“What happens when you take 100 different copies of a Beatles White Album first pressing vinyl record and lay them on top of each other? Artist Rutherford Chang, who collects only first pressing White Albums has the answer.”
Sometimes we humans get stuff wrong. Case in point: In 1969, Fresh Air music critic Ed Ward was less than enthusiastic about Abbey Road. Ooops. Oh well. Live and learn.
The Beatles’ Abbey Road — now ranked #14 on the Greatest Album of All-Time list by Rolling Stone — was skewered by critic Ed Ward in the magazine’s pages in 1969. “Eeeeeeeeek. It’s The Beatles,” Ward wrote. But, when we caught up with Ward, who spoke to us from his home in France, he said “I have changed my views slightly toward the positive. Time has a way of doing that.”
The same brain system that controls our muscles also helps us remember music, scientists say. But the discovery might never have happened without The Beatles.
From becoming the world’s first-ever custom recording studio to facing an era of low-budget self-recording, Abbey Road continues to push boundaries.
Photos: The Beatles (1967), George Martin, Kate Bush, Stevie Wonder (1980), all at Abbey Road, courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing
When John and I had just finished writing the song “She Loves You,” we were in the parlor of the little house we lived in in Liverpool, and John and I went next door to one of the rooms where my dad was. And we played it — ‘She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah’ — and he said, ‘Oh, that’s very good, son. But there’s just one thing. Couldn’t you sing, “She loves you, yes, yes, yes?”’ He said, ‘There’s enough of these Americanisms around.’ And we said, ‘No, sorry Dad, it’s got to be “yeah, yeah, yeah.”’ — Paul McCartney [full interview here]