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Pye Neve Desk  with John Turner from Neve and Ray Prickett  - 1973

 

 

Recorded at Pye:

 

 

Pye Studios

ATV house  Great Cumberland Place   London.

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PYE was an British scientific instrument manufacturer based in Cambridge, that started as far back as the late 1800's.They  manufactured military wireless communication devices and were one of the first companys to manufacture television receivers in the 30's.They also  built TV cameras for the BBC.

In 1958, Pye International Records was started. The company licensed recordings from American and other foreign labels for the UK market, including Chess, A&M and Warner Brothers.

 

Bob Auger

 

Bob Auger joined Pye in 1956 and was the main man behind Pye studios most successful period in the sixties. His first recording job was as a trainee engineer at Nova studios were he came into contact with Ampex tape machines, insisted upon by the large number of American clients ( NBC, Voice of America) that used the studio. In 1956 he was invited to record the Halle orchestra in Manchester for Pye records with American producer Bob Fine. He then spent the next four years working for the Pye records classical division.

Bob Auger

 

 

 

In 1960 Pye studios moved from the original  premises in a mansion house at 10A Chandos Street London to the then modern premises of ATV house in Great Cumberland Place. Bob Auger was to over see the design and equipment of the new studios. He stayed at Pye for the next ten years as the 'Technical Manager' engineering and producing both  classical and pop sessions including The Kinks ("You Really Got Me", 1964; "Sunny Afternoon", 1966), The Animals ("House of the Rising Sun", 1964) and Steve Winward and the Spencer Davis Group ("Keep on Running", 1966). He also recorded Duke Ellington, Sammy Davis Jnr, Marlene Dietrich at her last appearance in London, Bing Crosby, and Buddy Rich at Ronny Scott's for RCA.

 

"I used that room a lot. "The I Can't Explain session went down at Pye studios in London. This was a basement studio in a modern building that housed Pye Electronics at the time. I did a lot of the Kinks stuff there. It was a good room acoustically, about 20 foot x 30foot. A very comfortable room, with good equipment for the time."      Producer Shel Talmy

 

 

 

 


1965  - Neumann Desk   -  4 track Ampex.    

 

1972  - Studio 1    -  Neve Console 24 into 8           Scully 8 track.

1972  - Studio 2    -  Neve Console 16 into 16 and Ampex 16 - 8 & 4.

 


Jan 1977 - Cadac 44/32 Console installed.

 


When the rights to the name Pye expired in 1980, the label and studio changed its name to PRT, which stood for Precision Records and Tapes.

 

 

 

 

Bob Auger at Work

 

 

 

     Michel Polnareff   in Pye Studio 2 - 1967.
Recording sessions for EP - 'âme caline/fat madame/le roi des fourmis/le saule pleureur'  plus additional track -'mes regrets'
musical director: Jean Bouchety
Recording engineers: Bob Auger, Alan Mackenzie - 4 track
 

 

 

The Pye Cadac is now owned by Paul Madden of  Intimate Studios. Paul also owns and runs the Ronnie Lane Mobile.

 

 

 

Recorded at Pye Studios :

 

 AMON DUUL II "LIVE IN LONDON" (MOBILE)

ATLANTIC BRIDGE "ATLANTIC BRIDGE"

BAD MANNERS "SKA 'N' B"

BRIAN FRIEL "BRIAN FRIEL"

BROTHERHOOD OF MAN "B FOR BROTHERHOOD"

BRUCE FORSYTH "THE MUSICAL SIDE OF"

CARAVAN "CARAVAN AND THE NEW SYMPHONIA" (MOBILE)

CERTAIN SOUNDS "LOVE ONE ANOTHER"

CHRIS YOULDEN "NOWHERE ROAD"

CHUCK BERRY "THE LONDON CHUCK BERRY SESSIONS"

COMUS "FIRST UTTERANCE"

DANDO SHAFT "DANDO SHAFT"

DEEP PURPLE "SHADES OF"

DEMON FUZZ "AFREAKA!"

DENIS LOPEZ LATIN SOUND "CABALLERO"

DICK EMERY "DICK EMERY SINGS"

DOLLAR BRAND "THIS IS DOLLAR BRAND"

DR FEELGOOD "DOWN BY THE JETTY"

DR FEELGOOD "MALPRACTICE"

FARZELL BRONZE "PULL THE OTHER ONE"

FOCUS "AT THE RAINBOW" (MOBILE)

GEORGIE FAME "CLOSING THE GAP"

GEORGIE FAME "THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR"

GONG "YOU"

HARVEY ANDREWS "WRITER OF SONGS"

HEATWAVE "THE FIRE"

HERON "HERON"

HERON "TWICE AS NICE AND HALF THE PRICE"

HOWARD RILEY "FLIGHT"

IMAGINATION "IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT"

JACKIE McAULEY "JACKIE McAULEY"

JIMMY JAMES AND THE VAGABONDS "THE NEW RELIGION"

JOHN KONGOS "CONFUSIONS ABOUT A GOLDFISH"

JOHN MARTYN "LONDON CONVERSATION"

JOHN TAYLOR "PAUSE, AND THINK AGAIN"

JOSE AFONSO "CORO DOS TRIBUNAIS"

JULIAN JAY SAVARIN "WAITERS ON THE DANCE"

KILBURN AND THE HIGH ROADS "HANDSOME"

KINKS "KINKS"

KINKS "KINDA KINKS"

KINKS "FACE TO FACE"

KINKS "ARTHUR"

KINKS "AND THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY"

LAKE "OUCH!"

LENA MARTELL "LENA'S MUSIC ALBUM"

LIVERPOOL SCENE "ST. ADRIAN CO. BROADWAY AND 3RD"

LORD SUTCH AND HEAVY FRIENDS "HANDS OF JACK THE RIPPER"(MOBILE)

LOUIS BELLSON "LONDON SCENE"

MAC AND KATIE KISSOON "THE BEGINNING"

MAN "REVELATION"

MAN "2OZS OF PLASTIC WITH A HOLE IN THE MIDDLE"

MAN "MAXIMUM DARKNESS"

MARTHA ULAETO "LOVE ME NOW"

MC5 "HIGH TIME"

MEZZOFORTE "SURPRISE, SURPRISE"

MICHAEL MOORCOCK AND THE DEEP FIX" THE NEW WORLDS FAIR"

MICHAEL NYMAN "PROSPERO'S BOOKS"

MICHAEL NYMAN "LA SEPT, SUITE"

MIKE COOPER "TROUT STEEL"

MIKE OSBOURNE "SHAPES"

MORNING GLORY "MORNING GLORY"

MOTORHEAD "NO SLEEP AT ALL"

MUNGO JERRY "MUNGO JERRY"

MUNGO JERRY "YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE IN THE ARMY"

MUNGO JERRY "BOOT POWER"

NANCY SINATRA "NANCY IN LONDON"

NAZARETH "LOUD 'N' PROUD" (MOBILE)

NEKTAR "SUNDAY NIGHT AT LONDON ROUNDHOUSE" (MOBILE)

NORMA WINSTONE "EDGE OF TIME"

NICE "FIVE BRIDGES" (MOBILE)

NEON HEARTS "POPULAR MUSIC"

PETULA CLARK "DOWNTOWN"

PETULA CLARK "I COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE"

PETULA CLARK "COLOUR MY WORLD"

PRELUDE "OWLCREEK INCIDENT"

ROCKIN' BERRIES "LIFE IS JUST A BOWL OF BERRIES"

ROY BUDD "PICK YOURSELF UP!!!"

SANDPIPERS "OVERDUE"

SAVOY BROWN "JACK THE TOAD"

SEARCHERS "IT'S THE SEARCHERS"

SHAKATAK "NIGHT BIRDS"

SOFT MACHINE "LAND OF COCKAYNE"

SPACE "DELIVERANCE"

SPENCER DAVIS GROUP "AUTUMN '66"

STATUS QUO "DOG OF TWO HEADS"

STRAWBS "JUST A COLLECTION OF ANTIQUES AND CURIOS; LIVE AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL" (MOBILE)

SWEET SENSATION "SWEET SENSATION"

TAMMY JONES "TAMMY"

TEX WITHERS "SINGS COUNTRY STYLE"

THE WHO "SELL OUT"

THE WHO "LIVE AT LEEDS" (MOBILE)

TITUS GROAN "TITUS GROAN"

TOM ROBINSON BAND “TRB 2"

TRADER HORNE "MORNING WAY"

TRINI LOPEZ "TRINI LOPEZ IN LONDON"

TRIO "CONFLAGRATION"

UFO “LIGHTS OUT”

URIAH HEEP "LIVE" (MOBILE)

URIAH HEEP "RAGING SILENCE"

VANGUARDS "PHNOOOLE"

WATERBOYS "FISHERMAN'S BLUES"

 


 

Discography by Tony Harris.   Michel Polnareff  photograph courtesy of Patrick Vanslambrouck  2011


  Also see  The Pye Mobile Recording Unit      

 

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