AUDIO: Abbey Road reunion (of sorts) podcasted.

It looks like the engineers have staged a comeback of sorts.  No, no really they have held a reunion.  It seems that the engineers, and authors of the lovely, and required reading, Recording the Beatles, held a party at Abbey Road studios.  It was quite the celebration. 

Amidst all of the reminiscing and partying, they were still able to talk shop and lremember the past just a little bit.  It seems that those interviews have made it out into a wonderful podcast.  The audio interviews are wonderful little insights into these often forgotten stories about how The Beatles were able to achieve some of those wonderful audio innovations and capture them on record.  We loved these interviews.


(Image and link courtesy of Mike at:

Oh, and if you haven’t gotten the book, Recording the Beatles, why haven’t you.  Awesome is an understatment about the massive beauty. 

A link to the audio podcast is at the end of this post.

Here’s what we’ve read.

by Tim Riley, NPR critic and Beatle author

In November of 2006, over 30 engineers gathered for a reunion at Abbey Road studios in London, where many of them worked uncredited on Beatles sessions. The occasion was the release of the book Recording the Beatles, by Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, a major new entry in Beatle scholarship emphasizing recording techniques and analog equipment. It’s a story about how EMI’s rigorous training paradoxically led to numerous innovations, upending years of convention. The creative solutions these techies achieved helped the Beatles create rock’s most ingenious and enduring sounds, and Recording the Beatles draws the curtain on many of their previously unexplained achievements.

The podcast includes interviews with Kehew, engineers Ken Townshend, Richard Lush, Chris Thomas, and Ken Scott, as well as American producers Steve Albini (Nirvana, Stooges) and Steve Hoffman (DCC). With Beatle stories peppering the narrative, Riley provides a backstage glimpse at the wizards who helped translate Lennon and McCartney songs onto tape.

Tim Riley is the author of Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary and other books on rock, and an NPR critic who files for WBUR’s HERE AND NOW in Boston. He recently launched a new music linkfarm, RILEY ROCK

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by Kevin Ryan and Brian Kehew
Curvebender Publishing

EMI’s Abbey Road Studios

Source: Podomatic

  • Listen to the podcast here.
    (Just use the green play button at the bottom of the press release.)

2 Responses

  1. Hey guys, why no credit for my photo and link? 😦

  2. Mike so sorry about that. I will fix that one. My apologies.

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