Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Carry That Weight


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"Carry That Weight" is part of the medley on Side 2 of the Beatles album "Abbey Road." Because it is part of the medley, "Carry That Weight" is seldom discussed on its own. However, it is a fine piece of music on its own.

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The Beatles also treated "Carry that Weight" as part of a larger work. They worked on "Carry That Weight on 2 July 1969, recording 15 takes of it along with "Golden Slumbers." At this point, Paul was working mostly on the piano and singing vocals, so George Harrison played bass guitar while Ringo pitched in on drums. John Lennon was unavailable, as he had been in a car accident in Golspie, Scotland and was in the hospital. McCartney used takes 13 and 15 as the final versions, adding vocals on 3 July. All three Beatles sang the chanted chorus. John finally pitched in on 30 July after his return. George Martin contributed an orchestral arrangement on 15 August. It is one of the few Beatles songs, at least from this period, in which all four Beatles contribute vocals.

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In some ways, "Abbey Road" is as much a "concept album" as "Sgt. Pepper." It never gets its due in that regard, in my opinion, but you get references within different songs to each other, providing a certain harmony. Just such a beautiful listening experiencing.



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