18 Facts About Abbey Road


Abbey Road is the eleventh studio album released by the English rock band the Beatles.

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Abbey Road is a rock album that incorporates genres such as blues, pop, and progressive rock and makes prominent use of the Moog synthesizer and the Leslie speaker.

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The album's cover, featuring the group walking across a zebra crossing outside Abbey Road Studios, has become one of the most famous and imitated in the history of recorded music.

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Abbey Road was recorded on eight-track reel-to-reel tape machines rather than the four-track machines that were used for earlier Beatles albums such as Sgt Pepper, and was the first Beatles album not to be issued in mono.

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Abbey Road was the first and only Beatles album to be entirely recorded through a solid-state transistor mixing desk, the TG12345 Mk I, as opposed to earlier thermionic electron vacuum valve-based REDD desks.

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Abbey Road later went on to engineer Pink Floyd's landmark album The Dark Side of the Moon and produce many popular albums himself with the Alan Parsons Project.

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Abbey Road wrote the song after the group's trip to India in 1968 and wanted to record it for the White Album, but it was rejected by the others as "too complicated".

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Original US and UK pressings of Abbey Road do not list "Her Majesty" on the album's cover nor on the record label, making it a hidden track.

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Abbey Road sold four million copies in its first two months of release.

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The following week, Abbey Road returned to the top for another six weeks before being replaced by Led Zeppelin II.

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Abbey Road initially received mixed reviews from music critics, who criticised the production's artificial sounds and viewed its music as inauthentic.

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Abbey Road did praise the production, particularly the sound of Starr's bass drum.

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Abbey Road received high rankings in several "best albums in history" polls by critics and publications.

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Image of the Beatles on the Abbey Road crossing has become one of the most famous and imitated in recording history.

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Songs on Abbey Road have been covered many times and the album itself has been covered in its entirety.

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Pepper in terms of popularity, Abbey Road failed to repeat the Beatles' earlier achievements in galvanising their rivals to imitate them.

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In June 1970, Allen Klein reported that Abbey Road was the Beatles' best-selling album in the US with sales of about five million.

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Abbey Road has remained in print since its first release in 1969.

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