A newly unearthed tape conversation has revealed that the Beatles intended to release more records after what fans assumed to be their farewell album, Abbey Road.
Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn has created Hornsey Road, a new stage show that uses tape, film, photographs, new audio mixes, and his own collection of memorabilia and anecdotes to tell the tale of the making of Abbey Road. According to the Guardian, Abbey Road was not always set to become the iconic quartet’s final album.
Lewisohn owns a tape recording of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, which he made during a meeting on September 8th, 1969, AKA two weeks before the release of Abbey Road. They had been recording the discussion for Ringo, who was in the hospital after experiencing intestinal problems.
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As the chat progresses, they discuss plans for another album and a single they were going to release around Christmas. “The books have always told us that they knew Abbey Road was their last album and they wanted to go out on an artistic high,” Lewisohn explains to the Guardian. “But no – they’re discussing the next album. And you think that John is the one who wanted to break them up but, when you hear this, he isn’t. Doesn’t that rewrite pretty much everything we thought we knew?”
In the clip, Lennon suggests each bandmember bring in songs to put forward as the new single, and that the next album’s song contributions should feature four songs each from Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison, and two from Ringo “if he wants them.”