London: Abbey Road & EMI Studios


The EMI Studios at 3 Abbey Road in the peaceful and affluent St. John's Wood district were the setting for nearly all of the Beatles' recordings from 1962 to 1970. The studios were officially renamed "Abbey Road" in the wake of the international fame bestowed on the building by the Beatles and by the 1969 album which paid homage to their recording home.




The pedestrian crossing featured on the cover of the "Abbey Road" album is now one of London's biggest tourist attractions. The "zebra crossing" is just a few yards from the entrance to the studio building and parking lot (on the left behind the Volkswagen on the album cover). The views pictured here look across the walk, toward the studio and (bottom right) away from the studio.



Studio Two, looking up toward the control booth

Studio Two, looking down

Studio Two was the Beatles' primary recording home and is surely sacred ground for any Beatle fan. The large studio is reached by a stairway that leads down from the control booth, or through a door on the ground floor that leads across the hall to Studio One and to the cafeteria.



Studio One

The cavernous Studio One was used often by the Beatles as well, especially for large sessions such as the "A Day in the Life" orchestral overdubs and the "All You Need is Love" satellite television broadcast. The EMI Studios at Abbey Road had a long and illustrious history before the Beatles and have remained a busy working studio in the three decades since. You can visit their homepage by clicking here.


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