Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Abbey Road Studios, EMI, Pink Floyd & The Beatles Again

1) I'm glad to hear British government through it Culture Ministry granted Abbey Road Studios as grade II listed building, the 2nd highest category on the advice of national preservation body English Heritage. Clicks here for more info's.

2) As I mentioned earlier, this legendary studios should be preserve as it already placed itself as most iconic and historic venue of British music industry.

3) As you know, I did mentioned in my previous posts about how this studios has contributed significantly to Pink Floyd 2 most successful albums The Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here. The Beatles of course are most renowned, when they recorded most of their albums and singles during 1960's notably Abbey Road and Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

4) The history of this studios dated back in 1830's, it was originally 9 bedrooms Georgian Townhouse and later converted to apartment. The premises were again converted into studios during 1931.

5) Thereafter, the original owner of studios, Gramophone Company amalgamated with Columbia Graphophone Company to form EMI, took over the studios. The studios later known as EMI Studios until EMI formally changed their name to Abbey Road Studios in 1970.

6) The Studio Two at Abbey Road became a centre of rock music in 1958 when Cliff Richard recorded "Move It", the 1st European Rock and Roll single.

7) It was The Beatles who broke the tradition, changing recording techniques and forever changing the boundaries of what was considered popular music. Innovating with flanging, backward recordings, automatic double recordings, and controlled feedback, The Beatles utilised Abbey Road Studios to full effect.

8) Pink Floyd on the other hand, was famously known with The Dark Side Of The Moon album, which raised the band from underground successfully band to international stardom. This album was topping Billboard 200 for 1 week and subsequently remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history. It was estimated 45 million copies were sold, it is Pink Floyd most commercially successful album and 1 of the best selling albums worldwide.

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