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the band’s eventual breakup, though
Lennon’s heroin addiction and his
insistence that they bring in the
notoriously hard-nosed Allen Klein as
manager did just as much to finally
fracture the band’s facade.
“After Let It Be, I didn’t think I’d ever
work with the boys again,” their producer
George Martin once told me. “But Paul
rang me and said, ‘We want to do another
album. Would you produce it for us?’ I
told him that I didn’t enjoy working on
Let It Be and that I’d only do it if I could
produce it the way that I used to. None of
this nonsense about doing a live album.
He said, ‘Yeah, that’s what we want you
to do. We’ll really do it like the old days.’
I agreed to do it, and I think it worked out
to be one of the best albums we made.”
L
ike all of the Beatles’ late-period
LPs, Abbey Road is still infinitely
greater than the sum of its
individual parts. On the sublime ‘Here
Comes The Sun’ and ‘Something’, George
Harrison proved that he was now more
than capable of coming up with songs
that were equal to anything Lennon and
McCartney wrote. McCartney and Martin
did most of the work piecing together the
leftovers and half-finished tracks that
made up the astonishing climactic
eight-song ‘Medley’. Although Lennon
may have often subsequently dismissed
the album for being too polished, Abbey
Road contains three of the best songs he
ever wrote in ‘Come Together’, ‘Because’
and ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’.
Abbey Road is The Beatles’ most
breathtakingly beautiful album. The
songs are glass onions that have kept
growing new layers of meaning and
resonance, and still sound of-themoment. “If I had to choose one, it would
be Abbey Road, because it was the last
one we did,” Martin said. “It had a nice
feel about it, because I think we all knew
it was the last. So we thought, well, we
might as well make it as good as we can.”
Abbey Road closes with ‘The End’, the
perfect coda to the most important group
in the history of popular music. On 20th
September 1969, six days before Abbey
Road came out, John Lennon told the
others he was leaving the band. Let It Be
may have been The Beatles’ final release,
but Abbey Road was their last goodbye.





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