On January the 30th 2009, Olympic Studios closed its doors for the last time.
For decades, EMI have been unable to tap into the merchandising market for Olympic in the same way they had with Abbey Road, due to legal problems concerning the use of the name “Olympic”.
Nevertheless, Olympic has up until now braved onwards, producing great music by the likes of Eric Clapton, The Who, David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, The Beatles, The Small Faces, King Crimson, Sammy Davis Jr., Paul McCartney, Björk, Roger Waters, INXS, Hawkwind and Queen amongst many others, winning numerous UK recording industry awards for “Best Studio” along the way.
In modern times this trend has continued, with Olympic being home to the last few generations of SSL large-format in-line mixing console.
To say goodbye, the last remaining staff of Olympic Studios got together in the final week of business to record a cover of The Rolling Stones classic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”.
Here’s their version of the song, and the video they made to go with it…
Goodbye Olympic, and thanks for all the wonderful memories! Best of luck, everyone!
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