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Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust

Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust [Kindle Edition]

Ken Scott , Bobby Owsinski
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Turn on any classic rock station and you’ll soon hear a song that Ken Scott worked on. As one of the preeminent recording engineers and producers of the 20th century, Ken has garnered Gold, Platinum, and Diamond record sales awards; multiple Grammy nominations; and even a Clio Award (for his recording of the classic Coke ad “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”). Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust shares Ken Scott’s intimate memories of working with some of the most important artists of the 20th century, while crafting a sound that influenced generations of music makers.

Ken's work has left an indelible mark on hundreds of millions of fans with his skilled contributions to Magical Mystery Tour and The White Album. As producer and/or engineer of six David Bowie albums (including the groundbreaking Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars) as well as other timeless classics, the sound Ken crafted has influenced several generations of music makers that continues to this day. Ken captured the sonic signatures of a who's-who of classic rock and jazz acts, including Elton John, Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, Duran Duran, The Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, America, Devo, Kansas, The Tubes, Missing Persons, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Billy Cobham, Dixie Dregs, and Stanley Clarke.

This is his story, complete with funny, provocative, and oh-so-honest tales of the studio, stage, and even an infamous swimming pool incident. Never-before-seen photographs and technical details make this book a must-have for every music fan.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4732 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008A1C4GY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #231,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Fifty years after the Beatles took off in the U.K. with the start of a sensational sequence of hits in 1963, recording engineer Ken Scott adds his account of working with the four Mop-tops, as well as a cavalcade of other British stars who produced some of the most viscerally exciting rock of the 70's decade. Sir George Martin and Geoff Emerick, legends of EMI's Abbey Road recording studios, have both produced accounts of their work recording the Beatles and others in the past twenty years. Now Scott offers insights into his work on the Beatles later albums before he moved on to Trident studios to produce further legendary recordings with the likes of David Bowie. Often giving the feeling of offering a fly on the wall view of what it was like to see these brilliant works actually being created, Scott has plenty of anecdotes for those who love all the gossip and insight into these stars' creative processes. Even though he can be frustratingly off-hand or forgetful about some sessions, this is still a tale to fascinate any lover of the Beatles and British 70's rock.
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By 67Spit
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Loved this book. In sharp contrast to Geoff Emerick's, Ken Scott's book doesn't rely upon supposed conversations from 30+ years ago. The tone here is light and very self-effacing, Scott seems like a very nice chap! He's seems to be well-liked by all he's worked with - and what a list! Beatles, Bowie, Elton...........
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Scott !! 28 Dec 2012
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It is a fascinating modern happening to read the words of people who were living through history in the making though they didn't know it at the time.There have been a few long awaited biogs for me recently and along with Pete Townshend's, Keith Richards' and Norman Smith's, this was right up there.
And it did not disappoint, not at all. Literally from page one I was engrossed as Ken Scott describes how he came to be interested in sound recording, ended up working at EMI, came up through the ranks and engineered on sessions by the Beatles. What's far more fascinating, however, are his other stories and believe me, there are plenty. I was fascinated just how many records I have that he was the engineer on that I hadn't known.
His work on the Bowie albums is covered in detail, especially LPs like "Hunky dory" and the not so well known ones.
He includes many technical and equipment details too, so if, like me, you're a lover of this kind of stuff, then you hopefully, won't be disappointed.
He also wisely steers clear of the controversy that arose when Geoff Emerick's book "Here, there and everywhere" {in itself a really good, if sometimes somewhat fanciful, read} came out. He doesn't mention it at all. Smart man.
All in all, this is most definitely a book worth reading and hanging onto. One day it will sell for ridiculous amounts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A far better sound engineer than author 23 May 2014
By Steve Mansfield VINE VOICE
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From his early years working on The Beatles White Album, through to pretty much the present day, Ken Scott has produced and mixed all manner of fine and historic recordings.

Unfortunately his skill with the mixing desk does not really translate to the word processor - this is a fairly dry and surprisingly emotionless review of the recording history he has been a part of, with more than a whiff of Charles Pooter about it at times.

It is not all bad by any manner of means. There's lots of interesting detail of how classic recordings were made, how effects were achieved in the pre-digital studio, and how wonders were worked within the limitations of 4, 8 and 16 track recording. Some of the classic albums he worked on are given more detailed descriptions than others, and more insight than others into the working personalities behind the public figures.

Given the length some people devote to their ordinary and uninteresting childhoods in their autobiographies it was also refreshing to have such tight focus on Scott's professional life, in that he is employed at Abbey Road by the end of Chapter One, and his wife only appears as a character when relevant to recordings (usually in terms of which famous musician she managed to upset next, so it's little surprise when the biggest personal section of the whole book is devoted to his eventual divorce).

However I'm sure I can't be the only reader surprised to find how quickly his work with the likes of Bowie and Elton John was dispatched, whilst the entire history of the comparatively obscure band 'Missing Persons' is detailed in quite frankly over-exhaustive detail.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good true reading 18 May 2014
By Maurice
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Finally somebody who doesn't remember every single recording session, impossible task I know from my own experience. Therefore this book really tells the truth, a true and honest picture of Ken Scotts whereabouts in the studio under a number of decades. Good mixture of tech stuff and person to person encounters.
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