Live from Abbey Road: A Trib­ute to the Bea­tles

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fri­day, 8.30pm, Stu­dio Like a lot of tele­vi­sion at this time of year, this celebrity run through of Abbey Road, at Abbey Road, has been shown pretty of­ten since its de­but in 2009. Af­ter a quick blast of each of the eight artists who per­form 10 songs from the clas­sic al­bum (giv­ing away any sur­prises to come, I fear), we cross to an in­ter­view with Bea­tles pro­ducer Ge­orge Martin, who ex­plains why the al­bum, the last the group recorded, was a fit­ting trib­ute to the stu­dio, which has made such a mark on record­ing. ‘‘ Ev­ery­where I go, peo­ple are walking across ze­bra cross­ings in trib­ute to our al­bum,’’ he says. Really Ge­orge? You don’t think that, like chick­ens, they might just want to get to the other side? Cut to goons dress­ing up as the Bea­tles on the al­bum cover in white suits and bare feet. For­tu­nately, we do not tarry. It’s vir­tu­ally straight into Seal giv­ing the engi­neers a few notes be­fore ap­ply­ing his con­sid­er­able vo­cal chops to the Ge­orge Har­ri­son stan­dard Some­thing.

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