Abbey Road: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Famous Recording Studio (with a foreword by Paul McCartney)

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Abbey Road: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Famous Recording Studio (with a foreword by Paul McCartney)

Abbey Road: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Famous Recording Studio (with a foreword by Paul McCartney)

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As we get closer to the present day, there's more opinion, with a definite undercurrent of nostalgia, which perhaps is understandable, and anyway never veers too close to grumpy old man territory. It’s a 240 page reference guide to all the hit songs that were released by the individual members of the Beatles after their breakup in 1970. Robeson, on the other hand, was the son of a father born into slavery, so refined he was literally in town to perform Shakespeare. Sure, others had sung the song before, but they were white people in blackface, leaning into the bullshit “ain’t-Black-folk-simple?

Later that same year, when Lennon said he liked the first part of one take of “Strawberry Fields Forever” and the second part of another take, it was left to Martin and engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Townsend to figure out that though the takes were in different tempos and different keys, if one were slightly sped up and the other slightly sped down, they would in fact match. For anyone, like myself, who has been endlessly fascinated by the great studio, this is probably its best ‘biography’ out there. Opened by EMI in 1931, its initial showpiece was Studio One, designed to accommodate symphony orchestras. It's very recognisable, but doesn't lend itself so well to fact-based subjects, and as a result this doesn't come across as a definitive history of the famous studios. A story through the adress, the techcnical progress and development and the people working there, and the bands playing there.

The narrative gets off to a good start with Anderson’s nostalgic memories of her childhood in coastal Vancouver, raised by very young, very wild, and not very competent parents. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (1967) and Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" (1973) engineered and produced in its environs, EMI Studios had already cemented itself as a historical landmark of sorts. Come down the travelators, exit Sainsbury's, turn right and follow the pedestrianised walkway to Crown Walk and turn right - and Coles will be right in front of you. All types of music are covered as fitting for the studio, but its hard to avoid the dominance of two giant records that were recorded here: The Beatle’s Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. What lies behind the modest front door of the white building at No 3 Abbey Road in London's residential St John's Wood has been a source of wonder and excitement since the day it was first transformed and opened by Sir Edward Elgar in 1931.

He presented the definitive BBC rock music program Whistle Test and anchored the BBC's coverage of Live Aid in 1985. Royal Mail stamps featuring the Beatles, January 8, 2007 at the Abbey Road Studios in London, United Kingdom.By the time the Beatles arrived at Abbey Road in 1962, producer George Martin (“Although he liked music well enough, what he really loved were records. Includes features on Mike Scott, Black Midi, Jethro Tull, Jean-Claude Vannier, the Stranglers, the Bangles, and the Beatles' Abbey Road. What is it that really happens behind the doors of the most celebrated recording studio in the world? Just about everything that David Hepworth sublimely documents happening at Abbey Road, the studio, serves as a fabulous historical template with implications and lessons far beyond the music business.

While the Beatles play the major role in this detailed history (Sir Paul actually wrote the book's foreward) there are stories from an eclectic collection of other artists. She has faced abuse and mistreatment of many kinds over the decades, but she touches on the most appalling passages lightly—though not so lightly you don't feel the torment of the media attention on the events leading up to her divorce from Tommy Lee. The very thought that I was standing in the room where the Beatles recorded the vast majority of their unparalleled music was simply overwhelming. It's no great leap to imagine that as long as human beings love music, they'll be making that fabled pilgrimage, walking in the footsteps of giants for centuries to come.While the point isn’t made in Abbey Road, “try it quicker” and “start with the chorus” are the exact instructions George Martin gave the Beatles during the recording of “Please Please Me” and “A Hard Day’s Night” respectively. Excellent and interesting history of Abbey Road and the recording of artists well before the Beatles in the 60s. I welcomed these sidebars and found it only appropriate to "hear" the inside story of Abbey Road in Hepworth's very British voice.

Magnetic tape, developed by the Germans and only discovered by Britain and America after the Second World War, finally made editing possible, as the poor parts of a performance could literally be cut away, and a more pleasing version inserted in their place.He lives in London, dividing his time between writing for a variety of newspaper and magazines, speaking at events, broadcasting work, podcasting at www. Being lucky enough to enter Abbey Road it was strange to hear stories about the rooms and studios I have entered. His non-rock writing has appeared in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, on Wakefield Patch, and elsewhere. My only minor complaint was that was very little context provided as to what other studios where doing, particularly in the 30s and 40s. The 18th Annual Francis Davis Jazz Poll: The State of Our Union Could Be Better Major record labels were once notorious for trying to e.

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