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on 25 September 2012
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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 31 December 2012
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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on 22 July 2012
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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on 9 July 2012
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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on 10 February 2013
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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on 19 September 2012
You have to wonder about the credibility of the author's research when writing this book. Let me remind the public at large, and the author that Abbey Road Studios were known as "E.M.I." studios at #3 Abbey Road, until The Beatles made an album called "Abbey Road" which was recorded by the 4 time Grammy award winning engineer "Geoff Emerick". It was to be called Everest ( a brand of cigarette that Geoff Emerick smoked ) until The Beatles settled on the title of "Abbey Road". The fact that Geoff is not mentioned in this book, ( his first Grammy was for recording Sgt Pepper's , his second for Abbey Road ) brings into question the "value" of this book and also makes me wonder , "Are there any other HUGE errors like this one?"
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on 3 February 2014
Wrote review for the British Sound Recording Association with strong recommendation. Includes interesting photos of early microphones and recording equipment.
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on 24 April 2013
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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on 23 October 2014
The complete history off one off the records studios legend off all times in England
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on 2 September 2015
This was a great present for my husband.
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