Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Schools : Pop-rock music : Beatles' Abbey Road 50th anniversary : resources

The Beatles: Abbey Road 50 years
credits: Apple Corps/via BBC

’s hard to believe that Abbey Road still holds up after all these years. But then again it’s a bloody cool album."

Sir Paul McCartney, tweet

As my usual readers know I wrote on my post Music Day : the value of Music in public education and I include a brief note on 
The Beatles' Abbey Road number one in the UK, 50 years after it first topped the album charts.
The new version features original tracks such as Here Comes The Sun and Come Together as well as previously unheard material from the recording sessions.
Nothing better! Today, John Lennon would be 79 years-old. He was born on the 9 October 1940.

The Beatles: Abbey Road 50 years

credits: Apple Corps/via BBC

So, i'ts a beautiful day to write about Abbey Road, the last album of the group, produced by Sir George Martin. On the photo cover the group walk across the street in single file from left to right, with Lennon leading, followed by Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, 1960.

In September 1969, Lennon privately informed his bandmates that he was leaving the band.

The Beatles

Photo: The Beatles at Tittenhurst Park, 22 August 1969 

© Apple Corps Ldt

Despite being their penultimate release, Abbey Road was in fact the last album The Beatles ever recorded together. Let It Be, which came out the following year, had been recorded first, but was initially shelved over disagreements about its production.

The album has been newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell, accompanied by 23 session recordings and demos, most of them previously unreleased.

The album, the last that the group recorded together, but released on 26 September 1969, before 1970’s Let It Be. The three-track ‘Something’ EP, featuring the 2019 Stereo Mix, the Studio Demo and Take 39 – Instrumental – Strings Only, can be streamed here.

Music video by The Beatles performing Something (2019 Mix / Audio). © 2019 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

“The magic comes from the hands playing the instruments, the blend of The Beatles’ voices, the beauty of the arrangements. Our quest is simply to ensure everything sounds as fresh and hits you as hard as it would have on the day it was recorded.”

Giles Martin, introduction


So... Let It Be! Consider to include into your school curriculum, The Beatles: Abbey Road 50 years, talking about Pop-rock music! That´s right! 

"Pop-rock music is a genre that has allured the attention of young people for more than 50 years of its existence. Its prejudices and benefits will be examined as the future of rock music in education is discussed through the methodology of a sample lesson plan."

Andre Firm, California State University

Students curiosity emerge when musical examples using pop-rock are presented. Certainly, their background can conducive to this, and teachers will note her enthusiasm.

The Beatles Abbey Road
via Vevo


And of course, don't forger the great digital resource on Voyager Google Earth! Beattlemania published on my blog May 2017.

Euronews: Watch: It's 50 years since The Beatles' iconic Abbey Road photo was taken


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