In the summer (that famous first summer of Love) the Beatles fronted the UK portion of Our World a technological coming together of the world using Satellite technology to create a 'one world' broadcast (excluding USSR though) with the unveiling of All you Need is Love.
The album/double EP created after Pepper was the soundtrack to Magical Mystery Tour at the time regarded as a filmic disaster (at least as far as festive family viewing - being premiered on BBC on Boxing Day 1967) but in terms of music it was judged to be a 'hit'.
After this it was The Beatles usually referred to as The White Album it was the only double album created by the band and it was likened by David Harrison to that famous 'Curate's Egg' most of the songs were written during the Beatles visit to India and it marks something of a departure in creation as what tended to happen was that John and Paul would arrive with their own completed songs and then other members of the group would act as almost session musicians, the benefits of the 8 Track recording process meant that the group performed less and less as a coherent unit. George too began to find his Mojo contributing some standout tracks - including the Clapton solo'd While My Guitar...
As usual David has provided a great piece of trivia (new to me but I'm sure many Beatle fans are aware) on Hey Jude there's a f**king hell at 2:57 variously attributed to John or Paul it's an example as far as I'm concerned of the human failings that great artists sometimes exhibit. After acting as solo artists another theme to try was arrived at as a 'back to their roots' basic group (another project led by Paul) this was to be called
|And in the end...|
How cool that the group created a track called The End and then to put a pin prick in their own pomposity added Her Majesty - great stuff.
Don't forget that at the time of the last recordings they were all still in their twenties - quite a body of work to live up to for the remainder of their careers.
I would recommend this CityLit course for students of the 60's it gave me pleasure and insight and a reinvigorated interest with a freshened perspective on what is called somewhat dismissively 'pop' music.
Here's a video with the Maxwell's Silver Hammer song ...(nice Moog)