© 2008 Electric Lady Studios
Issue No. 1, Volume MMVIII
at Electric Lady Studios:
In 1970, Zeppelin began a lasting partnership with master audio engineer Eddie Kramer, who opened them to Electric Lady Studios and accompanied them on each session. During the next decade Zeppelin would work on several albums at the studio.
First sessions saw work on III's "Gallows Pole" - a five minute acoustically driven reworking of a traditional European folk song.
Two years later, the group would return - working on their fifth studio album - the now 11 times Platinum, Houses of the Holy. Such massive tracks as "Dancing Days," and "Over the Hills and Far Away" were mixed in Studio A – as was "D'yer Mak’er," which blended reggae with hard rock, and both foreshadowed the growing popularity of reggae as its own movement, and hints towards the new explorative writing styles the group would integrate in their later albums.
In early 1975 - after tracking sessions for the monumental double LP Physical Graffiti had finished in England - the band decided to include the already completed track "Houses of the Holy,” – mixed at Electric Lady in 1972 during sessions for the aforementioned album of the same name.
Finally, Zeppelin compiled the audio and video from their 1973 Madison Square Garden shows into, The Song Remains the Same – mixed entirely at New York’s, Electric Lady Studios - and London’s, Trident Studios over three years.
During the early 1970’s, Stevie Wonder recorded three consecutive albums inside Electric Lady’s, Studio A.
In 1971, Stevie recorded Music of My Mind, which some say marked the beginning of his “classic period,” and showcased his growth as an artist - displaying more artistic control and musical ambition than that of his earlier works. Unlike most Motown recordings at the time, Music of my Mind was a full-length artistic statement with songs flowing together thematically.
The album marked the beginning of a long collaboration with producers Robert Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil, known as "TONTO's Expanding Head Band" – and recognized for their unique combination of synthesizers. By helping Wonder develop new textures and sounds never heard before, Margouleff and Cecil played a major role in bringing synthesizers to the forefront of popular music.
Stevie would return to record his most critically acclaimed albums to date in 1972 entitled Talking Book - well known for songs such as "Superstition" and "You are the Sunshine of my Life” – and again in 1973 for his landmark LP, Fulfillingness’ First Finale.