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Went to Abbey Road yesterday - Studio 2 in fact!!
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12 March 2012
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You went to one of the lectures? Please tell us all you can - I was really tempted to go to one but they're expensive (and now sold out) and I wasn't sure I could get the time off. Plus I have the Recording The Beatles book, and figured much of the stuff I was interested in would be in that (I don't really care about the non-Beatles stuff that happened there).

Studio Two is amazing. So glad you got the opportunity to go. There's a feeling in that room that I've never had anywhere else, and I've walked the zebra crossing, stood in the Rock 'N' Roll doorway, been to the Casbah etc...

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12 March 2012
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Hi Joe - yes, the lecture by the authors of Recording The Beatles. I'll copy & paste what I recorded in my diary - well bits of it anyway!!

The Day A Dream Came True -

I entered the hallowed Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios. To begin it was kind of weird in a sense that I couldn’t take in exactly where I was. We were allowed to take all the photos we wanted inside the studio and there were many old bits of equipment and instruments there to see.  Some more Beatle related than others.  I went up the stairs to the outside of the control room (we weren’t allowed in there, but it was so modern now it wouldn’t have been the same).

I was still trying to get some sense as to the occasion when, during the presentation (which was really interesting and all about the history; not just The Beatles) they told us where The Beatles generally set up and played.  Then they played a snippet of Twist And Shout.  At that point it hit me that here I was in the same room that track was recorded and that forty eight years ago they were ‘there’ stood in ‘that’ corner actually recording this very song.  I felt quite emotional……this was actually it – my dream had finally come true: I was in a place that I’d wished I could be in for many, many years thinking it would never be.

During the talk it was announced Ken Scott was present (he was at the back).

The talk lasted for 90 minutes and then I took a few more photos. During the talk we were told that one of the pianos there was the actual one used on The Fool On The Hill, A Day In The Life and Magical Mystery Tour. I couldn’t resist – I had to play a note and so I did. With my left forefinger I hit a key and now I can say that I’ve played in Abbey Road Studio 2 on the very same piano The Beatles had played on!!

 Not only that but we also learned that the chairs in the studio are the ones originally bought when the studio was first used as they were ones that didn’t creak when sat on! Sure enough, if you look at photos of The Beatles in the studio you will see them sat on these very same chairs. So the question was – how many times had any one of them sat on the chair I was sitting on, or had lent their guitar on or up against it!!!

 Before leaving the premises we went out to do a quick session at the front steps.  Never again would I get this opportunity and it was quite funny watching the people outside on the road seeing Tania [that's Mrs MJB!] take my photo – they were probably thinking “how the hell can he be allowed in there?”.

So that was it………….I think it only really started to sink in what I had just done as we were on our way home on the tube.

 

That's it - one of the most enjoyable days of my life! They also had the 'Mrs Mills' piano there plus the Celeste that was used on Baby It's You.

I've now ordered the book by the two authors, but waht a killer prtice. Not only $100 for the book but, wait for it, $72 shipping to the UK!

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13 March 2012
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Imagine ... a 3-D, holographic movie of the Beatles recording their songs right there in the studio, complete with banter, arguments, laughs, etc... yeah, imagine.

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17 March 2012
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OK.....here goes with some photos!

Leading up to the control room of studio 2Image Enlarger

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17 March 2012
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This is the piano used on The Fool On The Hill and A Day In The Life..... plus others of course.  I've actually played it, in Studio 2!!! OK, I know it was one very quick note with my left forefinger when no one was looking but hey, I can say I have played a piano played on a Beatle song in Studio 2 at Abbey Road - so there :-) If you look at the image on the piano of the Beatles Book you will see Paul playing this piano. To my memory that was taken during the Paperback Writer sessions.......

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17 March 2012
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And finaly - the proof. MJB on the steps after the presentation. Notice that big grin on my face :-)

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17 March 2012
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MJB, that is absolutely awesome.

The closest I've come are the steps leading up to the studio; I felt pretty good about that until I saw your post!Image Enlarger

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17 March 2012
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Wow. So jealous. Sitting on a seat you know they would have sat on. Seeing the piano used for A Day In The Life.

On a side note it's really weird seeing you guys in real pictures.

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