Exclusive Premiere: Umphrey’s McGee, ‘Glory’ (Live at Abbey Road Studios)
On June 18, 2014, with just 12 hours to spare, Umphrey's McGee entered the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London and laid down live tracks for 10 songs. This impromptu recording experience became an official release for the band, dubbed The London Session: A Day at Abbey Road Studios, and hit the streets on April 7 via Nothing Too Fancy Music.
Today (April 29), Diffuser is beyond excited to partner with Umphrey's McGee to give fans a peek behind the making of the album with an in-studio clip of the instrumental track, “Glory” -- check it out above.
"Rock and roll gospel ... that's essentially what 'Glory' is," guitarist Jake Cinninger tells us. "We've been playing the song live for over 13 years, so it was truly an honor to be able to finally lay down the studio version in none other than Abbey Road."
Even as a pure instrumental tune, there is a staggering and dynamic spirit that grows throughout the four-minute performance. "We based the track entirely on feel, with no preset determination of how long it should be," Cinninger explains. "Instead of using the energy of the crowd, we used the energy of the room as our guide. No two takes were the same; add the piano intro and a slight variance in form and the package was complete."
Along with a number of accessories to promote the album -- including artwork, a tea mug and a pin -- The London Session is available on CD and digital formats as well as a double-LP; grab details on the album here.
Umphrey's McGee have a number of dates scheduled throughout the spring and summer, including several festival appearances across the states. You can stay current with their full tour itinerary at their official website.