Abbey Road Sound FX Vol 1 circa late ‘50s or early ‘60s. Notice the engineer’s name. Stuart Eltham was one of the first ‘pop’ engineers at Abbey Road Studios, when most other engineers and the industry generally thought ‘pop’ music was just a fad. Stuart pioneered recording techniques back in the days when you had to get permission from the head of technical to move a microphone closer to an instrument.
Stuart also travelled around the country with a ‘portable’ EMI tape machine capturing what was to become the now legendary Abbey Road Sound Effects library. The library was often raided by The Beatles and Pink Floyd looking for unusual sounds.
Pic by Mirek Stiles