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Abbey Road Studios tops a bumper year for film soundtracks with its fifth box office No.1

Recorded and mixed at Abbey Road Studios, The Golden Compass hits No.1 in the UK and US box offices

LONDON, 18 December 2007: The Golden Compass, one of the year’s most eagerly awaited films, with a sweeping soundtrack recorded and mixed at Abbey Road Studios and scored by Alexandre Desplat, has launched at No.1 in the UK and US box offices to great critical acclaim.

The Golden Compass is the fifth UK box office No.1 for Abbey Road Studios in 2007 and is one of the largest productions of the year for the studios. It completes a bumper 12 months for Abbey Road Studios, which has witnessed several major film soundtracks recorded and mixed within its walls, including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Shrek The Third and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, all of which have hit the top spots at both the US and UK box offices.

Already touted to be an Oscar winning soundtrack, The Golden Compass’ Alexandre Desplat comments;

“Golden Compass is by far the largest film I have ever written the score for. I knew I had to surround myself with the best collaborators to get through the immense task ahead of me. Abbey Road Studios was undoubtedly the only place to record the 120 piece orchestra, and we worked around the clock, relentlessly, from one studio to another, for several weeks. Surrounded by the best crew I could dream of, always available, efficient, caring and with the best spirit under the artistic spell of Abbey Road’s chief engineer Peter Cobbin.”

Singer Kate Bush also contributed an original song titled Lyra to the end title credits of The Golden Compass. The track was mixed at Abbey Road Studios.

The Golden Compass is the film of the best-selling fantasy novelist, Philip Pullman. Starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, it is touted as the first part of a trilogy which will equal The Lord of the Rings, also recorded and mixed at Abbey Road Studios.

Abbey Road Studios was also behind the soundtrack to “American Gangster,” which was recorded and mixed on location in LA by Abbey Road’s Peter Cobbin. The film debuted at No.1 in the US and Canadian box offices as the highest-ever grossing gangster film.

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