Built in 1914 as the Majestic Cinema, in 1969 the balcony and upper gallery were sealed off from the stage and stalls and converted into a recording studio by owners Mike and JD Collier. The lower part of the building was then opened up as a bingo hall producing an unlikely combination under the same owners.
The studio started out as a four track and proved
to be successful, turning out the
make you an offer'
by Jimmy Helms and 'Sky high' and 'Who do you
think you Are' by
1972 - Cadac 16:8 - Ampex 8, 4 and 2
track. 1973 - Trident B
1972 - Cadac 16:8 - Ampex 8, 4 and 2 track.
1973 - Trident B Range
"Majestic studios in Clapham had a Trident B Range desk. It was one of the earliest B Ranges ( John Kongos had the first one in his studio in Mortlake, Saturn Sound in Worthing had the second one ( clad in blue formica..) My friend Dougal and I wired the console frame (for Majestic). When I went down there to do some sort of mod shortly after it was installed, the engineer was Roger Wilkinson - and he played me the 2-track of Jimmy Helms "I'm Gonna Make You an Offer You Can't Refuse" which had recently been recorded, so that would make it 1973". Gwyn Mathias.
1976 - MCI desk installed.
On Jan 27th 1979 the studio was damaged by fire. On re-opening it was re-equipped with a Trident TSM and Lyrec 24 track.
Recorded at Majestic Studios :
Possessed - Exploration - 1971
Jimmy Helms - Gonna make you an offer - 1972
Shakin Stevens - Rockin' And Shakin' 1972
The Glitter Band and Mud
Kilburn & the High Roads - Demos - 1973
Brian Eno - Here comes the Warm Jets - Sept 1973
Paper Lace - Billy Don't Be A Hero - 1974
First Sex Pistols demos 15th May 1976 Problems, Pretty Vacant, No Feelings. Produced by Chris Spedding.
Jigsaw - Skyhigh - 1976