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Pathway Studios

No 2A Grosvenor Avenue - London 

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Pathway Studios was a small independent studio set up in Islington London by song writer and producer Mike Finesilver and Peter Ker.

Mike co-wrote the sixties classic 'Fire' by 'The Crazy World of Arthur Brown' and with the royalties he bought a workshop type building down an alleyway at the back of No. 2 Grosvenor Avenue.

The studio was opened in 1970, intended  initially as a private facility but soon became a popular demo studio for many up and coming bands.

 

The studio area was of a reasonable size (8 x 8 meters) for recording bands with a small control room partitioned off (2 x 2m) in one corner.


They started with a Brennell 1 inch 8 track. In later years this was changed to an Otari with the Brennell being used for bouncing down. A couple of Revox quarter inch stereo machine were used for mixing and delay.

 

In 1974 engineer Barry Farmer built a 16/8 desk from a design published in Studio Sounds magazine (by David Robinson). It was a transformer coupled, all discrete design with inductor based eq.

Outboard included a Bel delay line, Drawmer gates, Audio & Design compressors  and a  plate Reverb.

 


In the mid seventies the studios became a firm favorite of Stiff Records and they used the studios to record many of their artists both for demo and release. Although the studio may have seemed basic compared to some of the majors in London it did produce a good sound for a reasonable budget.

 

"My Aim Is True was recorded at Pathway Studios, Islington in a total of Twenty four hours studio time and at a cost of 2000 pounds. As I still had my 'day-job' these sessions had to take place on "sick days" and holidays during late 1976 and early 1977".

                                                      Elvis Costello

 

In 1977  The Police went into Pathway to record their first demos 'Fall Out' and 'Nothing Achieving'. They returned again the same year to record two more tracks with John Cale producing.

 

 

 

 

Pathway 2011 - Converted into a flat

 

 

RECORDED AT PATHWAY:


101'ERS "KEYS TO YOUR HEART"

ADVERTS "ONE CHORD WONDERS"

ALTERNATIVE TV "VIBING UP THE SENILE MAN"

AMAZING BAND "ROAR"

ANNE CLARK "THE SITTING ROOM"

ARTATTACKS "FIRST AND LAST"

AUNTIE PUS "HALFWAY TO VENEZUELA"

BILLY BOY ARNOLD "CHECKIN' IT OUT"

CANNIBALS "NADINE"

COUNT BISHOPS "SPEEDBALL E.P."

DAMNED "DAMNED, DAMNED, DAMNED"

DAVE EDMUNDS "GET IT"

DAVID FREEMAN "UNDER A TALL TREE LOOKING UP"

DEAD MANS SHADOW "BOMB SCARE E.P."

DEEP MACHINE "DEEP MACHINE"

EDDIE MAELOV AND SUNSHINE PATTESON "LINES"

ELVIS COSTELLO "MY AIM IS TRUE"

ELVIS COSTELLO "BRUTAL YOUTH"

EWAN MacCOLL "BLACK AND WHITE"

FLAMING STARS "PATHWAY" (PICS ON SLEEVE)

FRED JUDD "BANJO HOUR"

GAY DAD "LEISURE NOISE"

GLIDERS "CLEAR BLUE SKIES"

GROON "REFUSAL TO COMPLY"

HEADACHE "CAN'T STAND STILL"

HENRY BADOWSKI "MAKING LOVE WITH MY WIFE"

JAH THOMAS "DANCE HALL STYLEE"

JOHN FOXX "METAMATIC"

JOHNNY G "MONOPHENIA"

KAISERS "WHAT YOU GONNA SAY?"

LENE LOVICH "STATELESS"

LINK WRAY "WILD SIDE OF THE CITY LIGHTS"

MADNESS "THE PRINCE"

MENACE "SCREWED UP"

MICK FARREN "VAMPIRES STOLE MY LUNCH MONEY"

MOTORS "APPROVED BY THE MOTORS"

NATIONAL HEALTH "MISSING PIECES"

PATRIK FITZGERALD "FLOATING POPULATION"

PEGGY SEEGER "ALMOST COMMERCIALLY VIABLE CD"

PETER HALL "THE ESTATES"

PETER HALL "MANIFESTATIONS"

POLICE "FALL OUT"

RADIUS "THERE IS NO PEACE"

REG MEUROSS WITH FLAMINGOS "ARRESTED"

RESISTANCE "KIDNAPPED"

RESISTERS "THE RESISTERS"

SHAM 69 "I DON'T WANNA" (PROD JOHN CALE)

SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES "DEMOS"

SOFT HEAP "SOFT HEAP"

SPLASH 4 "SHAME, SHAME, SHAME"

SQUAD "MILLIONAIRE"

SQUEEZE "PACKET OF THREE"

STEVE STAPLEY "TRAVELLIN' HEART"

VANESSA MACKNESS / JOHN BUTCHER "RESPIRITUS"

WASPS "TEENAGE TREATS"

WIGS "I SAID THAT I LOVE YOU"

WRECKLESS ERIC "WRECKLESS ERIC"

Discography by Tony Harris 2011

    

 

 

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