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Trident Studios

Updated: Oct 31, 2021

Artists were drawn to Trident Studios, at 17 St. Anne's Court in Soho, because of its relaxed vibe and the ability to be creative while surrounded by the latest technology of the time. 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 Studios still only used four track at that time, Trident's Ampex eight track machine drew The Beatles to record their single 'Hey Jude' here on July 31, 1968. John Lennon and Yoko Ono would later return with the Plastic Ono Band to record 'Cold Turkey' with Eric Clapton on lead guitar.

So much other amazing music came out of here as well. Some well known albums and singles recorded here include: The Beatles 'White Album' (although most of it was recorded at Abbey Road), George Harrison's triple album 'All Things Must Pass', Elton John's 'Candle In The Wind' and David Bowie's 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust'.

A list of artists that recorded here include: The Bee Gees, Carly Simon, Frank Zappa, Genesis, James Taylor, Joe Cocker, Kiss, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy, Tina Turner, T-Rex, Yes and John Entwistle.

By 1972 Trident was developing their own talent including a raw and demanding four piece band called Smile. Seeing the potential of this new band, Trident and the band decided to rename the group Queen. Fast forward three albums and hit singles and a relationship that had grown hostile. So hostile, in fact, the band and Trident ended in an acrimonious split causing Freddy Mercury to famously dedicate a song to owner, Norman Sheffield, called 'Death On Two Legs'.


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