Album Abbey Road first issued on 26th September, 1969 was the final Beatles album to be recorded but not their last to be released.
In January 1969, the group gathered to record what would eventually see release in 1970 as the film and soundtrack album Let It Be.
Following the ‘live’ nature of the “Let It Be” recordings, for Abbey Road, The Beatles returned to the North London studios to create carefully crafted recordings with ambitious musical arrangements. Interestingly, 12 of the songs that appeared on the finished album were played during the filmed rehearsals and sessions for “Let It Be” back in January.
When Harrison walked out, he was getting out of a living hell. The final Beatles album was first released on 8th May, 1970 – just prior to the launch of the cinema film of the same name. Rehearsals and recording sessions for the album had taken place in January, 1969 – first At Twickenham Film Studios, later in the basement and on the roof of their Apple headquarters on London’s Savile Row.
For the first time on a Beatles album, the front cover contained neither the group’s name nor the album title just that iconic photograph taken on the zebra crossing near the entrance to the studios in London NW8 in August 1969.
Abbey Road entered the British album chart at no.1 in October and stayed there for a total of seventeen of its 81 weeks in the chart. In the US, it spent eleven weeks at #1 during its initial chart stay of 83 weeks.
“I was quite surprised when Paul rang me up and said, ‘We’re going to make another record, would you like to produce it?’ and my immediate answer was, ‘Only if you let me produce it the way we used to.’ and he said, ‘We do want to do that’ and I said, ‘John included?’ and he said, ‘Yes, honestly.'”GEORGE MARTIN
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