Strange news out of London: EMI Records is selling the legendary Abbey Road Studios, according to a report in the Financial Times (registration required to read; h/t). Apparently the rooms where the Beatles did the vast majority of their recording in the ’60s just aren’t a sound financial investment anymore.
I know times are tough, but come on, EMI! History! In addition to all those amazing Beatles albums, Abbey Road has also been the site of essential recordings by the likes of Radiohead (The Bends) and Pink Floyd (The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, The Dark Side of the Moon, etc.). More recently, Abbey Road is where all the Beatles’ albums were lovingly remastered for last fall’s reissue campaign. The Financial Times story implies that its recording facilities have become outdated; does that make it any less of a landmark?
Of course, assuming EMI finds a buyer, there’s a strong chance Abbey Road’s new owners will continue to operate it as a recording studio. Let’s hope so, at least. Anyone else dismayed by the idea of Abbey Road changing hands?
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