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The long and winding road ..... EMI sells Abbey Road studios

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  • The long and winding road ..... EMI sells Abbey Road studios

    Another piece of heritage is sold due to the pressure on EMI to raise cash ....

    To quote today's Financial Times

    Abbey Road, the London recording studios immortalised by the Beatles album of the same name, has been put on the market by EMI as the music group looks to extricate itself from the debt burden of Terra Firma’s 2007 leveraged buy-out. EMI would not comment ... . A sale could raise tens of millions of pounds.

    It was not immediately clear whether EMI would sell the Abbey Road brand name along with the property, but one media lawyer said: “The brand is worth more than the building . . . anybody who wants the studios will want the brand.” EMI bought the house at number 3 Abbey Road for 100,000 in 1929 and transformed it into the world’s first custom-built recording studios. In 1931, Sir Edward Elgar used studio one to record Land of Hope and Glory with the London Symphony Orchestra ... .

    The Beatles put the studios on the map and naming their final album Abbey Road.Pink Floyd recorded Dark Side of the Moon at the studios ... . However, the studios have faced cheaper competition from recording facilities in other countries, and technological advances allowing artists to record using only a laptop computer have made it harder for labels to justify owning expensive recording infrastructure.

    “What you have is a very, very expensive piece of heritage. If an artist goes to a label and asks to record at Abbey Road they will be met with maniacal laughter,” the media lawyer said.
    Full report here. The bigger picture concerning EMI here.

    Globalisation brings strength when the economic climate is good. But when cash becomes tight, top management have to think the unthinkable to save and bring-in cash. One reason (apart from the comments Alan has been making here about sound) that Harbeth has not invested time and energy in selling to the recording studio market is simple - they don't have any money to spend on good speakers as they're too busy worrying about survival! More here. Picture library here.
    Harbeth PR,
    Harbeth UK

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    EMI has a big impact for all us who follow this forum. It was where Alan Blumlein worked, and came up with the concept of “stereo”, probably in the latter part of 1931. It will be 80 years next year for this concept to have been conceived. Ironically EMI was formed in 1931 as well. I hope it sorts itself and makes it to 80. Like the work at BBC, EMI had many groundbreaking innovations, many of them seeming to do with getting the details recorded and captured, overcoming the physical challenges of the time - namely around cutting machines. Strangely as well, PCM as a concept started going in the 30's. I wonder what these brilliant people would think if today they got to sit in front of a pair of harbeths playing a well recorded cd from a transistor amplifier (maybe one of those with a b&o iceblock).