THE BEATLES’ STELLAR SONGWRITING skills and world-class charm are the staples of pop culture commentary. Less often mentioned are the groundbreaking production tricks and ideas that made their records the benchmark for creative recording in the last century, and beyond. The group’s remarkable thirst for newness, allied with the ingenuity of their producers and engineers at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios, gave rise to cutting-edge sonics and daring studio exploration – now often taken for granted.
The following ten tracks showcase The Beatles at their most technically innovative: applying production ideas stunning for their age to make music that sounds as current and powerful today as it ever did. In fact, given the fairly safe standards of today's pop, it’s arguable that in 2014 we’re still far behind the Beatles’ trailblazing 40-year-old lead...
So, enjoy these 10 Beatle greats from a whole new angle and, as ever, your feedback is welcomed.
Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan are the authors of the definitive Recording The Beatles. The Sound Of Abbey Road Studios, a live event with Kehew, Ryan and special guest Ken Scott, continues this week at Abbey Road Studios. Tickets are available here.
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Event hosts Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, authors of the critically acclaimed book, Recording The Beatles, return for the third instalment of these fascinating talks featuring special guest, former Abbey Road Studios Engineer Ken Scott – who has produced and engineered for some of the world’s biggest and best artists including The Beatles (plus solo projects by John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr), Elton John, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Harry Nilsson, America, Supertramp, Duran Duran, Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Billy Cobham, Procol Harum and The Rolling Stones.
Friday 2nd May Session 1: Doors 2pm/ event starts 3pm Session 2: Doors 7pm/ event starts 8pm
Saturday 3rd May Session 1: Doors 10am/ event starts 11am Session 2: Doors 3pm/ event starts 4pm
Sunday 4th May Session 1: Doors 10am/ event starts 11am Session 2: Doors 3pm/ event starts 4pm
Admission is £88.40 per ticket, including booking fee. Book here.