An Abbey Road Studios EMI TG12345 MK IV recording console is to be sold by Bonhams at their TCM Presents…Rock and Roll Through the Lens sale in New York on 27 March 2017. It will be on view to the public at Bonhams Knightsbridge from Sunday 19 March until the sale.
The console was used extensively between 1971 and 1983 in Studio Two, and was used to its full potential by rock royalty Pink Floyd to record their landmark album, The Dark Side of the Moon. Recently voted the Number One Rock Album of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine, the album remained in the charts for 741 weeks. The Dark Side of the Moon was released to critical acclaim in 1973 and was the turning point in the band’s commercial success. Launched against a backdrop of the Vietnam War, the recent moon landings and a departure from the era of flower power, this album echoed the popular consciousness of the time.
One of only two custom made by EMI engineers, it was commissioned as an update for the MK II model. Considered as ‘the greatest console ever constructed,’ by Brian Gibson, the world authority on TG consoles and an ex-engineer from Abbey Road, Pink Floyd utilised this desk with producer Alan Parsons to create a timeless ten track album full of atmospheric soundscapes that explores the evolution of psychedelic art rock and jazz and blues rock, and was testament to the superior engineering of this equipment.
In its time at Abbey Road, the console was used by some of the greatest names in pop and rock history including; Paul McCartney and Wings, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Kate Bush. The console is in full working order, and is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Ken Townsend, former Abbey Road Studio Manager and a copy of the album The Dark Side of the Moon (1973).