It Was 40 Years Ago Today: ‘Abbey Road’ Released

The final album put together by The Beatles, Abbey Road was released in the United States on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1969, and is No. 8 on VH1’s Top 100 All Time Albums.

From John’s repeated “Shoot me…” at the beginning of “Come Together” to George’s melodic “Here Comes The Sun,” from Ringo’s aquatic “Octopus’s Garden” to Paul’s succession of rockers on side two, Abbey Road shows a band on the fringe of breakup while highlighting The Beatles’ musical talents as individuals (much like the White Album did).

Though it was released about seven months before Let It Be, this was the last album the group ever recorded, and Abbey Road comes to a close with the most fitting of sendoffs from Paul: “And in the end…the love you take…is equal to the love…you make.”

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