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ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS : OPEN HOUSE

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For one week in August, Abbey Road Studios is opening the doors for a rare glimpse inside the world’s most iconic recording studio. Abbey Road: Open House is part of Abbey Road Studios’ 90th anniversary celebrations, taking guests on a specially curated journey through the studios’ history.

For the first time ever, visitors will be able to explore all three of the original recording rooms made famous by artists from Dame Shirley Bassey, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Kate Bush to Oasis, Kanye West, Adele, Ed Sheeran and Frank Ocean and discover the stories that made Abbey Road a legend.

For more info, event dates and to purchase tickets, head to https://www.abbeyroad.com/open-house

ABBEY ROAD RECORDING STUDIOS REOPENS AFTER QUARANTINE

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Abbey Road Studios, the historic recording studio best known for producing tunes from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Radiohead, as well as the eponymous Beatles album, has resumed operations following a 10 week closure due to Covid-19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first session after the reopening was jazz artist Melody Gardot, whose recording session with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was canceled when lockdown restrictions were put in place.

 

Gardot appeared at the session remotely from Paris, along with his producer, Larry Klein, who was working from Los Angeles. The session also proved a reunion for the RPO, who reunited at the socially distant recording.

Abbey Road Studios’ Managing Director Isabel Garvey told Deadline, “Music is proven to help us get through difficult times, providing escape and easing our mood – so it’s never been more important than in the current circumstances.”

 



ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS : IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

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Abbey Road Studios – Important Announcement: COVID-19

For the first time in our 89-year history, we are closing the doors to Abbey Road Studios in line with the strict measures introduced by the UK Government to limit the spread of COVID-19. The Studios are now closed for at least three weeks, with just our security team remaining in place.

This means that our online mixing and mastering services are no longer available. If you have an enquiry about a future studio booking or mastering project, then please contact the studios or mastering  teams via the form on the relevant page. While the Studios are closed, all other teams are now working from home, so please feel free to contact them as usual.

We would like to thank our engineering, technical and facilities teams whose commitment and dedication have kept our doors open until now, as well as our clients, friends and colleagues across the industry for their support and understanding.

We hope to welcome you back to Abbey Road very soon.

 


GILES MARTIN AND THE PROCESS BEHIND REMIXING THE BEATLES ABBEY ROAD

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The Beatles will celebrate Abbey Road’s 50th anniversary with a suite of beautifully presented packages to be released this Friday [September 27]. The album’s 17 tracks are newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell at Abbey Road in stereo, high res stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos, accompanied by 23 session recordings and demos, most of which are previously unreleased.

Martin and Okell worked on the new Abbey Road mixes with Abbey Road’s expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists. All of the editions feature the new stereo album mix, sourced from the original eight-track session tapes. Giles Martin used the original stereo mix by his father George Martin as his guide.

Video: Giles talking about the process behind remixing The Beatles’ last recorded album, what we can expect from the reissue and his work at the studios… here or here:

 

The 50th anniversary editions of Abbey Road will be released this Friday [27 September] – pre-order them :  H E R E .



WATCH TRAILER FOR THE BEATLES’ NEW ‘HERE COMES THE SUN’ VIDEO

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The trailer for a brand new official music video has been launched for The Beatles’ ‘Here Comes The Sun.’ Abbey Road album is released in a series of 50th anniversary deluxe editions on Friday (27).

On Thursday (26), the 50th anniversary of the first release of the Abbey Road album in 1969 will be marked by a global premiere event for the full video, hosted across the official YouTube channels for The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

TRAILER … HERE or HERE:

 

Abbey Road presented with new mixes in stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos; expanded with previously unreleased session recordings and demos. Super deluxe 4 disc set, 3 LP deluxe vinyl, 2 CD deluxe, limited edition picture disc, CD, LP, digital and streaming. Available everywhere 27th September 2019.



BBC RADIO 2 CELEBRATE ‘ABBEY ROAD’s 50th ANNIVERSARY WITH BEATLES’ DIGITAL RADIO POP-UP STATION

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The station will broadcast from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 September from London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios

BBC Radio 2 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album with RADIO 2 BEATLES, a four-day pop-up Digital radio station. It will feature programmes fronted by Gary Barlow, John Bishop, Martin Freeman, Guy Garvey, Dave Grohl, Giles Martin, Cerys Matthews, Paul Merton and many more hosting shows along with Radio 2 presenters including Zoe Ball, Sara Cox and Jo Whiley, and other huge fans of the Fab Four!

Broadcasting from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 September from London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios, the station will honour John, Paul, George and Ringo as a group, as individual artists, and as songwriters. All the live shows on Radio 2 Beatles will come direct from Abbey Road – with some also simulcast on Radio 2 and BBC Sounds – and broadcast alongside pre-recorded specials and classic Beatles content from the unique BBC archive.

Lewis Carnie, Head of BBC Radio 2 says: “The Beatles are woven into the fabric of UK culture. They inspired and continue to inspire artists of all generations and created some of the world’s most loved music. As their seminal album Abbey Road is 50 years old, I am delighted that Radio 2 is celebrating the Fab Four with a four-day pop-up DAB radio station.”

Programme highlights include ‘We Write The Songs’, where Gary Barlow interviews Paul McCartney about the music, where McCartney discusses how The Beatles only began writing because other bands were stealing their act, and describing how he’s stayed at the top of the music business for six decades.

Gary Barlow says: “It was an absolute honour that Paul McCartney, one of my true heroes and a legendary song-writing genius, agreed to talk in depth about his work for my BBC Radio 2 series ‘We Write The Songs’. This particular episode really is a masterclass from the master! I am thrilled to launch my first series on the network as part of Radio 2 Beatles, which sounds like it is going to be four days of unmissable radio.”

In the series ‘My Beatles’, Dave Grohl, Jack Savoretti and Tom Odell talk about the influence the Fab Four’s music had on them; across the daily series ‘I Was There’, the likes of Tony Blackburn and radio critic Gillian Reynolds talk about what it was really like being part of the swinging Sixties, whilst Martin Freeman presents the story of The White Album across two shows.

6 Music Breakfast and Desert Island Discs host Lauren Laverne presents ‘Desert Island Beatles’, featuring the many guests who’ve selected one of their group or solo records, as a must-have track, plus Liza Tarbuck meets pop-artist and Sgt. Pepper sleeve designer Sir Peter Blake, while Jimmy Tarbuck hosts an hour of novelty versions of hit Beatles songs.

Simulcast on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds, and broadcasting live from Abbey Road studios on Thursday morning, Radio 2 Beatles will be launched by Ken Bruce whose show will feature a special Beatles themed ‘Tracks Of My Years’ and PopMaster quiz (9.30am-12pm).
Later that day, Sara Cox is joined by the listeners for a ‘Beatles All Request Friday’ (5pm-7pm), and that evening Friday Night Is Music Night presents The Beatles Orchestrated. Guy Garvey will be hosting, with the BBC Concert Orchestra and a guest list of artists, including Cerys Matthews, Katie Melua, Level 42’s Mark King, alongside Guy himself, all performing songs from across the Beatles catalogue (8pm-10pm). On the Saturday morning Dermot O’Leary presents his show live from Abbey Road (8am-10am), followed by an extra hour exclusive to the Pop-Up, where Dermot speaks to writer Richard Curtis about his recent film Yesterday (10am-11am).

Other shows exclusive to BBC Radio 2 Beatles include Grace Dent presenting Hip to the Trip focussing on free love, fashion and The Fab Four, while Nicky Campbell discusses the crucial role played by the band’s producer Sir George Martin, with his son Giles. Actor Himesh Patel, the star of the movie Yesterday, tells the incredible story behind Abbey Road – the band’s last recorded album – in a new two-part special and songwriter Guy Chambers looks at the genius of their lyrics and melody.

Elsewhere, Craig Charles uncovers some of the BBC’s incredible archive audio, and Paul Merton takes to the imaginary stage to introduce The Beatles Fantasy Concert, featuring the ultimate collection of live performances recorded by The Beatles as a band and as solo artists. Scott Mills takes us on an alphabetical trip through the Beatles back catalogue, Paul Gambaccini tells the musical story from the other side of the Atlantic, and Tris Penna presents a four-part series charting each of the Fab Four’s individual music careers and most memorable albums.

BBC Radio 2 Beatles has also commissioned a special chart from the Official Charts Company – The Beatles Downloaded: Official UK Top 60, will be revealed across the Saturday and Sunday afternoons (5-7pm) with Janice Long and Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Greg James counting down the most downloaded and streamed Beatles songs in the UK. Plus Steve Wright presents a special Beatles Love Songs, Trevor Nelson playing classic soul Beatles’ covers in Rubber Soul, Radio 1’s Alice Levine explores the Fab Four’s various musical pairings, and Country Covers with Ben Earle, from country band The Shires, features Fab Four tracks covered by country artists.

Additionally, From the BBC 2 archive Radio Beatles will be broadcasting ‘When John Met Paul’ with Bob Harris, Radio 4’s Mastertapes with Paul McCartney, and Sgt. Pepper Recreated, recorded in 2007 and featuring performances from Oasis, Bryan Adams, and Kaiser Chiefs.

The 50th anniversary editions of Abbey Road will be released on 27 September and can be pre-ordered here: