Show #99: The Beatles’ Abbey Road

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For The ’59 Sound’s 99 show, we visit one of rock’s most immortal albums: The Beatles’ Abbey Road. No other musical group has so popular and so talented simultaneously.

Setlist (“Song Name” – Artist – Album)

“The ’59 Sound” – The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound

“Come Together” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

“Something” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

“Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

“Oh! Darling” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

“Octopus’s Garden” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

“Here Comes The Sun” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

“Because” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

“You Never Give Me Your Money” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

“Sun King” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

“Mean Mr. Mustard” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

“Polythene Pam” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

“She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

“Golden Slumbers” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

“Carry That Weight – The Beatles – Abbey Road

“The End” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

“Her Majesty” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

“What Is Life” – George Harrison – All Things Must Pass

George Harrison played lead guitar for The Beatles and wrote many of the group’s best loved songs.

“Alligator” – Paul McCartney – NEW

Paul McCartney is best known as a member of The Beatles, and has had an equally illustrious solo career.

“My Bonnie” – Tony Sheridan & The Beat Brothers – First

Before they were The Beatles, they were The Beat Brothers. If Billy Preston is considered the fifth Beatle, that surely makes Tony Sheridan the sixth.

“It Don’t Come Easy” – Ringo Starr – Very Best Of

Ringo drummed for The Beatles and wrote the occasional song. Fellow bandmate George Harrison penned this hit for him.

“Love” – John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band [by Request]

John Lennon is the fourth member of The Beatles, and possessing perhaps the most memorable voice and charisma.

“You Can’t Catch Me” – Chuck Berry – The Definitive Collection

In addition to being an early influence on the group, the opening line of “Come Together” – “Here come old flat-top” – is snaked from this song.

“Something In The Way She Moves” – James Taylor – Best Of

Harrison was inspired to write “Something” during sessions for the White Album by listening to label-mate James Taylor’s “Something In The Way She Moves.

“I Wanna Be Your Man” – The Rolling Stones – Singles 1963-1965 [by Request]

The Rolling Stones and The Beatles are arguable the two most important British rock groups of all time.

“Something” – Frank Sinatra – Trilogy: Past, Present & Future [by Request]

For Brandt! Frank Sinatra once commented that it was his favorite Lennon-McCartney composition (though the song was actually Harrison’s) and “the greatest love song ever written.”

“Piano Sonata No.14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op.27, No. 2, “Moonlight”: I. Adagio sostenuto” – Jeno Jando – Beethoven Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 14 and 23

“Because” was inspired by Lennon listening to Ono playing Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on the piano. He recalled he was “lying on the sofa in our house, listening to Yoko play … Suddenly, I said, ‘Can you play those chords backward?’ She did, and I wrote ‘Because’ around them.”

“She’s Electric” – Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?

Chief among Britpop was the influence of The Beatles. That influence weights heavily on Oasis; the ending vocal harmonies of this song sound exactly like those that close “The End.”

“In The Meantime/Some Other Time” – Badfinger – Wish You Were Here [by Request]

Badfinger were incredibly influenced by The Beatles, and mini-medleys like this on Wish You Were Here shows a specific Abbey Road influence.

“Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” – Tame Impala – Lonerism

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker is deeply influenced by John Lennon’s vocals and The Beatles more psychedelic sounds.

“My Life Is Right” – Big Star – #1 Record

Big Star is in many ways the most important interpreter of The Beatles’s musical legacy, safeguarding their pop songcraft in an era of the 70s in which sounding like The Beatles was unpopular.

“Tomorrow Never Knows” – The Beatles – Revolver [by Request]

For Chance the Gardener!

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