Location, location, location! There are some recording studios that are as legendary as the bands that graced them. They have become icons that house the romance we have had with the bands and the music that they helped birth. I am always curious as to what really went on behind the scenes in the famous recording studios. Aren’t you?
Abbey Road Studios is notorious for being the official location where the Beatles recorded their masterpieces. If walls had ears. Located in London, England, Abbey Road Studio walls no doubt hold some secrets all their own as to what it was really like when the Beatles came together over the years to produce their songs. Pink Floyd, The Hollies and Badfinger recorded at the Abbey too so just imagine…
As far as Country Music goes, Sun Studios is to producing as the Grand Ole Opry is to performing. Sun Studios is in Memphis, Tennessee and was the recording location for Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, BB King, Jerry Lee Lewis and countless others. It is said that Rock and Roll was born there and I am inclined to believe that it possibly was. It is also worth noting that it is also said that the Rock that was birthed there was done so out of a string of errors and because of the lack of rules which lead to unleashed music that we came to know as Rock and Roll.
Chess Studios in Chicago’s has quite the Rock reputation as well. I can’t put my head around what it would be like to be there as the Rolling Stones recorded their hit albums. They even sang about the studio in “2120 South Michigan Avenue”. Back in the days of such works, it is a well-known fact that the Stones were quite wild, strung out on drugs and intent on doing their own thing, I just wonder what craziness went on inside that building. The Stones weren’t the only ones to make the studio famous. Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, the Who, the Beach Boys, Etta James, Chuck Berry were there in the days of old too.
You can’t mention recording studios and leave out Sunset Studios on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. That would simply be wrong. Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, Elton John, Prince, the Dixie Chicks, Celine Dion and U2 have all spent time there recording their music.
I have had the chance to visit some of these studios and for me, it was like when I visited the Holy Land in Israel. There was just something that I couldn’t put my finger on that made it a sacred event. It was a spiritual experience that I dare not try to describe.
No, it’s not the location that makes the music great but rather the music that makes the location great. Or…is it? There has to be something magical within these studios that these great artists glean from, something that has been there before them and will remain long after they leave.