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       Decca Studios Tollington Park  - 106 Tollington Park London               philsbook.com

 

In the early seventies Decca acquired  premises in Tollington Park to build a project studio to take the overflow from its Broadhurst Gardens studios. Pop and Rock artists, particularly The Moody Blues, were now spending a considerable amount of time in the studios making albums and having a separate building for such recordings seemed to be the way forward.

The house was built in 1839 as one of nine late-Georgian villas and completely renovated and  converted by the Decca engineers.

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Decca Studios - Toliington Park

 

Tollington Park

By the end of the 70's Decca closed all its studios  and the premises were sold off.

 

 

 

 

Jam Studios where opened in 1979 by Swedish brothers Hans and Anders Nordmark in the Decca Tollington Park building.

Jam Studios

 

After the studio had closed the house became a Masonic hall, before falling into the shambolic state and being uninhabited for six years.It was sold at auction in 1993. It was all but derelict, surrounded by 6ft-high nettles when purchased in  a renovation project that was to take 10 years.

The building now houses 'Susan Scott lookalikes'.

 

Recorded at Decca Tollington Park  (STUDIO 4):

BLOODSTONE                       "UNREAL"

CARAVAN                              "FOR GIRLS WHO GROW PLUMP IN THE NIGHT"

CARAVAN                              "WATERLOO LILY"

CARAVAN                              "CUNNING STUNTS"

DARRYL WAY'S WOLF           "NIGHT MUSIC"

EDMUNDO ROS AND HIS ORCHESTRA  "CARIBBEAN ROS

KHAN                                    "SPACE SHANTY"

MELLOW CANDLE                 "SWADDLING SONGS"

MOODY BLUES                      "EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOUR"

MOODY BLUES                      "SEVENTH SOJOURN"

PARLOUR BAND                    "IS A FRIEND"

PETER SKELLERN                "YOU'RE A LADY"

SPRIGUNS                            "LORD LOVELL"

THIN LIZZY "VAGABONDS OF THE WESTERN WORLD"

 

Recorded at Jam Studios :

ATOMIC SHELTER            "SPACE GENERATION"

ATOMSKO SKLONIŠTE     "MENTALNA HIGIJENA"

BAUHAUS                        "MASK"

BIFF BANG POW!            "ME"

BLACKGIRLS                   "HAPPY"

CARMEL                          "BAD DAY" SINGLE

CHARLIE                          "CHARLIE"

CLAYTOWN TROUPE        "THROUGH THE VEIL"

DALEK I LOVE YOU          "DALEK I LOVE YOU"

DIRE STRAITS                   "TWISTING BY THE POOL E.P."

HUANG CHUNG                "HUANG CHUNG"

INCOGNITO                       "JAZZ FUNK"

JEFFREY LEE PIERCE     "WILDWEED"

JEFFREY LEE PIERCE    "FLAMINGO"

LINDA TAYLOR                "TAYLOR MADE"

MATCHBOX                     "FLYING COLOURS"

MICRODISNEY                "CROOKED MILE"

NEW ORDER                  "LOW LIFE"

NEW ORDER                  "BROTHERHOOD"

ONE THE JUGGLER        "NEARLY A SIN"

PENGUIN CAFE ORCHESTRA "SIGNS OF LIFE"

PRIMAL SCREAM           "SCREAMADELICA"

RONALD SHANNON JACKSON "TABOO"

SMITHS                          "WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING"

SPANDAU BALLET          "JOURNEYS TO GLORY"

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS    "GO FOR IT"

STRAY CATS                  "STRAY CATS"

SWERVEDRIVER            "RAVE DOWN" E.P.

THAT PETROL EMOTION  "BABBLE"

WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU  "EVERYWHEN"

WIRE TRAIN                    "TEN WOMEN"

WORKING WEEK            "BLACK AND GOLD"

 

Many Thanks to Martin Haskell for the Decca Pictures

 

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