Abbey Road

 
Timeless tunes are the ideal intro to Fab Four's music.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The overall message of the music and the spirit of the songs is positive. Some music experts have even speculated that Abbey Road could be taken as a children's album because many of the songs are childlike. "Octopus's Garden," for example expresses the universal feeling of wanting to hide in a magical world. "Here Comes the Sun" is a poetic expression of hope, while "Come Together" is a call for people to live in harmony.

Positive role models

The songs paint very descriptive and accurate character studies that portray people as they are -- some could be role models, some have very human failings. The Beatles had a flair for encapsulating the human condition, while not sugar-coating things. On "Mean Mr. Mustard" the lyrics describe a "mean old man" who never goes anywhere and doesn't even appreciate the Queen. He's not a role model, but his grumpy persona serves a cautionary role.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

This album and other Beatles records were re-released to coincide with the debut of the game The Beatles: Rock Band.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

Music details

Artist:The Beatles
Release date:September 9, 2009
Label:Capitol
Genre:Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old June 3, 2011
age 7+
 

Great Music

This has to be the best music ever. I just got the album yesterday. My favorite is Something. This album has really good music. Come Together has little drug reference, though. Overall, this album is a legend.
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Teen, 14 years old Written byLord of Sushi February 17, 2010
age 2+
 

One of the greatest albums ever made...

This is a really classic album that was made before the final Beatles album (Let it Be). Content isn't really anything to worry about, although the song Maxwell's Silver Hammer has some violence and John Lennon is smoking on the cover.
Adult Written bymayjay May 4, 2015
age 12+
 

Meh

Don't believe the hype. It's overrated. Probably my favourite Fab Four album. Some interesting and easy-going tracks and some other stupid ones.

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