Philips Studios - Phonogram Studios
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In 1950 Dutch electronics company 'Philips' set up the Philips Records label. In August 1956 they acquired the Regency building in Stanhope Place London, formally a private house, as headquarters to its UK record division. A studio was built in the basement for use by the labels own artists. The rooms above were used for a pressing plant and offices.
The recording room was long and narrow measuring 60' x 20' with a 25' high ceiling. Although of a reasonable size gave the sense of being rather cramped in some musicians memories once, filled with orchestral players. The control room had a separate machine room with a small window between the two.
Philips Studios and Neve ( Many thanks to John Turner)
By 1964 Rupert Neve had developed high performance transistor equipment, using the relatively new germanium transistors that replaced the previous valve designs. The first client for the new transistor equipment was Phillips Records Ltd. Rupert Neve was commissioned to design and build a series of equalizers to enable them to change the musical balance of material that had been previously recorded. This was before the days of multi-track tape machines. Re-balancing a 2-track recording usually meant a new session with artists, producers, and engineers reconvened at great expense.
The success of these units led to further orders from Phillips.
Complete Flexibility Studio Console for Phillips Records Ltd London
1968 - Philips went 8-track.
In mid 1970, Philips purchased a Neve A104.20 Channel 8 group custom console.
Phonogram StudiosIn 1972 the Philips record division changed its name to Phonogram and the studios were renamed in line with this. The studio was also updated to 16 track with the purchase of an Ampex tape machine. This was used initially with the Neve desk. In the same year a new custom desk was built by Phonogram International Project Engineering Department in Baarn, Holland and installed as the main studio desk in August 1972. The microphone pre-amps used ICs. The Neve console was kept.
In 1978 the studios were stripped back to bare walls and rebuilt by Eastlake. Many people disliked the resulting dead sound and the rooms were altered over the following years to liven up the acoustics of the studio area.
The same year Phonogram International came under control of the newly formed Polygram Record Operations so in 1979 the name of the studios was changed once again.
Solid Bond Studios
In 1983 the studio lease was put up for sale and would include the equipment.
It was bought by Paul Weller of the Jam and Style Council and the name changed to 'Solid Bond Studios'.
Quote : Philips Studios recorded... Dusty Springfield, The Walker
Brothers and all that.
Paul Weller 2008
Solid Bond Studios was closed on 21st August 1991 and the building converted into offices, thus ending the history of studios in Stanhope House.
"We simply cant afford to stay here. We bought the lease eight years ago when it was £20.000 a year but there are reviews every five years and the price doubles every time".
Recorded at Philips - Phonogram - Polygram - Solid Bond Studios
ABC TEARS ARE NOT ENOUGH (SINGLE)
ADRIAN WAGNER "INSTINCTS"
ALAN HAWKSHAW "ORGAN SOUNDS IN SUPER STEREO"
ALAN SKIDMORE QUINTET "TCB"
AMBROSE SLADE "BEGINNINGS"
ATLANTIS "IT'S GETTING BETTER"
BEGGARS OPERA "GET YOUR DOG OFF ME"
BEN WEBSTER "WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY"
BERNARD MANNING "MY KIND OF MUSIC"
BERT WEEDON "16 COUNTRY GUITAR GREATS"
BLOW MONKEYS ALBUM"
BOB DOWNES OPEN MUSIC "ELECTRIC CITY"
BUTTON DOWN BRASS "THIS GUY'S IN LOVE"
CHAQUITO "THE GREAT
CHRIS THOMPSON "OUT OF THE NIGHT"
CITY BOY "CITY BOY" ONE TRACK
COCHISE "SWALLOW TALES"
DAVE DEE DOZY BEAKY MICK AND TITCH "DON JUAN"
DAVID ELLIOTT "SOLID GROUND"
DEE C LEE "SHRINE" (SOLID BOND)
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD "SEE ALL HER FACES"
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD "EV'RYTHING'S COMING UP DUSTY"
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA "ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA"
GRAHAM COLLIER SEXTET "DOWN ANOTHER ROAD"
IAN CARR "BELLADONNA"
IAN CARR'S NUCLEUS "ROOTS"
IAN CARR WITH NUCLEUS "SOLAR PLEXUS"
IAN CARR WITH NUCLEUS "LABYRINTH"
JACK JONES "NOBODY DOES IT BETTER"
JACKSON HEIGHTS "RAGAMUFFINS FOOL"
JACKSON HEIGHTS "BUMP 'N' GRIND"
JANE BIRKIN "DI DOO DAH"
JANE BIRKIN "EX FAN DES SIXTIES"
JAZZ DEFEKTORS "THE JAZZ DEFEKTORS (SOLID BOND)
JEFFREY LEE PIERCE "FLAMINGO" (SOLID BOND)
JOHN DUMMER BAND "JOHN DUMMER BAND"
JOHN STEVENS AWAY "SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN"
JO JO ZEP AND THE FALCONS "SCREAMING TARGETS"
KALEIDOSCOPE "FAINTLY BLOWING"
KEITH TIPPETT GROUP "DEDICATED TO YOU, BUT YOU WEREN'T LISTENING"
LINDA HOYLE "PIECES OF ME"
MAGNA CARTA "MAGNA CARTA"
MAGNA CARTA "PRISONERS ON THE LINE"
MANFRED MANN "HA HA SAID THE CLOWN"
MIKE ABSALOM "HECTOR AND OTHER PECCADILLOS"
MIKE WESTBROOK ORCHESTRA "CITADEL / ROOM 315"
MOTIONS "IMPRESSIONS OF WONDERFUL"
MOVE "LOOKING ON"
NIRVANA (NOT THAT ONE!) "SONGS OF LOVE AND PRAISE"
NUCLEUS "WE'LL TALK ABOUT IT LATER"
NUCLEUS "UNDER THE SUN"
NUCLEUS "SNAKEHIPS ETCETERA"
OPEN MIND "THE OPEN MIND"
PENETRATION "COMING UP FOR AIR"
RAMASES "GLASS TOP COFFIN"
RAY WARLEIGH "RAY WARLEIGH'S FIRST ALBUM"
ROY WOOD "BOULDERS"
ROY WOOD MUSTARD
SCOTT WALKER "SCOTT WALKER
SCOTT WALKER "SCOTT 2"
SCOTT WALKER "SCOTT 3"
SCOTT WALKER "'TIL THE BAND COMES IN"
SCOTT WALKER "ANY DAY NOW"
SCOTT WALKER "THE MOVIEGOER"
SERGE GAINSBOURG "VU DE L'EXTERIEUR"
SERGE GAINSBOURG "ROCK AROUND THE BUNKER"
SERGE GAINSBOURG "L'HOMME A TETE DE CHOU"
SPENCER DAVIS GROUP "KEEP ON RUNNING / I'M A MAN / GIMME SOME LOVING"
STATUS QUO "ON THE LEVEL"
STATUS QUO BLUE FOR YOU
STATUS QUO QUO
STATUS QUO "LIVE"
STYLE COUNCIL "INTRODUCING" (SOLID BOND)
STYLE COUNCIL "CAFE BLEU" (SOLID BOND)
STYLE COUNCIL OUR FAVOURITE SHOP" (SOLID BOND)
STYLE COUNCIL "THE COST OF LOVING" (SOLID BOND)
STYLE COUNCIL "CONFESSIONS OF A POP GROUP" (SOLID BOND)
TERRY SMITH "FALL OUT"
THE JAM THE GIFT"
TRACIE "FAR FROM THE HURTING KIND" (SOLID BOND)
TUBBY HAYES ORCHESTRA "THE ORCHESTRA"
TWIGGY "PLEASE GET MY NAME RIGHT"
ULTRAVOX HA! HA! HA!
WALKER BROTHERS "MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF"
WALKER BROTHERS "THE SUN AIN'T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE"
THE WHO " I'M THE FACE "
WIZZARD "WIZZARD BREW"
WIZZARD EDDIE AND THE FALCONS
WIZZARD "I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY"
WRECKLESS ERIC "HIT AND MISS JUDY (SINGLE)
YOUNG DISCIPLES "ROAD TO FREEDOM"By Phil Burns, Tony Harris and John Turner - 2015
By Phil Burns and Tony Harris
Stanhope Place as Solid Bond Studios
Early Mono Valve Console
Dusty in the Studio
Scott Walker and Johnny Franz
The Phonogram Desk
1976 - Steve Brown
Recorded at Philips - Phonogram - Polygram Solid Bond Studios