As the band prepared for three nights at Brooklyn Bowl London in June 2014, longtime UM producer Manny Sanchez shot manager Kevin Browning a half- joking email: “Thinking about how to get myself over to London . . . UM at Abbey Road?”
And so The London Session was born.
Less than ten months after the release of Similar Skin, Umphrey’s is pleased to unveil their latest studio album straight from the world’s most famous recording mecca. The stealth recording operation yielded ten tracks, from a single day, in Abbey Road’s legendary Studio 2. Titanium-strength rockers fit jigsaw-like among earworm acoustic arrangements on a record that checks all the boxes.
What exactly do you do with a mere 12 hours in this iconic studio? You make the most of it. With few expectations of what the session might actually yield, a handful of tracks quickly turned into an album’s worth of material. Acoustic arrangements, new versions of setlist regulars, and the first cover ever to grace a UM studio record are all infused with the spirit of Abbey Road.
See what David Fricke from Rolling Stone has to say about the album here.
The street date for The London Session is April 7th but pre-order begins today. Pick it up on 180-gram vinyl, CD, or a slew of digital formats from 24bit ALAC to MP3. Order your copy of TLS (in any format) and receive an instant download of “Bad Friday.” For those who want a deeper dive into our time at Abbey Road, both physical versions include a long-form narrative about the recording process and extensive image gallery inside.
Join us for a look behind the scenes and a preview of what’s to come.
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The London Session
A Day at Abbey Road Studios
- Bad Friday
- Rocker Part 2
- No Diablo
- Cut the Cable
- Out of Order
- Comma Later
- I Want You (She’s So Heavy)