London, UK (November 5, 2009)–EMI Music is launching Abbey Road Live, a new live music recording and instant production service for North America and Europe.
The new service will enable fans to instantly purchase live recordings of shows they have just attended. Mixed and mastered on site, the recordings will be made available in a range of formats, including CD, DVD and USB or via secure digital delivery to home computers or mobile handsets as streams or downloads.
Abbey Road Live is headquartered at Abbey Road Studios in London. Launching initially in North America and Europe, Abbey Road Live expands upon the success of Live Here Now, which was established in 2004 by Mute Records, an EMI label. Live Here Now has produced and sold instant live recordings for artists such as Blur and their noted reunion concerts in London’s Hyde Park in July. Ten percent of fans who attended Blur’s two concerts this summer logged on to the band’s web site to purchase the live recording in CD/digital form or MP3. The service has also recorded Depeche Mode, Franz Ferdinand, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Pixies, Goldfrapp, Moby, Status Quo and The Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, among others.
The Abbey Road Live team includes music and film industry veterans, including Simon Miller, EMI Music’s senior vice president of new product development and live; recording engineer and producer Will Shapland; David “Noggin” Rowntree, head of operations for Abbey Road Live in the UK and rest of world; and Marcus “MJ” Salisbury, who is head of production for Abbey Road Live, based in London. Veteran live music producer and DiscLive founder Zach Bair will consult full-time for Abbey Road Live’s operations in North America and Latin America.