The Pye Mobile Recording Unit
The first vehicle to be called the Pye Mobile was not strictly a mobile studio as we have come to know them i.e. a control room on wheels. It was a Ford transit box van introduced in 1966 and used simply as a transport vehicle. The equipment was stored in cases that a hired removal company would carry into venues.
The portable equipment available included a Telefunken mixer used mainly for classical recording, a 'Pye' mixer built by Ken Attwood and originally a 3 track Ampex tape machine. Monitoring was provided by Tannoy Lockwoods.
The equipment was soon upgraded to two Neve Series 80 desks that could be split in half for transport then re-assembled at the venue. It also had two 3M M56 8 track recorders that could also be split. This situation was obviously not ideal because of the manpower needed to carry the gear into the venues and the time taken to set up and pack down the rig.
At the beginning of the 1971 a new articulated Mobile was commissioned under the guidance of studio technical manager Ray Prickett and was up and running just after the launch of the Rolling Stones Mobile.
With producer Vic Maile
The Mobile crew of Alan Perkins, Neville Crozier and Tony Carey at the Isle of White Festival in 1970
The Photos on this page were kindly sent to us by original Pye Mobile crew member ( and musician ) Neville Crozier. Many thanks for sharing.
The second mobile unit was eventually sold to Virgin in 1974 and the equipment including the Neve desk installed in Virgin's mobile. The desk didn't last long here however. It was soon taken out and moved to Mike Oldfield’s house to record Hergest Ridge.
Recorded on the Pye Mobile
Live at Kelvin Hall : The Kinks. - 1967
Pink Floyd : Ummagumma - April/May 1969
Jimi Hendrix at the Albert hall -1969
The Who : Live At Leeds - Feb 1970
Message To Love : The Isle Of Wight Festival - 1970
The Nice : Five Bridges - 1970
Strawbs : Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios; Live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall - July 1970
Hawkwind : The Space Ritual Alive in Liverpool and London - 1972
Chuck Berry : The London Chuck Berry Sessions - 1972
Lord Sutch And Heavy Friends : Hands Of Jack The Ripper - 1972
Man : Live At The Padget Rooms - 1972
Amon Düül II : Live In London - Dec 1972
Uriah Heep : Live - Jan 1973
Genesis : Genesis Live - Feb 1973
Morning Glory : Morning Glory - March 1973
Focus : At The Rainbow - May 1973
Nektar : Sunday Night At London Roundhouse - Nov 1973
Caravan : Caravan & The New Symphonia - Oct 1973
Chicken Shack : Stan The Man - Oct 1973
Nazareth : Loud 'N' Proud - Nov 1973
Caravan : Live At The Fairfield Halls - 1974
Dr. Feelgood : Down By The Jetty - 1974
Also see Pye Studios at pye.html
Recording Genesis Live