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    Posted: February 15 2014 at 19:40
I'd never heard of Morgan Studios before, my bassist chum John Pazdan (US's Pezband) posted this to his FB page. 

Check out the list of LPs that were recorded there!!  Amazing!  (scroll down to "Recorded at Morgan")


(Jon Anderson Interview Question):


Yes folklore has it you guys decorated the recording studio with props like cutout farm animals and bales of hay to give it an outdoorsy feel. Any ring of truth there?


http://www.examiner.com/article/jon-anderson-of-yes-raids-rock-vault-talks-topographic-oceans-40-years-on



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^hey, Chuck, that is a cool list of albums recorded.Thumbs Up
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The biggest surprise is Squire's First Out of Water. I need to get my hands on that.

In all seriousness, that is an impressive list. From Wakeman and Illusion to Motorhead & Tygers!
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An impressive list of albums indeed.
A GREAT YEAR FOR PROG!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote octopus-4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2014 at 00:00
How can "Journey To The Center Of The Earth" be recorded in a studio? 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2014 at 00:18
Originally posted by octopus-4 octopus-4 wrote:

How can "Journey To The Center Of The Earth" be recorded in a studio? 

It was mixed in Morgan....from Wikipedia:

The recordings were taken to Morgan Studios in London, where they were mixed by Wakeman and engineer Paul Tregurtha between 21–29 January.[15] The two encountered a number of problems. Wakeman explained, "Someone in the street had accidentally kicked out the vocal mike cable just before we started recording. So we boosted up the vocals that were picked up on the other mikes". A snare drum and its microphone also broke during the performance, and Hemmings recorded more narration in the studio after it was found that a tape change occurred in the middle of one of his passages.[11]
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Manuel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2014 at 10:52
Originally posted by presdoug presdoug wrote:

^hey, Chuck, that is a cool list of albums recorded.Thumbs Up

Indeed. Very nice music.
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Hi,
 
"...And the FM radio in America—especially university radio—was very excited to play “Close to the Edge,” “And You and I,” “Starship Trooper,” and longer pieces. So we felt, well, the door seems to be open. Let’s make some music ..."
 
I keep saying that, to help illustrate how important FM radio was to progressive music. Without it, I'm not sure that a lot of it would have happened. AM radio in America was never gonna play 20th Century Schizoid anything, except 20th Century Schizoid Money, and it would be only 2 minutes long!
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2014 at 14:51
Originally posted by moshkito moshkito wrote:

Hi,
 
"...And the FM radio in America—especially university radio—was very excited to play “Close to the Edge,” “And You and I,” “Starship Trooper,” and longer pieces. So we felt, well, the door seems to be open. Let’s make some music ..."
 
I keep saying that, to help illustrate how important FM radio was to progressive music. Without it, I'm not sure that a lot of it would have happened. AM radio in America was never gonna play 20th Century Schizoid anything, except 20th Century Schizoid Money, and it would be only 2 minutes long!
 
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Good point, but I would posit that prog would NOT have become so popular without the huge, popular AM hits.  Many US autos in 1972 did NOT have an FM radio option, so we heard "Fragile" mixed in with a lot of pop and bubble-gum music....

FM in the USA seems like it was rather underground, and only when FM radios became standard equipment on autos, probably 1975 or so, did the AOR (album-oriented rock) compositions reach mainstream. 

Another force, not mentioned yet to my knowledge, was the proliferation of the "8-track tape"!  They were not great fidelity, and most of them seemed to be bootlegs cut from LPs, but I had a case-full of those things in my 1972 Chevrolet Nova!  Tull, Yes, Zep, Purple etc.  

*groan!* These things were horrible, BUT they were easy to insert into the tape player whilst driving! 


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RockHound Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2014 at 20:16
Wow! I thought 8-tracks were gone by '77. I'll bet there aren't many 8-track versions of GFTO lying about.
It was always entertaining to hear where the tracks switched during an epic. I would guess Awaken was mangled quite badly.

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