These two videos (15 minutes in total) are excerpted from a fascinating documentary about the recording studios in London during the 1960s, including Decca and Abbey Road.

Most of us take multi-track recording for granted. But as noted in the video, until the early 1960’s “musicians had to be note perfect” once the tape rolled. With only one track, there were no overdubs or punch-ins!

And imagine having to check with the Musician’s Union every time you wanted to record a guitar track in your bedroom?!! …

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