Compass Point Studios

Compass Point Studios

Profile:
Recording studio originally based in Nassau, Bahamas, founded in 1977 by Chris Blackwell and directed by Alex Sadkin.

Thanks to its relaxed (but professional) tropical setting and its group of session musician, like Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Uziah "Sticky" Thompson, Wally Badarou and Barry Reynolds among many others, it quickly became one of the most requested studios of the 80's. After Sadkin's death in 1987, the studio experienced a period of decline. At the end of 1992, on Blackwell's commission, the studios were completely restructured by Terry Manning, who also took over the management. Since then on they operated again at full capacity and with increasing success until 2010.

In September 2010, the studios announced the closure of the business. On the official website of the studio a permanent note reads that following "socio-political" incidents in or near the studios, Blackwell and Manning consider "untenable to continue doing public business in The Bahamas". The site also specifies that “anyone operating forthwith in or near the old Nassau studio building,
or claiming to be any part of Compass Point Studios [...] are using that trademarked name inappropriately." Since then, the studio staff has continued their work in another location.

Name variations on some releases:
· Compass Point
· Compass Point Studio
· Compasspoint Studios
· Compus Point Studios
· Compass Point, Nassau
Contact Info:
Compass Beach
Nassau, Bahamas
(Obsolete)

Email to [email protected]
Sites:

Label

Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
1A 062-63 774 The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue The Rolling Stones Emotional Rescue (Album) 1A 062-63 774 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
1A 064-07724 Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind Iron Maiden Piece Of Mind (Album) 1A 064-07724 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
1A 064-64743 Smokie - Strangers In Paradise Smokie Strangers In Paradise (Album) 1A 064-64743 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
1A 264-07724 Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind Iron Maiden Piece Of Mind (Album) 1A 264-07724 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
1A 064-1654361 Rolling Stones* - Undercover Rolling Stones* Undercover (Album) 1A 064-1654361 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
1C 064-63 774 The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue The Rolling Stones Emotional Rescue (Album) 1C 064-63 774 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
1C 064-64 533 Rolling Stones* - Tattoo You Rolling Stones* Tattoo You(LP, Album) Rolling Stones Records, Rolling Stones Records, Rolling Stones Records, EMI Electrola, EMI Electrola, EMI Electrola 1C 064-64 533 Europe 1981 Sell This Version
1C 064 24 0200 1 Iron Maiden - Powerslave Iron Maiden Powerslave (Album) 1C 064 24 0200 1 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
1C 064 24 0200 4 Iron Maiden - Powerslave Iron Maiden Powerslave(Cass, Album, XDR) EMI, EMI 1C 064 24 0200 4 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
1C 064 - 24 0403 1 April Wine - Walking Through Fire April Wine Walking Through Fire(LP, Album) Capitol Records, Aquarius Records (3) 1C 064 - 24 0403 1 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
1C 064-400 087 Moon Martin - Mystery Ticket Moon Martin Mystery Ticket(LP, Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records 1C 064-400 087 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
1C 262 24 0597 4 Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time Iron Maiden Somewhere In Time (Album) 1C 262 24 0597 4 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
1C 264 24 0200 4 Iron Maiden - Powerslave Iron Maiden Powerslave (Album) 1C 264 24 0200 4 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
1C 064 1654361 The Rolling Stones - Undercover The Rolling Stones Undercover(LP, Album) Rolling Stones Records 1C 064 1654361 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
1R1 7603 AC/DC - Flick Of The Switch AC/DC Flick Of The Switch(Reel, 4tr Stereo, Album, Club) Atlantic 1R1 7603 US 1983 Sell This Version
2C 068 61450 Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings And Food Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings And Food (Album) 2C 068 61450 France 1978 Sell This Version
2C 070-07724 Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind Iron Maiden Piece Of Mind (Album) 2C 070-07724 France 1983 Sell This Version
2C 070 63774 The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue The Rolling Stones Emotional Rescue (Album) 2C 070 63774 France 1980 Sell This Version
2C 070-64145 Talking Heads - Remain In Light Talking Heads Remain In Light (Album) 2C 070-64145 France 1980 Sell This Version
2 C 266-64533 The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You The Rolling Stones Tattoo You(Cass, Album) Rolling Stones Records 2 C 266-64533 France 1981 Sell This Version
2C 068-400087 Moon Martin - Mystery Ticket Moon Martin Mystery Ticket(LP, Album) Capitol Records 2C 068-400087 France 1982 Sell This Version
3C 064-07724 Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind Iron Maiden Piece Of Mind (Album) 3C 064-07724 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
3C 064-63774 The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue The Rolling Stones Emotional Rescue(LP, Album) Rolling Stones Records 3C 064-63774 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
3 C 064-64 533 Rolling Stones* - Tattoo You Rolling Stones* Tattoo You (Album) 3 C 064-64 533 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
4AD0342CD Belly - Bees Belly Bees(CD, Comp) 4AD 4AD0342CD Europe 2021 Sell This Version
4XJ 12321 Iron Maiden - Powerslave Iron Maiden Powerslave (Album) 4XJ 12321 US 1984 Sell This Version
4XJ-12524 Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time Iron Maiden Somewhere In Time (Album) 4XJ-12524 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
4XJ-512524 Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time Iron Maiden Somewhere In Time (Album) 4XJ-512524 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
4XT 512274 Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind Iron Maiden Piece Of Mind(Cass, Album, Club) Capitol Records 4XT 512274 US 1983 Sell This Version
5B 204753 Grace Jones - Living My Life Grace Jones Living My Life(LP, Album) Island Records 5B 204753 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
5C 208287 The Long Ryders - Two Fisted Tales The Long Ryders Two Fisted Tales(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records 5C 208287 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
5C 210 358 Indochine - Le Baiser Indochine Le Baiser(LP, Album) Ariola, Ariola 5C 210 358 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
5DM 0184 Viktor Lazlo - Breathless Viktor Lazlo Breathless(7", Single) Polydor 5DM 0184 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
7 A1-81640 Julian Lennon - The Secret Value Of Daydreaming Julian Lennon The Secret Value Of Daydreaming(LP, Club, CRC) Atlantic 7 A1-81640 US 1986 Sell This Version
8T 4799 Nazareth (2) - Malice In Wonderland Nazareth (2) Malice In Wonderland(8-Trk, Album, Club) A&M Records 8T 4799 US 1980 Sell This Version
9 W1-23883 Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues(LP, Album, Club) Sire, Sire 9 W1-23883 US 1983 Sell This Version
9 W1-25598 Bryan Ferry - Bête Noire Bryan Ferry Bête Noire(LP, Album, Club) Reprise Records, Reprise Records, EG, EG 9 W1-25598 US 1987 Sell This Version
10C 068-07724 Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind Iron Maiden Piece Of Mind(LP, Album, RP, Gat) EMI, EMI 10C 068-07724 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
10C 068-007724 Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind Iron Maiden Piece Of Mind (Album) 10C 068-007724 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
10C 068-063.774Y The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue = Rescate Emocional The Rolling Stones Emotional Rescue = Rescate Emocional (Album) 10C 068-063.774Y Spain 1980 Sell This Version
10C 268-007.724 Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind Iron Maiden Piece Of Mind (Album) 10C 268-007.724 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
10C 268-063774 The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue = Rescate Emocional The Rolling Stones Emotional Rescue = Rescate Emocional(Cass, Album) Rolling Stones Records 10C 268-063774 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
12 IS 242 Robert Palmer - Discipline Of Love Robert Palmer Discipline Of Love(12", Dif) Island Records 12 IS 242 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 ISG 242 Robert Palmer - Discipline Of Love Robert Palmer Discipline Of Love(12", Gat) Island Records, Island Records 12 ISG 242 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12T-10127 Mikael Rickfors - Blue Fun / Turn To Me Mikael Rickfors Blue Fun / Turn To Me(12") Sonet 12T-10127 Sweden 1984 Sell This Version
14C 064-7724 Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind Iron Maiden Piece Of Mind (Album) 14C 064-7724 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
14C 062-62861 Robert Palmer - Secrets Robert Palmer Secrets(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records 14C 062-62861 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
14C 062-63015 The B-52's - The B-52's The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records 14C 062-63015 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
14C 062-63838 Grace Jones - Warm Leatherette Grace Jones Warm Leatherette(LP, Album) Island Records 14C 062-63838 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
14C 062 64026 Robert Palmer - Clues Robert Palmer Clues(LP, Album) Island Records, EMI 14C 062 64026 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
14C 062-64574 Grace Jones - Nightclubbing Grace Jones Nightclubbing (Album) 14C 062-64574 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
14C 062-64621 Tom Tom Club - Tom Tom Club Tom Tom Club Tom Tom Club(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records 14C 062-64621 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
14C 062-64622 Black Uhuru - Red Black Uhuru Red(LP, Album) Island Records 14C 062-64622 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
14C 062-64786 Robert Palmer - Maybe It's Live Robert Palmer Maybe It's Live(LP, Album) Island Records 14C 062-64786 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
14C 062-64853 Black Uhuru - Chill Out Black Uhuru Chill Out(LP, Album) Island Records 14C 062-64853 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
14C 062-64945 Sly Dunbar - Sly-Go-Ville Sly Dunbar Sly-Go-Ville(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records 14C 062-64945 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
14C 062-64946 Adrian Belew - Lone Rhino Adrian Belew Lone Rhino(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records, Island Records 14C 062-64946 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
14C 064-64533 Rolling Stones* - Tattoo You Rolling Stones* Tattoo You(LP, Album) Rolling Stones Records 14C 064-64533 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
14C 262 64998 Grace Jones - Living My Life Grace Jones Living My Life(Cass, Album) Island Records 14C 262 64998 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
18P2-2762 AC/DC - Flick Of The Switch AC/DC Flick Of The Switch (Album) 18P2-2762 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
20P2-2037 Eric Clapton - Money And Cigarettes Eric Clapton Money And Cigarettes(CD, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records, Duck Records (2) 20P2-2037 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
20P2-2433 AC/DC - Back In Black AC/DC Back In Black (Album) 20P2-2433 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
20S-70 The B-52's - The B-52's The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RP) Island Records, Polystar 20S-70 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
20S-72 Grace Jones - Warm Leatherette Grace Jones Warm Leatherette(LP, Album) Island Records, Polystar 20S-72 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
23DP 5578 The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue The Rolling Stones Emotional Rescue(CD, Album, RE) Rolling Stones Records, CBS/Sony 23DP 5578 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25RS-185 Thompson Twins - Quick Step & Side Kick Thompson Twins Quick Step & Side Kick(LP, Album) Arista 25RS-185 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25S-46 Grace Jones - Nightclubbing Grace Jones Nightclubbing(LP, Album) Island Records, Polystar 25S-46 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
25S-48 Adrian Belew - Lone Rhino Adrian Belew Lone Rhino(LP, Album) Island Records 25S-48 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
25S-53 Robert Palmer - Maybe It's Live Robert Palmer Maybe It's Live (Album) 25S-53 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
25S-122 Grace Jones - Living My Life Grace Jones Living My Life (Album) 25S-122 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
25S-128 Black Uhuru - Chill Out Black Uhuru Chill Out(LP, Album) Island Records, Polystar 25S-128 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
25S-140 Robert Palmer - Pride Robert Palmer Pride(LP, Album) Island Records, Polystar 25S-140 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25S-145 Black Uhuru - Red Black Uhuru Red(LP, Album) Island Records 25S-145 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
25S-147 The Paragons, Sly & Robbie - Sly & Robbie Meet The Paragons The Paragons, Sly & Robbie The Paragons, Sly & Robbie - Sly & Robbie Meet The Paragons(LP, Album) Island Records, Polystar 25S-147 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
25S-166 The B-52's - Whammy! The B-52's Whammy!(LP, Album, Promo) Island Records, Polystar 25S-166 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25S-191 Gwen Guthrie - Portrait Gwen Guthrie Portrait (Album) 25S-191 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25SI-214 Black Uhuru - The Dub Factor Black Uhuru The Dub Factor(LP, Album, Promo) Island Records 25SI-214 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25SI-215 Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse Gregory Isaacs Night Nurse (Album) 25SI-215 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25SI-283 Gwen Guthrie - Just For You Gwen Guthrie Just For You(LP, Album, Promo) Island Records 25SI-283 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25VB-1128 Bryan Ferry - Boys And Girls Bryan Ferry Boys And Girls(LP, Album, Promo) EG, Virgin 25VB-1128 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25VB-1130 Roxy Music - Avalon Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, RE) EG 25VB-1130 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28AH 1651 Kazuhiko Katoh* = 加藤和彦* - Papa Hemingway = パパ・ヘミングウェイ Kazuhiko Katoh* = 加藤和彦* Kazuhiko Katoh* = 加藤和彦* - Papa Hemingway = パパ・ヘミングウェイ(LP, Album, RE) CBS/Sony 28AH 1651 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
28AP 2975 Kool & The Gang - Emergency Kool & The Gang Emergency (Album) 28AP 2975 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
28AP 2996 Mick Jagger - She's The Boss Mick Jagger She's The Boss (Album) 28AP 2996 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
28MM0087 Ian Dury - Lord Upminster Ian Dury Lord Upminster (Album) 28MM0087 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
28MM 0172 Roxy Music - Avalon Roxy Music Avalon (Album) 28MM 0172 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
28MM-0430 Bryan Ferry - Boys And Girls Bryan Ferry Boys And Girls (Album) 28MM-0430 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
28PP-39 Gainsbourg* = セルジュ・ゲーンスブール* - Mauvaises Nouvelles Des Étoiles = 星からの悪い知らせ Gainsbourg* = セルジュ・ゲーンスブール* Gainsbourg* = セルジュ・ゲーンスブール* - Mauvaises Nouvelles Des Étoiles = 星からの悪い知らせ(LP, Album) Philips 28PP-39 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
28SI-243 Black Uhuru = ブラック・ウフル* With スライ・アンド・ロビー* - Anthem = 讃歌 Black Uhuru = ブラック・ウフル* With スライ・アンド・ロビー* Black Uhuru = ブラック・ウフル* With スライ・アンド・ロビー* - Anthem = 讃歌 (Album) 28SI-243 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
30 ARS 39161 Thompson Twins - Quick Step & Side Kick Thompson Twins Quick Step & Side Kick(Cass, Album, S/Edition) Arista 30 ARS 39161 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
30 ARS 39186 Thompson Twins - Into The Gap Thompson Twins Into The Gap(Cass, Album) Arista 30 ARS 39186 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
31C 064 64533 Rolling Stones* - Tattoo You Rolling Stones* Tattoo You(LP, Album) Rolling Stones Records 31C 064 64533 Brazil 1981 Sell This Version
31C 066 65436 Rolling Stones* - Undercover Rolling Stones* Undercover(LP, Album) Rolling Stones Records 31C 066 65436 Brazil 1983 Sell This Version
31C 064 240200 Iron Maiden - Powerslave Iron Maiden Powerslave (Album) 31C 064 240200 Brazil 1984 Sell This Version
31C 064 240597 Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time Iron Maiden Somewhere In Time (Album) 31C 064 240597 Brazil 1986 Sell This Version
32DP 611 The Rolling Stones = ローリング・ストーンズ* - Tattoo You = 刺青の男 The Rolling Stones = ローリング・ストーンズ* The Rolling Stones = ローリング・ストーンズ* - Tattoo You = 刺青の男(CD, Album, RE) Rolling Stones Records 32DP 611 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32RD-37 Thompson Twins - Quick Step & Side Kick Thompson Twins Quick Step & Side Kick(CD, Album, RE) Arista 32RD-37 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
32VD-1049 Bryan Ferry - Boys And Girls Bryan Ferry Boys And Girls(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, EG 32VD-1049 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32XD-489 Eric Clapton - Money And Cigarettes Eric Clapton Money And Cigarettes(CD, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records, Duck Records (2) 32XD-489 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
33C 062-63774 The Rolling Stones - Rescate Emocional The Rolling Stones Rescate Emocional(LP, Album) Rolling Stones Records, Rolling Stones Records 33C 062-63774 Mexico 1981 Sell This Version

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Saborcaracter

Saborcaracter

January 14, 2022
I wonder what those socio-economic events on the Bahamas were that forced them to close the studio down. I mean, you never hear anything about stuff like that on the Bahamas, or did I just miss something? Anyone who knows more?