Chalk Farm Studios
1a Belmont Street, Chalk Farm, Camden, London.
In 1964 Bruce Rae and Rick Minas set up a rehearsal and recording facilities in Camden called 'RayRik Sound Studios'. In 1968 the property was taken over by Vic Keary and Blue Beat boss Emil Shallet and opened as Chalk Farm Studios. Vic had previously owned 'Maximum Sound Studios' which had been sold to Manfred Mann.
Being both a sound and electronic engineer, Vic built and installed his own valve desk In Chalk Farm, the design based on the EMI Redd series from Lansdowne Studios. An 8 Track Leevers Rich, Ampex and Studer 2 track completed the set up.
As Ska and reggae became popular in the early seventies, Chalk Farm was seen as one of the few studios in the UK that could replicate the sound of the Jamaican records.
The studio's first hit single was Bob and Marcia's 'Young, Gifted and Black' and at one point, eight of the top 50 singles had been recorded at Chalk Farm.
Dandy Livingston (then Trojan's chief producer) made many of his records at Chalk Farm.
In 1972 the studios had Vic's 20:8 custom desk and a Leevers Rich 8-track Tape machine.Chalk Farm Studios closed in 1982.
|Vic now runs 'Thermionic Culture, manufactures of very fine traditional recording gear.|
Recorded at Chalk Farm Studios :
Bob and Marcia - Young, Gifted and Black'
Moon River - Greyhound
Let Your Yeah be Yeah - Pioneers
Pied Piper - Bob and Marcia
The Sweet - Man from Mecca - April 1972
Doctor Ross - Jivin' The Blues
101'ers - Keys to your heart - 1976
Nick Lowe - Jesus of Cool - 1976 (part)
Chalk Farm Studios - 1970's
1a Belmont Street - 2011