The Beatles, album "Abbey Road"
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Studio albums - Studio Apple Corps - 1969
stereo: 26.09.1969; CD: 10.10.1987
04:19 Come Together (John Lennon – John Lennon and Paul McCartney) - Remastered 2009 - 30.07.1969
'On the new album I like 'Come Together,' which is a great one of John's.'JOHN 1980:
''Come Together' is me – writing obscurely around an old Chuck Berry thing.
I left the line 'Here comes old flat-top.' It is nothing like the Chuck Berry song, but they took me to court because I admitted the influence once years ago.
I could have changed it to 'Here comes old iron face,' but the song remains independent of Chuck Berry or anybody else on earth.
The thing was created in the studio.
It's gobbledygook – 'Come Together' was an expression that Tim Leary had come up with for his attempt at being president or whatever he wanted to be, and he asked me to write a campaign song.
I tried and I tried, but I couldn't come up with one.
But I came up with this, 'Come Together,' which would've been no good to him – you couldn't have a campaign song like that, right? Leary attacked me years later, saying I ripped him off.
I didn't rip him off.
It's just that it turned into 'Come Together.' What am I going to do, give it to him? It was a funky record – it's one of my favorite Beatle tracks, or, one of my favorite Lennon tracks, let's say that.
It's funky, it's bluesy, and I'm singing it pretty well.
I like the sound of the record.
You can dance to it.
I'll buy it!' (laughs)
'I like George's song 'Something.' For me I think it's the best he's written.'GEORGE 1969:
'I wrote the song 'Something' for the album before this one, but I never finished it off until just recently.
I usually get the first few lines of words and music together, both at once… and then finish the rest of the melody.
Then I have to write the words.
It's like another song I wrote when we were in India.
I wrote the whole first verse and just said everything I wanted to say, and so now I need to write a couple more verses.
I find that much more difficult.
But John gave me a handy tip.
He said, 'Once you start to write a song, try to finish it straight away while you're still in the same mood.' Sometimes you go back to it and you're in a whole different state of mind.
So now, I do try to finish them straight away.'GEORGE 1980:
''Something' was written on the paino while we were making the White Album.
I had a break while Paul was doing some overdubbing so I went into an empty studio and began to write.
That's really all there is to it, except the middle took some time to sort out.
It didn't go on the White Album because we'd already finished all the tracks.'
'The song 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' is one of Paul's which we've been trying to record for ages.
It's one of those instant whistle-along tunes which some people hate, and other people really like.
It's a fun song, but it's kinda sick because Maxwell keeps on killing everyone.'PAUL circa-1994:
''Maxwell's Silver Hammer' is my analogy for when something goes wrong out of the blue, as it so often does, as I was beginning to find out at that time in my life.
I wanted something symbolic of that, so to me it was some fictitious character called Maxwell with a silver hammer.
I don't know why it was silver, it just sounded better than Maxwell's hammer.
It was needed for scanning.
We still use that expression now when something unexpected happens.'
03:27 Oh! Darling (Paul McCartney – John Lennon and Paul McCartney) - Remastered 2009 - 11.08.1969
''Oh! Darling' was a great one of Paul's that he didn't sing too well.
I always thought that I could've done it better – it was more my style than his.
He wrote it, so what the hell, he's going to sing it.
If he'd had any sense he should have let me sing it.' (laughs)PAUL circa-1994:
'I mainly remember wanting to get the vocal right, wanting to get it good, and I ended up trying each morning as I came into the recording session.
I tried it with a hand mike, and I tried it with a standing mike, I tried it every which way, and finally got the vocal I was reasonably happy with.
It's a bit of a belter and if it comes off lukewarm then you've missed the whole point.
It was unusual for me – I would normally try all the goes at a vocal in one day.'
''Octopus's Garden' is Ringo's song.
It's only the second song Ringo has ever written, mind you, and it's lovely.
Ringo gets bored with just playing drums all the time, so at home he sometimes plays a bit of piano, but unfortunately he only knows about three chords.
He knows about the same on guitar too.
This song gets very deep into your consciousness, though because it's so peaceful.
I suppose Ringo is writing cosmic songs these days without even realizing it.'RINGO 1981:
'He (a ship captain) told me all about octopuses – how they go 'round the sea bed and pick up stones and shiny objects and build gardens.
I thought, 'How fabulous!' because at the time I just wanted to be under the sea, too.
I wanted to get out of it for a while.'
'It is very heavy.
John plays lead guitar and sings, and it's basically just an old blues riff he's doing, but again, it's a very original John-type song as well… It's a very good chord sequence he used on this particular one.'JOHN 1971:
'Simplicity is evident in 'She So Heavy.' In fact a reviewer wrote: 'He seems to have lost his talent for lyrics, it's so simple and boring.' When it gets down to it – when you're drowning, you don't say 'I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,' you just scream.'JOHN 1980:
'That's me, about Yoko.'
GEORGE 1980: '…written at a time when Apple was getting like school, where we had to go and be businessmen – all this signing accounts, and 'sign this' and 'sign that.' Anyway, it seems as if winter in England goes on forever; by the time spring comes you really deserve it.
So one day I decided, 'I'm going to sag-off Apple,' and I went over to Eric Clapton's house.
I was walking in his garden.
The relief of not having to go and see all those dopey accountants was wonderful.
And I was walking around the garden with one of Eric's acoustic guitars, and wrote 'Here Comes The Sun.'
02:45 Because (John Lennon – John Lennon and Paul McCartney) - Remastered 2009 - 05.08.1969
'I like John's 'Because' on the second side.
To say, 'Because the world is round it turns me on' is great.
And 'Because the wind is high it blows my mind''GEORGE 1969:
'I think my favorite one on the album is 'Because.' The lyrics are uncomplicated… but the harmony was actually pretty difficult to sing.
I think it's one of those tunes that will definitely impress most people.'JOHN 1980:
'I was lying on the sofa in our house, listening to Yoko play Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata' on the piano.
Suddenly, I said, 'Can you play those chords backward?' She did, and I wrote 'Because' around them.
The song sounds like 'Moonlight Sonata,' too.
The lyrics are clear, no bullshit, no imagery, no obscure references.'
'It does two verses of one tune, and then the bridge is almost like a different song altogether, so it's quite melodic.'PAUL 1988:
'We wanted to dabble, and I had a bit of fun making some of the songs fit together, with key changes (into the long medley).
That was nice.
It worked out well.'
02:26 Sun King (John Lennon – John Lennon and Paul McCartney) - Remastered 2009 - 29.07.1969
'We just started joking, you know, singing `quando para mucho.´ So we just made up… Paul knew a few Spanish words from school, you know.
So we just strung any Spanish words that sounded vaguely like something.
And of course we got `chicka ferdy´ in. That´s a Liverpool expression.
Just like sort of – it doesn´t mean anything to me but (childish taunting) `na-na, na-na-na!´ `Cake and eat it´ is another nice line too, because they have that in Spanish – 'Que' or something, and eat it.'JOHN 1980:
'That's a piece of garbage I had around.'GEORGE 1987:
'At the time, 'Albatross' (by Fleetwood Mac) was out, with all the reverb on guitar.
So we said, 'Let's be Fleetwood Mac doing Albatross, just to get going.' It never really sounded like Fleetwood Mac… but that was the point of origin.'
01:06 Mean Mr. Mustard (John Lennon – John Lennon and Paul McCartney) - Remastered 2009 - 29.07.1969
JOHN 1980: 'I'd read somewhere in the newspaper about this mean guy who hid his five-pound notes, not up his nose but 'somewhere else.' No, it had nothing to do with cocaine.'
01:12 Polythene Pam (John Lennon – John Lennon and Paul McCartney) - Remastered 2009 - 28.07.1969
JOHN 1980: 'That was me, remembering a little event with a woman in Jersey, and a man who was England's answer to Allen Ginsberg, who gave us our first exposure… I met him when we were on tour and he took me back to his apartment, and I had a girl and he had one he wanted me to meet.
He said she dressed up in polythene, which she did.
She didn't wear jackboots, and kilts, I just sort of elaborated.
Perverted sex in a polythene bag – Just looking for something to write about.'
'A very strange song of Paul's with terrific lyrics, but it's hard to explain what they're all about.'JOHN 1980:
'He wrote that when we were in New York announcing Apple and we first met Linda.
Maybe she's the one that came in the window.'
01:31 Golden Slumbers (Paul McCartney – John Lennon and Paul McCartney) - Remastered 2009 - 15.08.1969
'Another very melodic tune of Paul's which is also quite nice.'PAUL 1969:
'I was just playing the piano in Liverpool at my dad's house, and my sister Ruth's piano book… she was learning piano… and 'Golden Slumbers and your old favorites' was up on the stand, you know – it was a little book with all those words in it.
I was just flipping through it and I came to 'Golden Slumbers.' I can't read music so I didn't know the tune… I can't remember the old tune… so I just started playing 'my' tune to it.
And then, I liked the words so I just kept that, you know, and then it fitted with another bit of song I had – which is the verse in between it.
So I just made that into a song.
It just happened 'cuz I was reading her book.'
01:36 Carry that Weight (Paul McCartney – John Lennon and Paul McCartney) - Remastered 2009 - 15.08.1969
Apparently he was under strain at that period.'PAUL circa-1994:
'I'm generally quite upbeat, but at certain times things get to me so much that I just can't be upbeat anymore and that (the tensions leading to the break-up) was one of those times.
'Carry that weight a long time' – like forever! That's what I meant… in this heaviness there was no place to be.
It was serious, paranoid heaviness and it was just very uncomfortable.'
02:21 The End (Paul McCartney – John Lennon and Paul McCartney) - Remastered 2009 - 18.08.1969
'That's Paul again, the unfinished song, right? Just a piece at the end.
He had a line in it, (sings) 'And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make,' which is a very cosmic, philosophical line – which again proves that if he wants to, he can think.'PAUL 1988:
'Ringo would never do drum solos.
He hated drummers who did lengthy drum solos.
We all did.
And when he joined the Beatles we said, 'Ah, what about drum solos then?' and he said, 'I hate 'em!' We said, 'Great! We love you!' And so he would never do them.
But because of this medley I said, 'Well, a token solo?' and he really dug his heels in and didn't want to do it.
But after a little bit of gentle persuasion I said, '…it wouldn't be Buddy Rich gone mad,' because I think that's what he didn't want to do.
… anyway we came to this compromise, it was a kind of a solo.
I don't think he's done one since.'
00:25 Her Majesty (Paul McCartney – John Lennon and Paul McCartney) - Remastered 2009 - 02.07.1969
PAUL 1969: 'That was just… I don't know.
I was in Scotland, and I was just writing this little tune.
I can never tell, like, how tunes come out.
I just wrote it as a joke.'
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