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Brian Wilson's home studio

For the recording studio established by the Beach Boys in 1974, see Brother Studios.
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Dennis, Brian and Carl Wilson with Mike Love at the recording studio in the late 1960s

Brian Wilson's home studio was a private recording studio located at 10452 Bellagio Rd, Los Angeles, California from 1967–1972. It was the central locale for what would later be deemed his "Bedroom Tapes".


Recording capabilities at Brian Wilson's Los Angeles residence were made possible by the The Beach Boys and Stephen Desper in the midst of recording Smiley Smile in mid-1967. For the first few months of operation, the makeshift studio was installed with a Gates Dualux radio broadcasting console as the quick recording of Smiley Smile didn't allow enough time to acquire a conventional mixing board.[1] By the recording of Friends in early 1968, the studio continued to utilise the Dualux console yet the rest of the chauffeur's quarters had been converted to feature a more permanent set-up. In October 1969 the console was upgraded to a 16-track recorder with quadraphonic capability. From 1967 until its dismantling in late-1972 by Marilyn Wilson,[2] the studio recorded a mix of artists with personnel ties to the Beach Boys including American Spring, The Flames, Stephen Kalinich and Charles Manson.[3]

Sessions at Brian's home studio

Session dates Artist Release
Mid-1967 The Beach Boys Smiley Smile[4]
Late-1967 The Beach Boys Wild Honey[4]
Early-1968 The Beach Boys Friends[4]
Mid-1968 Charles Manson Untitled (unreleased)[4]
1969/1970 The Beach Boys Sunflower[4]
1970/1971 The Beach Boys Surf's Up[4]
Late-1971 Dennis Wilson Poops/Hubba Hubba (unreleased)[4]
1971/1972 American Spring Spring[4]
1971/1972 The Beach Boys Carl and the Passions – "So Tough"[4]

See also


  1. ^ Preiss, Byron (1983). The Beach Boys. New York: St Martins Pr. ISBN 0-312-07026-8. 
  2. ^ CREEM, October 1976, Page 30
  3. ^ Charles Manson, Simon Wells, 2009, Hachette UK. ISBN 9780340977019
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Doe, Andrew G. (2012). "GIGS". Retrieved October 26, 2012. 

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