Fascinating tour of studio 2, the echo chamber and the control room at Abbey Road Studios. Although quite techy at times, this is a very interesting tour of the studio. I've been lucky enough to visit the studio about half a dozen times over the last 40 years (my last visit was last August) so this feature has brought back great memories of all those visits.
I can't believe the hoops I had to just jump through to get on here this time! I think there were 5 pages where I had to identify fire hydrants, traffic lights and buses!! 🤬
I think sometimes the image of a bus or a traffic light very slightly overlaps into another square and if you don't highlight that square then you have to go onto the next photo. I know I've been caught out a few times because of that tiny overlap.
I always do the overlap (better to check too many squares than not enough!) Today was only 2 pages. First one was a skip.
I occasionally get those skip ones too. Today its been the 'hills' one. All a bit of a flaff but its doing the job as its keeping most (but not all) of those spambots out.
That was so cool seeing Abbey Road just a few years ago. Seeing things from the outside... I had a grin / smile and a great feeling in the moment and enjoyed it so much.
It was in this time frame of May and there were plans in place for them to do August that year ... I knew I wouldn't be there for it, but if I had the chance, I would, and I would let it all soak in ...
Coincidentally last night on the show "Pennyworth" a woman sang Vera's song "We'll Meet Again" in a pub and everyone in the place began singing along. The show is an origin story about Alfred Pennyworth and Bruce Wayne's (Batman's) parents Martha & Thomas in England and takes place in 1962/1963 but is of course an alternate universe.
I wonder did they wear masks? I’ve heard doctors say that if you wear a mask you can very well avoid it, or lessen the amount of inoculate that you would get and therefore a lighter or possibly have an asymptomatic case.
For example, 2 women in a beauty salon unknowingly had Covid. They both wore masks, as did their 127 customers, none who caught COVID. All the pictures we saw of Paul with Nancy showed him wearing mask, gloves, glasses and carrying a bottle of gel. So it did look like he was being careful. Glad he made the album!
Just like the Beatles and Esher Demos release, I would buy Ram again if all those Ram demos recorded on Paul's Scottish farm were included. However, what with McCartney lll and the releases of London Town/ Back To The Egg Deluxe sets, I doubt the 50th anniversary will be marked for Ram.
Thanks for the article. Press to Play is one of the more interesting albums imho.
Press t Play was what I call my "lost McCartney album". It was a timing thing for me. I was going through some life altering events personally. I had recently got fired from my job, going through a divorce and becoming a single parent all at once. With all of these things, I wasn't keeping up with the latest Paul album.
I never bought the album at the time and the reviews were so bad so I wasn't motivated. I also didn't love the single from the allbum called Press. The other thing is that I was disappointed for the most part with Pipes of Peace (after Tug of War) and the Broad Street album which was primarily a bunch of remakes.
Fast forward to many years later and I had retired, moved to Florida and I had a lot more times on my hand. I had purchased a bunch of Paul's old albums (all CD's) from the Collection Series and I really enjoyed hearing them again and the extra tracks. I think it was around 2015 that I found the Press to Play CD at an independent record store. I still remember hesitating to buy it because of the original lousy reviews but thank God I bought it anyway. It didn't hurt that the CD contained 3 extra tracks from the original album.
Maybe because my expectations weren't' high but as I started to grow into the album, I was pleasantly surprised. Compared to Pipes of Peace and especially Broad Street, Paul seemed very loose on the tracks and he wasn't trying to make Top 40 hits. It had Paul's usual variety that I really liked. Tracks that became favorites were Stranglehold, Good Times Coming/Feel the Sun, Footprints, Only Love Remains, and Move Over Busker. Some of the other cuts were ok to pretty good. Didn't love the closer "However Absurd" but it was ok. Not surprisingly and judging by Paul's past history of leaving off good songs from albums, I really like the extra tracks...Write Away, It's Not True and Tough on a Tightrope. All in all, it became a very enjoyable album for me. I never understood the "hate" for the album except for some of the tracks being a little too 80's from a production point of view. But for me, I didn't mind the production as a whole.
Speaking of players on the album, I liked most of the Paul/Eric Stewart collaborations and I really liked the extra guitar work from Carlos Alomar who was previously on David Bowie albums. I still consider Press to Play one of Paul's most underrated albums.
It felt even better later on when I started listening to the "Take It Away" Podcast on Paul's Post Beatles career and specifically all of his Wings and Solo albums. When it came to the Press to Play episode I was surprised how well Chris and Ryan and their special guest for the episode, Kit O'Toole (a music critic) liked Press to Play and all 3 of them felt Press to Play was a hidden gem in Paul's Discography. The guys were a lot younger than many of the critics that had panned Press to Play originally. Chris and Ryan didn't get into Paul until he was already a solo artist and the 80's Production didn't bother them in general calling it good 80's production.
I can't wait for Paul to do a Remaster/Archive treatment for Press to Play. I've seen on Youtube where there are a bunch of alternative versions on several of the tracks and of course it still didn't include one of my favorite unreleased songs from the sessions called Yvonne. Can't wait for the Archive version of Press to Play is released.
I think half the reason I kind of liked the song "Press" was that I loved the video with McCartney on the "Underground".
Yea Yankeefan...I liked the video also and the song kind of grew with me. Not a bad track at all but not one of the best tracks imho. I love the ones I mentioned especially Footprints.