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Olympic Studios on the chopping block

Music Week reports that EMI is seriously considering closing down it’s Olympic Studios in London and to that effect entered into a “consultation process” with the staff of 11. It is understood that the studio is not profitable. This means that EMI could be left with only one operational studio — Abbey Road.

Olympic Studios have been at it’s present location in London suburb of Barnes since 1966 and have seen a lot of outstanding recording artists — Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Procol Harum, Ten Years After, Roger Waters, Queen, Roxy Music, Robert Plant, Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, INXS, Bjork, Oasis. The list goes on and on…

As far as the Purple family goes, the original album version of Jesus Christ Superstar was recorded there. Olympic also gets a credit on Fireball (along with De Lane Lea).

Thanks to Brave Worlds for the info.



3 Comments to “Olympic Studios on the chopping block”:

  1. 1
    Crimson Ghost says:

    RIP

  2. 2
    JOHNNY ZELL says:

    HOW VERY SAD,TRULY AN END TO AN ERA,THEY SHOULD SCROLL THRU THERE ROLODEX ASK EVERY MUSICIAN (PROFESSIONALLY SPEAKING)..TO PONY UP MONIES TO SAVE THIS ESTABLISHMENT!..SUCH RICH HISTORY/SUCH RICH ROCK STARS!!..HAS RAP AND THE INTERNET TRULY KILLED THE MUSIC STAR!!SHAMEFUL!!

  3. 3
    tony carey says:

    hi johhny. Nothing has killed the big music star, he’s alive and well. the closing down of big 70’s studios started 10 years ago and
    hasn’t anything to do with rap OR the internet; The fact is one can make great-sounding records in the back bedroom, using digital technology – remember, a cd is digital technology, too –
    a band needs a traditional ‘dinosaur’ studio for 3-4 days max,because recording live drums is the one thing you need a great live room for. so instead of booking the big rooms for 6-8-30 weeks,people book them for ‘tracking’ records – 3-4 days, which isn’t the main body of work.and the studio goes broke. you certainly don’t need a big studio to mix in; and that IS the main body of work. this is really no different than the buggy-whip manufacturers going out of business when the car became popular. abbey road does a lot of symphonic recording, that probably won’t ever go out of style. but anything you’re hearing on the radio these days was made with computers and not in
    2000$-a-day studos. sad? maybe. end of an era? definitely. but when the beatles replaced elvis,
    some also found it sad – others found a new beginning invigorating. CHANGE IS GOOD. (cash is better). tc

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