Rockfield Studios: A Legendary Recording Studio
Rockfield Studios is a legendary recording studio located in the rural countryside of Monmouthshire, Wales. It was founded in 1963 by brothers Kingsley and Charles Ward, who converted their family farmhouse into a recording studio. Over the years, the studio has hosted many artists and bands, including Queen, Black Sabbath, Oasis, Coldplay, Simple Minds, Robert Plant, Iggy Pop, and many others. Some of the most famous albums ever recorded at Rockfield Studios include Queen’s “A Night at the Opera“, Oasis’s “What’s the Story Morning Glory“, and Coldplay’s “Parachutes.” I took the photos below of the studios during a tour in 2022.
Rockfield Studios Has a Rich History With Many Renowned Artists
Rockfield Studios is famed for its relaxed and informal atmosphere, as well as its state-of-the-art recording equipment. The studio has several recording rooms, including a large live room with high ceilings and natural reverb. And several isolation booths for individual instruments and vocals.
In addition to its main recording facilities, the studio also has on-site accommodations for artists and their crews, including a farmhouse, cottages, and a barn. This setup allows artists to fully immerse themselves in the recording process and focus on creating their music without distractions.
Today, it continues to be a working recording destination for artists and bands who visit from all over the world. And its legacy as one of the most iconic recording studios in the UK and beyond remains strong.
Queen is one of history’s most iconic rock bands and used Rockfield Studios for some notable albums. One of the significant albums Queen recorded at Rockfield Studios is their fourth studio album, “A Night at the Opera,” released in 1975. This album featured the epic song “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which became one of their most well-known and beloved tracks.
The band also used Rockfield for the recording of their following album, “A Day at the Races,” released in 1976. These albums marked a pivotal point in Queen’s career and showcased their musical versatility and creativity.
The Manic Street Preachers
The Manic Street Preachers recorded their debut album, “Generation Terrorists“, at Rockfield Studios in 1992. The album was produced by Steve Brown and released in February of that year. It featured hit singles such as “Motorcycle Emptiness” and “You Love Us” and helped to establish the band as one of the most important and influential of the 1990s. By the way, the Manics are one of my favourite bands!
In addition to “Generation Terrorists,” the Manic Street Preachers have recorded several other albums (or select tracks) at the legendary studios, including “Everything Must Go” (1996), “This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours” (1998), and “Rewind The Film” (2013). The band has spoken highly of the studio, citing its relaxed atmosphere and natural surroundings as conducive to creativity and inspiration.
Another of my favourite bands, ‘The Cure’, went into Rockfield Studios in February 2019 to record 13 new songs. And again in September to record another 7 for their long-awaited new album, “Songs Of A Lost World.”
It is difficult to determine the number of bands that have recorded songs at this legendary recording studio because too many have recorded there over the decades.
Rockfield Studios: The Photos
I took the photos below of Rockfield Studios during a tour in 2022. In addition, I used Kodak Gold 200 35mm film for that nostalgic feel!
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