It’s The 50th Anniversary of
which means it’s pretty much
the 30th Anniversary of
me listening to Abbey Road.
It might not be the best
but it’s my favourite.
And that’s always been the way.
And yes, there are new mixes
and outtakes – but today to celebrate
we took the car out for a drive
and listened to the original CD copy
that I’ve had for at least 20 years.
It has all the things I love about
Abbey Road on it: the songs.
Paul’s perfect rock’n’roll voice
on Oh! Darling
Ringo’s drumming on the album
George’s best songs and country-guitar
and John Lennon on their too.
I learned to play the drums
to this album – which means I’ve
listened to it more than any
other album and should really
thank my old neighbours, or apologise
My son is now learning the drums and he’s
getting pretty good after a week or two
and though he hasn’t got onto playing
along to Abbey Road yet he does love
The Beatles and he is desperate to learn
how to play along to The End; Ringo’s
only drum-solo with the band.
As we were listening to the side-two medley
Oscar started telling us all the facts that
he knew about The Beatles and named his
favourite Beatles in order.
He said he was kinda glad that John Lennon
was dead since he had clearly been “such an
arse-face!” (and holy shit man, I don’t cry
very often but that got me all teared up; so
proud of my little guy!)
We drove home and one of our neighbours
was out walking his dog, glaring in at our
car as we pulled up.