R G Jones Studios
Beulah Road, Wimbledon
R.G. Jones has good claim to be the longest running studio in Britain, indeed its parent company is currently celebrating its 85th anniversary! The studio was opened in 1943 in Morden Manor as a new venture for long-established P.A. company R.G. Jones. The studio remained at the Morden address until 1969 when it was demolished to make room for Merton Technical College. It then moved into new premises in Beulah Road, Wimbledon where it remained until it's final demise in late 2001.
The Morden studio recorded a number of luminaries in the sixties including the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds and Engelbert Humperdink. The studio had a label "Oak Records", a compilation of some of their finest moments can be found - Here
The Beulah Road studio originally had a Neve 24/16 desk, this was replaced by an L-shape Neve 32/16/24 in 1975. 1n 1978 the Beulah Road studio had a major refit, the control room and studio area were redesigned by Sandy Brown Associates. The control room featured the Neve Desk and 3M M79 multitracks, both 24 track and 16 track, Dolby noise reduction was used throughout. Monitoring was by JBL 4350s powered by Amcron amps, a slightly unusual feature at this time was that the monitors were hidden behind an acoustically transparent curtain, the desk being side on to the studio area. The recording area had an area of 1,000 sq.ft and featured three isolation booths, one of which could accommodate a full drum kit, this booth(previously a control room) was raised up about two feet from the rest of the room and featured tuned absorbers to tame bass resonance. A 6'11" Steinway B piano was resident in the main studio area.
The next major re-fit occurred in 1981 when the control room was totally redesigned and rebuilt by Eastlake Audio and, as was the fashion at the time, the Neve was usurped by an SSL E series. The desk now faced the studio area, more space was made by expanding into an old tape store and "stealing" a metre from the studio area. The 3M machines gave way to a Studer A80 24 track and digital recording made its first appearance at R.G. Jones soon afterwards with the purchase of a Mitsubishi 32 track machine. The outboard equipment list was expanded and now featured AMS DDL/Harmoniser, Lexicon 224 digital reverb, compressors by DBX and A&D, Marshall Time Modulator, Ursa Major Space Station, Cooper Time Cube and Kepex noise gates.
The final refurbishment was in 1997 when the control room was enlarged again, the SSL was overhauled and a Studer A827 24 track was purchased. The studio was redecorated in a rather fetching shade of purple! The studio was eventually sold in 2001 and the building currently houses at shipping company.
The parent company
still thrives today and has a website
The website features some great photos of the early days of both the studios and the P.A. company, including some early cine footage of "Four Steps Beyond" a band recording at the old Morden studio,
AT R G JONES
A-HA "SCOUNDREL DAYS"
A-HA "STAY ON THESE ROADS"
AL HAIG/JAMIR NASSER COMBO "EXPRESSLY ELLINGTON"
ANNE BRIGGS "SING A SONG FOR YOU"
BARBARA DICKSON "THE BARBARA DICKSON ALBUM"
BLUE AQUARIUS "BLUE AQUARIUS"
CARL DOUGLAS "KEEP PLEASING ME"
CATHERINE HOWE "DRAGONFLY DAYS"
CLIFFORD T WARD "WAVES"
CLEO LAINE "GONNA GET THROUGH"
CLIFF RICHARD "STRONGER"
COLIN BLUNSTONE "ECHO BRIDGE"
DAVID DUNDAS "DAVID DUNDAS"
DAVID HAMILTON "THE HAMMOND MOODS OF"
DOLLAR "THE DOLLAR ALBUM"
ESTRAK LANCIOS "COSMOPOLITAN WAVE"
ETERNAL "ALWAYS AND FOREVER"
FIAT LUX "HIRED HISTORY"
FINBAR WRIGHT "BECAUSE"
FRAZIER CHORUS "SUE"
GRAHAM COLLIER MUSIC "PORTRAITS"
GRAHAM KENDRICK "BRIGHT SIDE UP"
GRAHAM KENDRICK /PETER ROE "PAID ON THE NAIL"
HUMPHREY LYTTELTON "HAZY CRAZY AND BLUE"
JAKI GRAHAM "HEAVEN KNOWS"
JESSE GREEN "NICE AND SLOW"
LEN MAGEE "LEN MAGEE"
LEO SAYER "LIVING IN A FANTASY"
LIBERATION SUITE "LIBERATION SUITE"
MARI WILSON "SHOWPEOPLE"
MECANO "DESCANSO DOMINICAL"
MELOPHONIA "LIMELIGHT DISCO SYMPHONY"
MIKE WESTBROOK ORCHESTRA "BAR UTOPIA"
MOODY BLUES "THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM"
NANCY NOVA "AKIRI NON STOP"
NICK LOWE "DIG MY MOOD"
ORLANDO "PASSIVE SOUL"
PAUL CARRACK "NIGHTBIRD"
RAH BAND "RAH BAND"
RED HURLEY "WITH LOVE"
ROOGALATOR "PLAY IT BY EAR" E.P.
RUBBER RODEO "SCENIC VIEWS"
RUTH ALLEN "JANUARY BITTERFLY"
THOMAS ANDERS "DIFFERENT"
TONES ON TAIL "POP"
VIOLA WILLS "IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND"
DEMOS FOR STONES, YARDBIRDS, STATUS QUO, DAVID BOWIE, THE RATS (MICK RONSON), CHRIS FARLOW.
Beulah Road - 2012
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