Mayfair Studios

Mayfair Recording Studios was a recording studio located in Primrose Hill, London, England. The studio was originally established in Mayfair, London in the 1960s thus giving the studio its name. Many notable artists and musicians such as Bucks Fizz, Tina Turner, Cliff Richard, The Clash, Pink Floyd, Bee Gees, Blur, Nigel Kennedy and Kroke,[1] and The Smiths have all recorded music at Mayfair.

Prior to 1975, the studio was called Spot Studios owned by Ryemuse Ltd and was located at 64 South Molton St, Mayfair, above the chemist shop. John Hudson[2] worked there as chief engineer joining the company from BBC Television, where he was employed in presentation broadcasting live sound for programmes such as Jimi Hendrix Color Me Pop and Match of the Day. Through the early 1970s, Hudson was the engineer on many hit records to come out of Mayfair Studios including "Vienna" by Ultravox,[3] "Fade to Grey" by Visage and "Making Your Mind Up" by Bucks Fizz. A fuller list of Mayfair's 30 years of hit records is available.[2]

In 1977, John Hudson and his wife Kate took over the management of the studio. They bought the old company in 1979. In 1980, they found a new site in Sharpleshall Street, Primrose Hill, where relocated the studio as the property at 64 South Molton Street, Mayfair, was to be sold. The new studios were designed primarily by Hudson, with input from other studio designers such as Eddie Veale[4] and Ken Shearer acoustic consultant for the Royal Albert Hall. Jim Crockett of Crockett Associates calculated and planned the sound isolation for studio one and reception. Initially the new complex consisted of just two studios, but this grew to six studios over the 30 years the business was to survive.

In the first week in its new location in April 1980 there were five records in the Music Week[5] chart, that had been recorded by Hudson at the old studios in Mayfair. That success carried over to the new studio complex at Primrose Hill and it was the beginning of a 30-year success story. The business eventually expanded to become a 12,000 sq ft (1,100 m2) complex housing Mayfair's Studio 1, Studio 2 and Studio 3, as well as three writing/production rooms. These rooms were occupied by writers, producers and artists such as Matt Rowe (Spice Girls), the writing/production team of Robbie Williams/Guy Chambers, and Herbert Grönemeyer, a successful German singer, actor and composer. A long list of hit records were recorded by an array of producers and artists over the years.

The studios closed in December 2008. A book titled What’s Mayfair Got to Do With It?[6] has been written about the reasons behind the closure. These included insurance companies not paying legitimate claims, plus lawyers and accountants not meeting responsibilities with the net result being chaos.[7][8]


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  5. ^ "Music Week singles charts April 1980". Music Week. 16 April 2011.
  6. ^ "What's Mayfair Got to do With It: Mayfair Recording Studios' journey through the financial meltdown: Kate Hudson: 9781449977733: Books". Retrieved 2012-12-04.
  7. ^ "whoops | Sound & Audio Industry News | PSNE". Retrieved 2012-12-04.
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Absent Friends (album)

Absent Friends is the eighth studio album by The Divine Comedy. It was released by Parlophone in the UK on 29 March 2004 and by Nettwerk in the US on 4 May 2004. Two singles were released from the album in the UK: "Come Home Billy Bird", which features former Kenickie vocalist Lauren Laverne (now a BBC 6 Music DJ) on vocals, and the album's title track.

Neil Hannon was the only member of The Divine Comedy by this point, as the band had split up shortly after the release of 2001's Regeneration. Hannon had decided to continue using the Divine Comedy name for this album. He was aided by long-time collaborator Joby Talbot, who arranged and conducted the orchestra.

The album was recorded at RAK Studios and Konk Studios in London by Guy Massey, with help from Raj Das and Chris Bolster. It was mixed at Mayfair Studios by Nigel Godrich, who was assisted by Dan Grech-Marguerat.

Almost Unreal

"Almost Unreal" is a song by Swedish pop music duo Roxette, released on 10 May 1993 as the lead single from the soundtrack of the 1993 live action adaption of Super Mario Bros., which starred Bob Hoskins and Dennis Hopper. The song became a top twenty hit in numerous territories, including Scandinavia, Ireland and the UK. It would also be the duo's final top ten hit in both of the latter countries—excluding a re-release of "It Must Have Been Love" two months later. The song proved to be unsuccessful in North America, peaking at number 94 on the Billboard Hot 100, although it performed better in Canada where it peaked within the top thirty. Roxette themselves were later dismissive of both the song and the associated movie. It appeared as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of their next studio album, Crash! Boom! Bang! (1994), mis-titled "It's Almost Unreal".

Bloomsbury Set (band)

Bloomsbury Set was a British male vocal/instrumental pop group, consisting of the brothers Andy Lloyd (vocals) and Gary Lloyd (bass), plus Paul Faulkner (guitar) and Jim Simpson (drums). They had chart success with their single "Hanging Around with the Big Boys", released on the Stiletto label. It entered the UK Singles Chart on 25 June 1983, reaching #56. It was in the chart for three weeks. Another 1983 single featured two songs: "Dress Parade" and "Serenade". The songs were recorded in July of that year at Mayfair Studios and Comforts Place (Stiletto Records Ltd).

Enchanted (Marc Almond album)

Enchanted is the sixth studio album by the British singer/songwriter Marc Almond. It was released on 7 August 1990 and reached number 52 on the UK Albums Chart and number 81 on the Dutch albums chart. Enchanted includes the singles "A Lover Spurned" (a UK Top 30 hit featuring actress Julie T. Wallace), "The Desperate Hours" and "Waifs and Strays" (the latter of which was remixed by The Grid).

Greasy Love Songs

Greasy Love Songs is a compilation album by Frank Zappa, released in 2010. The album consists of the original vinyl mix of Cruising with Ruben & the Jets (1968), with bonus material, including previously unreleased tracks from the original sessions, the single version of "Jelly Roll Gum Drop", and "audio documentary" material. The album is designated as a "Project/Object Audio Documentary". It is project/object #3 in a series of 40th Anniversary FZ Audio Documentaries, following MOFO (2006) and Lumpy Money (2009).

John Timperley (sound engineer)

John Timperley (1941 – September 2006), was a British audio engineer, who worked on recordings of a number of important musicians and groups from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Timperley was influential in the music recording industry in the United Kingdom and other countries. He gained his training at the IBC studies in London in the late 1950s, working with his long time friend, Keith Grant, primarily on classical recordings and the early pop music. He then worked at Ryemuse Studios (later known as Mayfair Studios) where he recorded Cream's first LP and numerous hits in the 1960s.

He then briefly worked at Olympic Studios, before being asked to set up the new Chappell recording studios at Bond Street where he subsequently became manager and chief engineer. At this time Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett, Shirley Bassey Thelonious Monk, Count Bassie and Stephane Grappelli all recorded at Chappell under Timperly's control. During this time he was involved in the recordings for Magical Mystery Tour where he first met Paul McCartney, establishing a relationship which continued on and off throughout his career with works including the 1991 Liverpool Oratorio. In 1976 through 1977, Timperley was the sound engineer for Going for the One (1977) by Yes.

In 1991 Timperley produced the album A Tribute to Hollywood featuring Academy Award winning songs from many decades from a cappella to Big Band accompaniment with Cantabile - the London Quartet

In the 1990s, Timperley started undertaking film soundtrack recording and mixing, including Lord of the Flies, Lost in Space and The Pianist. Timperley died in late September 2006 at the age of 65 of leukemia.

Keys of the Kingdom

Keys of the Kingdom is the fourteenth album by the rock band The Moody Blues, released in 1991. Although some of the tracks recall the songwriting on Sur la Mer, the failure of Keys of the Kingdom to produce any major hit singles would mark the beginning of the Moodies' decline in popularity with mainstream audiences after their success in the MTV video generation.

The album saw the band beginning to return to a more airy rock oriented sound (similar to The Present), rather than the previous two albums' forays into synthesiser pop. Flautist Ray Thomas plays more of a substantial role on this record, with his first ambient flute piece in eight years. It was recorded and mixed at four London studios: Olympic Studios, RG Jones Studios, Mayfair Studios and The Hit Factory (not to be confused with the NYC-based studio of the same name). Drum machines are still used heavily; Graeme Edge only performs on three songs, with session drummer Andy Duncan providing live drums on two more, and the rest being programmed.Keyboardist Patrick Moraz was fired from the band after completing only a few tracks for this album, and he is listed as an 'additional' keyboard player. After a lawsuit (broadcast by Court TV) filed by Moraz, their future album and re-release booklets would distance themselves from Moraz - e.g. removing him from photographs that originally featured him - and they never had any future keyboardists become official members of the band.

This was the last Moody Blues album before their extravagant concert at Red Rocks and a series of symphonic tours with orchestras.

Lawrence Gray (singer)

Lawrence Gray (born January 30, 1975) is a Maltese singer.Early in his career, the rock band Meer was formed and Gray was the singer and frontman. He recorded six songs with this band at Temple Studios in Malta.

Gray participated in Malta Song for Europe seven times, coming twice second, with "The Right Time" in 1999 and with "Why Not" in 2003 (won the televoting). He came third with "Count on Me" in 2001 and he came twice fourth, in 2002 with "What Happened to Our Love" and in 2004 with "You’re on My Mind".

In 2001, Gray won Best Male Singer at the Malta Music Awards. He won the International Festival of Maltese Song in 1998 and in 2002 . He also won the Fidof award both times in this festival. He came second in L-Għanja tal-Poplu in 1999 and won the Malta Independence Festival in 2002. Gray was awarded Best Male Singer and Best International Voice in the international festival Voice of Asia in Kazakhstan in 1999. He placed second in the same festival in 2002, and also won Best Performer, Best Voice and Best Composer. In 2001, at an international festival, Universetalent in Prague, Gray placed second. He was awarded Most Popular Foreign Artist at the 111 International Music Festival in Zrenjanin, Serbia, in 2002.

Gray recorded three songs at Mayfair Studios in London (composer, Geoff Morrow). A video was made of the song "You Are My Lover" at Townhouse Studios in London. Later, Gray returned to London and worked with Paul Murphy, recording another 18 tracks.

Gray took part in many musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar, Andrew Lloyd Webber Celebration, 10th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables, The King and I, Scrooge, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and many others.

In 2001, Gray participated in a master class for musical theatre in London. He was then chosen to sing the part of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables at the Palace Theatre in London.

Gray sang "Gethsemane" from Jesus Christ Superstar in the first Beyond the Barricade show in Malta in 2003.

Gray was named Best World Singer of 2002, by the website

In 2002, Gray was a guest singer at Premio Top Sprint - Omaggio alla Sicilianita’ in Catania, Sicily. This was shown on Sicilian television.

In 2003, Gray was invited to go to Cyprus, discovering he had a fan club there. He received an award as Best Promoted Foreign Artist in Cyprus and a gold disc for "Why Not" from Radio Magic 102.2FM.

In 2003, Gray was also a guest singer at the Golden Magnolia Festival in Louisiana, USA.

Gray held a concert, An Evening with Lawrence Gray – Live, at St. James Cavalier, in Valletta, in 2004. Three presentations of the concert were held.

Over the years, Gray was resident singer on various Maltese television programmes. He also sang the feast anthem of various towns and villages in Malta.

In 2014, he participated in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song, "The One That You Love".

In 2015 Lawrence Gray was one of the main singers in Rockestra.

Loose Ends (Jimi Hendrix album)

Loose Ends is a posthumous compilation album by American guitarist Jimi Hendrix, released in February 1974 in the United Kingdom. It was the fourth and last Hendrix studio album released posthumously by manager Michael Jeffery. The album features a collection of outtakes and jams, with the exception of "The Stars That Play with Laughing Sam's Dice" which is the sole authorized track by Hendrix, in a new stereo mix by Eddie Kramer.

The album was engineered, mixed and compiled by John Jansen, who is listed on the record's sleeve as "Alex Trevor" because he did not wish his name to be on the LP's credits. Additional engineering was provided by Eddie Kramer, Dave Palmer, Kim King, Gary Kellgren, Jack Adams, Tom Flye and Jim Robinson.

Reprise Records (Jimi Hendrix' label at the time), declined to issue this album in the United States and Canada as they considered the material below standard. All the tracks on this LP have been subsequently re-released on other official albums, in some form, except "Blue Suede Shoes". The UK, French and Japanese pressings all had different covers.

This release was also repackaged in 1983 under the name The Jimi Hendrix Album on LP and cassette (Contour Records, UK).

My Father My King

"My Father My King" is a song by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai, which was released as a single in October 2001. Over 20 minutes long, and billed as a companion piece to the album Rock Action, a sticker on the cover of the single describes it as "two parts serenity and one part death metal". The song is regularly used to end Mogwai concerts – most recently, in 2015, it was the finale of all six of the band's 20th anniversary shows – and was often extended in length.

One (Bee Gees album)

One is the Bee Gees' eighteenth studio album (sixteenth worldwide), released in April 1989 (August 1989 in the United States).


Ritmo is the title of the fifth album by the British singer-songwriter Judie Tzuke, released in September 1983. The album peaked at number 26 in the UK.The album was Tzuke's second and final studio album to be released during her contract with Chrysalis Records. Originally only released on vinyl album and cassette, it was remastered and released on compact disc in 1994 by BGO Records.

Silver (Cliff Richard album)

Silver is a 1983 studio album by Cliff Richard, marking his 25th anniversary in music. The North American version was titled Give a Little Bit More and had a revised track list.

A limited edition 2-LP box set of Silver was also released in the UK. The second LP, entitled Rock 'n' Roll Silver contained 9 new recordings of rock and roll classics, including Richard's debut single "Move It", and one new song "Makin' History".The album reached number 7 in the UK Albums Chart and earned Gold certification.

Simon Gogerly

Simon Gogerly is a British audio engineer with credits including artists such as U2, Paloma Faith, No Doubt and Massive Attack.Gogerly started his career playing keyboards on tour in the 1980s for the British New Wave band Dead or Alive. He then went on to become an assistant engineer at London's Mayfair Studios training under studio owner and engineer John Hudson. It was at Mayfair Studios that Gogerly started to move from engineering to mixing, working on The Farm's hit "All Together Now" and Soul II Souls Missing You.

After going freelance in 1992 he recorded Republic by New Order, produced by Stephen Hague. He then went on to tour with the band as programmer.

Throughout the 90's he continued to work for Stephen Hague as well as other producers such as Sly & Robbie and Boilerhouse. Gogerly also worked on a number of hiphop remixes with producer Syze-Up under the name Desert Eagle Discs for artists such as Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes & Lil' Kim.

At the end of the 90's Gogerly started to work alongside Nellee Hooper as a mixer for his label Meanwhile. Soon Gogerly became Nellee's go to mix engineer and he went on to work with No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, Massive Attack & Paloma Faith. Gogerly also worked with Nellee on U2's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb album for which he won a Grammy.

Gogerly has since gone on to work alongside producers Steve Lironi, Rick Nowels and Ewan Pearson. He also works closely with Underworld, mixing a number of projects for them including their remix of Williams Last Words by the Manic Street Preachers, large parts of the 2012 London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and Danny Boyle's Frankenstein.Alongside mixing Gogerly has also done a number of production/additional production work for a number of artists such as Little Boots, Mumiy Troll and Boxes.

Recent projects have included Danny Boyle's Trance with Underworld, and mixing Paloma Faith's most recent album Fall to Grace produced by Nellee Hooper and Jake Gosling.

In 2007 Gogerly opened his own production/mix studio, Hub II, based around an SSL AWS 900+.

Son of Albert

Son of Albert is the debut and only solo album of Andrew Ridgeley. Originally released in May 1990, Ridgeley's effort was a sharp turn away from his former pop image with Wham! years earlier. Focusing more on guitars and drums, the critical reaction to Ridgeley's attempt at a solo record was mixed. After rather unimpressive sales from Son of Albert, Ridgeley gradually quit playing music professionally.

Two singles from the album, "Red Dress" and "Shake", were released in 1990 with little success (with the exception of a top twenty hit in Australia for the latter). Another song, "Mexico", was scheduled to be released as the album's third single, but was dropped.Ridgeley's album is named after himself, as the son of Albert Ridgeley.In January 2018, a remastered and expanded edition of the album was released in the UK on Cherry Red Records.

Take Them On, On Your Own

Take Them On, On Your Own is the second studio album by American rock band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It was first released in the UK on August 25, 2003, and in the US on September 2, 2003. The album was reissued with bonus tracks in 2008. The album cover is a homage to the film The Third Man.

The album has a darker, harder rock sound than their debut album, and also contains more politically themed lyrics. The album reached #3 in the United Kingdom music charts despite receiving mixed reviews, and is almost universally credited as a lesser achievement than its predecessor B.R.M.C..

The 2003 release of this album contained the Copy Control protection system in some regions. The 2008 Japanese and European CD reissue contains three bonus tracks: "Take Them On, On Your Own", "High / Low", and "Waiting Here".

Vulnerable (song)

"Vulnerable" is a song by Swedish pop music duo Roxette, released as the fifth and final single from their fifth studio album Crash! Boom! Bang!, while simultaneously acting as the lead single from the duo's 1995 compilation album Rarities."The Sweet Hello, the Sad Goodbye" had previously been released as the B-side on the duo's 1991 single "Spending My Time". Earlier that year, in April, it had been released as the lead single from Thomas Anders' (of Modern Talking fame) second solo album, Whispers.

Waking Up the Neighbours

Waking Up the Neighbours is the sixth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams, released on 24 September 1991. The album was recorded at Battery Studios in London, and at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, mixed at Mayfair Studios in London, and mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk in New York City. The album reached the number one position on the album charts of at least eight countries. Its first single, "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" was number 1 on the British charts for a record sixteen weeks. The album sold more than 16 million copies worldwide.The album was also notable in Canada for creating controversy concerning the system of Canadian content.

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