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The Abbey Road Medley
23 April 2021
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meanmistermustard said
The whole album needs to be played loud and there is a joy in seeing unsuspecting people jerk when that chord suddenly comes crashing in. 

Both sides of the album end unexpectedly and that is definitely a major plus.

  

Agree on both points.

Even when listening to the CD, I pause for a minute or so after ‘I Want You’…exhale…then continue with “side 2”. After all these years, I still get a rush from it.

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I’ve been quite busy recently. 

I’m going to give my opinion on each Abbey Road medley song.

You Never Give Me Your Money : A summertime theme. I remember biking around my town as a young child on a summer day, coming home, and listening to this. This song is just very nostalgic, and upon that, it’s also a great tune without nostalgia! Especially the “oh that magic feeling” part.

Sun king: I love the organ part, and the intro. I also love how good the Gm chord sounds in the chorus. I’m not a big fan of the part where they say random Spanish words though.

Mean Mr. Mustard: Lennon’s voice sounds very dry in this song. Hearing dry voices honestly gives me a dry voice, too. The song itself is very raw, too. Which is why I love it.

Polythene Pam : Great song! I love the part before the solo, where you can hear Lennon say “hey!” Also the chord progression is pretty nice.

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window : Same vibes as You Never Give Me Your Money , honestly. It’s the chorus that brings the most nostalgia this time.

Golden Slumbers : This one is so pretty. Especially the little strings that play after Paul says “to get back homeward” in verse 2.

Carry That Weight : Great tune. Best part is the little solo, in my opinion.

The end: It’s the end of an era! A great one, that is. This song was one of the first Beatles songs I learned how to play 100% perfect. I play all 3 solos myself, which can get tricky, honestly. And the ending solo is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard from the Beatles!  

Her Majesty doesn’t count, as I can’t imagine having the medley end on it. It wouldn’t be so amazing if it did.

Elmore James' got nothing on this baby!

28 July 2021
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I’m still not a huge fan of this one. If you ask me for my favourite songs and moments from Abbey Road , several from the first half jump to mind first, if you ask me for my favourite Beatles songs, I’d listen twenty, thirty, fourty, fifty before I even think of this one. I just never really got the concept so to speak.

It starts with a complete, standalone song. The next one after Because . The melody is picked up later, otherwise YNGMYM is pretty much self-contained and I like it. It’s followed by the dreaded Sun King , seriously, by far one of my if not my least favourite Beatles song. So you could say I’m already outta here at this point. a-hard-days-night-paul-11

Next there are three mostly insignificant snippets, tied together. Here I always ask myself, why does Why Don’t We Do It In The Road often get bashed but something like Mean Mr Mustard doesn’t? If Mean Mr Mustard was on the White Album , would it get bashed too? As a track it’s by no means less meaningless. This part here from Mustard to Window is nice, but it only poses the question to me why there isn’t a Harrison song or two there instead.

Then there is a break, so it isn’t even a single “Medley” anymore, and we have a new one with three songs that are all really good, the little throwback to YNGMYM is great and I love how it builds all up to the ending of The End , which is a worthy finale of the Beatles’ career. A great closer where everything works together well, but that’ s mostly true for me when we’re talking about the last three.

By the way, I like Her Majesty being between MMM and PP, and once I’ve heard this “restored” version, I can’t unhear how it was supposed to be there originally. The melodic direction taking this small detour just makes more sense so to speak than MMM going abruptly into PP, it also gives it all a contrast and makes things more interesting around that point.

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28 July 2021
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From ‘YNGMYM’ thru to the end it was originally called ‘The Long One’, it then became commonly called the medley (i’d also guess it’s not the only medley to have a break). The Beatles knew that they were sticking together unused largely unfinished bits of songs together (excluding the starter which is pretty much fully fledged) to make something far bigger, they were never looking to use great standalone songs. To create something that flows so effortlessly for 17 minutes and which carries you away is an incredible achievement, especially when they were connected thru tape loops and later references back etc to make it almost seemless. 

I’d guess why ‘MMM’ doesn’t get as much criticism is due to the context of it’s placement; it’s intended to be part of something bigger and not to stand on its own unlike ‘WDWDIITR’ which is a standalone track.

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