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When the restrictions of using conventional studios got too much in 1968, Mick Jagger’s new country house at Stargroves became the setting for recording sessions which needed equipment to be transported to do the work. From this developed the idea of a portable recording facility - a control room in a van, basically. And so was born their mobile truck.
It quickly caught on and was used by The Who, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple and The Faces among others. Through the 70s, Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main Street were recorded on originally 20 microphones and 8 tracks that were soon upgraded to sixteen.
Always experimental and versatile, it went to the former USSR to record a 72-piece orchestra and to Greece to capture Nana Mouskouri’s return concert.
In the late 80s Bill Wyman set up the AIMS (Ambition Invention Motivation Success) project to give young bands a chance to get their work down.
In 1996 it was bought and taken to New York by Loho Studios and put to use in the underground scene, producing most noticeably Patti Smith and the Ramones work.