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Spot Studios / Mayfair Studios.

64 South Molton Street, London.

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In the fifties, Arthur Rye, a solicitor and military band composer set up a studio called Ryemuse above a chemist shop in South Molton Street in London's Mayfair district. The studio itself was put together by engineers Bill Johnson and Dag Fjelner. 

It was planned to be located on the ground floor and basement, but they ran into isolation problems and the studio ended up on the second floor with the reception on the first floor.

In 1962 it became 'Spot Productions''  and the running  taken over by Gary Levy. As an independent studio it produced many demos and singles for the Pop field and did session for artists including Billy Fury, The Who, Joe Brown, Robin Gibb, The Zombies and many of the Top of the Pops series of albums . The late sixties would see a session piano player and singer called Reg Dwight doing cover versions including 'Young Gifted and black' for the series as bread and butter work for both studio and artist. Both would go on to bigger things. 

 

It was however the recording of the first Cream album, 'Fresh Cream" that established the studio as a name.

 

Marc Bolan also recorded at Spot around 68 to 70, (John Hudson remembers seeing 4 track masters that included 'Deborah' and 'Get it On')


 

In 1970 the studio was equipped with a 'Tiros' 16 channel desk. 8-track Leevers Rich, 4-track Ampex, Philips 2-track.



In June 1971, Spot changed its name to 'Mayfair' and the following year a new control room was built on the first floor, with a custom  30:12 desk designed by 'Rosser' electronics of Wales. The console was built and installed by John Hudson and Dave Maynerd, who also re-designed the eq sections.



This fed a Leevers Rich 8 -track and the original Ampex 4-track fitted in studio 1.

In 1977, Kate and John Hudson took over the studio and in 1981 it moved to Primrose Hill.

 

The last track mixed at South Molten Street was

Fade to Gray by Visage.


 

An Amek M3000 desk was installed in the new Studio 1, and in 1983 an SSL E series console was brought in. The Rosser desk was transferred to the new Mayfair site in Studio 2,


The new Mayfair went on to record some of the biggest names in popular music. The history, hits and pictures of Mayfair Studios in Primrose Hill is posted on the Mayfair web site... www.mayfairstudios.com


 

Mayfair closed in December 2008.

Article revised and edited by John Hudson - Mayfair.  30-9-11

 

 

Recorded at Spot/Mayfair:

A RAINCOAT   "DIGALONGAMACS"

ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY   "AGAINST THE GRAIN"

A-HA   "SCOUNDREL DAYS"

A-HA   "STAY ON THESE ROADS"

ALAN PARSONS PROJECT   "STEREOTOMY"

ALOOF   "SEEKING PLEASURE"

ALVIN STARDUST    "ALVIN STARDUST"

ALVIN STARDUST   "THE UNTOUCHABLE"

ANNIE LENNOX   "DIVA"

ARROWS "FIRST HIT"

ART OF NOISE "BELOW THE WASTE"

B.A. ROBERTSON "INITIAL SUCCESS"

BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST "FACE TO FACE"

BETA BAND "HEROES TO ZEROS"

BEVERLY CRAVEN "MIXED EMOTIONS"

BILLY CONNOLLY "A CHANGE IS AS GOOD AS ARREST"

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB"STOP"

BLOODIED SWORD "THE BLOODIED SWORD"

BLUR "13"

BOWIE "JUMP THEY SAY" VIDEO

BROS "THE TIME"

BRYAN ADAMS “WAKING UP THE NEIGHBOURS"

BUDGIE     "BANDOLIER"

BUCKS FIZZ    "BUCKS FIZZ"

BUCKS FIZZ    "HAND CUT"

BUSH     "THE SCIENCE OF THINGS"

CLASH    "CUT THE CRAP"

CLIFF RICHARD     "STRONGER"

CLIFF RICHARD     "ALWAYS GUARANTEED"

COLDPLAY     "A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD"

COUNTRY PIE    "COUNTRY PIE"

CREAM    "FRESH CREAM"

DAVE GILMOUR   "ABOUT FACE"

DAVID CASSIDY  "ROMANCE"

DEKE LEONARD  "ICEBERG"

DESIGN   "BY DESIGN"

DIVINE COMEDY  "ABSENT FRIENDS"

EDDIE HOWELL  "THE EDDIE HOWELL GRAMOPHONE RECORD"

EDITORS  "THE BACK ROOM"

ELVIS COSTELLO  "ALL THIS USELESS BEAUTY"

FABLE  "FABLE"

FARM "SPARTACUS"

FREUR  "DOOT DOOT"

GARY GLITTER  "GLITTER"

GARY GLITTER  "TOUCH ME"

GARY GLITTER  “THE LEADER"

GILBERT O'SULLIVAN  "TOMORROW TODAY"

GLITTER BAND   “HEY!"

GRAHAM COXON "CROW SIT ON BLOOD TREE"

GRAHAM COXON "THE GOLDEN D"

HOWARD JONES "IN THE RUNNING"

ICICLE WORKS "PERMANENT DAMAGE"

INTERPRETERS "BACK IN THE USSA"

JAMES REYNE "JAMES REYNE"

JAMIE CULLUM "TWENTYSOMETHING"

JENNIFER HALL "FORTUNE AND MEN'S EYES"

JOHN SQUIRE "TIME CHANGES EVERYTHING"

JUDY CHEEKS "NO OUTSIDERS"

JUDIE TZUKE "RITMO"

KASABIAN "KASABIAN"

KATE BUSH "THE DREAMING"

KENNY “DO THE BUMP”

KOOKS "KONK" 

KYLIE MINOGUE "IMPOSSIBLE PRINCESS"

LA COMPAGNIE CREOLE "LA MACHINE A DANSER"

LEAFHOUND "GROWERS OF MUSHROOM"

LOIS "STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND"

MANSUN "GREY LANTERN"

MARC ALMOND "ENCHANTED"

MARY O'HARA "TRANQUILITY"

MELOPHONIA "LIMELIGHT DISCO SYMPHONY"

MOGWAI "MY FATHER MY KING"

MOODY BLUES "KEYS OF THE KINGDOM"

MOWER "PEOPLE ARE CRUEL"

MUSIC "THE MUSIC"

NEW ORDER "WORLD IN MOTION"

NICK HEYWARD "I LOVE YOU AVENUE"

OMD "ARCHITECTURE AND MORALITY"

OMD "THE PACIFIC AGE"

PAUL WELLER "HELIOCENTRIC"

PAVEMENT "TERROR TWILIGHT"

PENDULUM "IN SILICO"

PERE UBU "WORLD'S IN COLLISION"

PETE BROWN AND PIBLOKTO "THOUSANDS ON A RAFT"

PETER SHELLEY "GEE BABY"

PINK FLOYD "A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON"

PINK FLOYD "THE FINAL CUT"

PLACEBO "SLEEPING WITH GHOSTS"

PLANXTY "THE WELL BELOW THE VALLEY"

PRETENDERS "PACKED!"

RADIOHEAD "OK COMPUTER"

RAKES "TEN NEW MESSAGES"

ROLAND GIFT "ROLAND GIFT"

ROXETTE "CRASH! BOOM! BANG!"

SIMPLY RED "MEN AND WOMEN"

SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES "SUPERSTITION"

SLIK “FOREVER AND EVER”

SOPHIE ELLIS BEXTOR "READ MY LIPS"

SPACE "SPIDERS"

SPIKE ISLAND "SPIKE ISLAND"

STATUS QUO "IN THE ARMY NOW"

STATUS QUO "AIN'T COMPLAINING"

SUNDAYS "STATIC AND SILENCE"

SUPERGRASS "LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS"

TANITA TIKARAM "LOVERS IN THE CITY"

TEARS FOR FEARS "THE SEEDS OF LOVE"

TERRAPLANE "MOVING TARGET"

TESLA "BUST A NUT"

THE OTHER TWO "THE OTHER TWO AND YOU"

THEREZA BAZAR "THE BIG KISS"

THE THE "MIND BOMB"

TINA TURNER “PRIVATE DANCER"

TINA TURNER "FORIEGN AFFAIR"

TINA TURNER "BREAK EVERY RULE"

TOM JONES "CARRYING A TORCH"

TONCA "JAH JAH WILL UNITE US"

ULTRAVOX  “MONUMENT"

ULTRAVOX  "LAMENT"

ULTRAVOX  "U-VOX"

VISAGE   "VISAGE"

VISAGE  “THE ANVIL"

WORLD'S APART  "EVERYBODY"

 

 

Discography By Tony Harris   tony@philsbook.com