carry That Weight.” Paul based the lyrics on a traditional lullaby for which he saw the sheet music on his father’s piano, and added his own tune.

January 6, 2012

Abbey Road on Vinyl

The Beatles classic 1969 album Abbey Road was the top-selling vinyl album for a third consecutive year. Over 43 years since its release, the record sold 41,000 copies in 2011, up from 35,000 in 2010 and 34,800 in 2009.

Click here to read more at RollingStone.com!

November 22, 2011

Tomorrow Never Knows

The final track on The Beatles’ Revolver is “Tomorrow Never Knows,” a song primarily written by John Lennon. The wildly experimental track included a series of tape loops assembled by the band. The tape loops were played in various rooms in Abbey Road studios, some of which were held together by pencils. These provided the background effects and included such sounds as seagulls crying, distorted violins and several Mellotrons.

October 30, 2011

I Want To Hold Your Hand

The Beatles recorded “I Want To Hold Your Hand” at Abbey Road Studios on October 17th, 1963. The song became their first #1 single in the U.S., finally breaking the band in America. It set off ‘Beatlemania’ and was performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964.

Click here to watch the video at TheBeatles.com.

September 27, 2011

Abbey Road

The Beatles released their final recorded album Abbey Road on this date (September 26th) in 1969. The famous cover photo of the band walking across the zebra crossing was taken right outside the studio of the same name. Photographer Iain Macmillan was only given 10 minutes to take the photo while standing on a stepladder as police held up traffic. The cover is the only one in the Beatles’ history not to feature the name of the band nor the album title. The album cover has since become one of the most recognizable in music history.

February 21, 2011

Octopus’s Garden

“Octopus’s Garden” appears on The Beatles’ last recorded studio album Abbey Road. It is only the second song released by the band that was written solely by Ringo Starr. The drummer got the idea for the song when traveling on a boat in Sardinia, after the captain told him the story of how octopuses travel along the sea bed picking up stones and shiny objects with which to build gardens.

December 28, 2010

Cold Turkey

John Lennon wrote “Cold Turkey” when attempting to kick his then-current addiction to heroin. The song was presented to The Beatles as a potential new single during the Abbey Road sessions. It was rejected and subsequently released by Lennon and his Plastic Ono Band as a single in 1969.

November 19, 2010

Here Comes The Sun

George Harrison wrote “Here Comes the Sun” in 1969. The song was released on The Beatles’ final recorded album Abbey Road. Harrison wrote the song while relaxing in Eric Clapton’s garden, escaping from the pressures of Apple and the tension going on within the band.