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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this album is considered one of The Beatles' finest and includes many songs that are particularly well-suited for children. It is entirely devoid of offensive language and lacks the alleged drug overtones of earlier albums like Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
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What's the story?
The Beatles: Rock Band game brought renewed interest in the Fab Four's music. Among the songs featured in the game are tracks from ABBEY ROAD, the last and, some would argue, best album ever recorded by the band. The first side of the record includes six full-length songs, while the second offers a few full-length singles and several shorter snippets written by the band's two more prolific members, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Long or short, all of these tunes -- the most famous of which include "Come Together," "Octopus's Garden," and "Here Comes the Sun" -- contain lyrics that are are about as clean as they come.
Is it any good?
Judging the quality of a Beatles' album depends a lot upon personal taste. Few would deny, however, that this record, which includes songs from the last time the group ever recorded together, sports some of the band's most recognizable, heartfelt, and beautiful tunes. For instance, practically everyone knows the words to "Octopus's Garden," and the lovely, deeply meaningful single "Something" is perhaps the best song ever written by George Harrison. The shorter songs on side two are less well-known and more obscure, though hardcore Beatles' fans appreciate them for the collective glimpse they provide into the minds of Lennon and McCartney.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how The Beatles' music transcends generations, and how, through games like Rock Band, the songs can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Music comes from so many easily accessed venues now; talk about and why it's important to choose songs without degrading lyrics, preview new artists in advance, and not download illegally.
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