Recording songs by the Beatles at Abbey Road gave Milos 'tingles'

Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:06am EST
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By Michael Roddy

LONDON (Reuters) - Montenegrin classical guitarist Milos Karadaglic says he felt "tingles" when he recorded tunes from the Beatles songbook at the Abbey Road Studios where they laid down the tracks 50 years ago.

"When you are here, you are surrounded by the energy of those people because they reinvented pop, they reinvented music -- without the Beatles, the musical world would be a very different place," said Milos, 32, who goes by his first name.

"When I was in that studio where most of that music came alive, recording my own versions, I always got tingles, I always got little special things come to me."

The guitarist, whose albums of music from the classical repertoire have won rave reviews and prizes, spoke to Reuters at a launch event for "Blackbird", to be released on Mercury Classics in January.

As the title suggests, it is a compendium of Beatles songs, arranged for the classical guitar, but with Milos getting a little help from his friends.

One of the most arresting tracks features Milos playing a cover of the trippy "Lucy in the Sky Diamonds" with sitar player Anoushka Shankar, the daughter of Ravi Shankar.

He partners with cellist Steven Isserlis on "Michelle," but because words are as important as tunes in Beatles songs, jazz vocalist Gregory Porter joins him on "Let It Be" and singer-songwriter Tori Amos does the honors on "She's Leaving Home".

Milos said he saw the Beatles tunes as being every bit as "classic" as what he usually plays. And he said everything about the album, from the partner musicians to recording at Abbey Road, to the use of the Beatles' microphones, was by design.   Continued...

Montenegrin classical guitarist Milos Karadaglic performs during a launch event for his album of Beatles songs "Blackbird" at Abbey Road Studios in London, Britain, December 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Michael Roddy