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Not one of the first thoughts when deciding the greatest studios, maybe, but conducive enough to creativity to record Procol Harum's classic A Whiter Shade Of Pale along with such artists as The Yardbirds, Jimi Hendrix, Graham Bond, Alexis Korner, Dusty Springfield (pictured above) and The Troggs.
Mick Jagger was very fond of it and chose to record six consecutive albums there between '66 and '72.
Established originally in central London where it enjoyed the world's first professional transistorised desk, it moved to Barnes in 1965/66. It was always popular with A&R people from Decca, EMI, Pye and Philips and London Weekend Television's music recordings were made there.
The Beatles chose it to cut Baby You're a Rich Man, while The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Small Faces and Traffic recorded and Queen made A Night at the Opera.
Olympia broke new ground with the original album version of the rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar in 1970, and other film scores including The Italian Job (1969), the movie version of Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975.
In the 1970s they created the ability to achieve instant acoustic change using wooden slats like a Venetian blind, to cover/reveal absorptive panels, so the studio could switch from orchestral to rock in a moment.
However, in the past 20 years, it has fallen apart, literally, with most of the invaluable archive material lost and it's no longer trading. One can only wonder why the UK so rarely treasures our musical heritage as other nations do.