BEATLES aficionados will come together at
Liverpool’s Central Library for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of one
of the world’s most iconic albums.
On Friday 27 September, renowned music producer
Steve Levine will take us across Abbey Road as he explores the back story
behind The Beatles’ 11th studio album.
Entitled The Beatles’ Abbey Road: the making of a
Masterpiece, the event will see the Grammy award-winning producer in
conversation with writer and Beatles fan David Quantick.
Using audio clips, the duo will explore how the
tracks were put together to give a completely different perspective on the
influences that led to the production of this classic album.
The Liverpool City Council event coincides with the
50th anniversary and re-release of Abbey Road. It will include live performances by Liverpool’s-own newly
created choir Library of Soul and musical director Kaya Herstad-Carney.
When first released, Abbey Road topped the charts
in both the UK and US and has gone on to become one of the band’s best-selling
The recording sessions for the album were the last in which all four members of The Beatles played together. It was produced by The Beatles’ legendary long-time collaborator George Martin after an insistence by Paul McCartney that the band went back to making records “like they used to”.
Levine, who has worked with acts such as The Beach Boys and Culture Club, said: “I’m really looking forward to the “in
conversation” with David Quantick at Liverpool’s Central Library on the 27 September celebrating the Beatles’ Abbey Road Album.
“The event is almost 50 years to the day of the album’s
original release, and it coincides with the official release the new 50th
anniversary box set.
and I will be discussing how the album has become one of the most important
albums of the last 50 years. I’ll also be highlighting the revolutionary
recording and production techniques used on those sessions and how they pointed
the way forward to future generations of producers, songwriters and musicians.”
City Council’s Head of UNESCO City of Music, Kevin McManus said: “There is going to be a lot of talk
about Abbey Road over the next few weeks and not just because the 26 September is the 50th anniversary. But the
reality is that if ever there was an album that needs to be celebrated and
revisited it is this one. It still resonates half a century after it was
released and remains one of the most significant albums ever.
Beatles were always about more than just music and the album cover image is
probably the most famous there has ever been, managing to create a whole
tourist industry around a mere zebra crossing.
“At its heart though the album is another reminder of the amazing, almost unworldly song-writing ability contained within the band. It is another staggering collection of songs but for me the standout tracks are the two George Harrison compositions ‘Something’ and ‘Here Comes The Sun’. “It is really fitting that this special event is taking place in Liverpool. I have worked with Steve Levine before and the unique insights he brings into how individual tracks come together are fascinating whether you are a huge Beatles fan or not.”