Island Studios. Basing
Street Studios then became Sarm West.
8-10 Basing Street, London W11 1ET.
Island Studios were established by Chris Blackwell the founder of Island Records. They were built within an old church in Basing Street in London. In May 1969 the offices for Island Records were complete and in January 1970, Studio Two was finished. Studio One was built above this.
Studio One had a Helios 28/16 . Studio Two, from '70 to '73, had the first of the Island Helios desks, a 20/16 . This was upgraded when they brought in the next model in late '73, early '74, it was 32 in and 16 out.
Brian Eno bought one of the Helios desks. The same year, Island became
Basing Street Studios and was run by Muff Winwood
In the late '70s Studio One and Studio Two had both been refitted with MCI 500-series desks.
The monitors in Studio Two were 15-inch Tannoy Red drivers inside
Lockwood cabinets suspended from the ceiling, while the tape machines were a 3M 24-track, 3M 16-track and an Ampex eight-track that was used to make transfers.
Basing Street Studios eventually became Sarm West Studios.
Recorded at Island Studios :
Mott The Hoople - Wildlife - Nov-Dec 1970
Jethro Tull - Aqualung - 1971
Black Sabbath - Master of Reality - February and April 1971
The Sweet - Little Willie - April 1972
Genesis - Foxtrot - August-September -1972
Lindisfarne - Dingly Dell July 1972
The Eagles - Desperado - 1973
Suzi Quatro - Can the Can
Genesis - Selling England By The Pound - August 1973
Brian Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) 1974
Camel - The Snow Goose April 1975
Brian Eno - Another Green World - July and August 1975
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Exodus - July 1977
Queen - News of the World (part)
The original Sarm Studios (that became Sarm East ) is featured ... Here