Friday, July 18, 2008

Capitol Records Loses In Fight Against Condos

From the Showbiz Spy website:
Bosses at the fabled Capitol Records building in Los
Angeles have lost their battle to prevent a developer from going ahead with a condominium project just across the street.

Capitol bigwigs feared the building work next to
their famous headquarters would wreck "echo chambers" created in the basement by guitar great Les Paul.

Artists like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin used the
fabled recording space and raved about the acoustics.

But city of Los Angeles officials have dismissed
the opposition, insisting the development can go ahead but those behind the planned condominium building must provide measures ensuring the recording studios are not damaged.

The developers have pledged to use equipment tailored to reducing noise and vibrations.
I do hope that it turns out the fears of Capitol Records are unwarranted. I would hate to think that the acoustics of this legendary studio, where musical greats like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and a host of others recorded such classic albums, would be damaged or ruined in any way. I've often imagined what it would be like to have been in that studio while Dino was there recording some tunes. If I had lived in that era, I would have taken a job sweeping the floors just to be there.



dino martin peters said...

hey pallie Keith, dude like I am withs you on this man...woulda loved to have done any ol' thin' to have been 'round our Dino when he did his fab recordin's...time will tell, but hope that these hallowed chambers are not violated...

Jeremy Richey said...

I wish they could just leave stuff alone. I really hope this doesn't damage this fabled studio in anyway.

The King Of Cool said...

DMP: I figured you agree with me. It would have been so awesome to have been in this studio when Dino was recording. Just imagine if he had invited you to join him for some drinks. I do hope that things will be fine with this studio

Jeremy: I agree with you. I wish they would leave things alone. They've already wiped out so much of the legendary places that guys like Dino worked and played at. I hate to think that this studio could be ruined in some way.

sushay said...

How all comes down to money in the end doesn't it? I'd like to know more about these studios. When we went to Boston on Friday, Alex got a Les Pauls guitar. Never seen such a big smile:)

The King Of Cool said...

Yeah, it does come down to money. I just hope it doesn't ruin the sound of this famed studio. So much great music has been recorded there. It's all about profit potential these days. People don't care about treasuring the past.