Power Station (recording studio)

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Power Station at BerkleeNYC, formerly known as Avatar Studios[1] is a recording studio at 441 West 53rd Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City.

History[edit]

The building was originally a Consolidated Edison power plant. In 1977, it was rebuilt as a recording studio by producer Tony Bongiovi and his partner Bob Walters and gained renown as one of the finest acoustic environments for recording in the world.[citation needed] It has won several studio industry awards over the years, including a Les Paul Award for Special Lifetime Achievement in 1991.[citation needed]

The complex was renamed Avatar Studios (under the Avatar Entertainment Corporation) in May 1996. In 2017, the studios were renamed back to Power Station, by special arrangement with BerkleeNYC.[1]

Musicians and bands[edit]

Major acts who have recorded there include the band Power Station which was named after the studio itself, Manu Katché, Walter Becker, The Kinks, Bob Dylan, Arctic Monkeys, Aerosmith, Baltimora, Counting Crows, The Clash, Kings of Leon, Marc Anthony, The B-52's, Tony Bennett, Michael Brecker, Devo, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Duran Duran, Dream Theater, Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, Billy Joel, Grayson Hugh, Throwing Muses, Serge Gainsbourg, The Strokes, The Cribs, Bryan Adams, Bernadette Peters, Rocket from the Crypt, Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett Trio, Neil Young, Jaco Pastorius, Harry Connick Jr., Iggy Pop, Madonna, Journey, Muse, George Michael, Betty Carter, Sum 41, John Mayer, Moby, Vanessa Williams, Blondie, Porcupine Tree, Chic, Michael Stanley, Joan Jett, David Bowie, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Rumble Strips, Trey Anastasio, Helix, Kathem Al-Saher, Gang Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Weather Report, and Roxy Music.[citation needed]

Sting's 2016 album 57th & 9th is named for the intersection he crossed every day to get to Avatar Studios where much of the album was recorded.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Power Station". Powerstation.nyc. Retrieved 16 July 2018.

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Coordinates: 40°45′59″N 73°59′22″W / 40.76639°N 73.98944°W / 40.76639; -73.98944