2017 was a phenomenal year in music; the sheer volume and quality of new releases, remasters and film scores has been overwhelming. It fills us with pride to know that the amazing Abbey Road team played their part in making it all happen.
Now as we stumble blurry-eyed into 2018, we can’t help but feel a tad reflective and look back on the year that’s passed.
So, we asked around Abbey Road Studios to find out the highlights of the year for our engineers and studio staff – their favourite projects to work on, the favourite albums of the year, and of course, what they wanted to get for Christmas.
Stefano Civetta, Assistant Engineer.
Favourite Album of 2017: Gizmodrome.
Favourite Christmas song: Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis by T. Waits.
All I want for Christmas is: A Tom Waits concert.
Mark Robertson, Head of Brand & Marketing.
Highlight of 2017: Sharing some of the magic that happens at Abbey Road with the outside world. Meeting/interviewing so many inspiring people, from Nile Rodgers, Sade and Karen Elson to Novelist and Mura Masa. Dad dancing on stage with Chic.
Favourite Christmas song: The Waitresses’ Christmas Wrapping
All I want for Christmas is: Snow, snow, snow... looks like it's come early.
Tip for 2018: Judas have a way with melody to make British rock sound vital again. Novelist's debut album will defy expectations and cement his position as an important talent. And the new album from Nile Rodgers and Chic will soundtrack 2018's best moments.
Jeremy Huffelmann, Head of Events & Partnerships.
Highlight of 2017: Its a three-way tie between watching the film premier with live orchestra in Studio One as part of the Sonos ReScored project, working with JP Cooper and Kojey Radical on their live to vinyl performance in Studio Two with Hennessy VS, and watching U2 playing live as part of the recent BBC Special.
Favourite album of 2017: London Grammar Truth is a Beautiful Thing, because I am now old enough to enjoy coffee table music and feel no shame.
Favourite Christmas Song: Its a cliche but it has to be Fairytale of New York. Christmas is about reminiscing, looking ahead, and drinking. This song has all three.
All I Want for Christmas is: More time.
Tip for 2018: A huge resurgence of interest in the cult band Luxury, whose underrated brit pop was the untold story of the '90's.