, near Monmouth
and just outside the village of Rockfield
are where many of British rock music’s most successful recordings have been made.
The studios were founded by brothers Kingsley and Charles Ward in 1963, by converting an existing farmhouse.Jeff Collins, Rock Legends At Rockfield
, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7083-2097-6 In 1965, they became the world's first-ever residential studio, set up so that bands could come and stay in the peaceful rural surroundings to record. They have two studios, the Coach House and the Quadrangle.
The first big hit recorded in the studios was Dave Edmunds
' "I Hear You Knocking
" in 1970. Following that success, the studios were used in the early 1970s to record seven albums by Budgie
, several by Hawkwind
, Peter Hammill
's second solo album Chameleon in the Shadow of the Night
in 1973, Ace
's hit single "How Long?
" in 1974, and Queen
's album Sheer Heart Attack
. In August 1975, Queen returned to Rockfield to begin recording the album A Night At The Opera
, including "Bohemian Rhapsody
made their first recordings at the studios in 1975 and were, briefly, signed to the Rockfield record label.
During a 12-month period in 1996-97, Rockfield sessions resulted in five UK Number One albums, by Oasis
, Black Grape
, The Charlatans
and the Boo Radleys