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Friday, August 07, 2009

Happy Birthday Abbey Road

Holy moly, 40 years ago today.

As i recall, first record i ever bought on the day it was released.

Something i learned about Abbey Road just this year: the song "Her Majesty," possibly the first bonus track ever, was originally part of the side 2 medley, fitting in between "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Polythene Pam." Paul didn't like the song flow, so he had it sliced out of the rough mix, but an Abbey Road recording engineer saved the tape and spliced it onto the end of the reel after 14 seconds of leader tape. That's the ending chord of MMM that opens Her Majesty, and the closing note is lost in the opening chord of PP. After i learned that, i recreated the original sequence in Audacity to give it a listen, and i actually like it better.

Which explains why Paul McCartney has a Sir in front of his name, and i don't.



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