History Music / AbbeyRoad

30th Apr '18 2:35:15 PM jamespolk
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** "Her Majesty" was originally slated between "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Polythene Pam", but the band decided to delete it. Tape engineer John Kurlander clipped it out of the master, cutting out the last crashing guitar chord of "Mean Mr. Mustard" along with "Her Majesty", but missing the last note of "Her Majesty", which was left at the beginning of "Polythene Pam". Though told to discard it, EMI's policy was to never throw away a Beatles recording, so Kurlander then spliced "Her Majesty" onto the end of the master tape after 14 seconds of silence, creating a Hidden Track that ends one note too soon. The band liked the effect and left it that way. (The cut was a test-run of the cross-fading and editing sequence, on rough mixes, not the final edit - if you notice, in the album version the final chord of "Mean Mr. Mustard" is also missing but because the new sequence makes it redundant; the final chord of "Her Majesty" is totally absent though. The "Her Majesty" part, however, is the original clip tacked on to the final master just the same it was in the rough edit.)

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** When engineer John Kurlander clipped "Her Majesty" was originally slated out of its spot in the master between "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Polythene Pam", but the band decided to delete it. Tape engineer John Kurlander clipped it out of the master, cutting out the last crashing guitar chord of "Mean Mr. Mustard" along with "Her Majesty", but missing Pam" (see HiddenTrack above), he missed the last note of "Her Majesty", which was left at the beginning of "Polythene Pam". Though told to discard it, EMI's policy was to never throw away a Beatles recording, so Kurlander then spliced "Her Majesty" onto Thus the end of the master tape after 14 seconds of silence, creating a Hidden Track that ends one note too soon. The band liked the effect and left it that way. (The cut was a test-run of the cross-fading and editing sequence, on rough mixes, not the final edit - if you notice, in the album version the final chord of "Mean Mr. Mustard" is also missing but because the new sequence makes it redundant; the final chord recording of "Her Majesty" is totally absent though. The "Her Majesty" part, however, is on the original clip tacked on to the final master just the same it was in the rough edit.)finished album also ends abruptly, one note too soon.
10th Feb '18 3:47:57 PM Ezclee4050
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* LimitedLyricsSong: "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" has only a few lines, but clocks in at 7:47.

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* LimitedLyricsSong: LimitedLyricsSong:
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"I Want You (She's So Heavy)" has only a few lines, but clocks in at 7:47.7:47.
** Shorter, but "Sun King", "Carry That Weight" and "The End" also count.
10th Feb '18 3:45:38 PM Ezclee4050
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* EpicInstrumentalOpener: The intros to "Sun King" and "The End" make up the majority of the song.

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* EpicInstrumentalOpener: The intros intro to "Sun King" and "The End" make makes up the majority of the song.
8th Feb '18 4:31:32 PM Ezclee4050
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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The last verse of "Sun King", which is Lennon singing vaguely [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romance_languages Romance language]]-sounding gibberish. Interestingly, the lyrics are made up of actual words from Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and a stray bit of Liverpool schoolyard slang ("chicka ferdy"), but put together in a sufficiently nonsensical way to sound like AsLongAsItSoundsForeign gibberish.

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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The last verse of "Sun King", which is Lennon singing vaguely [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romance_languages Romance language]]-sounding gibberish. Interestingly, the lyrics are made up of actual words from Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and plus a couple stray bit of English phrases (the Liverpool schoolyard slang ("chicka ferdy"), term "chicka ferdy" and "cake and eat it"), but put together in a sufficiently nonsensical way to sound like AsLongAsItSoundsForeign gibberish.



* {{Corpsing}}: Paul cracks up during the second verse of "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" because John mooned him in the recording studio as he sang the line "so he waits behind".

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* {{Corpsing}}: Paul cracks up during the second verse of "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" allegedly because John mooned him in the recording studio as he sang the line "so he waits behind".
8th Feb '18 4:28:01 PM Ezclee4050
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* EpicInstrumentalOpener: The intros to "Sun King" and "The End" make up the majority of the song.
2nd Feb '18 12:08:08 AM jamespolk
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* TextlessAlbumCover

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* TextlessAlbumCoverTextlessAlbumCover: [[https://www.biography.com/.image/t_share/MTE5NTU2MzIzNzI4NjU1ODgz/abbey-road-back-cover2jpg.jpg Here's the rear cover]]. The "Abbey Road" sign was authentic to 1969, although it has since been removed; the "Beatles" part was added in the photographer's studio. The identity of the woman in the blue dress remains unknown to this day, and there's still disagreement as to whether she was added intentionally or whether she was just a pedestrian walking by as Iain Macmillan took his picture.
18th Jan '18 12:25:40 PM JamesAustin
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* BittersweetEnding
* BoleroEffect[=/=]BrokenRecord: "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" ends with the minutes of the same guitar chords repeated over and over. It also has a similar build-up comparable to a bolero.
* TheBusCameBack: This album saw the return of Geoff Emerick, the band's recording engineer since ''Music/{{Revolver}}'', after he'd previously walked out of ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum'' sessions in protest at the constant arguments and tensions. (He had previously returned to engineer the "The Ballad of John and Yoko" single.)

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* BittersweetEnding
BittersweetEnding: The famous medley at the end of the album that starts from "You Never Give Me Your Money" until (appropiately) "The End" seems to have as a theme that, even if good things must come to an end, it was good while it lasted.
* BoleroEffect[=/=]BrokenRecord: BoleroEffect: "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" ends with the minutes of the same guitar chords repeated over and over.over, building in crescendo until the abrupt end. It also has a similar build-up comparable to a bolero.
* TheBusCameBack: TheBusCameBack:
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This album saw the return of Geoff Emerick, the band's recording engineer since ''Music/{{Revolver}}'', after he'd previously walked out of ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum'' sessions in protest at the constant arguments and tensions. (He had previously returned to engineer the "The Ballad of John and Yoko" single.)
29th Nov '17 11:57:09 PM jamespolk
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** "The End" is also the very last song the Beatles recorded together (and the only song where Ringo has a drum solo).

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** "The End" is also the very last song the Beatles recorded together (and the only song where Ringo has a drum solo).[[note]]The last song all four Beatles recorded together, that is. Paul, George, and Ringo convened on Jan. 3, 1970 to record "I Me Mine".[[/note]]



* HiddenTrack: "Her Majesty". Originally, this was meant to be part of the 'medley' between "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Polythene Pam". The chord at the beginning is the ending note to the former track. Music/PaulMcCartney didn't like the way it sounded, and so it was cut off from the album. The tape operator, John Kurlander, followed the record company's guidelines of never throwing anything recorded by The Beatles out, and not knowing what else to do with it he attached it to the end of the master reel, after "The End". Paul liked it. So it stayed.
** Originally it was a true HiddenTrack, not listed with the other tracks on the back album cover. Later pressings of ''Abbey Road'' list "Her Majesty", making it more like TheStinger.

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* HiddenTrack: "Her Majesty". Originally, this was meant to be part of the 'medley' between "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Polythene Pam". The chord at the beginning is the ending note to the former track. Music/PaulMcCartney didn't like the way it sounded, and so it was cut off from the album. The tape operator, John Kurlander, followed the record company's guidelines of never throwing anything recorded by The Beatles out, and not knowing what else to do with it he attached it to the end of the master reel, after "The End". Paul liked it. So it stayed.
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stayed. Originally it was a true HiddenTrack, not listed with the other tracks on the back album cover. Later pressings of ''Abbey Road'' list "Her Majesty", making it more like TheStinger.



* NoEnding: Both sides of the album. "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" ends abruptly in the middle of a riff, after three minutes of repeating the same sequence of chords. John Lennon told engineer Geoff Emerick to "cut it right there", and Emerick did. "Her Majesty" was originally slated between "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Polythene Pam", but the band decided to delete it. Tape engineer John Kurlander clipped it out of the master, cutting out the last crashing guitar chord of "Mean Mr. Mustard" along with "Her Majesty", but missing the last note of "Her Majesty", which was left at the beginning of "Polythene Pam". Though told to discard it, EMI's policy was to never throw away a Beatles recording, so Kurlander then spliced "Her Majesty" onto the end of the master tape after 14 seconds of silence, creating a Hidden Track that ends one note too soon. The band liked the effect and left it that way. (The cut was a test-run of the cross-fading and editing sequence, on rough mixes, not the final edit - if you notice, in the album version the final chord of "Mean Mr. Mustard" is also missing but because the new sequence makes it redundant; the final chord of "Her Majesty" is totally absent though. The "Her Majesty" part, however, is the original clip tacked on to the final master just the same it was in the rough edit.)

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* NoEnding: Both sides of the album.
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"I Want You (She's So Heavy)" ends abruptly in the middle of a riff, after three minutes of repeating the same sequence of chords. John Lennon told engineer Geoff Emerick to "cut it right there", and Emerick did.
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"Her Majesty" was originally slated between "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Polythene Pam", but the band decided to delete it. Tape engineer John Kurlander clipped it out of the master, cutting out the last crashing guitar chord of "Mean Mr. Mustard" along with "Her Majesty", but missing the last note of "Her Majesty", which was left at the beginning of "Polythene Pam". Though told to discard it, EMI's policy was to never throw away a Beatles recording, so Kurlander then spliced "Her Majesty" onto the end of the master tape after 14 seconds of silence, creating a Hidden Track that ends one note too soon. The band liked the effect and left it that way. (The cut was a test-run of the cross-fading and editing sequence, on rough mixes, not the final edit - if you notice, in the album version the final chord of "Mean Mr. Mustard" is also missing but because the new sequence makes it redundant; the final chord of "Her Majesty" is totally absent though. The "Her Majesty" part, however, is the original clip tacked on to the final master just the same it was in the rough edit.)



* ScareChord: A negative example at the end of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", where a sudden silence in the middle of a riff has this effect.

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* ScareChord: ScareChord:
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A negative example at the end of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", where a sudden silence in the middle of a riff has this effect.effect.
** One can only wonder how many people were reaching to turn their record players off in 1969 when they were startled by the loud chord that introduces "Her Majesty".
18th Nov '17 5:14:19 PM MarkLungo
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18th Nov '17 12:08:45 PM Mdumas43073
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[[caption-width-right:320:''And in the end...'']]

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