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6 Albums Named After The Place Where They Were Recorded: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, And More

by Joey DeGroot   Sep 29, 2014 13:48 PM EDT

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The location of a recording session can often have just as much influence as the musicians who are performing, which is something that these artists knew very well. Here are six albums named after the place where they were recorded.

1. The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969)

The Beatles recorded every one of its studio albums, either in part or fully, at EMI Studios, which was located on Abbey Road in London, so the band's decision to name its final album Abbey Road was a sort of farewell to the place where it had recorded such incredible work for the previous seven years. In 1970, EMI Studios was renamed Abbey Road Studios in honor of the Beatles.

2. Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline (1969)

Nashville Skyline wasn't the first Bob Dylan album to be recorded in Nashville: His previous two albums, Blonde On Blonde and John Wesley Harding were recorded there as well. However Nashville Skyline was the first time that Dylan fully embraced country music, and therefore integrated himself into the Nashville community.

3. Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis (1969)

Though the title of Dusty Springfield's 1969 classic Dusty in Memphis clearly references the fact that the album was recorded in Memphis, Tenn., her vocals for album actually weren't recorded in Memphis. While the instruments were indeed recorded at American Sound Studios in Memphis, Springfield's final vocal takes were recorded in New York City, after her initial sessions proved unsatisfactory.

4. Bob Dylan & The Band - The Basement Tapes (1975)

Though the title of the Band's 1968 debut Music from Big Pink is a reference to the big pink house in upstate New York where the band lived and rehearsed, the album was actually recorded in New York City and Los Angeles. Around the same time, however, the Band was recording songs with Bob Dylan in the basement of Big Pink, which was finally released in 1975 as The Basement Tapes.

5. Sonic Youth - Murray Street (2002)

From 1998 to 2004, Sonic Youth recorded four albums at its very own Echo Canyon Studios in New York City. The band's third album recorded there, 2002's Murray Street, was named after the street where the studio is located.

6. Grizzly Bear - Yellow House (2006)

Grizzly Bear's official debut album may be 2004's Horn of Plenty, which was recorded almost entirely by singer Ed Droste, but the band's first album as a complete unit was 2006's Yellow House, which was recorded at the yellow Cape Cod home of Droste's mother.

What are some other albums that are named after the place where they were recorded? Let us know down in the comments section!

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