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Abbey Road: The Best Studio in the World [Hardcover]

Alistair Lawrence
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19 July 2012

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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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (19 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408832410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408832417
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 30.3 x 30.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

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

About the Author

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
4.0 out of 5 stars Abbey Road: The Best Studio In The World. 25 Sep 2012
By Flickering Ember TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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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
Format:Hardcover
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 10 Feb 2013
By Janie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Short History of Recording 3 Feb 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Abbey Road 24 April 2013
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What a heavy book - didn't expect it that big, but it has great pictures and a lot of info - all you want to know about the historic Abbey Road.
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