If These Walls Could Sing

The iconic recording studio, Abbey Road, in London was the home to some of the biggest musical acts of all time and the new documentary on Disney +, If These Walls Could Sing, detailed some of those moments in time.

Directed by Mary McCartney in her directorial debut, If These Walls Could Sing included interviews with Elton John, John Williams, Jimmy Page, Kate Bush, Shirley Bassey, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Celeste, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Giles Martin, Ringo Starr, and, of course, her father, Paul McCartney.

With this array of musical talent, McCartney wanted to provide the musicians the chance to explain how much Abbey Road Studios meant to them and to share the feeling of history and of magic that enveloped the studios at Abbey Road.

Each of the performers spoke about the way that the studio helped their recordings and discussed some of their greatest records that were recorded in the studio. One of my favorite moments was with Paul McCartney, who was telling a story about a recording session and how they had a specific piano available. He turned around and looked behind him and he saw that exact piano, got up and started to play it.

As a huge Beatles fan, I really enjoyed the reminiscing from Paul McCartney about the recording of Abbey Road, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band and the White Album. Though it did not have the in-depth details as last year’s Get Back documentary, it was still very interesting and engaging.

It was also great watching John Williams and his work on Star Wars, with George Lucas sitting there watching and listening.

I thought this was a great debut from Mary McCartney and she explored some wonderful moments that happened in the studio of Abbey Road. There may not have been anything to tie the differing sections together, but it was fun to hear the stories of the stars about the studio.

4 stars

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