I’ve had the amazing fortune to tour through Abbey Road Studios three times. It, more than any other recording studio on the planet, is sacred space, and filled with so much history (and the accompanying gear) that you literally get dizzy.
Take Studio 2, for example. This is the room where The Beatles did the majority of their work. It’s virtually unchanged since the 60s, complete with the parquet floors and nicotine-stained acoustic panels. Step inside and the spirits attack you from all angles. Moving to the massive Studio 1 and you can feel the vibe of all the orchestral pieces recorded there, including most of the Star Wars soundtracks. Studio 3 has hosted everyone from Pink Floyd to Oasis to Florence + The Machine.
At long last, there’s a new documentary on Abbey Road called If These Walls Could Sing. Directed by Mary McCartney (Macca’s daughter), the full doc is coming next month on Disney+. Here’s a taste.