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Massey Howard the Great British Recording Studios HB Bam Boo (Paperback)

Howard Massey

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Paperback. The Great British Recording Studios tells the story of the iconic British facilities where many of the most important recordings of all time were made. The first comprehensive account of B.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 320 pages. 1.420. Bookseller Inventory # 9781458421975

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                  The Great British Recording Studios tells the story of the iconic British facilities where many of the most important recordings of all time were made. It is endorsed by and was written with the cooperation of the British APRS (Association of Professional Recording Services, headed by Sir George Martin) to document the history of the major British studios of the 1960s and 1970s and to help preserve their legacy.

The book surveys the era's most significant British studios (including Abbey Road, Olympic, and Trident), with complete descriptions of each studio's physical facilities and layout, along with listings of equipment and key personnel, as well as details about its best-known technical innovations and a discography of the major recordings done there. Seamlessly interweaving narrative text with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from dozens of internationally renowned record producers and a wealth of photographs (many never published before), The Great British Recording Studios brings to life the most famous UK studios and the people who created magic there.

Meticulously researched and organized, The Great British Recording Studios will inform and inspire students of the recording arts, music professionals, casual music fans, and anyone interested in the acoustically pristine facilities, groundbreaking techniques, and innovative artists and technicians that have shaped the course of modern recording.

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Back in the "golden era" of pop music -- roughly from the mid-1950s, when rock 'n' roll made its noisy entrance on the scene, until the late 1970s, when the first digital audio devices such as drum machines made their appearance -- there was a distinct "British sound" that characterized the records being made in Great Britain and distinguished them from those being created in America. In some cases the sonic disparities are striking, in others subtle, but there is little question that the records coming out of the studios in Great Britain sounded objectively different from those emerging from American recording facilities. The Beatles, in collaboration with George Martin and the engineers at EMI,  led the way, unceasingly pushing the envelope as they crafted recordings that constantly challenged the limits of what their audience would accept. Other artists of the era followed, incorporating new elements into their music as they constantly tested and stretched the limits of the production tools at hand. By the mid-1960s, the best British recordings were as good as any made in America, or anywhere else in the world, for that matter.
Essentially, then, the "British sound" was derived from a fortuitous combination of the right people being in the right place at the right time, having the right equipment (or lack thereof) at hand to realize their creative vision, and the ability to somehow overcome the convolution of a bewildering series of dueling technical "standards" -- all this, along with a healthy dose of serendipidity and misadventure.
A story, in other words, worth telling.

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