the last album
photograph by iain mcmillan for apple records.
As has been noted elsewhere – though where, precisely, I don\’t recall – if \”Sgt. Pepper\” was inspired in part by group experimentation with lysergic acid, then \”Abbey Road\” is a very public exposure to analgesics. The overall colour of this album is brown. Browner, even, than their \”Old Brown Shoe\”.
And what a slow motion rollercoaster of an album it is. To listen to this in its fine totality is to wade through treacle with the hem on your bell-bottoms adhering to bare, unvarnished floorboards. There are brief flashes of colourful counterpoint – George\’s \”Here Comes The Sun\”, for instance – but that flower is a lotus; blooming in a river of raw sewage.
Oh, and if you genuinely rate the Beatles\’ last album as highly as you ought to, you owe it to yourself to invest in a copy of Phil May and the Pretty Things\’ \”Parachute\”, 1970, produced by Norman Smith.
Written by Lennon & McCartney. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, 3 Abbey Road, London NW8; Olympic Studios; Trident Studios between 22nd February and 20th August 1969. Produced and orchestrated by George Martin; engineered by Geoff Emerick and Alan Parsons.