Abbey Road

~ Release group by The Beatles

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Abbey Road 12" Vinyl 17 Apple Records PCS 7088 [none]
Abbey Road 12" Vinyl 17 Apple Records SO-383 [none]
Abbey Road 12" Vinyl 17 Apple Records 1C 062-04 243 [none]
Abbey Road 12" Vinyl 17 Odeon 1J 062-04.243 [none]
Abbey Road (3rd Pressing) 12" Vinyl 17 Apple Records PCS 7088 [none]
Abbey Road 12" Vinyl 17 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) SO-383 [none]
Abbey Road 12" Vinyl 17 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) SO-383 [none]
Abbey Road 12" Vinyl 17 Apple Records EALP-97001 [none]
Abbey Road 12" Vinyl 17 Apple Records 1C 072-04 243
Abbey Road 12" Vinyl 17 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-023 [none]
Abbey Road 12" Vinyl 17 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-023 [none]
Abbey Road CD 17 EMI-Odeon (imprint) CP35‐3016 [none]
Abbey Road 12" Vinyl 17 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) SJ-383
Abbey Road CD 17 Parlophone CDP 7 46446 2 077774644624
Abbey Road CD 17 Parlophone CDP 7 46446 2, CD‐PCS 7088 077774644624
Abbey Road 12" Vinyl 17 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) C1-46446
Abbey Road CD 17 Parlophone CDP 7 46446 2, CD‐PCS 7088 077774644624
Abbey Road CD 17 Parlophone C2 46446 077774644624
Abbey Road CD 17 EMI Music Canada C2 0 7777 46446 24 077774644624
Abbey Road CD 17 Parlophone, Apple Records CDP 7 46446 2, CD‐PCS 7088 077774644624
Abbey Road Cassette 17 Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) C4-46446 077774644648
Abbey Road 12" Vinyl 17 Apple Records, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) C1 46446 1 077774644617
Abbey Road CD 17 Parlophone, Apple Records, EMI (double‐boxed EMI logo representing Japanese domestic repertoire from 東芝EMI and EMIミュジック・ジャパン, until the latter’s acquisition by Universal Music Japan in April 2013) CDP 7 46446 2, TOCP-51122 4988006740051
Abbey Road 12" Vinyl 17 Apple Records TOJP-60142
Abbey Road (2009 stereo remaster) Enhanced CD 18 Apple Records, Parlophone 0946 3 82468 2 4 094638246824
Abbey Road (2009 stereo remaster) Enhanced CD 18 Apple Records, Parlophone 0946 3 82468 2 4 094638246824
Abbey Road 12" Vinyl 17 Apple Records 0094638246817 094638246817
Abbey Road 12" Vinyl 17 Apple Records 094638246817 094638246817
Abbey Road (mastered for iTunes, iTunes LP) Digital Media 18 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)
Abbey Road Cassette 17 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 4XT-383 [none]
Abbey Road Reel-to-reel 17 Apple Records L 383

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Something
covers: Abbey Road Now! by Various Artists
included in: The Beatles (2009 stereo remasters)
The Beatles Box Set
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 14)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/abbey-road-mw0000192938 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/24047 [info]
Wikidata: Q173643 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Beatles:Abbey_Road_(1969) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_beatles/abbey_road/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/cwvr [info]

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At the fag end of the 60s, the Beatles produced Abbey Road, their last smoke and mirrors triumph, a musical truce that papered over cracks between the group which were, by now, unfathomably deep. It was to be a marvellous set-piece finale for the group that had defined the decade.

Although large sections of the material had been left over from as far back as their Indian sojourn in the spring of 1968, the overall sound and feel was that of a coherent and logical work, which played to every one of the foursome's considerable strengths.

John Lennon would frequently dismiss the album after its release, but Abbey Road contains three of his very finest works: Come Together, I Want You (She's So Heavy), and Because. George Harrison established himself as an individual talent of some note with the beautiful Something and the ever-lovely Here Comes the Sun, and even Ringo Starr continued to set fair his light entertainer course with Octopus's Garden.

However - the deplorable Maxwell's Silver Hammer aside - Abbey Road is primarily a triumph for Paul McCartney, preserving The Beatles' legacy on their less-than-fond farewell. Apart from being fairly low-key on the album's first side, his piecing together of their 'long medley' from leftovers and doodles on the reverse is possibly his greatest sustained achievement, culminating in every member of the group soloing on The End. Although this side is responsible for myriad crimes later committed in its name (think the worst of 10cc, ELO, Alan Parsons Project), it is a mature and intelligent coda to the single most important act British music produced.

The Beatles' work was done. They'd come to symbolise the 60s, taken youth culture to the world, and ultimately collapsed under the responsibility, the weight they had to carry. Abbey Road is the soundtrack to it all.