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Brother Studios

For the recording studio at Brian Wilson's Bellagio residence, see Brian Wilson's home studio.
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The front of Brother Studios in the mid-1970s. The front door was not used for access, the back alleyway was the preferred entrance.

Brother Studios (later renamed Crimson Sound[1]) was the name of a recording studio located at 1454 5th St, Santa Monica, California established by Beach Boys Carl and Dennis Wilson.


Brother Studios was named after the Beach Boys' record label, Brother Records and officially opened for public use in May 1974. The studio was functional as early as January 1974 as certain high profile artists such as Elton John had begun using the facility.[2] Brother Studios served as the primary recording base of the Beach Boys until it was sold to engineer Hank Cicalo and jazz musician Tom Scott in 1978 who subsequently renamed it "Crimson Sound".[3]

Sessions at Brother Studios

Date(s) Artist Album
1974 Elton John Caribou[2]
1975 Elton John Blue Moves
1975 Jim Dutch (unreleased album)
1975–76 The Beach Boys 15 Big Ones
1976 The Quick Mondo Deco
1976 Ricci Martin Beached
1976 Helen Reddy Ear Candy
1976 Lisa Hartman Lisa Hartman
1975–77 Dennis Wilson Pacific Ocean Blue
1976–77 The Beach Boys Love You
1977 Crane Crane
1977–78 Dennis Wilson Bambu (unreleased)
1978 The Paley Brothers The Paley Brothers[4]
1978 Terry Reid Rogue Waves[5]
1979 Mink DeVille Le Chat Bleu[1]
1979 Tom Scott Street Beat[6]
1979 Ben Sidran The Cat and the Hat[7][8]
1979 Donna Summer/Barbra Streisand "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"[9]
1979 Nielsen/Pearson Nielsen/Pearson[10]

See also

Brian Wilson's home studio


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