The Studio One Project: Great Music From Doraville Georgia

Believe it or not, this nondescript building once housed one of the most influential recording studios in the history of music: This nondescript building once housed Studio One, one of the most significant recording studios in the history of Rock Music

Yep, that's right. This totally anonymous building was once the home of Studio One, where the history of music was changed for the better. It's a warehouse now but back in the 70's and 80's bands like The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Elf, 38 Special, Journey, Joe South and Lynyrd Skynyrd used Studio One to record their music, with many of the songs becoming mega-hits that changed the path of music in the 1970's and 1980's.

I became aware of Studio One when I got back into Vinyl Records last year. I picked up a good quality used copy of "Champagne Jam" by the Atlanta Rhythm Section and as I was researching it on Discogs to see which pressing I had I came across the note that it was recorded at "Studio One, Doraville". Well, that immediately piqued my attention since Doraville is about a 3 minute drive from our house.

As I dug a little deeper I discovered that Studio One was responsible for some of the most iconic recordings in music history, especially in the genre of "southern rock", which I enjoy. Studio One was designed by audio engineer Rodney Mills, with the support of music publisher Bill Lowery and future Atlanta Rhythm Section manager Buddy Buie. After researching the history of the studio and seeing some of the records that were recorded there I decided to use Studio One as a "project" to collect all of the records (in vinyl of course) that were recorded there.

Studio One

As far as I can tell at this point there were 51 records that came from Studio One (not including compilations, etc.).  There might be others and if I find more I will add them to the list.

The Plan

My plan is to acquire and review each (or as many as I can) of the records in as close to chronological order as possible. I will try to get original release copies and avoid purchasing any reissues/remasters, etc. Of course, I will be purchasing the vinyl version :-) and I will try to get as good a copy as I can of each album as long as the cost is within a reasonable amount and doesn't force me to eat Spam for a year!

The List

Here's the list of albums that were recorded at Studio One. The list is a combination of information from wikipedia and Discogs and is in chronological order from oldest to newest. I also have columns for whether the album is in my collection, the price I paid for the album and for the link to the post with any review I do of the album.

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Off And Running

As you saw in the table, I do own a few of the albums already and I am expecting delivery of two (I think the 1st two) albums recorded at Studio One. So, stay tuned for a post relatively soon with an update and a review of "Music To Eat" by the Hampton Grease band.

This is going to be fun!!!