Between 1970 and 1975, The Beatles were on the covers of the nation's magazines — Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Rockstar, Cream, The New Yorker, People, Us, etc. — more than 42 times. Most articles were themed around the idea that they still might be in danger of breaking up at any moment.
After the release of Everest in 1969 and Get Back in 1970, The Beatles managed a five-year run with six new group albums, and twice as many solo albums. With names like And the Band Played On, Imagine Another Day, Savile Row, Last Words, the 1971 Lord of the Rings soundtrack, the group's sound continued to evolve in the 1970s as it had in the 1960s.
— John Lennon in Time, "Rock's Angry Men," 1971
— Paul McCartney in Rockstar, "Are The Beatles Dead?, 1973
"I've actually owned two copies of Last Words. My girlfriend took my first copy when we split, so I bought it again and practically wore the grooves off that one, too. I remember what a big deal it was that they recorded this after what almost happened to Lennon and the whole thing in Seattle.
I bought it again on CD in the 80s, and now I've got it uploaded to the Cloud. And, get this, I bought the 40th anniversary edition on vinyl when it came out. So, how much do I like it? Like that."
~~ Patrick K. Baldwin, New York, New York
Art by Pablo Lobato, Album by Lynda Karr, Effect by Nate Gualtieri
"I remember that Band Plays On was the first of the Beatles albums I bought at college. It was insane, really, because these guys talked like they hated each other, then they made this phenomenal vintage records style album that blew me away. My friends all thought Everest was better but, for me, it was always Band Plays On. Period."
~~ Gail Honeycutt, El Paso, Texas
"Imagine Another Day is absolutely the best use of vinyl since Rubber Soul even if it's just as jarring sometimes as A Doll's House. It's like no other album anyone has ever made. It's that good. I don't know how they pulled it off with Nixon's FBI doing what it did to them all. Maybe they got inspired when Hunter Thompson showed up, but I don't question magic."
~~ Peter Washington, Los Angeles, California
— Ringo Starr interviewed for "Woodstock" documentary, 1969
Recorded in the garage of George Harrison's Friar Park Estate in 1971. Since their visit to New York City in 1968 to promote Apple, the phrase "show up" had been given special meaning to John Lennon and Paul McCartney after a night of drinking with Tonight Show hosts Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon.