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A Magical Tour of The Beatles' Abbey Road

Updated on May 12, 2014
A historic site for rock music Abbey Road
A historic site for rock music Abbey Road
The Beatles had it all.
The Beatles had it all.
Old analog used by The Beatles
Old analog used by The Beatles
A photo of the Beatles walking from the other side
A photo of the Beatles walking from the other side
1964
1964
1962-the first time in a studio
1962-the first time in a studio

It is so very hard to believe that some 47 years ago, four young men entered the Abbey Road studios to begin their legendary career. Few bands ever are legends while they perform, most legends are long after the end comes, but The Beatles, despite what you may think, were liked by all races.

Abbey Road was pretty much the sole recording studio The Beatles used from their beginning. But, until now, has been off limits to your general tourist Beatle fan inside. Located in the serene upscale St. John's Wood in London, tourists arrive in the hundreds at all times of the year to have a photo op of them walking across the same crosswalk as the Beatles in 1969 for their last LP. The album cover has reigned ever since but at the time, it was a rather spontaneous event when one of the Beatles suggested it. Several outtakes were made because each Beatle had to walk at the same pace.

Most of The Beatles' recordings were done in Studio Two. The public rarely can visit this iconic rock site because the studio is still in operation, that is until last year. Its new owners, Universal Music Group, has decided to follow other famous studios, like Sun in Memphis, where Elvis made his early records. If you are willing to pop $144 for tour of these studios. One really has to be on top of when because Abbey Road is only open for tours two weekends each year. The tour is led by one of the engineers that actually worked with The Beatles, for instance, this year, Ken Scott, who recorded some of the White LP. The tour centers around Studio Two and some of the original recording equipment and Beatles' equipment remain there. The tour guides talk extensively about recording errors, tricks, methodology,

Imagine being in the same room as they were recording your favorite songs. Abbey Road was sold to Universal for $2 billion in 2012 from EMI. They plan to create two new digital studios while keeping their old analog, where the Fab Four recorded. One can just hear Paul and John making an arrangement, laying down tracks, some songs required 40 takes to get the one you hear on the LP. You just know, they were 100% sick of the song by then! There is nothing so tedious that spending hours and hours on the same song.

Yeah. Yeah. Yeah!

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