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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; First Edition edition (19 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408832410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408832417
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 3.2 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first photographic celebration of the most famous recording studio in the world with a foreword by Sir George Martin.

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Sept. 2012
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This is a lovely coffee table book with high quality pages containing a fascinating archive of photographs, which give an insight into the workings of Abbey Road Studios. They are, of course, best known as being home to The Beatles, but to this day, it is still a working building, still producing some amazing music and hosting some fantastic events.

The book has quotes from Abbey Road staff, including a brilliant one from the producer John Leckie, on page 233 where, to sum it up, he describes Studio 2 as being "designed to be an amplifier." Anyone who has either had the priviledge of being in that room, or really listened properly to music produced in there will understand and agree with this statement.

I would warn ardent Beatles fans that this isn't Beatles-centric, and somewhat bizzarely, there is nothing at all from or about Geoff Emerick, but it will broaden your understanding of what else happens at Abbey Road, and which other artists have passed through its doors.

All in all, a fantastic book for your average music enthusiast.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Reid TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2012
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This is an excellent book to own. It's not a 'sit down and read it' book, but a 'dip in and browse' book. It contains hundreds of excellent photographs and doesn't fall into the trap of becoming a biography of how the Beatles used the studios, though there are significant sections devoted to them, of course. It touches on the history of thousands of important artists who used these iconic studios.

The book starts back at the beginnings of recorded music and describes how the facilities were developed and updated. It has chapters on the pre-war years, and then a chapter on each decade through to the 2000s. If there is a decade of particular importance to you, you will find memories in these pages. Indeed, many of the photographs and descriptions evoke long-forgotten memories 'oh yes, I remember them ...' The Abbey Road studios were important to thousands of artists and therefore to millions of listeners.

Later chapters include an analysis of experimentation and invention, the unsung staff heroes who held it all together and a brief timeline of the technical developments. These emphasise that the book has been written with great affection and, indeed, pride.

I take the point from other reviewers that there are some omissions, but this doesn't claim to be a textbook. It is an affectionate history of a building that has played a more important role in millions of peoples' lives than they might otherwise realise.

A lovely book to own: five stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janie on 10 Feb. 2013
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This is a fantastic book, especially for an Abbey Road Studios addict like me :-) It does weigh a lot though! Well done to put it together
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rover66 on 22 July 2012
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Even at 306 pages,80 years of history of the 'best studio in the world' is a lot of ground to cover. As a result a word of caution to anyone who is tempted to buy the book on the strength of being (for example) a Beatles fan,or a Pink Floyd fan....or a Kate Bush fan (...and yeah,I'm all three).There isn't really any (text info or photographic) material here of significance that hasn't been seen before. To be fair, this is a book more about the buildings,the equipment used over the years and all the people who have worked at the studios, not just the recording artists. Having said that,quite what Geoff Emerick (the Beatles main recording engineer at Abbey Road between 1966 & 1970) has done to upset the author(s) is unclear. He simply isn't mentioned once in the book whereas (and quite rightly so) Norman Smith and Ken Scott receive several mentions. Naturally other 'mistakes' creep in .....Kate Bush supposedly started her career at Abbey Road according to this book although in reality it was at AIR studios. To be honest,if you have the old Abbey Road book by Brian Southall then you don't really need this one. If you havn't though, and you've got a spare thirty plus quid burning a hole in your pocket,then this glossy,well presented book is still worth checking out.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Weak on 9 July 2012
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Absolutely fascinating book about the history of Abbey Road Studios! Makes you realise it wasn't just The Beatles that made this studio famous. Well written and interesting photos! Looks great too - great coffee table book!
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Wrote review for the British Sound Recording Association with strong recommendation. Includes interesting photos of early microphones and recording equipment.
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