Olympic Studios

Commercial recording studio in London, England / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Olympic Studios was a renowned British independent commercial recording studio based on Church Road, Barnes, London. It is best known for its recordings of many artists throughout the late 1960s to the first decade of the 21st century, including Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Ella Fitzgerald, Queen, Ray Charles, the Who, B.B King, Traffic, Prince, the Eagles, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Adele, Björk and MIKA.[1] It is often regarded as being as significant as Abbey Road Studios, and remains an important cultural landmark.[2][3] The studio's sound mixing desks became famous when the technology and design they pioneered was manufactured commercially.[4]

An exterior view of the Olympic Studios on Church Road, Barnes, London, taken in 2008.

Although much of Olympic has returned to its original purpose as a cinema, it also still maintains a small recording facility, designed with the help of original members of the studio's staff,[5] who are now also involved in the construction of a much larger studio, performance and teaching space, to run alongside Olympic's cinema at the iconic location.[6]

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