Odyssey Studios

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Odyssey Studios
Industry Music, Recording studio
Genre Various
Founded 1979
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Products Music

Odyssey Studios was a recording studio based near Marble Arch in London and opened in 1979. It was set up by Wayne Bickerton as an extension from State Records, the label he had set up with Tony Waddington and John Fruin in 1975. The studio closed in 1989 and the building was subsequently sold to Jazz FM.[1]

Albums recorded at Odyssey[edit]

Through the 1980s many artists recorded at Odyssey Studios, these included Cliff Richard, Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, George Michael, Spandau Ballet and Roger Daltrey.[1] Below is a list of some albums recorded either in part or entirely at Odyssey Studios.

Artist Title
Marvin Gaye In Our Lifetime
Roger Daltrey Under a Raging Moon
Fashion Twilight Of Idols
The Who Face Dances
Alison Moyet Alf
Philip Lynott The Philip Lynott Album

Set-up and equipment[edit]

Studio One in Odyssey was 1,400 square feet and had room for 50 musicians, which meant it could facilitate orchestral recordings and could be used for other activities such as video shoots. The control room had an SSL 6000 52 Channel Desk which offered up to 48-track recording. It was constructed on the "floating" principle to ensure total sound insulation.[2] Studio Two, which was a mixing suite - with capacity for 8 musicians - it had an SSL 6000 48 Channel Desk which offered up to 48 tracks of recording, or the capacity to mixdown. Upstairs there was a radio facility, which offered a studio and separate control room plus a lounge area.

Odyssey was one of the first studios to install a satellite link up, which effectively turned the studio into a miniature radio station, allowing the studio to broadcast any session live around the world.


  1. ^ a b "Tony Waddington". Tonywaddington.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  2. ^ "Odyssey Studios Tour". YouTube. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2012-12-04.