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The Abbey Road Medley
13 June 2019
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sir walter raleigh said
You Never Give Me Your Money is one correct answer. I was disputing the statement that any other answer is wrong. 

  

You Never Give Me Your Money is not just one correct answer.  It is the correct answer.  That is the start of the the medley as the Beatles intended.  Other answers while interesting are not "correct."

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ThatWeirdBeatlesGirl said
Random question: where do you consider the Abbey Road medley to start? I've always considered You Never Give Me Your Money to be the first song, just because it's so thematically similar to She Came In Through The Bathroom Window , but everyone I've talked to disagrees with me.

I'm very confused right now. Did @ThatWeirdBeatlesGirl steal my post or something? Because I very clearly remember typing that out... 

Isn't he a bit like you and me?

 

 

 

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Ahhh Girl moved all the posts over to this thread, perhaps she attributed that post to the wrong person?

 

If I'm posting I may as well state my belief that the medley was intended to start at YNGMYM, and I think that's where it starts best at anyway.

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Yes!!! I get such shivers with that bit every time. Damnit @Beatlebug , for getting me on board with this striking on Abbey Road thing paul-mccartney I know I'll be grateful in the end, but it's not fun right now a-hard-days-night-john-6

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The Hole Got Fixed said
Ahhh Girl moved all the posts over to this thread, perhaps she attributed that post to the wrong person?

 

If I'm posting I may as well state my belief that the medley was intended to start at YNGMYM, and I think that's where it starts best at anyway.

  

Yeah, I didn't write that post...

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The Hole Got Fixed said
Ahhh Girl moved all the posts over to this thread, perhaps she attributed that post to the wrong person?

 

If I'm posting I may as well state my belief that the medley was intended to start at YNGMYM, and I think that's where it starts best at anyway.

  

That was my bad.

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Probably the last to realise. 

I've also thought that 'Her Majesty ' was simply put in the medley due to its length and existence (30-odd second song lying around that went in) but was it there due to the reference in 'Mean Mister Mustard' to the Queen? It clearly didn't work being where it was but all the songs excluding 'The End ' in some way either refer to other tracks in the medley and/or were recorded with others, and there an actual link between those two. 

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Why are there two of these threads?

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50yearslate said
Why are there two of these threads?

  

I couldn't find a second thread? Where's the 2nd?

(Granted I'm in a hurry and may have missed it)

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@The Hole Got Fixed it’s in Pimp Your Stuff and is titled Abbey Road Medley.

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Ah

That thread, @50yearslate , is someone's cover... not the actual Medley off Abbey Road .

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Depends on how you see it as the Beatles thought it better without 'HM' so took it out. It was the original line-up however.

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It works better without, in my opinion.

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Ron Nasty said
The worst hidden tracks I can think of was one on a Madder Rose album, can't remember which, which was a 12 track album lasting around half-an-hour, and the hidden track was track 99, with all the tracks between being a few seconds of silence that took the CD up to its full eighty minutes - so around thirty-five minutes of silence! Another, and I can't remember for definite what the CD was, though it might have been an X-Files soundtrack, the hidden track was hidden before track 1 - the only way to find it was to know it was there, start track 1 playing, and then hit rewind. Fu-king clever, a truly hidden track, but a barsteward all the same!

  

Blur did that on Think Tank too, "Me White Noise" is track 0, hidden in the pre-gap. Most modern CD players won't touch it, and neither will a laptop. You need a really old CD player, start play and hit rewind. Prince did something with a hidden track on 20Ten as track 77 too, the hidden track was "Laydown". Quite fun seeing the track numbers accelerate... This album was his second cover mount free with a newspaper.

 

The Abbey Road medley is a work of genius, but given kids these days just listen to individual streamed tracks rather than albums they really are missing a masterpiece. Be interesting if all those short bits from the 'Get Back ' sessions could be compiled in a similar manner to make a cohesive whole.

 

  

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Kids these days listen to individually streamed tracks if they are individual. If songs are in a medley, we will listen to them in context.

We do not lack a musical brain - our method and medium of listening may be different, but we still largely listen to music for the same reason - enjoyment. And we know what we need to do to enjoy music john-lennon-salute_gif

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Housekeeping first. Her Majesty transitions in beautifully but the resolve is dead awkward. Macca was right to pull it. Lucky it was found on the cutting room floor. A classic Beatles way to finish their career. The Golden Slumbers /Carry That Weight /The End trilogy is my highlight. To answer the OP question if I had to isolate I cast my vote to Carry That Weight . The reprise of the opening melody from the medley is exquisite. I've always liked Ringo's vocal high up in the mix as well.

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I’m in agreement with Paul here, the Polythene Pam hit is so similar to that of Her Majesty that the medley doesn’t lose any cohesion by pulling it. Plus the driving rhythms of the song escalate through the playout of Sun King , into MMM, then Pam, finally climaxing at the beginning of She Came In Through The Bathroom Window . The flow is much better without Her Majesty , I’m glad it is the version that we are all used to. 

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John having a complete section of the medley without interruption (Sun King /Mean Mr Mustard /Polythene Pam ) makes more sense. Her Majesty feels random spliced in there. Let John finish his three songs before passing the baton to Paul, who completes things right until the end of the album.

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I think 'HM' stops the flow which as it is runs very smoothly thru; the whole peace runs so beautifully and seems so effortless with so much joy thrown in. I love the feeling of the whole medley and then the delight of the lost chord rings thru just when everyone thinks its over and breathes. 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.

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