The Beatles Rock Band: Abbey Road Full Album DLC (Xbox 360, PS3, & Wii) Review
Posted by Sean Garmer on 10.23.2009
It's the first ever full album from The Beatles, how does it turn out?
Between the release of the remasters and the Beatles Rock Band there has been a resurgence in popularity of the fab four. The Beatles Rock Band was the highest selling music game in September and All You Need is Love was the fastest selling DLC song in history. So it looks like the first ever full Beatles DLC album should do just as well. How do the tracks available stack-up? Well, keep reading to find out.
Abbey Road DLC tracklisting (costs $17 dollars for full album or $19.50 for full album on Wii version)
3. Maxwell's Silver Hammer
4. Oh Darling
9. You Never Give Me Your Money
10. Sun King
11. Mean Mr. Mustard
12. Polythene Pam
13. She Came In Through the Bathroom Window
14. Golden Slumbers
15. Carry That Weight
17. Her Majesty
*Songs not listed are already on disc*
* Only the first three songs can be bought as singles for XBOX 360 & PS3. In order to buy the Medley you have to buy the entire album, Nintendo Wii owners cannot play the Medley as a whole. For XBOX 360 & PS3 the Medley can be played in parts or as a whole including Her Majesty. *
Song ratings tiers are as they are listed in RB. My personal ratings are based off of playing on expert difficulty. I'm a platinum Expert Vocalist (with a really high octave range) and Bassist. I'm a beginning Expert player for Drums, and I'm a mid tier Expert Guitarist.
Rock Band rating tiers: 0-6 (zero means the bar is blank and represents easiest difficulty, six means the bar is filled and is dark red. This represents "hardest" difficulty.)
Song Facts: Abbey Road was the final album recorded by The Beatles in 1969. After the somber tone of the Let It Be sessions they all decided to do one last album "like the old days." By this time John Lennon was very fed up with the band and ready to get out, but they came together to make one more masterpiece.
Maxwell's Silver Hammer was written by Paul McCartney and it is similar to a jazz or broadway show tune about a man named Maxwell that uses a silver hammer to kill joan, a teacher, and a judge. The Beatles spent more money on this song than any other on Abbey Road. The other three Beatles would end up hating the song because it took so long to rehearse.
Of the songs in this DLC pack this is the easiest on vocals, considering the other two singles are quite difficult. Aside from random fills the drum track is not difficult at all, but still interesting thanks to Ringo. The Bass and Guitar kinda just flow through the song and there isn't much to them. The guitar solo included is really easy too. I love the Beatles, and all their songs, unless you feel like singing a show tune, you can probably skip it.
Drums: No Part
Vocals: 5 (three-part harmony)
Song Facts: Because was written by John Lennon and is inspired by Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, John Lennon wrote the song after hearing Yoko Ono perform Moonlight Sonata backwards. This song is famous for featuring one the Beatles best three-part harmonies which was multi-tracked to make it seem like there were nine voices singing. It's also the last song on the A side of Abbey Road
This is essentially a vocalists song and tailor made to sing three-part harmonies with a few friends. The bass and vocals don't enter until the mini-bridge, and the bass line is mostly just a bunch of sustains. The guitar part starts out as harpsichord, and later becomes John Lennon's guitar. Either way it does keep you busy with constant fretwork of single notes, so guitarists won't get bored with it, but then again this is a track to just listen to. Any vocalist needs to have this song, but it may bore the instrumentalists.
Song Facts: Oh! Darling is a New Orleans pop swamp type tune that also kinda sounds like an old school R&B or Blues number in the Fats Domino vein, it is written by Paul McCartney. Though John Lennon said this song matched more of his vocal range, it didn't stop McCartney from trying to make his voice sound like he'd been singing it all day.
This song is a lot of fun on vocals, especially if you try to do the raspy soulful voice like McCartney does at certain times in the song. It's defintely a hard song to do on vocals if you can't switch between clean and rasp vocals. The harmony parts are also kinda hard to hear in the mix too. The Guitar is a lot of easy sustains, and bass switches between sustains and certain parts where there is constant fretwork of single notes. The Drums are difficult, and probably some of the hardest in the game. Not because of the main rhythm but because of these random fills that are pretty hard because of how fast they show up and how varied they are. If there is one single you may want to get for the band, it'd be this one.
Abbey Road Medley (tiers are a bit misleading for the Medley, as they wouldn't be that high if "The End" weren't included in the set.)
Song Facts: The Medley takes up the entire B-Side of Abbey Road and lasts 16 minutes. The medley in the game includes the 23 second song Her Majesty that was actually part of Mean Mr. Mustard, but because The Beatles didn't like it they took it off. The Engineer went back later and put it at the end of the tape. These songs are both finished and unfinished products that were later made into a suite by Paul McCartney and Producer George Martin. You Never Give Me Your Money has to do with the Beatles problems with Apple and was written by Paul McCartney. John Lennon wrote the next three tracks, Sun King, Mean Mr. Mustard and Polythene Pam. McCartney then wrote the last four songs. She Came In Through the Bathroom Window, Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, and The End. Carry That Weight actually has vocals from all four Beatles. The End is the last song played on disc too.
Seeing as this is a suite there are going to be times where one instrument doesn't do much, but there are more parts where they all do something and overall it just a great piece of music. It's 16 minutes and 23 seconds long and it is a joy to go through every time. Too bad you weren't allowed to just download the Medley by itself, because this long track makes the album worth it, and is the one track you have to have from this album.
Abbey Road Medley (Songs 9-13 on the track listing)
Golden Slumbers Medley (Songs 14-17 on the track listing)
Well, that's it for Abbey Road. Don't forget that in November Beatles fans will receive the remaining 8 tracks from Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Then in December there will be 11 tracks from Rubber Soul to download as well.
It's the Beatles and each song has its own dreamscape as well
The Medley makes this pack worth buying, but vocalists will love this album as well, Drummers should check out Oh! Darling
It's the Beatles their music is legendary
There are not that many songs here if you play the Medley all together, and the entire pack may not be a big replay for everyone
Again, The Medley is the funnest song on here, Vocalists will enjoy every song. But most songs are not too fun for the instruments