On January 17th, 2009, elbow played a very special show to an invited audience at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios. Alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra, the band created an orchestral version of The Seldom Seen Kid, the album that had won them the Mercury Music Prize of 2008, made them household names and has now sold over 1 million copies in the UK.
The show marked the start of a landmark year for the band. A week later they were named Best British Band at the Brits, whilst One Day Like This and Grounds For Divorce from the album went on to win Ivor Novello Awards for ‘Best Contemporary Song and ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’ respectively. When the show was added to the BBC red button service and iPlayer it broke the record for on demand viewing, racking up over 1 million views.
With the previous vinyl version of the album available only as part of the sold-out box set in 2012, Elbow celebrate the tenth anniversary of the performance with the release of a special edition as part of the ‘Mastered at Abbey Road’ series. This version of the recording has been remastered from the digital source and cut to vinyl at half speed to ensure the best possible audio quality.
Thinking back to the show, elbow’s Guy Garvey has fond memories of a recording he now considers "the definitive version of The Seldom Seen Kid".