Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Abbey Road Medley (The Beatles, 1969)

Even if this famous medley from the "Abbey Road" album skips all labels and includes many and so different short songs, it surely influenced the rising progressive rock and was influenced by it. First of all, this lushing collection of musical themes proves how abundant and diversified was the band's inspiration and how accomplished were their creative skills. And I shouldn't forget George Martin's contribution, he probably provided the "symphonic" side to the big picture. A picture with no title, O must say, so I shold've called this post You Never Give Me Your Money/Sun King/Mean Mr Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came In Through the Bathroom Window/Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End. Too much...

Not simply a cover: an immortal rock icon.

This kaleidoscope of musical sketches and the way The Beatles lined up full band arrangements, vocal harmonies and solo performances will become a standard in all forthcoming prog suites. They also chose with care the running order of the songs, so that some of them act like bridges or links between two strong and catchy tunes. 16 minutes of colourful, everchanging and riveting music. And if you don't want to call it prog, you'll have to find a new word for it!