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Lansdowne House    Holland Park   London

A History

Lansdowne was established in 1957 by 'producer' Dennis Preston with help from engineers Adrian Kerridge and Joe Meek who found the premises. Preston had supervised many famous British jazz recordings in the 50s (mainly recorded at IBC studios) and continued with this success through the 60s at Lansdowne.

 He was possibly the first independent producer in Britain (label credit for his work usually reads "Record Supervision" ) licensing product to the UK majors.

The building  that housed the studio was erected in 1902 by William Flodthart, a benevolent South African diamond millionaire who wanted to provide a place where struggling painters could work. The main recording studio was originally a squash court and the control room a smokers room. 

Up to 1970 the studio had an EMI 12:2 tube desk. This console was built for Landsdowne by EMI Hayes for £4500 to Joe Meeks specifications which included a finish of purple with gold edge trim. Tape machines were TR51s also supplied by EMI Hayes.

 One of the first commercial successes for the studio was with Lonnie Donegan's Cumberland Gap recorded in February 1957 and engineered by Joe Meek. It reached No1 in the charts but also had a significant impact on the development of popular music. It helped start a craze for Skiffle that swept through the UK. Here was a music that could be made with a basic acoustic guitar and homemade or improvised instruments such as a washboard or tea-chest bass, and very much like the punk movement of the the seventies with its "anybody can do it" attitude, teenagers across the country began forming skiffle bands.

In 1967 Clive Green started working with Adrian Kerridge  on replacing all the valve parts of the EMI desk with transistor circuitry  and modifying the desk for 8 track recording. This would lead to the formation of the CADAC company.

 

 

Equipment at Lansdowne

Up to 1970 - EMI 12:2 tube desk. 

June 1970 

A 24 channel Cadac console was installed ( the studios would use Cadac till 1990) with 8 Track Scully  - 4 track Ampex - Telefunken M10 - Ampex 351 - 2 x EMT plates.

1972

Cadac 28-24.   Studer 16-track  Scully 8-track  Ampex 4-track.

Altec and Cadac Monitors.  Cadac Amps. 

Fairchild and Teletronix limiters

 

1977

The Studios closed in September 2006.

(Many thanks to Patrick Vanslambrouck for sharing his photos)

 

Recorded  (in full or part) at Lansdowne :

ACKER BILK “STRANGER ON THE SHORE”

ACKER BILK AND HIS PARAMOUNT JAZZ BAND "MR ACKER BILK'S LANSDOWNE FOLIO"

ACKER BILK AND BEND FABRIC "TOGETHER!"

ACKER BILK "MOOD FOR LOVE"

AFFINITY "IF YOU LIVE"

AMANCIO D'SILVA "REFLECTIONS"

ANIMALS "ANIMALISM"

ARMAN RATIP "THE SPY FROM ISTANBUL"

BABE RUTH "BABE RUTH"

BRONCO "SMOKING MIXTURE"

BRUCE DICKINSON "SKUNKWORKS"

BRYAN FERRY "AS TIME GOES BY"

CAPABILITY BROWN "FROM SCRATCH"

CHARLIE WATTS QUINTET "ONE FOR CHARLIE"

CHRISTOPHER GUNNING "WILD AFRICA"

CHRISTOPHER GUNNING "THE BIG BATTALIONS

COLOSSEUM "THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU"

COLOSSEUM "DAUGHTER OF TIME"

COLOSSEUM "LIVE"

COSMIC EYE "DREAM SEQUENCE"

DARIO G "SUNMACHINE"

DAVE CLARK FIVE "25 THUMPING GREAT HITS"

DAVID BYRON "BABY FACED KILLER"

DESIGN "TOMORROW IS SO FAR AWAY"

DESIGN "DAY OF THE FOX"

DICK HECKSTALL-SMITH "A STORY ENDED"

DON HARPER "HOMO ELECTRONICUS"

DONOVAN "MELLOW YELLOW"

DON RENDALL / IAN CARR QUINTET "DUSK FIRE"

EDDY MITCHELL "C'EST FACILE / CASH"

EGG "EGG"

FAMILY DOGG "THE VIEW FROM ROWLAND'S HEAD"

FIRST CLASS "THE FIRST CLASS"

FLAVIO PREMOLI "FLAVIO PREMOLI"

GEORDIE "DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE NAME"

GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES "SWEET THINGS"

GERRY RAFFERTY "NIGHT OWL"

GORDON BECK QUARTET "EXPERIMENTS WITH POPS"

GRAHAM PARKER "SQUEEZING OUT SPARKS"

GRAHAM PARKER "MONA LISA'S SISTER"

HEIDI BERRY "HEIDI BERRY"

HUNTER "IN FOR THE KILL"

IAN CARR "BELLADONNA"

JOE HARRIOTT / AMANCIO D'SILVA QUARTET "HUM DONO"

JOHN AND YOKO "DON'T WORRY KYOKO"

JOHN AND ANNE RYDER "I STILL BELIEVE IN TOMORROW"

JOHN MAYER "DHAMMAPADA"

JOHNNY PEARSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA "SLEEPY SHORES"

KEITH MANSFIELD "NIGHT BIRD"

KEITH MITCHELL "SINGS ANCIENT AND MODERN"

KEN HENSLEY "PROUD WORDS ON A DUSTY SHELF"

KEN HENSLEY "EAGER TO PLEASE"

KURSAAL FLYERS "THE GOLDEN MILE"

LAURIE JOHNSON ORCHESTRA "SOMETHING'S COMING"

LAURIE JOHNSON "SYNTHESIS"

LINDA LEWIS "HACIENDA VIEW"

LOOSE TUBES "LOOSE TUBES"

MAC AND KATIE KISSOON "SUGAR CANDY KISSES"

MADREDEUS "AINDA"

MARIANNE FAITHFULL "MARIANNE FAITHFULL"

MAYNARD FERGUSON" "M.F. HORN"

MAYNARD FERGUSON "M.F. HORN TWO"

MC5 "HIGH TIME" ONE SONG

MELANIE HARROLD "BLUE ANGEL"

MICHAEL GIBBS "THE ONLY CHROME WATERFALL ORCHESTRA"

MICHAEL NYMAN "DROWNING BY NUMBERS"

MICHEL POLNAREFF  "POLNAREFF'S"

MIKE WESTBROOK ORCHESTRA "METROPOLIS"

NEIL ARDLEY "SYMPHONY OF AMARANTHS"

NINA AND FREDERIK "LOVERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!"

NINA AND FREDERIK "FOLLOW"

OSIBISA "HAPPY CHILDREN"

OSIBISA "OSIBIROCK"

PETER SARSTEDT "AS THOUGH IT WAS A MOVIE"

PUGWASH "ALMOND TEA"

QUEEN “NIGHT AT THE OPERA”

RAY RUSSELL "POSITIVE IMAGE"

RODRIGUEZ "COMING FROM REALITY"

ROD STEWART "AN OLD RAINCOAT WON'T EVER LET YOU DOWN"

ROGER WHITTAKER "HEAD ON DOWN THE ROAD"

RUBETTES “WHERE IT'S 'AT"

RUBETTES "THE RUBETTES"

RUBETTES "WE CAN DO IT"

SAMANTHA JONES "GOIN' PLACES"

SEX PISTOLS "DAVE GOODMAN SESSIONS"

SPITERI "SPITERI"

STAN TRACEY QUARTET "FREE AN' ONE"

STAN TRACEY BIG BRASS "WE LOVE YOU MADLY"

STRAWBS "GRAVE NEW WORLD"

TIM CROSS "CROSSCURRENTS"

TONY COE "ZEITGEIST"

TONY HAZZARD "WAS THAT ALRIGHT THEN?"

TROGGS "THE TROGGS TAPES" (PIC ON SLEEVE)

TUBBY HAYES "JUST FRIENDS"

TUDOR LODGE "TUDOR LODGE"

URIAH HEEP "VERY 'EAVY, VERY 'UMBLE"

URIAH HEEP "SALISBURY"

URIAH HEEP "LIVE"

URIAH HEEP "LOOK AT YOURSELF"

URIAH HEEP “DEMONS AND WIZARDS”

URIAH HEEP “MAGICIANS BIRTHDAY”

WOUT STEENHUIS "PARADISE ISLAND"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 


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Lansdowne House - 2011

1962

Eddy Mitchell - 1972

 

1976

1976

 

 

Recorded at Lansdowne