Steve Kline Ages of Rock
1969: Blues, pop, progressive rock in a brilliant blend — that is Abbey Road, released this day in the U.S. It makes liberal use of the Moog synthesizer and the Leslie speaker. The 11th studio album produced by The Beatles, its sessions are the last in which all four members of the group will participate before disbanding in 1970. The album’s cover, shot outside Abbey Road Studios, will become an icon of the era. The LP soars to the top of the charts around the world, as does the double-A-side single Something/Come Together. Bashed by some critics (some say it is too contrived), Abbey Road is an instant commercial success. Side 2, which begins with Harrison’s Here Comes the Sun and ends with McCartney’s Her Majesty, is a masterpiece when played as a piece. Try it when you have time. The songs on Abbey Road will be covered many times and the album itself is covered in its entirety. One month after Abbey Road‘s release, George Benson records a cover version of the album called The Other Side of Abbey Road. Later in 1969 Booker T. & the M.G.’s records McLemore Avenue (the location of Stax Records) which covers the Abbey Road songs and has a similar cover photo.