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(Guardian)   80 Years of Abbey Road Studio: It's the world's most famous studio, and everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to the Beatles has made music there   (guardian.co.uk) divider line 21
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2012-06-10 01:42:43 PM
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David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) during the recording of Wish You Were Here.
 
2012-06-10 01:52:05 PM
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went there 5-6 years ago.....we did a "Beatles landmarks" tour; the train station where A Hard Day's Night was filmed (the guy siad the 4 phone booths the Beatles hid in were there until the mid 2000s), the flat where Paul lived with the Ashers (and wrote much of the first 3-4 albums with John), john's flat where Hendrix later lived, and so on.

he said sometimes the Abbey Road folks will let tourists and shiat go on the steps and sometimes, even come inside the building, but the day we went they wouldn't let us inside the gate, hence the pics from outside.

me and my wife and some other dude reenacting the Abbey Road walk.


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Bonus: this is the alley right behnd the train station where the, well, train station scenes were filmed and it right where George falls down at the start of A Hard Day's Night.
 
2012-06-10 02:07:41 PM
My research tells me that the Beatles didn't particularly care for Abbey Road studios, which contributed to their starting work on the Apple studio.

/my research consists of the Geoff Emerick book
 
2012-06-10 02:11:33 PM

Dee Snarl: My research tells me that the Beatles didn't particularly care for Abbey Road studios, which contributed to their starting work on the Apple studio.



mmmmmmmmm..........i don't know.

part of their belief in the Apple Studio was "Magic Alex" promising to build something like a 48 track studio, which like many of Magic Alex' promises, was complete horseshiat.
 
2012-06-10 02:57:17 PM

rickythepenguin: Dee Snarl: My research tells me that the Beatles didn't particularly care for Abbey Road studios, which contributed to their starting work on the Apple studio.


mmmmmmmmm..........i don't know.

part of their belief in the Apple Studio was "Magic Alex" promising to build something like a 48 track studio, which like many of Magic Alex' promises, was complete horseshiat.


Right. But they were interested in the first place because they didn't like the rigidity of Abbey Road....
 
2012-06-10 03:14:46 PM
Live video stream of the Abbey Road crossing
 
2012-06-10 03:23:18 PM
Sun Studio begs to differ.
 
2012-06-10 03:32:53 PM

Solid Muldoon: Sun Studio begs to differ.


Sun is certainly famous, but Abbey Road, due the Beatles and the famous picture is more well known outside of musician circles.
 
2012-06-10 04:03:21 PM

Dee Snarl: Right. But they were interested in the first place because they didn't like the rigidity of Abbey Road....



fair point, but also worth noting that if they didn't care for Abbey Road, why did they record something like all but 3 of their songs there? i mean, London at the time had Olympic (where the Stoens and Jimi did tons of shiat) and Trident and to a lesser extent, Konk.

they were the freaking beatles and they chose to work at Abbey Road instead of any number of london studios.
 
2012-06-10 04:36:25 PM
Abbey Road had various advantages, too.

rickythepenguin: Dee Snarl: Right. But they were interested in the first place because they didn't like the rigidity of Abbey Road....


fair point, but also worth noting that if they didn't care for Abbey Road, why did they record something like all but 3 of their songs there? i mean, London at the time had Olympic (where the Stoens and Jimi did tons of shiat) and Trident and to a lesser extent, Konk.

they were the freaking beatles and they chose to work at Abbey Road instead of any number of london studios.


Yeah, Abbey Road had various advantages, too. They chose it as the lesser evil. Point being, they didn't like any of the London studios, and so decided to build their own. It just so happens they bought into Little Alex's craziness, but that's really beside the point here....
 
2012-06-10 05:01:37 PM

Dee Snarl: My research tells me that the Beatles didn't particularly care for Abbey Road studios, which contributed to their starting work on the Apple studio.

/my research consists of the Geoff Emerick book


They didn't like it so they named an album after it?
 
kab
2012-06-10 05:17:20 PM
And thanks to listeners with pretty undiscerning taste as far as audio quality, (and bands with no overhead to record outside their own homes) places like this will soon become non-existent.
 
2012-06-10 05:17:36 PM

saturn badger: Dee Snarl: My research tells me that the Beatles didn't particularly care for Abbey Road studios, which contributed to their starting work on the Apple studio.

/my research consists of the Geoff Emerick book

They didn't like it so they named an album after it?


Yep, I recall they kind of ran out of ideas after the Everest concept fell through (they were gonna call it Everest and pose on top of[?] the mountain), so figured what the hell. Here's a quote I quickly stumbled upon from the book Here, There, and Everywhere, whose publishers now should buy me a beer: "Each band member had a different favorite [shot for the Abbey Road cover], but they all seemed to want a shot of them walking away from the studio, not toward it. That's how much they had come to dislike being there." (302)

I know, it seems weird. I'm just the messenger.
 
2012-06-10 05:40:23 PM

Dee Snarl: saturn badger: Dee Snarl: My research tells me that the Beatles didn't particularly care for Abbey Road studios, which contributed to their starting work on the Apple studio.

/my research consists of the Geoff Emerick book

They didn't like it so they named an album after it?

Yep, I recall they kind of ran out of ideas after the Everest concept fell through (they were gonna call it Everest and pose on top of[?] the mountain), so figured what the hell. Here's a quote I quickly stumbled upon from the book Here, There, and Everywhere, whose publishers now should buy me a beer: "Each band member had a different favorite [shot for the Abbey Road cover], but they all seemed to want a shot of them walking away from the studio, not toward it. That's how much they had come to dislike being there." (302)

I know, it seems weird. I'm just the messenger.


Yeah, also don't forget the band was starting to unravel. I'm sure they all just said "fark it, call it whatever you want, and send the checks to this address..."
 
2012-06-10 05:42:11 PM

rickythepenguin: Dee Snarl: Right. But they were interested in the first place because they didn't like the rigidity of Abbey Road....


fair point, but also worth noting that if they didn't care for Abbey Road, why did they record something like all but 3 of their songs there? i mean, London at the time had Olympic (where the Stoens and Jimi did tons of shiat) and Trident and to a lesser extent, Konk.

they were the freaking beatles and they chose to work at Abbey Road instead of any number of london studios.


I'll defer to the experts, but by "Beatles" are you including George Martin? Because he was calling the shots for most of their career in terms of studio work.
 
2012-06-10 07:23:43 PM

kab: And thanks to listeners with pretty undiscerning taste as far as audio quality, (and bands with no overhead to record outside their own homes) places like this will soon become non-existent.


Abbey Road pretty much is extinct. It's being kept alive as a studio because the government slapped a listing order (like preservation order) on it. The owners wanted to turn it into apartments.

You can record stuff that's great all over the place now. I live not far from Peter Gabriel's studio in Box which has had the likes of Elbow, Beyonce, New Order and Muse recording there. It's much cheaper to own land in Wiltshire than west London.
 
2012-06-10 08:42:25 PM
Me and a couple of friends showed up at the studios blind drunk one night around midnight, walked up to the door, rang the bell and they ushered us right in as if we belonged there. Probably didn't hurt that we had hair half way down to our asses and were walking around with open booze containers in our hands like it didn't matter. We were so shocked though that we didn't know what to do or say once we were escorted in - we just say "cool, thanks for showing us the place - we don't belong here" and left giggling.
 
2012-06-11 06:24:56 AM

farkeruk: It's much cheaper to own land in Wiltshire than west London.


Replace Wiltshire with almost anything and that sentence is still true.
 
2012-06-11 08:44:54 AM
I just ordered the DVD of Elbow's recording of The Seldom Seen Kid live from Abbey Road, so I'm really getting a kick...
 
2012-06-11 11:35:07 AM

downstairs: but by "Beatles" are you including George Martin? Because he was calling the shots for most of their career in terms of studio work.


ultimately, who knows, since we're talking about events that occurred before you or i were born, but.....i highly doubt that Martin was the one insisting they record there. it was probably just as much a decision (if not a contractual requrirement by EMI) that they record there.


Vaguely Racist Lawn Ornament: I just ordered the DVD of Elbow's recording of The Seldom Seen Kid live from Abbey Road, so I'm really getting a kick...


i preordered mine way back when. the "Mirrorball" is absolutely, astonishingly, incredibly, undeniably a-motherfarking-mazing.

/i believe i have it linked in my profile
//if form holds true we should expect a new record in about a year. NOT SOON ENOUGH, GUY
 
2012-06-13 09:10:26 PM
John, George and Ringo didn't like Abbey Road studio because Paul McCartney was there, bossing them around.
 
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