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Rolling Stones’ Mobile Recording Studio to Be Revamped

February 1, 2013 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

The Rolling Stones’ former mobile recording studio is set to be restored. The Calgary Sun reports that the studio, which was built in 1968 so that the band could record at Mick Jagger’s country home of Stargroves, will be restored by the National Music Centre in Canada. The NMC bought the studio in 2000 but has kept it in storage until now.

Electronics technician John Leimseider, who will oversee the revamping, said to the Sun, “It’s spectacular. Some of the most important albums of our musical lives were done on that. This is a piece of major history that has to be protected to death, so my plan is a very conservative restoration. There are people who will take consoles and rewire everything — we’re not changing anything, and the plan is to clean it up and make it work perfectly.”

The mobile studio, which was used to record the Stones’ Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main Street, also saw the recording of Led Zeppelin’s III, IV, Houses Of The Holy and Physical Graffiti. Bob Marley recorded “No Woman No Cry” there as well.

NMC spokesperson Naomi Grattan added, “It will be a component of our new building. We’ll have it parked by the King Edward Hotel stage, and our hope is that it will be available for use on new recordings.”

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