The Olympic Studios archive


Following on from my residency in 2016, at the Olympic Studios, I have continued to work with the owners to build an archive of the music recorded and mixed at the studios between 1966-2009. When the new owners took over the property in 2013, they took over a shell of a building, bereft of  music related gadgets, studio merchandise and artists’ master tapes from the old studios. I have worked with them to produce a definitive list of the 900 plus albums recorded and/or mixed there between 1966-2009 and to date we have acquired 350 vinyl albums from the list.

We continue to search for merchandise and images of the old studios and have been interviewing artists, producers and engineers about their memories of their time working there.

We are working on a book featuring 100 of the albums recorded there, which would include the stories we have collected, and are looking at a space near the studios to house a mini museum for this archive and a place where we can attract owners of the albums, to sell us the 550 albums that we still wish to acquire.

The Olympic 100 is not necessarily the the best selling or all of the famous Olympic albums but is designed to show the breadth and depth of the music that was recorded or mixed there:


Album recorded/mixed at Olympic Studios

1966-2009                                                                Released


Procol Harum

Procol Harum                                                              1967

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Axis: Bold As Love                                                     1967

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Are you experienced                                                    1967

The Yardbirds

Little Games                                                                1967

The Peddlars

Freewheelers                                                                1967


Mr Fantasy                                                                  1967

Billy Nicholls

Would you believe                                                      1968

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Electric Ladyland Part 1                                              1968

Michel Legrand

The Thomas Crown Affair                                          1968

Small Faces

Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake                                             1968

The Rolling Stones

Beggars Banquet                                                         1968

The Steve Miller Band

Children of the future                                                  1968

Billy Preston

That's The Way God Planned It                                  1969

Blind Faith

Blind Faith                                                                   1969

Golden Earring

Eight Miles High                                                         1969

Jethro Tull

Stand Up                                                                      1969

Joe Cocker

With A Little Help From My Friends                          1969

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin                                                                1969

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin II                                                            1969

Quincy Jones

The Italian Job                                                             1969

Scott Engel/Walker

Scott 4                                                                          1969

The Rolling Stones

Let It Bleed                                                                  1969

Cat Stevens

Mona Bone Jakon                                                        1970

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin III                                                           1970

Ten Years After

Watt                                                                              1970

Various, Andrew Lloyd Webber And Tim Rice

Jesus Christ Superstar                                                  1970

B.B. King

In London                                                                    1971

Deep Purple

Fireball                                                                        1971


A Nod's As Good As A Wink...To A Blind Horse     1971


X In Search Of Space                                                  1971

Howlin' Wolf

The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions                            1971

Humble Pie

Rock on                                                                        1971

John Williams , Stanley Myers And His Orchestra

Changes                                                                       1971

The Rolling Stones

Sticky Fingers                                                              1971

The Who

Who's Next                                                                  1971

Roy Budd

Get Carter                                                                    1971


Eagles                                                                          1972


Bandstand                                                                    1972


America Eats Its Young                                               1972

Mott The Hoople

All The Young Dudes                                                  1972

Pete Townshend

Who Came First                                                           1972

Peter Frampton

Wind Of Change                                                          1972

The London Symphony Orchestra

Tommy                                                                        1972

Alan Price

O Lucky Man! -                                                           1973

Ella Fitzgerald

Star-Collection                                                             1973

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Brain Salad Surgery                                                     1973


On the Border                                                              1974

Bad Company

Bad Company                                                              1974

David Bowie

Diamond Dogs                                                             1974


Hamburger Concerto                                                   1974

Gallagher & Lyle

The Last Cowboy                                                         1974


Slade In Flame                                                             1974

King Crimson

USA                                                                             1974

Andy Fairweather-Low

La Booga Rooga                                                          1975

Dr. Feelgood

Malpractice                                                                  1975

Fairport Convention

Rising For The Moon                                                  1975

Fripp & Eno

Evening Star                                                                1975


A Night At The Opera                                                 1975

Thin Lizzy

Fighting                                                                        1975

Andrew Lloyd Webber And Tim Rice

Evita                                                                             1976

Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading                                                         1976

Pete Townsend and Ronnie Lane

Rough Mix                                                                   1977

Brian Eno

Here Come The Warm Jets                                          1977

Eric Clapton

Slowhand                                                                     1977

Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel                                                               1977

The Stranglers

No More Heroes                                                          1977


Another Music In A Different Kitchen                       1978

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show                                 1978

Monty Python

Monty Python's Life Of Brian                                     1979


Motorhead                                                                    1979


Cool For Cats                                                               1979

Richard & Linda Thompson

Shoot Out The Lights                                                  1982

Barbra Streisand

Yentl                                                                            1983

Pink Floyd

The final cut                                                                1983

Elaine Paige

Stages                                                                           1983

Benny Anderson, Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus

Chess                                                                            1984

The Cult

Love                                                                             1985

Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Blood & Chocolate                                                      1986

Barry Gray

Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds Are Go                     1987

George Fenton And Jonas Gwangwa

Cry Freedom                                                               1987


The Miracle                                                                1989

Van Morrison

Avalon Sunset                                                             1989

Duran Duran

Liberty                                                                        1990

Robert Plant

Manic Nirvana                                                            1990


The white room                                                           1991

The Cure

Wish                                                                            1992

Depeche Mode

Songs Of Faith And Devotion                                     1993

Spice Girls

Spice                                                                            1996

The Verve

Urban Hymns                                                              1997

Massive Attack

Mezzanine                                                                   1998

Prince & The New Power Generation

Diamonds And Pearls                                                  1999


Music                                                                          2000


Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants                         2000

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Nocturama                                                                   2003

Kaiser Chiefs

Employment                                                                2005


Empire                                                                         2006

Arcade Fire

Neon Bible                                                                   2007

Snow Patrol

A Hundred Million Suns                                              2008


Voltaic                                                                          2009


No Line On The Horizon                                              2009

My music related art projects started with my final degree show work, Resonate/Generate in 2014 at Chelsea College of Art, a 1970s record store in a mobile library. It was a memory jukebox, visitors would choose their favourite song for me to play and, in exchange, they’d tell me their story.

The next development was a Resonate/Generate inspired and designed window for Selfridges in 2015 as part of their Bright Old Things art project. This led onto an 6 month art residency at the Olympic studios in 2016 and several pop up shop installations, featuring the music recorded at the Olympic between 1966 and 2009. Most recently, Resonate/Generate found itself in a 60 year old thrift store in Greensboro N. Carolina in a living museum and art residency called Elsewhere.

Everything over the last 8 years has led to this point in my artistic career...


The Olympic Studios’ archive project