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Welcome to the official Distractions website. We will be aiming to record the history of one of the greatest, but least heralded, of all Manchester beat groups.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Revolution

As reported in the Manchester Evening News in June 2010, Revolution Studios in Cheadle Hulme, Manchester were up for sale.  The article name-checked local bands New Order, 808 State and Take That, as well as Iggy Pop and The Who, and claims the studios had been open 35 years [1].  The Revolution website has now been taken down but some content is still accessible.


Revolution Studios, Cheadle Hulme, Manchester. (c) www.revolutionstudio.co.uk.


Andy Macpherson owned and ran Revolution Studios from 1977.  The following is from their now defunct website:  

"Revolution has a team of professional, experienced engineers, producers and programmers that allow a seamless and easy journey from initial track laying to finished master.  The studios have two Eastlake designed control rooms and two large playing areas with various isolation booths.  It is also fully equipped for 5.1 mixing.  The extensive studio equipment list includes 3 Pro Tools HD rigs, Otari 2 24 or 16 trk analogue recorder and a 24trk digital Sony Dash recorder [2]."


Revolution Studios, Cheadle Hulme, Manchester. (c) www.revolutionstudio.co.uk.


"The studio has a large selection of valve and condenser microphones, vintage and modern outboard, and great selection of musical equipment such as a Bluthner/Haessler grand piano, 2 Hammond organs, Sonor Lite drum kit and stacks of amps.  All this ensures that artists can obtain the sounds they want and the recording to match.  Revolution also provides its own mastering service using industry standard SADiE and TC Electronic equipment.  CD duplication with on-board printing is also available [2]."


Revolution Studios, Cheadle Hulme, Manchester. (c) www.revolutionstudio.co.uk.


"Revolution has been host to many successful artists, including The Who, Doves, Johnny Marr, New Order, 808 State, Take That, Corey Hart, Eric Clapton to name but a few, for there are many more.  

Andy has worked with/for the following artists: Buzzcocks, The Who, De La Soul, Teenage Fanclub, Sad Café, Pete Townshend, Saxon, Deborah Harry, Roger Daltrey, Frank Black, Eric Clapton, Barclay James Harvest, Preacher Boy, Marilyn Martin, Jon Astley, Marius Muller, Jim Capaldi, Senseless Things, The Pasadinas, Knebworth Festivals, Corey Hart, Tanita Tikaram, Jackie Graham, Loz Netto and many more [2]."

What this potted history of one of Manchester's lesser known but significant studios doesn't tell us that it was here that one of Island Record's lesser known albums was recorded between 14/01/1980 and 6/2/1980... 

ILPS 9604: The Distractions - Nobody's Perfect



The Distractions were pictured on the final day of recording in Revolution Studios by Kevin Cummins, as seen on Getty Images.


Revolution Studios, Church Road, Cheadle Hulme. (c) placenorthwest.


1. http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/business/s/1279549_revolution_studios_pop_history_for_sale.
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20070608122723/http://www.revolutionstudio.co.uk/.



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