Maximum Sound Studios & The Workhouse

488-490 Old Kent Road Peckham

Vic Keary (Thermionic Culture) build Dean Street Studio (47 Dean Street) in 1964, the space being the previous home of Radio Atlanta. The premises were leased and they had to move in 1965 to 488 Old Kent Road, the start of Maximum Sound.

Being the clever bloke that he is, Vic built the valve studio desk himself based on the EMI Redd series that he had worked on at Landsdowne Studios . 

He had already developed a philosophy which influenced his approach to design and acquisition of equipment, namely that the transistor’s entry into the studio was a step backwards sonically and that the valve sounded so much better.

The Studios where bought in 1968 by Manfred Mann. 

June 1970 -  20/16 custom desk designed by Pete Walsh.  8 & 4 Track Scully machines - Fairchild spring reverb -  EMT plates. In November 1971 a Scully 16 track was added. The studio was still called Maximum Sound at this point.

In 1977 the studio had an API desk and 24 track Studer tape machine. Pye Compressors - A&D outboard

In the 80s they had a Harrison Series 32 desk.

In 1982 Manfred Mann still owned Studio Two and Peter Hammond (engineer/producer with PWL) took over Studio One. In  1987 he sold his share in the Workhouse to Pete Waterman (Stock Aitken Waterman).

In the late 1980s a major fire destroyed  part of the studios.

In 1996 the site was bulldozed to make way for a super market.

Recorded at The Workhouse :

Manfred Man      -  Blinded by the light 

The Christians    - The Christians   - 1986

Stereo MCs          -  Connected 

Ian Dury              - Wake Up.  New boots and panties

Musical Youth     - Pass the Dutchie  -  1982

Paul Young         - Wherever I Lay My Hat

T'Pau                  -  China In Your Hand

Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick – Ian Dury & The Blockheads

Squeeze – Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti 1985 (part recorded at The Workhouse)

Motor Boys Motor - Motor Boys Motor  -   1982

The Long Ryders – State Of Our Union   -1985 (part recorded at The Workhouse)