Trident Studios

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Trident Studios was a British recording facility, originally located at 17 St. Anne's Court in London's Soho district. It was constructed in 1967 by Norman Sheffield a drummer of former 1960's group The Hunters and his Brother Barry.

The first major hit recorded at Trident was "My Name's Jack" by Manfred Mann in March 1968, which launched its reputation. One of the many famous albums recorded at Trident was Lou Reed's Transformer, produced by David Bowie, who in turn recorded many albums there including The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust. Rick Wakeman was the in-house session keyboard player at the time and can be heard on many recordings, including the classics "Life on Mars?" and "Changes".

The Sheffield brothers' relaxed attitude to audio engineering and the studio's state-of-the-art recording equipment encouraged many artists to record there. In other studios, such as EMI/Abbey Road Studios, the engineers still did most things "by the book".

The Beatles and Apple Records

In mid 1968 Trident Studios were among the first in the UK to use Dolby noise reduction, and employ an eight-track reel to reel recording deck.

While Abbey Road still only used four-track, Trident's Ampex eight-track machine drew The Beatles on 31 July 1968 to record "Hey Jude." (Abbey Road had taken delivery of a 3M eight-track machine earlier in the year but declared it not yet suitable for use.) The White Album tracks "Dear Prudence",...
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