Former Abbey Road engineer Ken Scott had a unique perspective on The Beatles when they retreated to the studio in the mid 60s to escape the endless pressure of fans, fame, and a seemingly endless stream of imitators. Ken’s first job with the fab four was engineering “I Am the Walrus”—a heck of a trial-by-fire if there ever was one in the music business. Music Rader caught up with Scott and spoke with him about the working environment at EMI in the mid 60s and it's a fascinating discussion for music fans.
“It was very staid at Abbey Road. There was a serious dress code,” Scott recalled. “The way you progressed through your training was that you started off in the tape library, so you could learn how the studio worked, and learn what all the different jobs were within the studio. Then you’d move up to button-pusher. Before you could actually sit behind a board and do anything, you had to learn mastering, cutting.”
For fans of the analog process and of The Beatles especially, Ken has lots to say and it’s all good stuff. And don’t forget that Ken went on to make killer records for Lou Reed, Supertramp, and David Bowie. Check it out
. In the groovy clip below of the Swinging Blue Jeans recording "Hippy Hippy Shake" in the early 60s, you can see Beatles engineer Norman Smith, who cut the first six Beatle albums and taught Ken the tricks of the trade.