It was 40 Years Ago Today,Abbey Road The Beatles

It was 40 years ago today ,8 August 1969 when the Beatles walked out of their Abbey Road Studios and crossed the road (to paraphrase from the Beatles lyric on opening intro to Sgt .Peppers 20 years ago today) for a eponymous image to be taken of them at an zebra crossing ,which is now a major tourist attraction and a nuisance to motorists who have to stop ,wait and watch so many re – enact that Photo ! which appeared on the cover of their final recorded album “Abbey Road ” a classic.

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I am glad to say that i have this on vinyl ,remember those days ? before the advent of the tape ,cd etc etc..perhaps i may frame it and hang it on the wall after seeing the news today.

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Track List & Song Info:

Side One
1. “Come Together” (Lennon-McCartney)
      Originally written by Lennon for Timothy Leary’s campaign for governor in California


2. “Something” (Harrison)
      First Harrison song to be the A-side of a single release


3. “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (Lennon-McCartney)
      A medical student goes on a murder spree, sung to a happy tune


4. “Oh! Darling” (Lennon-McCartney)
      McCartney rehearsed and recorded the lead vocal for a week before getting the sound he wanted


5. “Octopus’s Garden” (Starkey)
      Inspired by a boat trip on which Ringo was offered a lunch consisting of octopus
A kids favourite this one

6. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” (Lennon-McCartney)
      A Lennon experiment in hard rock, with scant lyrics and long stretches of repeated chords

Side Two
1. “Here Comes the Sun” (Harrison)
      George’s best known Beatles song, written in collaboration with Eric Clapton


2. “Because” (Lennon-McCartney)
      Inspired by Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” played backwards
3. “You Never Give Me Your Money” (Lennon-McCartney)
      Slightly comical lyrics set to experimental music
4. “Sun King” (Lennon-McCartney)
      Inspired by Fleetwood Mac’s “Albatross,” according to George
5. “Mean Mr. Mustard” (Lennon-McCartney)
      John was inspired by the story of a man who hid his money rather than spend it
6. “Polythene Pam” (Lennon-McCartney)
      Lennon limerick about the sex life of a fictional Liverpool girl
7. “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” (Lennon-McCartney)
      True story of a fan who broke into Paul’s house
8. “Golden Slumbers” (Lennon-McCartney)
      McCartney’s lullaby was based on a poem by Thomas Dekker
9. “Carry That Weight” (Lennon-McCartney)
      One of the few tracks on which all four Beatles provide vocal harmony

10. “The End” (Lennon-McCartney)
      Contains Ringo’s only recorded drum solo
11. “Her Majesty” (Lennon-McCartney)
      At 23-seconds, the shortest song in the Beatles catalog

Classic stuff to behold all of it .

See the BBC for more news HERE

See the Live Video Cam of the Abbey Road Zebra Crossing Here …Priceless

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