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  'Still pumped' after Abbey Road
Peterborough Examiner, Ed Arnold
 

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It was a dream and became the trip of a lifetime.

For musician, song writer, studio owner/producer Barry Haggarty, the dream became reality earlier this month when he went to London, England to record in Abbey Road studios where his boyhood musical idols the Beatles had recorded.
It was more than he had expected.

"It was a great trip. Oh man, I'm still pumped." Barry said in an interview upon his return to his own Peterborough studio last week.

"It was everything I thought it would be and more. When I walked into that studio and looked down at the floor the history just came flooding in. I missed Paul McCartney being there by two days. He had been recording with
Tony Bennett. You think he would have waited for me" laughs Barry, who was accompanied by his wife Sue and two sons Adam and Brent.


"It was excellent. We got to use some vintage Beatles stuff. The studio people did a lot for me. I even got to play the piano Paul used for Let It Be and Lady Madonna.

 

 

"I just sat there and thought how cool this was.


The studio was wonderful. I had two engineers, both with a great sense of humour" said Barry who recorded for 12 straight hours in the Beatles old studio. He and his acoustic guitar did nine songs for a special CD he will put our next month. His sons, both musicians, backed him on some of them.
"I got nine tracks down, but my voice gave out after six vocals. Maybe I was too excited, but I'll finish a few things here. We got lots of video. Brent filmed the whole thing and I'll release a 15-minute video with the CD."

He recorded in the studio referred to as The Famous One because it was the one The Beatles chose. He toured the other studios in the building, one where many movie scores are done, which can hold a 150-piece orchestra.
The Famous One was smaller, more intimate.
He didn't find the sound much better than his own studio but " hey, it was Abbey Road, so who cares?

 

The nine songs he did were:
The Beatles' Yesterday, as well as his own songs:
a new version of HockeyTown; If these Walls Could Talk; Doesn't Mean A Thing, Remember to Live, What Are We Waiting For, First Step, There's You, and an instrumental, Guitar Pick.

"It was worth every penny and more. I would have paid double. I'm still flying high. It's nice to have those moments but they go away so fast...."

 


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