The Beatles’ Abbey Road Turns 50 Years Old

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The existence of Abbey Road is practically a miracle — when the Beatles emerged from the Let It Be sessions, the group was fraught with tension and on the verge of breaking up.

They were arguing not only over music — their unhappiness with the mixing of Let It Be held up its release until eight months after Abbey Road came out — but business as well. Their Apple Records label was proving to be a professional time suck, and the group was bitterly torn over whom to hire as their new business manager.   

But by most accounts, the recording of Abbey Road was relatively painless and drama-free — perhaps because the Fab Four knew it would be their last album together. “Nobody then was sure it was going to be the last one, but it felt like it was,” producer George Martin recalled in The Beatles Anthology. George Harrison agreed: “Once we finished Abbey Road, the game was up, and I think we all accepted that.”

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