THE SUN KING IS HERE TO GREET YOU AFTER YOUR GOLDEN SLUMBERS
Today marks the 40th anniversary of The Beatles' landmark Abbey Road being released in the United Kingdom. Few records can truly be called "essential" but this one rates and we've put together a "video album" to commemorate the occasion. Of course, John, Paul, George and Ringo are here, but we've opened it up to interpreters who've taken these songs and continued to breathe life and love into them since the collection arrived four decades ago.
We begin with John Lennon doing "Come Together" with his own band in the 1970s.
Next, a rare promo video for "Something" from the band that pioneered the notion of rock music with a visual counterpart.
Here's Paul teaching "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" to the lads.
Emily Elbert does a swell solo acoustic cover of "Oh! Darling."
Few band's work habits and rough takes have been more sorted over than The Beatles, and we wouldn't want to be remiss, so here's Ringo and George working on "Octopus's Garden"
Uncle Sam gets in on the action in this version of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" from Julie Taymor's most excellent Across The Universe.
Continue reading for Side Two of Abbey Road...