Abbey Road

by David Dedrick on June 11, 2014


It’s the end of the road (see what I did there?) for Compleatly Beatles‘ look at all the Beatles’ albums – song by song, album by album. We did it! We hope you enjoyed this journey from Please Please Me – an album recorded in one day – to Abbey Road – an album with one song that took six months to complete! Which song? Well, you’ll just have to listen to Ian and Dave as they take a long (a very long) look at the Beatles final album: Abbey Road. It’s almost like they couldn’t say goodbye.

But that’s not the end for Compleatly Beatles. We’d like to do at least one more podcast covering the films and we are also planning a question and answer show. So, if you have any questions you’re dying to ask Ian and Dave – maybe something they didn’t cover, maybe a specific question about their own Beatle likes and dislikes – this is your chance! Leave questions for us on the Facebook page, drop us a line on Twitter at @Sneaky_Dragon, write something here on the website or shoot us an email. We’re hoping for lots of questions!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Will June 11, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Hi Dave,

Just downloaded Abbey Road, and up to I want you (she’s so heavy). Couple of things really. Wonderful song. Proof if it were needed that lyrics are sometimes rendered unimportant by the sheer raw passionate savagery of a song. But the bass! Wow… I think the little runs make the song! It is evidence (if It were needed) that Paul is just one of the most accomplished musicians ever! Anyway… I always find that Abbey Road ushered in the prog rock era. Both because of it’s high production/musicianship values. But also because of it’s epic scope, and the whole medly concept. But maybe that’s just me!


n matsumoto June 13, 2014 at 9:14 am

I would be interested in hearing your thoughts about current stuff that might be introducing The Beatles to younger generations and/or people who are more passionate about other forms of media, like Beatles Rock Band and the movie Across The Universe.


Ken June 13, 2014 at 10:47 am


Do you know what bass Paul was playing on this album. It seems to really stand out to me, even more than other albums. Such a fantastic tone to it.


Will June 13, 2014 at 11:01 am

Ken. Paul mostly used his Rickenbacker


Ken June 13, 2014 at 11:21 am

Ah Love the Rickenbacker. I’ve been playing one for years. Like to say I got it because Paul played one, but I got it because of Lemmy.


jeremy June 14, 2014 at 9:50 am

Thanks so much for the Beatles podcasts. I hung on every word, and am slightly in grief now. What next?

And a propos Abbey Road, I’m sure you all know this tribute…but just in case you don’t…



Ian Boothby June 14, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Thanks for that Chris Bliss link Jeremy, pretty great!


Ian Boothby June 14, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Nina, I’d love to talk about Across the Universe and Beatles Rock Band, both of which I enjoyed. And now that you’ve asked about them, we can do so on our final podcast!


David M. June 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm

And in the end, the podcast you take is equal to the podcast you make.


Lorenzo Raffa June 15, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Love Compleatly Beatles, have sampled Sneaky Dragon as a result and have enjoy it as well.
Sorry you won’t be covering the Anthology series (you could probably do it in one podcast). I think Dave would have some interesting insights about alternate song versions, etc, and Ian some funny ones.
In the meantime I’ll try to come with a question for the (sniff!) final CB show!


Arnaldo June 20, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Hi, I happened to come across your podcast about Yellow Submarine, and now the “taint is gone!” yes. I really really really enjoyed your podcasta, now I am hooked. “So much information, driving me insane”. How old are you? I have been a Beatles fan since 1964, and “nothing’s gonna change my world!” Great job you guys. I have gathered some information, rather, bits and pieces throughout their reign, but never dis I thonk that there was to know about Yellow Submarine, of all albums! But there you go. you did a great job. Now, what is left for me to listen to ALL your podcasts, because I am still hungry to know more about the greatest band in the world… IMHO!
Thanks for the time wells pent, and the encyclopedic information. Oh, and I have family in Canda too! Haha.


Matt December 27, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Nice chat about an awful lot beloved by an awful lot of folks–brave conversation, thanks guys! One gripe (that may well have already been issued in the other comments, sorry, haven’t read): the reactions to “come together.” Y’all need to know that the “monkey finger” phrase and the like from Lennon’s “Come Together” are lines lifted from a Chuck Berry song called “you can’t catch me”–the lines directly lifted are: “Here come a flattop he was groovin up with me then come waving goodbye…” Lennon’s reactionary lines: “monkey finger he shoot coka cola” are (apropos) poetic riffs off of Berry’s playful lyricism. (I believe that, according to an unfortunate footnoted fact, Berry’s “people” sued Lennon’s and there was a settlement over said lifted lines.) So no, the song is neither darker nor weirder nor without context than the most brilliant riffing lyricist in American rock history (Chuck Berry!). Moreover, the opening of the album with that ‘rattlesnake’ darkness is what for this listener makes the album as a whole quite without peer. Just some reactionary thoughts, thanks again guys!


Matt December 27, 2015 at 9:02 pm

The source of Lennon’s “come together” (a brilliant and misunderstood mash up of Berry’s genius lyrical constructions).


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