The Beatles, Abbey Road

po_Road-AbbeyAbbey Road is the eleventh studio album released by the English rock band the Beatles, released on September 26, 1969 in the United Kingdom and on October 1, 1969 in the United States.

The recording sessions for the album were the last in which all four Beatles participated. Although Let It Be was the final album that the Beatles completed before the band’s dissolution in April 1970, most of that album had been recorded before the Abbey Road sessions began. A double A-side single from the album, “Something”/”Come Together”, released in October, topped the Billboard chart in the US.

Although Abbey Road was an immediate commercial success and reached number one in the UK and US, it received mixed reviews, with some critics describing its music as inauthentic and bemoaning the production’s artificial effects. Many critics now view the album as the Beatles’ best and rank it as one of the greatest albums of all time. In particular, George Harrison’s contributions, “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun”, have been regarded among the best songs he wrote for the group. The album’s cover, featuring the four band members walking across a zebra crossing outside Abbey Road Studios, has become one of the most famous and imitated images in the history of recorded music. As of August 2014, Abbey Road remains the Beatles’ best-selling album.