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Nick Mason records Beatles classic at Abbey Road today for charity album Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 September 2009

BBC Children in Need - PudseyNick Mason was amongst the stars assembling today at London's legendary Abbey Road Studios to help record a charity version of a Beatles classic. Nick has been joined by a host of others, including former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, Peter Gabriel, and Bryan Ferry, to record their bit, and finalise the recording.

The "supergroup" came together to perform a version of All You Need Is Love, which will be used on the forthcoming Bandaged Together album that will be raising money for Children In Need. Read on for details of what Nick thinks about Abbey Road, how the project came about, how you can get your hands on a Children in Need bandana signed by Nick, and where you'll be able to buy the album...

Hellen Bach from the TOGs, who are organising the project, said: "Stars are giving us their time and their talent. We are eternally grateful as are the children who will benefit from their efforts."

Sir Terry Wogan, veteran broadcaster, added: "Last year thanks to the TOGs we raised about £3 million for Children In Need. We had Bandaged One which sold an awful lot and made hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charity. The idea this year is Bandaged Two and we are hoping to raise even more money."

Nick said there was always a special atmosphere attached to the studios: "In terms of musical importance this place would rank somewhere between Hampton Court and the Houses of Parliament. The greats have all been here and the place just exudes atmosphere. I was lucky enough to see the Beatles recording here and it was literally like watching royalty."

Nick Mason © Bandaged Together, for Children in Need 2009The album will be released in early November, with the track that Nick appears on probably released as a single at the same time.

The proceeds of the sale of the album will benefit the BBC Children in Need Appeal, and follow on the great success of the first Bandaged album which raised over £250,000 for the charity. With such great artists as Nick giving their time freely to help the cause the organisers hope to raise even more money this year.

The album will be on sale in their on-line shop, where they will accept orders from overseas, and they are looking at a distribution deal at the moment which will see it in high street and on-line stores, possibly as a download as well.

Filming took place today for the "Making Of" video that will be broadcast on BBC TV in the UK during the Children in Need appeal in November.

There will be a chance to bid in an auction in November (on eBay in conjunction with BBC Children in Need) for a signed Pudsey and the Children in Need Bandana signed by Nick. More details of all of this, when we have it for you - keep an eye on www.Bandaged.org.uk as well, as this is the official site for the project.

Our thanks to Norman from the organisers for his invaluable help.

 
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