Monthly Archives: September 2019

Sir Paul McCartney: I’m always tempted to pose with tourists on Abbey Road

Sir Paul McCartney has revealed he is often tempted to “join in” with tourists posing on the zebra crossing made famous by The Beatles’ Abbey Road album.

The 77-year-old was this morning reflecting on the 50-year anniversary of the band’s seventh album on Radio 2, which the musician said he had “beautiful memories” of.

He added: “Nowadays I drive past but you can’t get past — there’s people on it. I’ve often thought of just jumping out and joining in.

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Carry That Weight: Paul McCartney, 77, enjoys a Beatles reunion with Ringo Starr, 79, as they arrive with their glam wives at the Abbey Road 50th Anniversary bash

They are two members of the best selling band of all time.

And Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr enjoyed a Beatles reunion on Thursday night, as they attended the Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Party, held at Abbey Road Studios.

The singer, 77, opted for smart casual in a dark blue denim jacket as he arrived at the glitzy star-studded bash with his glamorous wife Nancy Shevell.

Paul and Ringo were joined by group of star-studded pals as they celebrated the golden anniversary of their iconic Abbey Road record.

The Story Behind Every Song on the Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’

The Beatles never meant for Abbey Road to be their last-recorded album together. In fact, John Lennon didn’t announce he was leaving until almost a month after the sessions concluded in August 1969.

Yet a sense of finality hung over the project, an elegiac mood that infused even its more rock-focused turns. The Beatles were beat up emotionally, having shelved their last album amid growing internal strife over their business ventures. “The Beatles had gone through so much and for such a long time,” producer George Martin said in Anthology. “They’d been incarcerated with each other for nearly a decade, and I was surprised that they had lasted as long as they did.”

Even there, however, the Beatles added an impish coda, tacking on a leftover snippet that brilliantly punctured the self-serious nature of what came before. That moment is a truer representation of what Abbey Road actually was, rather than a Big Statement of Farewell.

They combined recent things with older song fragments, experimented with modern sounds from the just-released Moog synthesizer, and found common musical ground again after trying and initially failing to complete Let It Be. When it arrived on Sept. 26, 1969, Abbey Road was simply the latest thing by the Beatles, a batch of cool new tunes – not a heart-rending goodbye.

We’re taking a similarly small-scale approach here, as we tell the story behind every song on the Beatles’ Abbey Road.

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Abbey Road Gets Bespoke Manhole Cover on 50th Anniversary

FIFTY years ago, four men in flares walked in sync across a zebra crossing in North London and created one of the most memorable LP covers of all time.
Abbey Road has now been immortalised in ductile iron thanks to a partnership between Wrekin Products and Thames Water.

The St John’s Wood neighbourhood hasn’t been the same since its namesake album was released by The Beatles on 26 September 1969. To commemorate the anniversary of the band’s 11th studio album, Wrekin and Thames Water have created a one-off, bespoke manhole cover, which has been installed just a stone’s throw away from EMI’s North London recording studio, with a striking design resembling the iconic LP cover.

This one-off Thames Water-specified Wrekin Unite D400 manhole cover is situated just in front of the world-famous zebra crossing and can be seen on the Abbey Road webcam. This means that the hundreds of thousands of people every year from across the globe who visit the street to walk in the footsteps of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr will pass it while recreating the photo of the ‘Fab Four’ striding across the road.

Simon Turner, commercial director at Wrekin – a leader UK designer, manufacturer and supplier of specialist products for the civil engineering industry – said he was delighted to watch the project Come Together after months of hard work.

He added: “We’ve been aware that one of our manhole covers is situated next to that zebra crossing for a while now, so we knew we had to do something distinctive to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Abbey Road album. Before its release, most people who have been blissfully unaware of the location of EMI’s London recording studio. However, after The Beatles shared the album with the world, both the zebra crossing and Abbey Road became one of the most recognised sites in our capital city and still, hundreds of thousands of people each year continue to visit the street.

“We’re delighted with the outcome of our one-off, special edition Unite D400 manhole cover and we are proud to be celebrating five decades of one of Britain’s greatest exports. The album is one that fans hold closely to their hearts and it has now been immortalised into the fabric of the very street the record was mostly created. We hope that when people visit Abbey Road for their photo op, they also spend some time enjoying our tribute.

“Many people don’t fully appreciate the creativity that goes into industrial design, but we spend countless hours and energy creating our often-unnoticed manhole covers – they really are a piece of art that puts a lid on what is lurking below in the sewer. In Japan, there is an annual three-day festival, which celebrates the 6,000 artistic and intricate manhole covers throughout the country. Our commemorative Abbey Road cover is hopefully just the start of Wrekin combining art with functionality and making the mundane fun.”

Unite – which exceeds BS EN 124:2015 and HA104/09 requirements – includes patented design features that combine to give the longest life, and therefore lowest whole life cost, of any D400 access cover on the market. It means the commemorative Abbey Road edition will remain prominent in the street for decades to come.

Last year, Thames Water unveiled a commemorative manhole cover in Whitechapel Road to mark the first anniversary of the world-famous 130-tonne ‘monster fatberg’, made up of congealed wet wipes and cooking fat, discovered blocking 250 metres of sewers in September 2017.

Stuart White, Thames Water, said: “The famous Abbey Road crossing was the perfect choice for our next special edition manhole cover. We’re always looking for new ways to engage our customers and hope this striking one-off design and tribute to the classic album is popular with Beatles fans who walk the iconic walk.

“We also hope the new look sparks more conversations about what happens next to London’s waste, and serves as a reminder that only the three Ps – poo, pee and toilet paper – should end up in our vast network of underground sewers. Our message is always ‘Bin it – don’t block it’, and please don’t feed the fatberg that lurks beneath.”

Thames Water is now asking for more ideas on the next manhole cover that deserves special edition attention. Share your ideas on Thames Water’s social media channels using #manholemakeover.

Abbey Road topped the UK charts for 11 consecutive weeks, spending a total of 92 weeks in the UK top 75 and selling more than 10 million copies worldwide.

Review: The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ 50th anniversary editions reveal timeless masterpiece

The Beatles new “Abbey Road” box set includes 23 session recordings and demos to be released Friday, Sept. 27.

Many great albums came out in 1969 but I’ve yet to hear one that’s better than The Beatles’ “Abbey Road.” Same could be said about 2019. Today, listening to the new 50th anniversary edition of “Abbey Road” box set out Friday, I’m again struck by its awesomeness. It’s not great for then, like so many decades-old artworks deemed classics, it’s great now, judged against everything that has come in its wake. Eternally cool. Like the look of those four young men crossing the street on the cover.

There’s nothing creaky about John Lennon’s “Come Together,” that’s for sure, and love songs don’t get anymore sincere than George Harrison’s “Something,” especially with the sublimely candid couplet, “You’re asking me will my love grow / I don’t know, I don’t know.”

Paul McCartney’s psycho killer ditty “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” followed by the love song “Oh! Darling” that recalls Dion and the Belmonts by way of Little Richard and Solomon Burke. That’s impressive, too. And try not to smile when Ringo Starr sings about the “Octopus’s Garden” he found while tooling around in his Yellow Submarine.

“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” feels like Lennon responding to Vanilla Fudge and Deep Purple. It’s like he’s telling fans: Don’t bother with heavy metal Beatles cover songs, here’s our own. We got this. Just like we did last album with “Helter Skelter.” “I Want You” is raw and rather simple and I like it better with each listen.

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Why Volkswagen Just Moved the Beetle on the Cover of Abbey Road

Maybe you never even noticed it. But you will now.

In honor of The Beatles’ Abbey Road turning 50 this week—it was released on Sept. 26, 1969—Volkswagen has released what it’s calling the Reparked Edition of the iconic album’s cover.

While the brand’s redux is notably lacking in John, Paul, George and/or Ringo, one aspect is quickly notable: the Volkswagen Beetle. In the original album artwork, we see the white car illegally parked on the left curb. Now, VW and agency Nord DDB have moved the Beetle a few feet to the right, giving it a legal parking spot.

There’s a point to the oddly specific homage, beyond a brand simply injecting itself into a cultural conversation. The photo stunt is aimed at highlighting the automaker’s Park Assist technology, which makes it easier to parallel park by identifying spots large enough for your vehicle and then automating the steering to get it into place.

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The Man Behind The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ Cover Reflects On Its Icon Status

Had it not been for a very tight deadline, the now-iconic cover design for the Beatles’ classic album Abbey Road might have appeared quite differently today, according to John Kosh, the former creative director for the band’s label Apple Records. Back in 1969, he was conceiving the look for the next Beatles album titled Get Back when he later found out that it was being replaced on the release schedule by a new record called Abbey Road. Now Kosh had to quickly come up with a brand-new design before the record hit the shops. “I suddenly found myself, ‘By God, I’ve got to do this and get it out on Wednesday?’” he recalls today. “That’s how it all happened.”

Featuring Kosh’s understated yet groundbreaking design and the famous photograph by the late Iain MacmillanAbbey Road is one of the most recognizable album covers of all time alongside the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The Beatles (a.k.a., The White Album). On its 50th anniversary this year, Abbey Road is being reissued this Friday in a number of configurations—including a super deluxe edition set containing a newly-remastered version of the album on CD and Blu-ray along with previously unreleased music from the sessions.

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