Freddie Piro

Freddie Piro

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Freddie Piro is a musical Producer & Engineer.

In the late 1960s, Freddie started up, Mama Jo's recording Studio. Mama Jo's (Named after his Mother) was one of the first independently owned and operated recording studios in North Hollywood, California.

Endowed with massive oak beams and copious velvet wall coverings, Mama Jo’s was one of the most beautiful recording studios around. Famed acoustician Vince Van Hoff was specifically hired to design the control room and it soon acquired a reputation for being a “tweaker” room; a place where artists, producers, and engineers who were really particular about sound quality wanted to work.

Many popular engineers and producers frequently use Mama Jo's, including Jack Joseph Puig, T Bone Burnett, Alan Parsons (who recorded the very first Alan Parsons Project sessions at the studio), Brown Bannister, Burt Bacharach, Larry Norman and many others.

Mama Jo’s was one of the top studios in Los Angeles for over two decades. When the original owners moved on, it was abandoned for a number of years. The studio fell into disrepair and in Nov '06 was saved from the bulldozer by producers and engineers David Bianco and Michael Belfer.

The pair decided to restore the studio to its former glory adding some modern touches in amenities and recording gear whilst still preserving the original studio’s aesthetic features and acoustics.In January 2007 the newly re fubished studios were unveiled under the new name Dave's Room.

Musicians and bands that have regularly recorded at the studio include Keith Green, Billy Joel, Pat Benatar, Amy Grant, Sam Phillips, Ambrosia, Ziggy Marley, George Michael, Love Song, Michael W. Smith, Margaret Becker, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Andraé Crouch and the Disciples, Blink 182, Chuck Girard, The Way, Smokey Robinson, Randy Stonehill, Sweet Comfort Band, Daniel Amos (for their first album) and others.

Since the early 90's Freddie has been the the owner of Ocean Studios Burbank. In 1997, Ocean Studios in Burbank, California purchased a Large Frame 80 Series NEVE console as the centerpiece for their already impressive control room. Studio owner Freddie Piro felt he already had all the elements necessary for his vision of a high-end vintage boutique tracking studio except for one thing - a large frame vintage NEVE console.

Freddie had been collecting vintage gear since the 70s, but
this one piece was particularly hard to find - especially in
good shape. After years of hunting the world over, an unmodified mint large frame NEVE loaded with 1081s turned up, which Freddie pounced on just ahead of many other disappointed suitors.
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Freddie Piro Discography

Instruments & Performance

PAC7-136 Trefethen* Do The Tattoo Trefethen* - Am I Stupid Or Am I Great?(LP, Album, Promo) Pacific Arts PAC7-136 US 1980 Sell This Version

Production

456 Shades Of Black Lightning* Shades Of Black Lightning* - Soul Love-In / Got Myself Together(7", Promo) Tower 456 US 1968 Sell This Version
NG 2002 Body And Soul (6) Body And Soul (6) - Body And Soul(LP, Album) National General Records NG 2002 US 1971 Sell This Version
NGR 009 Body And Soul (6) Body And Soul (6) - Things(7", Single, Promo) National General Records NGR 009 US 1971 Sell This Version
Ambrosia (2) Ambrosia (2) - Nice, Nice, Very Nice (Single) Philips 1975 Sell This Version
Ambrosia (2) Ambrosia (2) - Holdin' On To Yesterday (Single) 20th Century Records Australia 1975 Sell This Version
Ambrosia (2) Ambrosia (2) - Ambrosia (Album) 20th Century Records US 1975 Sell This Version
Ambrosia (2) Ambrosia (2) - Somewhere I've Never Travelled (Album) 20th Century Records Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
TC-2327 Ambrosia (2) Cowboy Star Ambrosia (2) - Magical Mystery Tour(7") 20th Century Records TC-2327 US 1976 Sell This Version
Ambrosia (2) Running Away Ambrosia (2) - Running Away / Magical Mystery Tour (Single) 20th Century Records Germany 1976 Sell This Version
Love Song Love Song - Feel The Love Myrrh US 1977 Sell This Version
Ambrosia (2) Ambrosia (2) - Life Beyond L.A. (Album) Warner Bros. Records Australia 1978 Sell This Version
Ambrosia (2) Ambrosia (2) - How Much I Feel (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1978 Sell This Version
Ambrosia (2) Ambrosia (2) - Life Beyond L.A. Warner Bros. Records US 1978 Sell This Version
Ambrosia (2) Ambrosia (2) - Holdin' On To Yesterday / How Much I Feel (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1978 Sell This Version
Ambrosia (2) Ambrosia (2) - If Heaven Could Find Me / Apothecary (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1978 Sell This Version
Ambrosia (2) Ambrosia (2) - Biggest Part Of Me (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1980 Sell This Version
Ambrosia (2) Ambrosia (2) - One Eighty (Album) Warner Bros. Records New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
WBS 49590 Ambrosia (2) Ambrosia (2) - No Big Deal(7", Single) Warner Bros. Records WBS 49590 US 1980 Sell This Version
Ambrosia (2) Ambrosia (2) - You're The Only Woman (You & I) (Single) Warner Bros. Records El Salvador 1980 Sell This Version
P-642W Ambrosia (2) Ambrosia (2) - Biggest Part Of Me / No Big Deal(7", Single) Warner Bros. Records P-642W Japan 1980 Sell This Version
CBS A 1768 Chi Coltrane Chi Coltrane - Blinded By Love(7", Single) CBS CBS A 1768 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
Chi Coltrane Chi Coltrane - Goin' Round (Single) CBS Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
CBS 85277, 85 277 Chi Coltrane Chi Coltrane - Silk & Steel(LP, Album) CBS, CBS CBS 85277, 85 277 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Becky Fender Becky Fender - I Give You Jesus (Album) Good News Records Canada 1984 Sell This Version