In 1964 the Marquee Jazz club moved premises from Oxford Street to Wardour Street. The new premises were much larger than the previous which gave room to build a recording studio.
The original mono studio had its first hit in 1964 with the Moody Blues song 'Go now".
been talking to Phil Woods, who was trying to get a studio together
at the back of The Marquee so, as a cost saving incentive, I
decided to go ahead and use the under-construction studio as
an experiment. The studio was, in fact, simply a garage with
a home made 12 channel mixer; the only outboard gear being a
borrowed echo plate and two Ampex recording decks (second hand,
one mono and one stereo) from EMI."
"There was an odd collection of old BBC microphones and
one modern condenser mic for the vocals plus we had the use
of a Fairchild compressor for the vocal sound. Although its
hard to be specific, I think we had a portable Revox stereo
tape deck which we utilized for some mixing down of tracks and
to overdub a couple of piano bass notes that had lost attack
in the solo." Alex Wharton, The Moody
In 1966 the studio went 4 track.
In 1969 went 8 track with a Sound Techniques desk and an Ampex machine
In 1971 a
new in-house desk was built using Helios modules combined with
an Ampex MM-1000.
T.B. Technical 24 into 16
an MCI 542 36 input in 1977.
1977 they opened a new remix room with MCI 542 36/22 desk
and MCI tape machine.
had an MCI console.
The Studio closed in 1988.
Recorded at Marquee :
The Moody Blues - Go Now -
Der Graph Generator -
Aerosol Grey Machine - Jan 1969
Pictures in the Sky - Medicine Head
Sarstedt Brothers - Worlds Apart Together
Solution - Cordon Bleu.
Strider - Exposed
Daevid Allen - Bananamoon
David Bedford - Nurses Song With Elephants.
Elton John - Here and There
Geoff Whitehorn - Whitehorn
Groundhogs - Blues Obituary
Ralph McTell - Easy.
Vangelis - The Dragon June - 1971
Vangelis - Hypothesis
Anne Briggs - The Time Has Come - 1971
Another Monty Python Record
Rory Gallagher - Blueprint 1973
Amii Stewart - Knock On Wood
Toyah - Love Is The Law
The Clash - Golden Bullets.
Aynsley Dunbar - Blue Whale
Louisiana Music Factory - Blue Lightning
Marillion - Script For A Jester's Tear