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Posted: 02 Apr 05, 15:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen utlized many, many recording studios over their career, from Musicland Studios in Munich, to The Record Plant in Los Angeles, to Mountain Studios in Montreux, (which they liked so much they bought and owned), and many many other studios throughout their career, etc., etc.

But even though they bought Mountain in Montreux, where they had a cabin retreat that they lived at, they also wound up moving to and living in Munich in the early to mid 1980's and continued alot of recording on their albums at Musicland, (ie; The Works, AKOM "One Vision", (including Freddie's solo album, "Mr. Bad Guy"), where they had already recorded CLTCL and such in the late 70's. Then they worked on parts of AKOM and other sessions and finished things out with "Made In Heaven" all at Mountain.

Over all the studios that Queen recorded at throughout their career, they chose ONLY to live near and worked as well regularly doing recording sessions for albums at these 2 particular studios. Did the band have a preference for either recording studio (Mountain oner Musicland) over the other, or did they like both equally?

And whatever the answer, why..what was special and what did they like about one studio over the other and vice versa, be it the acoustics of the studio, the control room, the sound boards/consoles, mixing boards/consoles, ability to install additional consoles, equipment, electric wattage, baffles, etc. etc.?

Also I know somewhat which albums and songs were recorded at ALL of the studios, that Queen recorded at during their career, but even Sebastian's website does not have a detail by detail breakdown of every song, and every album...and WHICH studio and location, of ALL the studios and locations that they were recorded at. Anyone have a detailed breakdown of that as well?


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Posted: 02 Apr 05, 16:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If Sebastian doesn't know, ask Brian or Greg.

I assume you've read the album sleevenotes, and not just downloaded the whole catalogue...

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Posted: 02 Apr 05, 16:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Penetration_Guru wrote:

If Sebastian doesn't know, ask Brian or Greg.

I assume you've read the album sleevenotes, and not just downloaded the whole catalogue...


I have ONLY bought and continue to BUY Queen's CD's thank you and I do read the liner notes, which do NOT have this extensive information.




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Posted: 02 Apr 05, 16:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

For AKOM songs - just read the booklet there are details for each songs.

For some other songs: http://queen.musichall.cz/index_en.php There's special section about details of recordings of some songs by Philipp.

Or check Andy's:
http://www.pemcom.demon.co.uk/queen/
For instance: Queen Lyrics - The Game - Play The Game - Recording Information - The Musicland Studio

Hope it helps!

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Posted: 02 Apr 05, 18:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You can find some informations and some photos (of studios) here:

http://www.queenconcerts.com/index.php?section=information&action=london

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Posted: 02 Apr 05, 20:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks guys for giving me some websites to give me the breakdown of at least where and which recording studios some songs/albums were recorded.

But did anyone read these questions in my 1st post.

Of ALL the studios that Queen recorded at throughout their career...2 studios in particular seemed special to them, Mountain Studios in Montreux and Musicland Studios in Munich.

Even though Queen bought Mountain Studios in Montreux, where they had a cabin retreat that they lived at, and they did much of their recording sessions there over the course of many years, they also wound up moving to and living in Munich in the early to mid 1980's and continued alot of recording on their albums at Musicland, (ie; The Works, AKOM "One Vision", (including Freddie's solo album, "Mr. Bad Guy"), where they had already recorded CLTCL and such in the late 70's. Then they still did parts of AKOM and finished things out "Made In Heaven" at Mountain.

Since they chose to LIVE near and worked on recording sessions for albums at BOTH of these 2 particular studios, did the band have a preference for either recording studio over the other, or did they like both equally?

And whatever the answer, why, what was special..what did they like about one studio (Mountain over Musicland) over the other and vice versa, be it the acoustics of the studio, the control room, the sound boards/consoles, mixing boards/consoles, ability to install additional consoles, equipment, electric wattage, baffles, etc. etc.?




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Posted: 02 Apr 05, 20:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

arlene wrote:


But did anyone read these questions in my 1st post.

did the band have a preference for either recording studio over the other, or did they like both equally?


Arlene... do we look like people who were there with them? Ask Brian these questions.

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Posted: 03 Apr 05, 14:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You need someone like Dave Richards here I think...

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Posted: 03 Apr 05, 16:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Serry Funster wrote:

You need someone like Dave Richards here I think...


Ah....that gives me an idea! Lightbulb!


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Posted: 04 Apr 05, 10:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I emailed Sebastian, here's his thoughts on this...

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"Hello

I hope I can add info on the studios very soon, unfortunately my professional and personal life is in sixes and sevens, but I'll find time for that.

As far as I'm concerned, the main reason for them to record in Munich was the fact that Mack lived there, also Freddie (for some time).
Munich is a much wilder city than Montreux. They begun using Mountain again at the time Fred resigned his crazy life in mid 80s.

Cheers


Sebastian"




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Posted: 06 Apr 05, 13:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Page 40 Q/Mojo Queen Classic Edition in "Under Pressure" Article by Daryl Easlea,

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"When the group returned to Munich's Musicland Studios,(to record Hot Space, circa 1981) Mercury found the city to be a cornucopia of forbidden pleasures..."


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Posted: 06 Apr 05, 18:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I also hear that Queen moved to live in Montreux to escape the awful taxes in the U.K. and they declared themselves tax exiles.


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Posted: 30 Jun 15, 05:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I came across this decade-old thread and just wanted to add some info: statistically speaking, how much more (if at all) they recorded at Mountain and/or Musicland compared to some locations in London (SARM, Wessex, Trident, Townhouse) and Wales (Rockfield) is open to debate, and the band did move to Montreux temporarily in 1978 as well as near the end of Fred's life, and Freddie lived in Munich for a while (he spent most of his time commuting between Munich and New York).


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 01 Jul 15, 07:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The tax issue was almost certainly behind many of the choices back then, in the late 70's in the UK you could effectively be paying 90% tax (split between income tax and tax on savings) Many rock stars fled the country then and Roger has commented on this in the past.

As a side, I was in the dentist chair back in the 70's, my dentist was a personal friend of Nick Mason form Pink Floyd, they were at Cambridge together, anyway Nick rushes in, must have been around the time of The Wall and said he needed to say goodbye he had 12 hours to get out of the country before they clobbered him for a huge tax bill, then he left in a fast car!


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Posted: 01 Jul 15, 07:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Just found this on Queenpedia...


Because of the band's massive wealth, they were liable for extreme taxation; they were advised to spend the year outside of England and take up temporary residency elsewhere, namely the tax exile of Montreux. Thus, Jazz, the band's seventh studio album, became their first to not be recorded at all in England, though it certainly wouldn't be the last.


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Posted: 03 Jul 15, 14:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Togg wrote:

The tax issue was almost certainly behind many of the choices back then, in the late 70's in the UK you could effectively be paying 90% tax (split between income tax and tax on savings) Many rock stars fled the country then and Roger has commented on this in the past.

As a side, I was in the dentist chair back in the 70's, my dentist was a personal friend of Nick Mason form Pink Floyd, they were at Cambridge together, anyway Nick rushes in, must have been around the time of The Wall and said he needed to say goodbye he had 12 hours to get out of the country before they clobbered him for a huge tax bill, then he left in a fast car!


Crazy ! Great story.



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