Saturday, November 12, 2011

Abbey Road 80 (a Spotify tribute to the 80th anniversary of the legendary studios)



Just while EMI is getting split and sold to Universal and Sony, there's a special birthday to celebrate: today, 12th november, 80 years ago, Abbey Road studios were opened by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Edward Elgar (above). So I decided to make a pair of tribute playlists to these legendary studios. Unfortunately, without The Beatles and Pink Floyd. But with all the other big artists who recorded there.

First playlist is a 80-songs-for-80-years one. A big one. Chronologically it goes from the first Vaughan Williams' symphony recorded by Sir John Barbirolli in 1943 to the last tune by Florence + the Machine, featuring music by Cliff Richard and The Shadows (they recorded everything there: I had to select just twelve songs by them), The Hollies, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Zombies, The Allan Parsons Project, Buzzcocks, XTC, Kate Bush, Duran Duran, Rush, Radiohead, Depeche Mode, Oasis, Elliott Smith, Kanye West, U2, Travis, Il Volo, Sting, The Drums, Lady Gaga, etc. etc. and yes, The Darkness too. I tried to shape it as a kind of comprehensive History of Abbey Road Studios (at least the pop side of it, no movie soundtracks are included). The second playlist is a 80-minutes-for-80-years one. A quick one: just twenty songs, by personal tastes. Enjoy!

P.S. Selections are based on a list of recordings I found on Wikipedia. Any suggestions/corrections are welcomed.


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ABBEY ROAD 80 - A SPOTIFY TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDARY STUDIOS
Source: Wikipedia.

THE LONG AND WINDING ABBEY ROAD (80 songs)
Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli – Symphony No. 5 in D: I. Preludio (Moderato - Allegro - Tempo I)
Glenn Miller – In The Mood
Dennis Brain with Dennis Brain Ensemble – Quintet in E flat for Piano and Wind, K452: I.       Largo - Allegro moderato
Cliff Richard & The Drifters – Move It
Cliff Richard & The Shadows – Travellin' Light
Joni James – My Heart Tells Me
Connie Francis – White Christmas
Connie Francis – Volare
The Shadows – Apache
The Shadows – Please Don't Tease
The Shadows – Kon-Tiki
Cliff Richard & The Shadows – The Young Ones
Connie Francis – It's Time To Say Goodnight
The Shadows – Wonderful Land
The Shadows – Dance On
Cliff Richard & The Shadows – The Young Ones
The Shadows – Foot Tapper
Cliff Richard & The Shadows – Summer Holiday
The Hollies – Stay
Gerry & The Pacemakers – How Do You Do It?
Gerry & The Pacemakers – Ferry Cross The Mersey
The Hollies – The Very Last Day
The Hollies – Tell Me To My Face
The Hollies – The Games We Play
The Zombies – Time of the Season
The Pretty Things – S.F. Sorrow Is Born
The Hollies – Blowin' In The Wind
The Pretty Things – The Good Mr Square
Raspberries – Go All The Way
Raspberries – I Wanna Be With You
Cliff Richard & The Shadows – Devil Woman
The Alan Parsons Project – The Raven
Al Stewart – Year Of The Cat
The Alan Parsons Project – I Robot
Buzzcocks – Love You More
Buzzcocks – Noise Annoys
XTC – Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!)
Kate Bush – Babooshka
Duran Duran – Girls on Film
Camel – Drafted
The Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky
Al Stewart – The One That Got Away
The Alan Parsons Project – Prime Time
Rush – Marathon
Duran Duran – Notorious
Radiohead – Creep
Adam & The Ants – Wonderful
Radiohead – Just
Dizzy Mizz Lizzy – Rotator
Bush – Swallowed
Depeche Mode – It's No Good
Oasis – Stand By Me
Radiohead – Paranoid Android
Gustavo Cerati – Puente
Alanis Morissette – Still
Elliott Smith – Somebody That I Used To Know
Radiohead – Everything In Its Right Place
The Darkness – Christmas Time
Chaka Khan – Hey Big Spender
Tim Christensen – Jump The Gun (live in Abbey Road Studios)
Steven Curtis Chapman – More To This Life (Abbey Road Version)
Linda Eder – Almost Like Being In Love/This Can't Be Love
Kanye West (feat. Lupe Fiasco) – Touch The Sky (live in Abbey Road Studios)
U2 – Window In The Skies
Giorgia Fumanti – Volero
Nightwish – Bye Bye Beautiful
Travis – Closer
Mike Oldfield – Harbinger
Oasis – Bag It Up
Panic! At The Disco – Nine In The Afternoon
The Cesarians – Dethstar
Leona Lewis – I Got You
Il Volo – 'O Sole Mio
Never Shout Never – Can't Stand It
The Drums – Down By The Water
Sting – Roxanne
Lady Gaga – Born This Way
Ali Zafar – Jhoom
Instrumenti – Born To Die
Florence + The Machine – What The Water Gave Me
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0752)


WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN ABBEY ROAD? (80 minutes)
Glenn Miller – In The Mood
The Shadows – Apache
Gerry & The Pacemakers – Ferry Cross The Mersey (Stereo Version)
The Hollies - The Very Last Day
The Zombies – Time of the Season
The Pretty Things – S.F. Sorrow Is Born
Al Stewart – Year Of The Cat
Buzzcocks – Love You More
Kate Bush – Babooshka
Duran Duran – Girls on Film
The Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky
Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees
Depeche Mode – It's No Good
Oasis – Stand By Me
Elliott Smith – Son of Sam
U2 – Window In The Skies
Travis – Closer
The Drums – Down By The Water
Lady Gaga – Born This Way
Florence + The Machine – What The Water Gave Me
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0753)

Previously celebrating recording studios:
Köthener Straße 38 - The Legend of Hansa Studios

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