Records: The Beatles: Cheerful Coherence

"We were more together than we had been for a long time," said John Lennon last week. "It's lucky when you get all four feeling funky at the same time." Lennon was talking about a recording session last summer that produced the latest Beatles record. Out this week, it is called Abbey Road, in honor of the group's favorite studios in London. The disk proves lucky indeed —for listeners who like being disarmed by the world's four most fortunate and famous music makers. Melodic, inventive, crammed with musical delights, Abbey Road is...

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