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A History

Morgan studios was put together by Barry Morgan, Monty Babson, Jerry Allen and Leon Calvert. Originally they ran a jazz record label operating out of Lansdowne studios. A desire for office space of their own led to Leon finding the Maybury Gardens premises. It was decided to incorporate a small recording studio in the building and the first Morgan studio opened in late 1967. The first room was designed by Leon Calvert with assistance (for a bottle of scotch!) from Sandy Brown.

The control room was side on to the studio area and featured a Cadac desk with a Scully 8 track and Ampex 4 and 2 track machines. Monitoring was by Tannoy and the studio had a Steinway piano and a Hammond organ.

Originally the studio was managed by Terry Brown (later producer of Rush) and chief engineer was Andy Johns. Jeff Calvert recalls early tape-ops being Roy (Thomas) Baker and Barry Hammond (later at Chipping Norton).

By 1969 the studio was busy enough to sustain another room so the original, ground floor, studio became studio 2 and a new Studio 1 was built upstairs. The new studio occupied two floors with an overhead control room.

The control room had another Cadac desk this time paired with a 16 track 3M tape machine. Quarter inch machines were originally Studer A80 and C37.

 It rapidly became apparent that separation between the two rooms was going to be a problem so the old studio was moved to the front of the building and a bar was put in it's place. Studio 1 was upgraded in Sept 1978 with a 32/24 Harrison console with Allison Research automation. 

A classic album recorded around this time was the Cure's "Seventeen Seconds". A detailed recounting of the recording of this album can be found  HERE:

1972 saw the opening of studio 3, this time situated on the ground floor of a building on the opposite side of the street. Again designed by Leon Calvert the studio featured another Cadac desk (equipped with quad joystick panners) with a 3M 24 track recorder. An unusual feature of this room was that the control room was in a corner and could only be reached by walking through the recording area.

In 1974 Morgan bought an old laundry in Chaplin Road, just around the corner from the existing studios. This property soon became Studio 4. Initially designed by a "specialist" company it was quickly changed to a Leon Calvert specification to match the existing rooms. The studio was the largest in the Morgan complex, one large oblong space with no isolation booths. The control room was side on to the recording area and again sported a Cadac desk.

Morgan also had a studio in Brussels from around 1973, details are a bit sketchy. Jeff Calvert recalled that the studio had a wraparound Cadac desk, Morgan engineer Mike Butcher did a lot of work at the Brussels studio.

 

Stan Butcher : Magician

Recorded at Morgan in January 1978, the album features a line-up of British jazz/session musicians including Barry Morgan (drums), Leon Calvert (trumpet),  Barbara Thompson (saxes/reeds), Les Hurdle and Mo Foster (bass guitar) and Ray Russell (guitar). In fact, ‘Magician’ is intrinsically linked to Morgan Studios because the Hobo label was owned and run by Monty Babson (who also produced the album).

Morgan studios was sold on in the 1980s, firstly in 1980 studios 3 and 4 to Zomba who rechristened them Battery Studios; then in 1984 studios 1 and 2 were sold to Robin Millar and renamed "Power Plant" studios.

The Morgan team bought another property in Maybury Gardens and this was opened as "Stage Door" a studio/rehearsal room/bar complex with a Trident Series 80 desk. This studio was also sold on to Zomba and became part of the Battery Complex.

1978  Maybury Gardens - 2011

Article and Discography by Tony Harris 2011 - Contact: tony@philsbook.com

     With thanks to Jeff Calvert 

Recorded at Morgan:


5TH BALL GANG "GOOD TIMES" (BRUSSELS)

ACADEMY "POP-LORE ACCORDING TO THE ACADEMY"

ALAN HAWKSHAW "THE SILENT WITNESS"

ALAN HAWKSHAW "NON-STOP HAMMOND HITS"

ALAN HULL “SQUIRE”

ALICE COOPER "BILLION DOLLAR BABIES"

ALUN DAVIES "DAYDO"

AMERICA "A HORSE WITH NO NAME"

ANDREW LLOYD-WEBBER "VARIATIONS"

ARTHUR BROWN "DANCE"

ARTHUR BROWN "CHISHOLM IN MY BOSOM"

ASSOCIATES "THE AFFECTIONATE PUNCH"

AUDIENCE "FRIEND'S FRIEND'S FRIEND

BABE RUTH "STEALIN' HOME"

BADFINGER "ASS"

BARBARA DICKSON "ANSWER ME"

BARBARA THOMPSON/ROD ARGENT "GHOSTS"

BARBARA THOMPSON "BARBARA THOMPSON'S JUBIABA"

BARBARA THOMPSON'S PARAPHERNALIA "WILDE TALES"

BARRON KNIGHTS "ONE MAN'S MEAT"

BENNY NEYMAN "SAMEN ZIJN WE RIJK" (BRUSSELS)

BENNY NEYMAN "GOUDEN REGEN" (BRUSSELS)

BILLY LAWRIE "SHIP IMAGINATION"

BLACK BLOOD "BLACK BLOOD" (BRUSSELS)

BLACK BLOOD "BLOOD BROTHER BLOOD SISTER" (BRUSSELS)

BLACK BLOOD "MANDINGO" (BRUSSELS)

BLACK SABBATH “SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH”

BLACK SABBATH “SABOTAGE’ (+BRUSSELS)

BLIND FAITH "BLIND FAITH"

BLODWYN PIG "AHEAD RINGS OUT"

BLUE MINK "BLUE MINK"

BLUE MINK "MELTING POT"

BLUE MINK "REAL MINK"

BLUE MINK "FRUITY"

BOBAK, JONS, MALONE "MOTHERLIGHT"

BONNIE TYLER "NATURAL FORCE"

BONZO DOG BAND "URBAN SPACEMAN"

BONZO DOG BAND "THE DOUGHNUT IN GRANNY'S GREENHOUSE"

BOW WOW WOW "C30, C60 C90 GO"

BRAND X "MOROCCAN ROLL"

BRIDGET ST JOHN "JUMBLEQUEEN"

BUCKS FIZZ "BUCKS FIZZ"

BUSHWACKERS BAND "MURRUMBIDGEE"

CAMEL "CAMEL"

CAROL GRIMES AND DELIVERY "FOOLS MEETING"

CARLY SIMON “ANTICIPATION”

CAT STEVENS "MONA BONE JAKON"

CAT STEVENS "TEA FOR THE TILLERMAN"

CAT STEVENS "TEASER AND THE FIRECAT"

CAT STEVENS "CATCH BULL AT FOUR"

CAT STEVENS "BUDDHA AND THE CHOCOLATE BOX"

CAT STEVENS "FOREIGNER"

CCS "SECOND"

CCS “THE BEST BAND IN THE LAND”

CHANTER SISTERS “FIRST FLIGHT”

CHIEFTAINS "CHIEFTAINS 4"

CHRIS DE BURGH "AT THE END OF A PERFECT DAY"

CHRIS SPEDDING "CHRIS SPEDDING"

CHRIS SQUIRE "FIRST OUT OF WATER"

CIRCUS "CIRCUS"

CLEVELAND BIG BAND "DISCOGO, DYNAMICS AND ADDITIONAL RAZZLE DAZZLE" (+BRUSSELS)

CLIFF RICHARD "HELP IT ALONG"

CLOUDS "UP ABOVE OUR HEADS"

CLOUDS "WATERCOLOUR DAYS"

COCKNEY REBEL "THE PSYCHOMODO"

COLOSSEUM II “WARDANCE"

CRAZY CAVAN AND THE RHYTHM ROCKERS"LIVE AT THE RAINBOW"

CURE “3 IMAGINARY BOYS”

CURE “17 SECONDS”

CURE "FAITH"

CURVED AIR "SECOND ALBUM"

C.V. MOTO "LAMPEFEBER"

DADA "DADA"

DAVE GREENSLADE "CACTUS CHOIR"

DAVID BEDFORD "THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER"

DAVID BEDFORD "THE ODYSSEY"

DAVID BYRON "TAKE NO PRISONERS"

DAVID H. LEE "MEET DAVID H. LEE"

DECAMERON "MAMMOTH SPECIAL"

DELIVERY "FOOL'S MEETING"

DELROY WASHINGTON "I-SUS"

DIRTY TRICKS "NIGHT MAN"

DONOVAN "OPEN ROAD"

DONOVAN "HMS DONOVAN"

DONOVAN “ESSENCE TO ESSENCE”

DONOVAN "LIVE IN JAPAN" MIX

DOOLEYS "THE CHOSEN FEW"

DOOLEYS "FULL HOUSE"

DOUG LUCAS "NIARA"

DRUID "TOWARD THE SUN"

EDDIE HARRIS "E.H. IN THE U.K."

EDWARDS HAND "STRANDED"

EEF ALBERS "BLUE CAPRICORN" (BRUSSELS)

EGG "THE POLITE FORCE"

ELLIS "WHY NOT?"

ELTON MOTELLO "POP ART" (BRUSSELS)

ENID "AERIE FAIRIE NONSENSE"

ESPERANTO "THE ESPERANTO ROCK ORCHESTRA"

EXCURSION "NIGHT TRAIN"

FACES "LONG PLAYER"

FAIRFIELD PARLOUR "FROM HOME TO HOME"

FAIRPORT CONVENTION "WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAYS"

FISHCO "CAN'T BE BAD"

FOCUS "MOVING WAVES"

FRANCIS GOYA "NOSTALGIA" (BRUSSELS)

FREE "FREE"

FREE "TONS OF SOBS"

FRUUPP "THE PRINCE OF HEAVEN'S EYES"

FUMBLE "POETRY IN LOTION"

GARTH HEWITT "LOVE SONG FOR THE EARTH"

GARY BOYLE "THE DANCER"

GARY BOYLE "ELECTRIC GLIDE"

GARY MOORE "BACK ON THE STREETS"

GARY TEAL "PASSWORD"

GASOLINE BAND "THE GASOLINE BAND"

GEORGE MELLY "IT'S GEORGE"

GERRY RAFFERTY "CAN I HAVE MY MONEY BACK?"

GIBSON BROTHERS "COME TO AMERICA" (BRUSSELS)

GINGER BAKER "STRATAVARIOUS"

GIRL “SHEER GREED”

GLENCOE "GLENCOE"

GNIDROLOG "LADY LAKE"

GORDON BECK TRIO "GYROSCOPE"

GRAEME WRIGHT "THE WRIGHT SOUNDS OF FARFISA"

GRAHAM KENDRICK "BRIGHT SIDE UP"

GREENSLADE "GREENSLADE"

GREENSLADE “BEDSIDE MANNERS ARE EXTRA”

GREENSLADE “SPYGLASS GUEST”

GREENSLADE “TIME AND TIDE”

GUYS AND DOLLS "TOGETHER"

HAWKWIND "SILVER MACHINE'

HEATWAVE "CENTRAL HEATING"

HEAVY METAL KIDS "KITSCH"

HERBIE FLOWERS "PLANT LIFE"

HOT CHOCOLATE "HOT CHOCOLATE"

HOT CHOCOLATE "MAM TO MAN"

IAN MATTHEWS "IF YOU SAW THRO' MY EYES"

IAN MATTHEWS "TIGERS WILL SURVIVE"

ILLUSION "ILLUSION"

IN-KEEPERS "THE "IN" KEEPERS"

IRON MAIDEN "IRON MAIDEN"

JAPAN "OBSCURE ALTERNATIVES"

JASPER VAN'T HOF'S PORK PIE "THE DOOR IS OPEN" (BRUSSELS)

JERRY ALLEN "THE HANDS OF JERRY ALLEN"

JERRY ALLEN "RE-ORGANISES"

JETHRO TULL "STAND UP"

JETHRO TULL "BENEFIT"

JETHRO TULL "A PASSION PLAY"

JETHRO TULL “WARCHILD”

JETHRO TULL "SONGS FROM THE WOOD"

JIMMY STEVENS "PAID MY DUES"

JIMMY STEVENS "DON'T FREAK ME OUT"

JOAN ARMATRADING "BACK TO THE NIGHT"

JOHAN VERMINNEN "STILTE ALS REFREIN" (+BRUSSELS)

JOHN LEE AND GERRY BROWN "MANGO SUNRISE" (BRUSSELS)

JOHN MARTYN "GRACE AND DANGER"

JOHN MILES "STRANGER IN THE CITY"

JOHNNY NASH "I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW"

JUDAS PRIEST "SAD WINGS OF DESTINY"

KANDAHAR "IN THE COURT OF CATHERINA SQUEEZER"

KAYAK "THE LAST ENCORE"(BRUSSELS)

KAYAK "STARLIGHT DANCER" (+BRUSSELS)

KEEF HARTLEY BAND "THE TIME IS NEAR"

KEEF HARTLEY BAND "OVERDOG"

KEVIN BORICH EXPRESS "ANGELS HAND"

KEVIN COYNE "MATCHING HEAD AND FEET"

KEITH HUDSON "TORCH OF FREEDOM"

KINKS "LOLA VERSUS POWERMAN"

KINKS “EVERYBODY’S IN SHOWBIZ”

KINKS "PERCY"

KINKS “MUSWELL HILLBILLIES”

LED ZEPPELIN "2"

LES BONNER "SWINGS GENTLY WITH FARFISA"

LITTLE FREE ROCK "LITTLE FREE ROCK"

LONGDANCER "IF IT WAS SO SIMPLE"

LOU AND THE HOLLYWOOD BANANAS "KINGSTON, KINGSTON" (BRUSSELS)

LOU REED "LOU REED"

LOU REED “BERLIN”

MADDY PRIOR AND JUNE TABOR "SILLY SISTERS"

MADELINE BELL "THIS IS ONE GIRL"

MALLARD "MALLARD"

MAN "WINOS, RHINOS AND LUNATICS"

MAN "SLOW MOTION"

MARGRIET ESHUIJS "ON THE MOVE AGAIN" (BRUSSELS)

MARY HOPKIN "GOODBYE"(FILMED)

MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT"LATER THAT SAME YEAR"

MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT"SECOND SPRING"

MICHAEL DE ALBUQUERQUE "STALKING THE SLEEPER"

MICHAEL GIBBS "TANGLEWOOD 63"

MODERN SOUND CORPORATION "DANCIN' FEET"

MOTHERLODE "WHEN I DIE"

MOTORHEAD "IRON FIST"

MOTT THE HOOPLE "MOTT THE HOOPLE"

MR BIG “MR BIG”

MURRAY HEAD "SAY IT AIN'T SO"

NANA MOUSKOURI "NANA MOUSKOURI SINGS.." (BRUSSELS)

NANA MOUSKOURI "ALLELUIA" (BRUSSELS)

NECRODAMUS "OREXIS OF DEATH"

NEIL ARDLEY "KALEIDOSCOPE OF RAINBOWS"

NEIL ARDLEY "HARMONY OF THE SPHERES"

NEW SEEKERS "NEW COLOURS"

NEW SEEKERS "WE'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING"

NIGHTWING "BLACK SUMMER"

OPEN ROAD "WINDY DAZE"

PARCHMENT "LIGHT UP THE FIRE"

PASSIONS "MICHAEL AND MIRANDA"

PAUL McCARTNEY "McCARTNEY"

PAUL SIMON "THERE GOES RHYMIN' SIMON" ONE SONG

PETE ATKIN "A KING AT NIGHTFALL"

PETE ATKIN "DRIVING THROUGH MYTHICAL AMERICA"

PETE BROWN AND HIS BATTERED ORNAMENTS "A MEAL YOU CAN SHAKE HANDS WITH IN THE DARK"

PETER GABRIEL "PETER GABRIEL 1"

PETER GREEN "IN THE SKIES"

PHIL CORDELL "BORN AGAIN"

PHILARMONICS "PHILADELPHIA DISCO" (+BRUSSELS)

PHILIP CATHERINE "SEPTEMBER MAN" (BRUSSELS)

PHILIP CATHERINE "GUITARS" (BRUSSELS)

PHILIP CATHERINE "NAIRAM" (BRUSSELS)

PILOT (RCA BAND) "PILOT"

PINK FLOYD "MEDDLE"

PUSSY "PUSSY PLAYS"

QUARTZ "QUARTZ"

QUINTESSENCE "INDWELLER"

RACHEL SWEET "PROTECT THE INNOCENT"

RATS "RATS FIRST"

RAY DORSET AND MUNGO JERRY "LOVIN' IN THE ALLEYS, FIGHTIN' IN THE STREETS"

RED DIRT "RED DIRT"

RESONANCE "THE TIME MACHINE"

RICK SPRINGFIELD "COMIC BOOK HEROES"

RICK WAKEMAN "1984"

RICK WAKEMAN “6 WIVES OF HENRY THE 8TH

RICK WAKEMAN “JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH”

RICK WAKEMAN “MYTHS AND LEGENDS”

RITCHIE FRANCIS "SONG BIRD"

ROD STEWART "GASOLINE ALLEY"

ROD STEWART "NEVER A DULL MOMENT"

ROD STEWART “SMILER”

RUBETTES "WEAR IT'S 'AT"

SAHB “FRAMED”

SAIL-JOIA "SAIL-JOIA" (BRUSSELS)

SAILOR "SAILOR"

SAM GOPAL "ESCALATOR"

SEALS AND CROFTS "YEAR OF SUNDAY"

SHEILA B. DEVOTION "SINGIN' IN THE RAIN"

SIR JOHN BETJEMIN "BANANA BLUSH"

SMAK "BLACK LADY"

SMOKE "MY FRIEND JACK"

SMOKIE "STRANGERS IN PARADISE"

SOUNDS BOB ROGERS "SOUNDS BOB ROGERS"

SPARKS "PROPAGANDA"

SPENCER DAVIS BAND "GLUGGO"

SPIROGYRA "OLD BOOT WINE"

SPIROGYRA "BELLS, BOOTS AND SHAMBLES"

SPOOKY TOOTH "SPOOKY TWO"

SPOOKY TOOTH / PIERRE HENRY "CEREMONY"

SQUEEZE "SQUEEZE"

STAN BUTCHER "MAGICIAN"

STAN TRACEY SEXTET "THE CROMPTON SUITE"

STEELEYE SPAN "NOW WE ARE SIX"

STEELEYE SPAN “COMMONERS CROWN”

STEVE ASHLEY "SPEEDY RETURN"

STEVE HOWE "BEGINNINGS"

STONE THE CROWS "STONE THE CROWS"

STRAWBS "BURSTING AT THE SEAMS"

STRAWBS "DRAGONFLY"

STRAWBS "GRAVE NEW WORLD"

STRIFE "RUSH"

STRIFE "BACK TO THUNDER"

SUMOS "KUNG FU" (BRUSSELS)

SUPERTRAMP "SUPERTRAMP"

TAGGETT "TAGGETT"

TEN YEARS AFTER "SSSSH"

THEMBI "THEMBI" (BRUSSELS)

THE JAM “NEWS OF THE WORLD" SINGLE

THIN LIZZY "RENEGADE"

TIR NA NOG "A TEAR AND A SMILE"

TITANIC "SEA WOLF"

TRAMLINE "SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE"

TRAPEZE "TRAPEZE"

TRAPEZE "MEDUSA"

T2 "IT'LL ALL WORK OUT IN BOOMLAND"

TURNING POINT "CREATURES OF THE NIGHT"

TURNING POINT "SILENT PROMISE"

TWO MAN SOUND "CARNAVAL WITH THE TWO MAN SOUND" (BRUSSELS)

TYGERS OF PAN TANG "WILDCAT"

TYGERS OF PAN TANG "SPELLBOUND"

TYPICALLY TROPICAL "BARBADOS SKY"

UFO "NO HEAVY PETTING"

UFO “PHENOMENON”

UFO “FORCE IT”

URIAH HEEP "RETURN TO FANTASY"

VAN DER GRAAF "THE QUIET ZONE / THE PLEASURE DOME"

VOICES IN LATIN "SOMETHIN' COOL"

WALLY "WALLY"

WALLY "VALLEY GARDENS"

WILD TURKEY "TURKEY"

WILL TURA "WILL TURA 13" (BRUSSELS)

WIL MALONE "WIL MALONE"

WILSON MALONE VOICEBAND "FUNNYSAD MUSIC"

WOODS BAND "THE WOODS BAND"

YES “TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS”

ZJEF VANUYTSEL "DE ZANGER" (BRUSSELS)


       Studio Index

    Barry Morgan                     Monty Babson

Jerry Allen                         Leon Calvert

Harry Davis and Zeke Lund in the early 70s

Greenslade, Morgan 3 - 1974

 

Alan White in Morgan - 1975

 

1977

 

Morgan 3 - 2011

 

Japan - 1978

 

Recorded at Morgan