Showing posts with label Abbey Road (studio). Show all posts
Showing posts with label Abbey Road (studio). Show all posts

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Documentary on Abbey Road Studios on the way from Mary McCartney

Mary McCartney, daughter of Paul, is directing a feature-length documentary titled "If These Walls Could Sing" about Abbey Road Studios, where the Beatles made most of their recordings.

According to Deadline:

The movie will mark the first time Abbey Road has opened its doors to a feature doc crew. The studio’s 90th anniversary celebrations begin in November this year and the project will be the centerpiece of those events.

“Some of my earliest memories as a young child come from time spent at Abbey Road. I’ve long wanted to tell the story of this historic place and I couldn’t be collaborating with a better team than John and Mercury Studios to make this creative ambition a reality,” said Mary McCartney.

The film is being released via Mercury Studios, a subsidiary of Universal Music.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Paul's Abbey Road show to screen on Spotify

Spotify will stream Paul McCartney's recent performance in Abbey Road Studios starting this Friday. Here's a trailer.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Paul plays invite-only gig in Abbey Road

Paul McCartney today performed before a small, invited group of fans in Abbey Road Studios. A short clip of Paul on the famed traffic crosswalk near the studio appeared on his Instagram acount

According to the NME:

Inside the studio, the icon performed a set of Beatles deep cuts and classics for a small audience. Fans were invited to enter for a chance to be at the gig last week by recording a video and telling McCartney why they should be chosen to attend.

UPDATE: The gig's setlist, via Steve Marinucci's Twitter feed:

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Recording console used to tape solo Beatles records, Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" up for auction

A custom-made recording console used in Abbey Road Studios from 1971 to 1983 is up for bid.

The desk was used to record Pink Floyd's famed Dark Side of the Moon, along with albums by Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and others.
The auction house said the console, one of only two custom-made by EMI engineers, was used extensively between 1971 and 1983 in Abbey Road's Studio Two, the same room which was also used by the Beatles and others. According to Abbey Road Studios, one of the reasons for the console was to accommodate the increasing number of tracks used in recordings that rock artists demanded. An earlier version, the MK1 (Mark 1), which was installed at the end of 1968, was used on the Beatles' “Abbey Road” album. Kevin Ryan and Brian Kehew, in their book “Recording the Beatles,” said the Mark 1 was responsible for a smoother, more polished quality to the tracks because of its abundant mic channels and multiple compressors and limiters. After two modifications, two MK IVs were installed at Abbey Road in December, 1971. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Beatles Bits: Weekly News Roundup

Via the Londonist: Why the hell do people still visit Abbey Road?

Maggie, visiting from Minnesota, agrees with Chris that it really means something to cross this street in suburban north London. "It does," she says, "It's really exciting that they were here at some point."


A lengthy article on the Mix website contains a lot of great detail regarding the original filming and sound-recording of the Beatles' first Shea Stadium concert in 1965, along with efforts to restore the sound and film for the recent film "The Beatles Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years."

Unfortunately, in my opinion, non-Shea recordings were used in the restored film that accompanied theatrical presentations of "Eight Days a Week." That practice is mentioned briefly in the Mix article:
The two worked, for the most part, from Bosch’s original 2-track recordings made on the Ampex 350s, though both Fine’s pre-CTS mixes and his final, which includes them, were also available.
Where fixes were required, Martin and Okell took advantage of other Beatles resources that were available to them from Beatles session tapes of the same songs from the Abbey Road tape library, fly­ing in instruments or vocals which otherwise were wholly absent on the raw recordings.
For “Twist and Shout” and “She’s a Woman,” the first two songs, Okell notes, “The vocals are very low, and they’re blended in with the drums; there’s not much we could do about that, besides EQ and trying to dig that out. So we used a bit of the Holly­wood Bowl vocals [from August 30, 1965], in order to bring John up, plus a bit of the rhythm track, where needed. It’s not a total replace, like they did in the film originally. It’s a blend of the two.”
“If we had access to a studio rhythm track, for a couple of numbers, we tried syncing that up and then bring in the low end, maybe the bass and kick drum that wasn’t really present on those kinds of live record­ings,” Okell notes. “And we were very careful about it, it’s done very sub­tly. Nobody would know there’s anything else there—it just makes it sound a bit more full than it would otherwise.”
While the results may look and sound good, the restored Shea film, like "Eight Days a Week" is a flawed product as a documentary. It is fun to watch, but unreliable as a true historical document.


Paul McCartney's manager, in an exclusive conversation with Super Deluxe Edition, explains why Macca's team opted to make some songs in its upcoming Flowers in the Dirt reissue available by download only. Despite many fans being unhappy about the plan, Paul is sticking to it.
The main reason why there is not a fourth physical CD is because Paul didn’t want any more than four discs in the set. What Paul says, ultimately goes. He wants to look to the future and embrace new technology and drive people to streaming. 100m people are signed up to streaming services right now and that is projected to double in the next three to four years. This is seen as the future. Paul’s team want to look to the future and their research shows that more people are excited about the streaming catalogue. If that wasn’t the case then many more box sets would be sold.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Beatles Bits

Winners of an Airbnb contest will have the chance to stay overnight in Abbey Road Studios next month.
After being greeted with Champagne by London-based musician and producer Mark Ronson, who will act as a host, guests will be given a tour and full access to all areas of the studio.
This will include a chance to play on The Beatles’ piano (with cigarette burns that date back to the recordings of "The White Album"), to mix a track on the world’s largest mixing board, and to even record a song with the help of Ronson.


City leaders in Sacramento, Calif., voted in a resolution observing "Meatless Mondays" in the city in honor of Paul McCartney. Macca is playing the first gig ever at the city's new Golden 1 Center next week.

The meatless measure has no legal weight, however, since it's not an ordinance. But, even so, not everybody is crazy about it
“That would obviously negatively impact my business. I'm in Sacramento, from Sacramento, paying taxes in Sacramento,” Burgers and Brew Owner Derar Zawaydeh said. “Again, with all due respect to Paul McCartney, he's in here doing a concert, and then he's out of here. Whatever he leaves behind, he leaves behind -- and we're here forever.”

For some reason, Paul McCartney has interviewed One Direction star Harry Styles for a British magazine out soon.


The highly recommended Something About the Beatles podcast hosted by Richard Buskin and Robert Rodriquez features some great behind-the-scenes detail regarding production the "Eight Days a Week" film via an interview with Beatles film collector, Erik Taros, who served as a consultant on the project.


Meanwhile, the also highly recommended Things We Said Today podcast features interviews with "Eight Days a Week" producer Nigel Sinclair and editor Paul Crowder.


Titan Entertainment is expanding its range of Yellow Submarine-inspired products to include 6.5-inch figures of John, Paul, George and Ringo.


"Images of a Woman," the collaborative paining the Beatles created while cooped up in their Tokyo hotel room while on tour in 1966 has inspired a new fundraising endeavor.

Working to raise money for Children & the Arts and Youth Music in the UK, the Art in the Corner project has engaged Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello and others to create new paintings, which will be sold at auction.

You can learn more and order art prints here. Below is the Beatles' original painting.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Video: Abbey Road console used to record Beatles up for auction

The EMI/Abbey Road Studios REDD.37 console is one of the world's most famous studio desks, as it was used for various Beatles sessions from Meet The Beatles through Let It Be. Find out more about the history of this legendary console and how you can bring it home by clicking here:

Friday, April 15, 2016

Beatles Bits: Weekly news roundup

 Did you know there are 132 "Abbey Roads" in Britain? This fan has visited each one.


Remastered editions of the three Beatles Anthology compilations are now available for streaming. Additionally, Amazon is offering a selection of "highlights" as as a playlist and download.


Speaking of streaming, in just four months on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Prime and the like, the Beatles are proving as popular as ever - and more popular than the likes of Ed Sheerhan and Ariana Grande.
On Spotify alone, the Beatles have been snagging 6.5 million listeners a month, according to stats released from the company today about the band’s first 100 days on the service. That makes them more popular than contemporary pop artists like Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran.

Spotify listeners don’t seem to care that the band doesn’t produce new tracks anymore—they’ve still streamed enough Beatles music to make up 24 million hours, or 2,793 entire years. While the US, UK, Mexico, and Sweden are the countries that stream the Beatles the most in the world, Mexico City stands out as the most enthusiastic single city.

Even more unexpected: 67% of the Beatles’ Spotify listeners are under 35 years old.
So far, the most-streamed Fabs song on Spotify is "Here Comes the Sun." 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Beatles Bits: Weekly news roundup

Google has released a new app that allows you to virtually tour Abbey Road Studios.
The London recording studio has teamed up with Google Play to create an interactive musical landmark tour, called Inside Abbey Road for Cardboard.

By using Google's Cardboard viewer and a downloadable app, fans can ascend the studio steps for a guided virtual tour, narrated by Giles Martin, the son of Beatles producer Sir George Martin. 


An exhibit of Pattie Boyd's photographs of the Beatles, George Harrison, Eric Clapton and more is now on display at the Beatles Story attraction in Liverpool.

The rare images, largely taken during the late Sixties and Seventies, are part of Boyd's personal collection and promise a tantalising insight into the lives of some of the world's biggest rock stars.


Two Dutch Beatles fans who claimed legal ownership over a batch of much-bootlegged tapes from the band's "Get Back" sessions have lost their case.
Judges in The Hague ruled on Tuesday that the Dutch state was not wrong in seizing the Nagra tapes from the men in 2003 and returning them to Apple Records. They rejected the men’s claim for compensation and said they had not proved they were the legitimate owners.

Stan Snelleman and Jos Remmerwaal had claimed recordings were illegally taken from them by Dutch and British police 12 years ago and should be returned. They also wanted €700,000 in damages from the Dutch state in compensation for wrongful arrest.

With the purchase of Ringo Starr's childhood home at 10 Admiral Grove, superfan Jackie Holmes now owns three one-time Beatles homes in Liverpool.
In October 2013, she bought John Lennon's mum Julia's home at 9 Newcastle Road in Wavertree sold at auction for £480,000. John lived nearby in Allerton, Liverpool, with aunt Mimi but was a regular visitor to the house.

And in October 2014 George Harrison's former home, 26 Upton Green, in Speke, sold for £156,000.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Take a look inside Abbey Road

Abbey Road Studios and Google have teamed on a new site that allows visitors to virtually tour the famous London recording faciltity.
Giles Martin, a producer based at Abbey Road for artists like Sir Paul McCartney, and whose father Sir George Martin produced The Beatles, said: “Abbey Road Studios has been a hive of creativity and source of world-class recordings for more than 80 years.

“The artists using the studios have sold countless millions of records and have helped create popular culture as we know it today. It’s an inspirational place and an honour for me to work there today.

“This collaboration with Google gives the outside world a great insight into the everyday workings of the studio and allows anyone to glimpse the magic that goes on inside the world’s most famous recording studio.”
See for yourself here.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Abbey Road Studio launches educational program

The Abbey Road Institute is a new educational program launched out of the legendary London facility offering training in audio production and engineering, and music theory and music business management.

More details from the Guardian:
Students aged 18 and over from around the world will be able to study for a 12-month advanced diploma in music production and sound engineering at the institute, which will be housed in the legendary north London studio complex where the Beatles recorded nearly all their albums and singles.

They are also promised the opportunity to use the studio’s recording spaces, control rooms and equipment.

...The course will be taught by recognised music industry experts, including producers and label executives, with guest lectures from Abbey Road Studios engineers. Additional Abbey Road Institutes will launch in Berlin, Munich, Melbourne and Sydney for the September 2015 intake, with more locations to be announced. But all students will have the opportunity to visit and learn at the London base, where there will be a new, purpose-built classroom and studio facilities.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

1929 newspaper ad - Abbey Road for sale

Via the Steve Hoffman music forum, here's a 1929 real estate ad for Number 3 Abbey Road, later (and currently) home to EMI's London recording studio, where the Beatles made most of their records.