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Is John wrong when he says Beatles Abbey Road is the best album ever? Join the discussion.

Thursday, October 8th, 2009 | 7:28 pm

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I love my dog dearly, but she has no taste in music. I know that because the other day, she told me exactly what she thought of what I consider to be the best album side of music ever recorded.

I like to work out to music in the basement, so the other day I flipped my favourite onto the turntable; the B side of the Beatles Abbey Road. On vinyl, not disc. Analog, not digital. There’s no other way.

Dont get me wrong. Side A is brilliant, but for my money the B side is the cat’s meow. Maybe that’s why my dog doesn’t like it. Katie never said it in so many words, but she made her point clear about 20 seconds into when she lifted her snout into the air and started howling.

‘Nuff said. I put on Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.

I didn’t put her in the doghouse, though. With all apologies to Voltaire, while I disagree with my dog, I will defend to the death her right to howl it.

But for all I love about analog sound, I also love the digital age and the web for what it has wrought. No, not porn, gambling or scary shopping – forums, blogs and the never-ending debate about anything at all. They are the digital equivalent of bar stool arguments writ large, with thousands of bar stools; it’s the stuff of grassroots democracy that no government can quash.

I threw out enough strong opinions in the first two paragraphs of this column to spark several never-ending digital debates, which will in turn set off other endless debates about different subjects.

I call them debates, though, only if the people who engage in them respect Voltaire’s original thought; “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

The downside of the medium is the immediacy and the anonymity it affords; one leads to thoughtless responses, the other to insults and cruelty.

I’m not sure if Voltaire would agree, but I believe neither should be tolerated, whether it’s from someone on a bar stool or in a web forum. Calling someone a moron because of their opinion will never get them to change it; a well thought-out rebuttal might. And if it doesn’t, that’s OK because that’s their right, too.

So if you loathe the Beatles and love digital sound, don’t flame me in the comments section, tell me who you think is better and why a CD sounds better. It might just get me thinking, whereas an insult will just harden my original opinion.

I’m off to the basement now for another workout; I’m going to see what Katie thinks of KISS.


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2 Responses to “Is John wrong when he says Beatles Abbey Road is the best album ever? Join the discussion.”

  1. Mike says:
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    Tough call- Revolver, Abbey Road, Sgt Peppers. For my money- Its got to be The White Album- A plethora of memorable songs, stylistically diverse and rivetting social comment. So, while one can certainly make a viable case for several Beatles albums- The White Album will always resonate deeply w/me/


  2. misterpeepee says:
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    Abbey Road is an amazing album, but if I could only ever listen to one album for the rest of my life, it would be London Calling by the Clash.

    Analog is better than cd any day (I’m looking for a decent used turntable as we speak)!

    Please continue discussion on the forum: link

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