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Abbey Road
Studio album by The Beatles
Released 26 September 1969
Recorded 22 February 1969 – 20 August 1969, at Abbey Road, Olympic and Trident Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 47:23
Label Apple (Parlophone)
Producer George Martin
The Beatles chronology
Yellow Submarine
Abbey Road
Let It Be
Singles from Abbey Road
  1. "Come Together"/"Something"
    Released: 31 October 1969
Back cover
The back cover of the album. Note that "Her Majesty" is not listed, as it was with some later reissues and the Compact Disc version, making it a hidden track.
After Let It Be (Get Back), I really thought we were finished. So I was quite surprised when Paul rang up and said, 'Look, you know, what happened to Let It Be is silly. Let's try to make a record like we used to. Would you come and produce it like you used to? I said, 'Well, I'll produce it like I used to if you'll let me.' So Paul rounded up John, George and Ringo and we started work on Abbey Road. It really was very happy, very pleasant, and it went frightfully well.

—George Martin, 1994

I don't like people explaining albums. The only way you can explain it is to hear it. You can't really use words about music, otherwise we'd do a talking album. The album is the explanation, and it's up to you to make sure what you want of it. There is no theme to Abbey Road. There never is a theme to any of our albums, although some people saw one in Sgt. Pepper.

—Paul McCartney, 1969

We made the album from a large number of songs. You see, each of us have got, maybe, ten songs to contribute to an album, but we won't get them all on. So when it's your turn to record, as it were, you've got to pick the one you want on the most, you see.

—John Lennon, 1969

Abbey Road was like a freak. It was an effort trying to produce something that we used to produce, because it was already disintegrating on the White Album because there was so much material. Either we would have had to make double albums every time or Paul and I would have had to say, "OK, we'll only have two songs on every album," and that wouldn't have been fun for Paul and I. It had to break.

—John Lennon, 1970

The second side of Abbey Road is incredible! The White Album, ninety-nine percent of it is very good. If I had Desert Island Discs, I'd take the White one or Abbey Road, I think. I like the boys playing together, you know. I like a group.

—Ringo Starr, 1969

Maybe when I get the album finished and in the sleeve, then I'll get some sort of expression of it. When I did Pepper and the White Album I got an overall image of the album, but whereas with this one, I'm kind of lost. People have said, 'It's great! It's a bit more like Revolver. Well, maybe it is, but it still feels very abstract to me. I can't see it as a whole. It all fits together, but it's a bit like it's something else. It doesn't feel like it's us. We spent hours doing it, but I still don't see it like us. It's more like somebody else. It's a very good album.

—George Harrison, 1969

I liked the "A" side but I never liked that sort of pop opera on the other side. I think it's junk because it was just bits of songs thrown together. "Come Together" is all right, that's all I remember. That was my song. It was a competent album, like Rubber Soul. It was together in that way, but Abbey Road had no life in it.

—John Lennon, "The Rolling Stone Interview", 1971

Abbey Road, for me, just like with all of The Beatles' albums, I like some tracks and I don't like others. It's always been the same. I've never been a knocked out Beatles fan and wanted to buy any of our albums. I like some of the work we did and some of our work I didn't. But Abbey Road was a competent album.

—John Lennon, 1980

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