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The Abbey Road Medley
20 June 2011
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8That's an idea that intrigues me. Could you post the MP3 for that?

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It would need a tape loop similar to the birds/crickets/etc between YNGMYM/Sun King. I've always wondered why they split the medley in two. I presume it was easier to mix that way, and it sounded better with a natural break.

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27 June 2011
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Joe said:

It would need a tape loop similar to the birds/crickets/etc between YNGMYM/Sun King. I've always wondered why they split the medley in two. I presume it was easier to mix that way, and it sounded better with a natural break.

So the final medley could easily be uploaded to YouTube.

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30 June 2011
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Definitely Golden Slumbers for calming effect…The End to rock out.

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17 November 2011
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My favourite songs of the medley is You Never Give Me Your Money and sun king…..also the connection between them is cool..

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17 November 2011
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The Sun King intro with the beautful guitar work, soft drums and chirping cricket sound would be the highlight.

I think if you take any of the songs by themselves they would be good beatle songs, its the medley that makes it all so good. 

Also i like how there is a gap between Bathroom Window and Golden Slumbers, otherwise it might be too long as you get a little bit of air before being sucked back in. Like surfacing from the deep waters before going down again.

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17 November 2011
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I'll echo what others have already claimed for their favourite bits ("Sun King"'s beautiful break-of-day atmospherics, Paul/George/John trading eights in "The End") and add a special fondness for "Polythene Pam", a throwaway, maybe, but a great one. Plus just like "The Ballad of John & Yoko" it shows the rocking power of a vigourously strummed acoustic.

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18 November 2011
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I enjoy the medley from beginning to end.  I always wondered why Paul decided to take Her Majesty off at the last minute, It would have fit in very well sandwiched inbetween.

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19 November 2011
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LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Abbey Road Medley. My favourite songs of it is Polythene Pam (because of the AMAZING backing harmonies), Golden Slumbers (because of Paul's AMAZING vocals) and The End (because of the AMAZING finale, which I consider to be the best possible finale for the Beatles' last album), though I generally regard Abbey Road medley as one song. It's actually one of my favourite Beatles songs…
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19 November 2011
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beatle ed said:

I always wondered why Paul decided to take Her Majesty off at the last minute, It would have fit in very well sandwiched inbetween.

I disagree. I think Abbey Road is exactly as it should be.

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20 November 2011
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The guitar from Sun King, and my word it is stunning – once you get used to the absence of everything else.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Be…..VZuaY (it wont embed itself as a video so a link it must be.) (There are so many of these videos, isolated tracks of songs, and they are so good to listen to.)

 

There is a version of the medley where Her Majesty has been placed back between MMM and PP and it shows that the beatles got it right as its very disorientating going from the fast  upbeat Mr Mustard to the gently acoustic Her Majesty back to Polythene Pam and its fast hard guitar and drums.

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20 November 2011
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I disagree. I think Abbey Road is exactly as it should be.

 

Well, i also condider Abbey Road album to be on my favourites but "Her Majesy" (which has been put on the end of the album) just destroyes the whole medley.Well I mean, it should have been put somewhere in the middle of the medley so the last lyrics of "The End" (And in the end…..the love mou make) would completed the whole concept of the album (don't forget that Abbey Road was their last recorded album)

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20 November 2011
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Tomorrow Never Knows said:

I disagree. I think Abbey Road is exactly as it should be.

 

Well, i also condider Abbey Road album to be on my favourites but "Her Majesy" (which has been put on the end of the album) just destroyes the whole medley.Well I mean, it should have been put somewhere in the middle of the medley so the last lyrics of "The End" (And in the end…..the love mou make) would completed the whole concept of the album (don't forget that Abbey Road was their last recorded album)

You're quite right, BUT it's better than it would be between Mean Mr. Mustard and Polythene Pam.

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20 November 2011
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You're quite right, BUT it's better than it would be between Mean Mr. Mustard and Polythene Pam

 

Anyway in this song it could have been done a better work…

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11 February 2012
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The Best side of my Favorite Beatles album, thus my favorite album, period.

And I am first and foremost a John fan. But the Medley is just the pinnacle of popular music.apple01

12 February 2012
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I had once heard, but never verified, that the placing of an odd, short, disjointed song or track at the end of an album was a distinctly British practice (just like the end clip on Sgt. Pepper). While I know that the story is that Her Majesty was on the end of the tape and sort of an accident discovered during mixing, I wonder if the reason it was left on is partially because of that practice of adding a little "end bit" to an album (without listing it on the album tracks).

If indeed that is true, then leaving Her Majesty on the album was not as a disconnected act in it's day as it might seem now.

If anyone else has heard that I'd be interested in knowing.

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13 February 2012
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Abbey Road medley is undeniably a masterpiece. I can't say that Mr Mustard or Sun King for example are my favourite songs, but I completely love the medley as a whole. Whenever I ask myself which is my favourite song (which i a question that I can't really answer) I say Abbey Road medley. It's just something wonderful.Sometimes when I'm in bed with my iPod I just replay it again and again.

Paul (who IS my favourite Beatle) has written the best parts of the medley, but what I love about Abbey Road medley (and the album in general) is that even it was their last album they worked together as a team and everyone contributed much to it. 4 things are REALLY remarkable on the medley: the amazing guitar solos, the absoloutely amazing vocal harmonies on Polythene Pam (they blow your mind), Paul's best vocal performance ever on Golden Slumbers and of caurse the ending of The End, which is what I consider as the best possible end to the Beatles.

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14 February 2012
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robert said

I had once heard, but never verified, that the placing of an odd, short, disjointed song or track at the end of an album was a distinctly British practice (just like the end clip on Sgt. Pepper). If anyone else has heard that I'd be interested in knowing.

Well, I can't think of too many British bands offhand who made a regular practice of it, but I know King Crimson's first several albums all had a Strawberry Fields/Pepper-style false-ending closer, and Queen did something similar several times as well. The Rolling Stones' two 1967 albums both ended with incongruous music-hall style numbers, as did Cream on their own '67 opus (except theirs was terrible rather than charming). And the first two Pink Floyd records both close  with their album's most bizarre, schizophrenic (literally) tracks, "Bike" and "Jugband Blues" respectively. So yeah, there may be something to that theory.

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14 February 2012
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One of the bootleg labels, possibly?yellow dog or vigotone, reedited the Abbey Road medley to insert Her Majesty to where it originally was. And if i recall correctly some of the more dubious?manufacturers took that edit?and marketed it as the proper original tape.

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22 February 2012
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Ah the medley. It is brilliant. Polythene Pam, Golden Slumbers, and The End being my favorites.

 

I used to skip 'Sun King' all the time. It took one time listening to the album in the woods, not particularly sober, that I realized how AMAZING that song (and the entire medley) is. It truly is a wonderful end to an album, the best I've ever heard.

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