These Legendary Recording Studios Produced Some Of The Greatest Music Of All Time

What defines a great recording studio? Whether it’s a recording studio on wheels, or one in the basement of a German apartment building, or a recording studio in a major landmark, a crucial element is the kind of talent your studio attracts.

When you think Abbey Road, you think of The Beatles. Hitsville USA is synonymous with Motown. But what about the recording studios behind the amazing albums like Michael Jackson’s Thriller or Aerosmith’s Permanent Vacation? Take a trip down memory lane and crank it up to 11 with some of the most legendary recording studios in music history.

Surfin’ USA – Capitol Studios

Capital Records Tower - Capitol Studios inside
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Capitol Studios, owned and operated by the Capitol Music Group, is located in the landmark Capitol Records Tower in downtown Hollywood. Established in 1956 with four recording studios, Capitol Studios serves as the primary recording studios for the Capitol Records recording label.

The first artist to ever record at Capitol Studios was Frank Sinatra, who recorded his album Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems of Color. The 60s saw artists such as The Beach Boys, Nat King Cole, and Bobbie Gentry. Capitol Studios success has continued since then.