Abbey Road: The Best Studio in the World

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A&C Black, 2012 - Sound studios - 303 pages
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The first photographic celebration of the most famous recording studio in the world, publishing in its 80th year. Unprecedented access to the Abbey Road archive - from Edward Elgar to the Beatles, Kate Bush to Elbow the most famous artists in the world have recorded here. This gorgeous book includes material on the artists, the engineers, the technology and the history of Abbey Road. It's an incredible document of cultural history, for anyone who values music and how it's made.
  

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Abbey Road: The Best Studio in the World

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Not just the Beatles: folks from Pink Floyd to Florence + The Machine have recorded at the Abbey Road studios, and the scores for five Star Wars films and the Lord of the Rings trilogy were first ... Read full review

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Abbey Road didn't start with The Beatles - I am quite suprised that there seems to be no mention of Ruby Murray. She is still a world record holder with having 5 hit records in the Top Twenty all at the same time in 1955. I think she did E.M.I. proud with her record sales and all before she was 21yrs old. She had 7 chart entries in one year, and had a record in the charts every week for a whole year.
When she sadly passed away in 1996 E.M.I. were conspicuous by their absence. I still have and invitation from E.M.I.for Ruby to attend a 'Gathering' at Abbey Road, it's in the shape of a C.D. Sadly Ruby was too seriously ill at that time and was unable to attend the 'Gathering'. It is now a treasured possession of mine.
I hope that when I have the opportunity to read the book I will be able to retract my words.
Bernie Burgess (Ruby was my wife)
 

Contents

The 19405
42
A decade of change
64
The 19605
72
Science of sound
84
The 19705
97
Comebacks and new artists
166
The 20005
182
Live action and fantasy flicks
202
Experimentation and invention
246
Behind the scenes
270
Abbey Road at a glance
286
Acknowledgements
303
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Abbey Road Studios is the most famous recording studio complex in the world and with an unparalleled history of recording, working with some of the world's most celebrated artists, producers, composers and orchestras. The studios have been at the heart of the music industry for 80 years and have been the location of countless landmark recordings. Abbey Road remains one of the most technically advanced recording and mixing facilities in the world with a unique blend of vintage equipment and today's leading technology. Alistair Lawrence is a freelance music journalist.

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