Listen to The Beatles’ isolated vocal tracks for Abbey Road medley

on September 26, 2014, 5:15pm

beatles   abbey road Listen to The Beatles isolated vocal tracks for Abbey Road medley

Ed Note: Today, The Beatles’ Abbey Road celebrates its 45th anniversary. In light of the occasion, we’re republishing this story, which was originally posted in September 2013.

A few years ago, we named The Beatles’ Abbey Road as the greatest album of all time. Follow our breadcrumbs of reasoning and you’ll read about Paul McCartney’s final swan song: the medley. It’s a religious experience with an ensuing legacy that continues to influence musicians both new and old. Now, someone’s stripped away all the music and, instead, left its vocal tracks. What one should take away here is how synonymous the Fab Four really were, even amidst their forthcoming demise. “Match made in heaven” comes to mind, and really, aside from The Beach Boys, The Temptations, and The Bee Gees — it doesn’t get better than this. Stream below and lose yourself in the process.



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September 27, 2014 at 12:01 am

Sorry, needs the music to do it for me………….

September 27, 2014 at 12:52 pm

I think you have missed the point. !

Richard B.
September 27, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Classic Thomas

September 28, 2014 at 9:23 am

Great to peel back the tracks and here McCartney layers….. like butter, truly

September 26, 2014 at 11:56 pm

The Beatles were & are the best. The songs never get old. Love love them.

September 26, 2014 at 11:43 pm

Someone once asked John if Ringo was the best drummer, at the time in rock n’ roll. John’s reply after no significant amount of time contemplating was “Ringo’s not even the best drummer in the Beatles.” A little-known fact is that ‘John’, on several occasions, stayed late or ‘returned’ to the studio to re-record and remix himself doing percussion inserts, and the next day Ringo would be perplexed as to why it didn’t sound the same as what he had done the previous day. And BOTH John AND Paul were (are) musical geniuses in their own right. As collaborates they’re unparalelled. As solo artists they’ve BOTH contributed some of the most significant, touching and stirring music in history. Comparing OR contrasting their talent is pointless and futile.

apollo c vernouth
September 27, 2014 at 12:19 am

…Someone once asked John if Ringo was the best drummer, at the time in rock n’ roll. John’s reply after no significant amount of time contemplating was “Ringo’s not even the best drummer in the Beatles.”

John NEVER said any such thing.
Beatles Biographer Mark Lewisohn has reported this was a line from a TV comedy sketch. By one Jasper Carrot circa 1982.

Also John didn’t redo any of Ringo’s drumming efforts. If anyone did, it was, of course Paul.
Paul was the Fabs early drummer, pre Ringo, when no one else was available.
Paul was the drummer on several Beatles recordings including Back in the USSR and the Ballad of John and Yoko.

September 27, 2014 at 2:32 am

apolo is right you know

September 27, 2014 at 7:50 am

Neither John or Paul said that about Ringo. He is the best innovative drummer in pop/rock of all time. He’s not a very tecnical drummer as , for example, Mitch Mitchel drummer in Jimi Hendrix Exp. Ringo is the most underrated drummer by the kind of people that doesn’t know much about drumming.

September 27, 2014 at 11:37 am

I agree, have read over 30 Beatle books and am a John Lennon “nut”. I am 67 years old. JoHN NEVER said that and John NEVER played drums to replace Ringo’s drumming. Paul DID play on some songs, but isn’t even CLOSE to the drummer that Ringo is. He only did those tracks when Ringo was not around.

September 27, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Moreover, according to Geoff Emerick, the Beatles’ engineer on most of their albums including Revolution, it was Paul who played the guitar solo in Harrison’s song “Taxman” after Harrison had repeatedly tried to do it. Paul did it in one take.

September 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Actually, John did indeed say this about Ringo on the Dick Cavett Show, wither he was being honest or joking about it, I don’t know.

September 28, 2014 at 3:17 am

If John had such a low opinion of Ringo then why did he choose Ringo to play on his ground-breaking solo album?

September 27, 2014 at 12:22 am

that’s just John being stupid n dumb as he was in the late 60′s. Without any talent and with ample of yoko’s influence.
If you have any doubts please listen to RAIN, Tommorow Never Knows, A Day in Life, Ticket to Ride, Helter Skelter

September 27, 2014 at 4:01 am

you are a idiot

September 27, 2014 at 11:53 am

pretty sure you mean AN idiot…. but I agree.

Mean Mr. Mustard
September 27, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Just to add sorry but John did not play the drums it was always Paul that would add drums & percussion..

September 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Your wrong,on the ballad of john and yoko Paul plays the drums,the one instrument john could not play ,he played everything else ,Paul would sometimes rerecord Ringo’s drums read mark lewisongs definitive Beatles to learn what was played on every track the Beatles recorded

September 27, 2014 at 9:36 pm

I think you mean you’re wrong.

September 28, 2014 at 12:37 am

I love it when the Grammar Nazis are working…

Alex Keith
September 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I think you mean are twerking.

September 28, 2014 at 4:27 am

Yeah, you’re out of your mind if you don’t think Ringo was a great drummer. I mean, he’s no Charlie Watts, obviously, but he was rock solid and creative as hell with his playing.

September 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Charlie Watts!!’re being funny right? Geez..Charlie Watts..pfftt!!!!

September 26, 2014 at 11:43 pm

OK, so who is singing the high stuff during the “love you” parts???

September 27, 2014 at 12:51 am

Not for sure but I think it’s Harrison

September 27, 2014 at 12:57 pm

It’s definitely not George. It’s most likely Paul.

Kat McClure
September 27, 2014 at 12:53 am

Paul had the best falsetto of the regular singers (John, Paul, and George). Ringo sang on the occasional song,

September 27, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Not according to George Martin. “In his book All You Need Is Ears,” he said John had the best falsetto in the group.

September 27, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Should be “All You Need Is Ears.” One of the quotation marks got away from me.

September 27, 2014 at 1:14 am

Sounds like one of the boys pitch-shifted.

September 27, 2014 at 1:17 am

Sure does. I think not even Yoko could sing that high. It actually gets into Chipmunks territory!

September 27, 2014 at 8:38 am

Yoko had a bed in the studio for this album, so it’s not impossible to believe a that female managed to get high singing part in a chorus of a song with many other voices by the sound of it. .

Bob H
September 26, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Much of the harmonic background vocals include Linda. I can make her out in some of the “ooh” and “ash” parts.

apollo c vernouth
September 27, 2014 at 12:23 am

There are no female voices on Abbey Road.

Bob H
September 27, 2014 at 8:53 am

You’re right – I checked out the Beatles recordings, and found that the Abbey Road vocals were done only by the group – with overdubbing. Linda’s harmony backing was used on only a couple Beatles songs – “Let It Be”, and more noticeably on “I Will”.

Katherine Mace
September 26, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Thank you so much! I grew up with these songs, and love them. Hearing just the vocals is amazing and offers a whole new experience.

September 26, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Ahhhhh….so beautiful.

September 26, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Thanks you for sharing it, such beautifull vocals!!!!!!!!

September 26, 2014 at 10:55 pm

When I hear their voices I am transported back to our black and white and those beautiful boys .13 years old my first love.That moment will be within me always.

Terri Doring
September 26, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Surreal. Started off with my very fav Beatles cut and the line all my family and friends know me by: “Soon we’ll be away from here…step on the gas and wipe that tear away!” <3

September 26, 2014 at 10:47 pm

so so so awesome

donald lacro
September 26, 2014 at 10:43 pm

John Lennon and George Harrison were great composers, especially John who has deep with lyrics and more creative in his melodies. But i think of all the four, Paul McCartney is the most talented and versatile with musical instruments and the most prolific singer and songwriter. While John is best with his poetic-style lyrics, Paul is great with his melodies and pop-style tunes. Paul still wrote more songs and many hits after they disbanded compared to John.

Ted Fontenot
September 26, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Well, yeah, being as he’s out-lived Lennon by 35 years, I guess he would be more prolific. But most everybody agrees that Lennon, besides being the better lyricist, was the superior vocalist, both in his range, emotional tenor, and an uncanny ability to adhere to harmony.

Lucie Melahn
September 26, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Completely disagree about their singing. I think Paul was far superior. He can do soft ballads and power vocals. It’s as if he has two voices. And there were several examples where Paul stepped in to sing the higher register vocals, such as Hard Day’s Night.

Rikard Bakke
September 27, 2014 at 12:21 am

Ted Fontenot: Obviously, Donald Lacro is referring to the period of time when John was still alive. And yeah, John’s solo career was very spotty while Paul turned out album after album, 10 studio albums in all, between 1970 and 1980. So the years after 1980 aren’t needed for Paul to qualify as more prolific. If you’re going to argue, argue fairly, not because you might prefer John’s work to Paul’s (whom an extraordinarily amount of people feel the need to dismiss).

September 27, 2014 at 1:38 am

Why oh why do we still argue about this, all these years later? Can we just not accept that they all played a part in making it the most successful music combo ever.

Ray Hall
September 27, 2014 at 7:11 am

Totally agree. I believe The Beatles were a sum of their parts with the parts obviously being each individual & each brought something special that made ‘Beatle music’. Take one away & the magic left with him.

Hannes Minkema (@hminkema)
October 3, 2014 at 3:28 pm

You are totally right! I am fully prepared to accept that they all played a part in the most succesful combo ever.

And Paul’s part was bigger :-)

September 27, 2014 at 5:26 am

Why compare them like who’s the best Beatle? It’s what they did together that made them this fantastic! I love them all <3

September 27, 2014 at 9:52 am


Ellen Duffy
September 26, 2014 at 10:19 pm

I first heard the Beatles on Ed Sullivan when I was 6 years old. They were magic to me then and nearly 51 years later; still magic! Thank you for sharing this with us.

Ted Fontenot
September 26, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Even McCartney has admitted the best song on that album is Lennon’s “Because”. As did Harrison.

Lucie Melahn
September 26, 2014 at 11:00 pm

I think they’re both wrong.

September 26, 2014 at 11:28 pm

No, Paul and John have both said that “Something” was the best song on the album.

September 26, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Fantastic! Voices are so clear and on key.

September 26, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Who cares who was the best…. they were Gods as the Beatles.

September 26, 2014 at 9:40 pm

And all of us Hyper Fans can come in perfectly with the words WITHOUT THE MUSIC!!

Occurred to me that with CD’s there no longer is a “Side Two Abbey Road” ….

September 26, 2014 at 10:32 pm

What is a CD?

September 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm

And your point is …what????

Patricia O’Leary Mosch
September 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm

I love this!

September 26, 2014 at 9:26 pm

I was 13 when the Beatles hit the charts. I love the Beatles. But in order of their talent, it was John, George, Paul, and Ringo. Paul was great, but his music was more like “Show Tunes” compared to John and George. By the way, I think Ringo had more hit songs than this any one of his former bandmates after the breakup.

Jim Demestihas
September 26, 2014 at 9:35 pm

I agree with you!!!!!!! its Apples and Oranges! Pun intended!

Jim Ball
September 26, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Almost all of Ringo’s hits were written by George. Even songs where Ringo gets first writing credit are usually mostly George

Lucie Melahn
September 26, 2014 at 11:01 pm

“With a Little Help from my Friends” was written by John and Paul.

September 26, 2014 at 10:05 pm

“By the way, I think Ringo had more hit songs than this any one of his former bandmates after the breakup.” Are you kidding?! Between his work with the Beatles and as a solo artist and leader of Wings, Paul McCartney has written or co-written more than 50 Top 10 singles! Ringo doesn’t come anywhere close. As for albums, McCartney shifts millions. Ringo hasn’t sold an album for decades.

Lucie Melahn
September 26, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Ringo basically retired years ago. Well deserved. Paul still tours at age 72, putting on solo shows with an insane setlist, no break, playing about ten different instruments. He has no need to do that. He just loves it. Amazing performer. I saw him in an arena and he made it feel like a club.

September 26, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Ringo has NOT retired He tours regularly with his All Star Band at 74 ! Still going strong !.

Doug Warren
September 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Ringo least talented????? His drumming wasn’t talented? They were all equally talented! His drumming is highly regarded – more so now than ever. Just because he wasn’t a songwriter or main singer – doesn’t place him last on talent. George Martin had a hell of a time re-interpreting what was going on inside John, Paul and George’s heads and then Ringo had to come up with drums for songs that were in some instances going where there was no modern comparison (at the time) to work from.
And yes, Ringo did have more hits or success after their initial break up.

September 26, 2014 at 10:41 pm

I agree with you – I live in Jacksonville, FL – and saw Ringo twice in the past years once at FL Theatre and at the Amphiptere in St. Augustine. Awesome – he is a showman that knows how to deliver along with his musical guests – he is a class act all the way and should not be discounted for his contribution to the Beatles.

September 26, 2014 at 10:36 pm

GuesS you never heard of “Wings”. Way more good songs than Ringo

September 26, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Cool stuff but poorly written article. “Final swan song” is redundant. And telling us that the harmonies of the Bee Gees, Beach Boys and Temptations were as good or better demolishes the point of the article.

September 26, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Amen brother!

September 26, 2014 at 9:16 pm

WOW!!!!! Beautiful!!!!!

Glyn Jeenes
September 26, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Absolutely .. the Beatles .. only the best!

Enrique A. Callejas
September 26, 2014 at 9:15 pm

No question Paul is a Mater..! The Master.

September 26, 2014 at 9:14 pm


Ronaye Tylor
September 26, 2014 at 9:07 pm

LOVE this, thank you!

September 26, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Reblogged this on artbylisabelle and commented:
This is so beautiful, what a tribute and what a great gift these gifted musicians gave this world “The Beatles”

September 26, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Brilliant love them always have always will ❤💛💜

James Edward Patteson
September 26, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Very cool song !

September 26, 2014 at 8:37 pm


September 26, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Love love love love love!!!! Brought peace to my day, and a smile to my face.


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