Abbey Road’s James Clarke Speaks To CBC Radio

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Abbey Road’s James Clarke Speaks To CBC Radio

From left to right: Giles Martin, James Clarke and Sam Okell in Studio One's control room.

Canada’s CBC Radio recently got in touch with Abbey Road’s James Clarke, to chat to him about his involvement in remastering The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl from the original 1964 live tapes.

The original recordings for what should have been The Beatles’ first live album were famously turned down for release by the band when they first heard them, as the sound of the 18,000 strong crowd of screaming girls drowned out their instruments and meant that they couldn’t even hear their instruments over the venue’s PA system.

Thanks to James Clarke’s demixing technology however, he was able to algorithmically remove 95% of the crowd from the recordings when working on the remaster of the album with Giles Martin and Abbey Road engineer Sam Okell last year at Abbey Road.

"Today we take for granted that live concerts are recorded properly," Clarke told CBC. "In essence, it was the mistakes from those early days of trying to record The Beatles that set the scene for how concerts [now] get recorded."

Listen to the full interview, including “before” and “after” playbacks of the tracks with and without screaming, at www.cbc.ca.