Tenth Anniversary of ‘The Seldom Seen Kid Live At Abbey Road’

25th January 2019
In January 2009, Elbow performed the entirety of their Mercury Music Prize winning album The Seldom Seen Kid with the BBC Concert Orchestra in Studio One. The live rendition of the album which propelled Elbow from indie hopefuls to national treasures was witnessed by a select audience and was broadcast on Radio 2.

The show marked the start of a landmark year for Elbow. A week later they were named Best British Band at the BRITS, whilst the tracks One Day Like This and Grounds For Divorce went on to win Ivor Novello Awards for Best Contemporary Song and Best Song Musically and Lyrically.

"It was humbling to work with such an amazing group of musicians and arranger Nick Ingman and, even now, I have to pinch myself when I think we are part of the amazing musical history of Abbey Road. We knew we had a ten minute window to re-record anything that went wrong because of the way that orchestras are paid but, with an audience in the room, we were determined to get it right first time. The show felt a bit like unicycling on a high wire to start with, but the result is something that I am eternally proud of." - Guy Garvey
To mark the tenth anniversary of the widely-acclaimed live album The Seldom Seen Kid Live At Abbey Road, Elbow are set to release a newly mastered edition on vinyl. This version of the recording has been remastered from the digital source and cut to vinyl at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road.

Miles explains: "The album was mixed to high resolution digital (96 kHz 24-bit resolution). The previous version of this album was made from the digitally peak limited mastered files. While loud compressed pop music can be fun, if done to extremes it is often unmusical and quickly becomes fatiguing. Seeing as so much of this album is soft and delicate, it made perfect sense to go back to the original source and remaster it sympathetically with vinyl in mind and to avoid digital peak limiting entirely. This album can breathe now that the dynamics are restored and is an even more pleasurable listen. There is an air and space to the studio files which to some extent had been squashed out until now."
The Seldom Seen Kid Live At Abbey Road is out on vinyl on 19 April as part of the Mastered At Abbey Road series. Pre-order now.