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:



Artist

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


Traffic

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


Faces

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


Hawkwind

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

Eagles                                                                          1972


Family

Bandstand                                                                    1972


Funkadelic

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


Eagles

On the Border                                                              1974


Bad Company

Bad Company                                                              1974


David Bowie

Diamond Dogs                                                             1974


Focus

Hamburger Concerto                                                   1974


Gallagher & Lyle

The Last Cowboy                                                         1974


Slade

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


Queen

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


Buzzcocks

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

Motorhead                                                                    1979


Squeeze

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


Queen

The Miracle                                                                1989


Van Morrison

Avalon Sunset                                                             1989


Duran Duran

Liberty                                                                        1990


Robert Plant

Manic Nirvana                                                            1990


The KLF

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


Madonna

Music                                                                          2000


Oasis

Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants                         2000


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Nocturama                                                                   2003


Kaiser Chiefs

Employment                                                                2005


Kasabian

Empire                                                                         2006


Arcade Fire

Neon Bible                                                                   2007


Snow Patrol

A Hundred Million Suns                                              2008


Bjork

Voltaic                                                                          2009


U2

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