Portland Studios

Portland Studios

Profile:
British recording studios and mastering room, based in London, UK.
Name variations: "Portland Recording Studio", "Portland Recording Studios". Use the parent "Portland Recording Studios Ltd." for acetates stating this on their vinyl labels.

In July 1978, Chas Chandler, bassist of group The Animals and later music businessman, bought the I.B.C. Studios and renamed it Portland Recording Studios – after its street address. I.B.C. (International Broadcasting Company) was an independent and commercial radio broadcaster, and the studios in 35 Portland Place were set up in the 1950s to originally record radio broadcasts, but soon became a recording studio, hired by bands and labels.

After running it for four years, in 1983 Chandler sold it to the controversial music impresario Don Arden (father of Sharon Osbourne, and father-in-law of Ozzy Osbourne), installing son David Arden (3) as manager.

The studios were very outdated by this time, and much of the income being generated was by another company who ran half the facility known as RadioTracks, and by well known mastering/cutting engineer George Peckham (aka "Porky" of "Porky Prime Cuts") whose cutting rooms were at the back of the building on the ground floor. Arden had acquired shares in RadioTracks through buying out Chandler, without the knowledge of the other directors.

Following various unrelated legal battles with which both Don Arden and son David Arden were involved in at the time, taking their attention and funds away from the core business operations (running the studio and the labels Jet Records, Barn Records Ltd, amongst others), the Portland Recording Studios fell into large arrears with its freeholder and owner of the building, the Prudential, who eventually forced eviction of Arden's business interests from the premises.

The studio thus closed circa 1985, soon afterwards being sold and converted into offices.
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Contact Info:
(defunct)
Portland Recording Studios Ltd.
35 Portland Place
London W1N 3AG
UK

tel: +44 (0)1-637 2111
tx: 25929
Sites:
[l279505]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1A 062-82790 Singles Going Steady  album cover Buzzcocks Singles Going Steady(LP, Comp) United Artists Records 1A 062-82790 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
1C 064 - 63 280 Mr. Universe  album cover Gillan Mr. Universe(LP, Album) Acrobat Records 1C 064 - 63 280 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
1C 064-82 745 A Different Kind Of Tension  album cover Buzzcocks A Different Kind Of Tension(LP, Album) United Artists Records, EMI Electrola 1C 064-82 745 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
2C 068 82745 A Different Kind Of Tension  album cover Buzzcocks A Different Kind Of Tension(LP, Album) United Artists Records 2C 068 82745 France 1979 Sell This Version
2S 068 82745 A Different Kind Of Tension  album cover Buzzcocks A Different Kind Of Tension(LP, Album) United Artists Records, United Artists Records 2S 068 82745 France 1979 Sell This Version
205 596 The Crackdown  album cover Cabaret Voltaire The Crackdown (Album) 205 596 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
547406-2 Rogues Gallery  album cover Slade Rogues Gallery(CD, Album, RE) Polydor 547406-2 UK 1999 Sell This Version
547407-2 Till Deaf Do Us Part  album cover Slade Till Deaf Do Us Part(CD, Album, RE) Polydor 547407-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
547411-2 The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome  album cover Slade The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome(CD, Album, RE) Polydor 547411-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
6.24 515 Mail Order Magic  album cover Roger Chapman And The Shortlist Roger Chapman And The Shortlist - Mail Order Magic (Album) 6.24 515 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
820 299-1 The Classic Touch  album cover Richard Clayderman With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Richard Clayderman With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - The Classic Touch(LP, Album + Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Delphine, Decca 820 299-1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
843 741-2 Mail Order Magic  album cover Roger Chapman Mail Order Magic(CD, Album, RE) Polydor 843 741-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
849179-2 Slade Alive Vol Two  album cover Slade Slade Alive Vol Two (Album) 849179-2 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
2320134 Mrtva Priroda  album cover Riblja Čorba Mrtva Priroda(LP, Album) PGP RTB 2320134 Yugoslavia 1981 Sell This Version
2669 060 Slade Alive!  album cover Slade Slade Alive!(LP, Album, RE + LP, Album, RE + Comp) Polydor 2669 060 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
2925 118 Mail Order Magic  album cover Roger Chapman Mail Order Magic(LP, Album) Polydor 2925 118 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
6059 448 Tainted Love / Memorabilia  album cover Soft Cell Tainted Love / Memorabilia(7", Single) Vertigo 6059 448 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
6359 057 Polecats Are Go!  album cover Polecats* Polecats Are Go!(LP, Album) Mercury 6359 057 UK 1981 Sell This Version
257 100159 Marilyn Dreams  album cover B-Movie Marilyn Dreams(7", Promo) PolyGram, Some Bizzare 257 100159 France 1981 Sell This Version
302 225-320 The Crackdown  album cover Cabaret Voltaire The Crackdown(LP, Album + 12") Virgin, Virgin 302 225-320 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
74321 44303 2 Return To Base  album cover Slade Return To Base (Album) 74321 44303 2 1997 Sell This Version
ALCB 215/216/217 Box 2  album cover Cabaret Voltaire Box 2(Box, Comp + CD, EP, RE + CD, Album, RE + CD, Album) Mute ALCB 215/216/217 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
ARC-7163 The Eleventh Hour!  album cover Magnum (3) The Eleventh Hour!(CD, Album, RE, RM) Arcàngelo ARC-7163 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
ARIST 471 Me And The Boys / Queen Of Hearts (Live)  album cover Dave Edmunds Me And The Boys / Queen Of Hearts (Live)(7", Single) Arista ARIST 471 UK 1982 Sell This Version
ARIST 478 From Small Things, Big Things Come  album cover Dave Edmunds From Small Things, Big Things Come(7", Single) Arista ARIST 478 UK 1982 Sell This Version
ARIST 522 Slipping Away  album cover Dave Edmunds Slipping Away(7", Single) Arista ARIST 522 UK 1983 Sell This Version
ARIST 532 Information  album cover Dave Edmunds Information(7", Single) Arista ARIST 532 UK 1983 Sell This Version
ARIST 12522 Slipping Away  album cover Dave Edmunds Slipping Away(12") Arista, Arista ARIST 12522 UK 1983 Sell This Version
ARISTA 439 Warmed Over Kisses (Leftover Love)  album cover Dave Edmunds Warmed Over Kisses (Leftover Love)(7", Single, Blu) Arista, Arista ARISTA 439 UK 1982 Sell This Version
BURL 003 Room For Thought  album cover Dave Totterdell Room For Thought(LP, Album) Burlington BURL 003 UK 1979 Sell This Version
BURL 009 Erfrischungen  album cover Stender Band Erfrischungen(LP, Album) Burlington BURL 009 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
BURL 013 Rambling Robin  album cover Pete Castle Rambling Robin(LP) Burlington BURL 013 UK 1982 Sell This Version
BZS 2 Tainted Love  album cover Soft Cell Tainted Love (Single) BZS 2 UK 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 6 Bedsitter  album cover Soft Cell Bedsitter (Single) BZS 6 UK 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 13 Untitled  album cover Marc And The Mambas Untitled BZS 13 UK 1982 Sell This Version
BZS 212 Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go  album cover Soft Cell Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go(12", Single) Some Bizzare BZS 212 UK 1981 Sell This Version
BZS 212 Tainted Love / Memorabilia  album cover Soft Cell Tainted Love / Memorabilia (Single) BZS 212 UK 1981 Sell This Version
BZS5 12 Fun City / Sleaze (Take It, Shake It)  album cover Marc And The Mambas Fun City / Sleaze (Take It, Shake It)(12") Some Bizzare, Some Bizzare BZS5 12 UK 1982 Sell This Version
BZS 612 Bedsitter  album cover Soft Cell Bedsitter (Single) BZS 612 UK 1981 Sell This Version
CABS 4 CD Live At The YMCA 27.10.79  album cover Cabaret Voltaire Live At The YMCA 27.10.79 (Album) CABS 4 CD UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
CABS 9 CD 2X45  album cover Cabaret Voltaire 2X45(CD, Album, RE) Mute, Mute CABS 9 CD Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CAS 1152 Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album  album cover Monty Python Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album (Album) CAS 1152 UK 1980 Sell This Version
CB 374 我爱中国人  album cover Monty Python 我爱中国人(7") Charisma CB 374 UK 1980 Sell This Version
CHEAP 16 We'll Bring The House Down  album cover Slade We'll Bring The House Down(7", Single, Sol) Cheapskate Records CHEAP 16 UK 1981 Sell This Version
CHERRY 16 Kill The Poor  album cover Dead Kennedys Kill The Poor(7", Single) Cherry Red CHERRY 16 UK 1980 Sell This Version
CHR 1284 Live In Europe  album cover Leo Kottke Live In Europe(LP, Album) Chrysalis CHR 1284 UK 1980 Sell This Version
CHS TT3 The Prince  album cover Madness The Prince(7", Single, Sil) Two-Tone Records CHS TT3 UK 1979 Sell This Version
CHS TT7 Too Much Too Young  album cover The Special A.K.A.* Featuring Rico* The Special A.K.A.* Featuring Rico* - Too Much Too Young (EP, Single) CHS TT7 UK 1980 Sell This Version
CLACD 378 Rogues Gallery  album cover Slade Rogues Gallery(CD, Album, RE) Castle Communications PLC CLACD 378 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
CLACD 380 We'll Bring The House Down  album cover Slade We'll Bring The House Down(CD, Album) Castle Communications CLACD 380 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
CLACD 415 Till Deaf Do Us Part  album cover Slade Till Deaf Do Us Part(CD, Album) Castle Classics, Castle Classics CLACD 415 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CLACD 416 Rogues Gallery  album cover Slade Rogues Gallery(CD, Album, RE) Castle Classics, Castle Communications PLC, Castle Classics, Castle Communications PLC CLACD 416 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
CLACD 418 We'll Bring The House Down  album cover Slade We'll Bring The House Down(CD, Album) Castle Classics, Castle Classics CLACD 418 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CMQCD1232 The Eleventh Hour!  album cover Magnum (3) The Eleventh Hour! (Album) CMQCD1232 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
CNS001 The Potent Human E. P.  album cover Various The Potent Human E. P.(7", EP, Comp, Gre) L´Aventure CNS001 UK 1980 Sell This Version
COCO 1 Beach Boys  album cover The Escalators (3) Beach Boys(7") Rococo Records (4) COCO 1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
CV 1 The Crackdown  album cover Cabaret Voltaire The Crackdown (EP) CV 1 UK 1983 Sell This Version
D276D 3 Jenůfa  album cover Janáček* / Elisabeth Söderström, Wieslaw Ochman*, Peter Dvorský, Eva Randová, Lucia Popp, Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Charles Mackerras Janáček* / Elisabeth Söderström, Wieslaw Ochman*, Peter Dvorský, Eva Randová, Lucia Popp, Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Charles Mackerras - Jenůfa(3xLP + Box) Decca D276D 3 UK 1983 Sell This Version
DBLP 1307 George And Jackie Sing Just For You  album cover George* And Jackie* George* And Jackie* - George And Jackie Sing Just For You(LP, Album, Pur) Dance Beat DBLP 1307 UK Unknown Sell This Version
DID 711 Fiddler's Dram  album cover Fiddler's Dram Fiddler's Dram(LP) Dingle's Records DID 711 UK 1980 Sell This Version
DM 443 Marilyn Dreams  album cover B-Movie Marilyn Dreams(7", Single) Some Bizzare DM 443 UK 1981 Sell This Version
DMLP 403 Arise  album cover Honey Boy Arise(LP, Album) Diamond (5) DMLP 403 UK 1980 Sell This Version
DMX 437 Remembrance Day  album cover B-Movie Remembrance Day (Single) DMX 437 UK 1981 Sell This Version
DMX 443 Marilyn Dreams  album cover B-Movie Marilyn Dreams(12") Deram, Some Bizzare DMX 443 UK 1981 Sell This Version
DOM 33.1 Alone On Penguin Island  album cover Desmond Simmons Alone On Penguin Island(LP, Album) Dome Records (2) DOM 33.1 UK 1981 Sell This Version
DOME 1 Dome  album cover Dome Dome(LP, Album) Dome Records (2) DOME 1 UK 1980 Sell This Version
EAST 112 Mrtva Priroda  album cover Riblja Čorba Mrtva Priroda(CD, Album) East Records (5) EAST 112 Austria 1997 Sell This Version
ED 105 Beat & Ballads  album cover The Merseybeats Beat & Ballads(LP, Comp) Edsel Records, Edsel Records ED 105 UK 1982 Sell This Version
ED 106 How Does It Feel To Feel  album cover The Creation (2) How Does It Feel To Feel (Comp) ED 106 UK 1982 Sell This Version
ED 107 100 Oxford Street  album cover The Artwoods 100 Oxford Street (Comp) ED 107 UK 1983 Sell This Version
ED 110 Working  album cover The Mojos Working (Comp) ED 110 UK 1982 Sell This Version
ED 112 Whiter Shades Of R&B  album cover The Paramounts Whiter Shades Of R&B(LP, Comp) Edsel Records ED 112 UK 1983 Sell This Version
ED 113 Russ, Bob, Pete & Mod  album cover The Roulettes Russ, Bob, Pete & Mod(LP, Comp) Edsel Records ED 113 UK 1983 Sell This Version
ED 116M Roger The Engineer  album cover Yardbirds* Roger The Engineer(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Edsel Records ED 116M UK 1983 Sell This Version
ED CD 112 Whiter Shades Of R&B  album cover The Paramounts Whiter Shades Of R&B(CD, Comp) Edsel Records ED CD 112 UK 1991 Sell This Version
EMC 3312 Fast Product - The First Year Plan  album cover Various Fast Product - The First Year Plan(LP, Comp) EMI, Fast Product EMC 3312 UK 1979 Sell This Version
EMC 3346 Berlin Blondes Berlin Blondes(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) EMI EMC 3346 UK 1980 Sell This Version
EPC 84045 Un Par De Corazones  album cover Pecos Un Par De Corazones(LP, Album) Epic EPC 84045 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
EULP 1031 Erfrischungen  album cover Stender Band Erfrischungen(LP, Album) Eulenspiegel EULP 1031 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
EXPS 1 OK  album cover The Daleks OK(7", EP) Exterminated Products EXPS 1 UK 1980 Sell This Version
Fast 9a Earcom 1  album cover Various Earcom 1(LP, Comp) Fast Product Fast 9a UK 1979 Sell This Version
FC 023 A Different Kind Of Tension  album cover Buzzcocks A Different Kind Of Tension (Album) FC 023 France 1987 Sell This Version
FHR 107 The Running Kind  album cover The Rye Whiskey Road Band The Running Kind FHR 107 UK 1979 Sell This Version
FHR 113 Lancashire Fayre  album cover Lancashire Fayre Lancashire Fayre(LP) Folk Heritage FHR 113 UK 1980 Sell This Version
FIR 3782 Sweet Vibrations  album cover Frank Ifield Sweet Vibrations(LP) Fi Records (2) FIR 3782 UK 1980 Sell This Version
FMSS1 A Lambkin Has Commenced Bleating  album cover Nadka Karadjova* A Lambkin Has Commenced Bleating(7") F.M.S. Records FMSS1 UK & Europe 1982 Sell This Version
FORD 1 From The Blue Angel  album cover The Escorts (3) From The Blue Angel(LP, Comp) Edsel Records FORD 1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
FR 2003 8 Eyed Spy  album cover 8 Eyed Spy 8 Eyed Spy(LP, Album) Fetish Records FR 2003 UK 1981 Sell This Version
FRLP 9914 Job Lot  album cover Chas & Dave* Job Lot(LP, Album) Friends Records FRLP 9914 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
FSLP002 Love, Curiosity, Freckles & Doubt  album cover The Gadgets Love, Curiosity, Freckles & Doubt(LP, Album) Final Solution FSLP002 UK 1980 Sell This Version
FZ 40908 You Boyz Make Big Noize  album cover Slade You Boyz Make Big Noize(LP, Album) CBS Associated Records FZ 40908 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
GAB 12 I Don't Remember  album cover Peter Gabriel I Don't Remember(2x12", Single) Charisma, Charisma, Charisma GAB 12 UK 1983 Sell This Version
GET524 100 Oxford Street  album cover The Artwoods 100 Oxford Street(LP, Comp, RE, Gat) Get Back, Get Back GET524 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
GG01 The Missing Tracks  album cover Honeysuckle Dew The Missing Tracks(LP) Gee Up Records GG01 UK 1979 Sell This Version
GP 776 A Different Kind Of Tension  album cover Buzzcocks A Different Kind Of Tension(LP, Album, Promo) United Artists Records, United Artists Records, United Artists Records, United Artists Records GP 776 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
GS0010 Erfrischungen  album cover Stender Band Erfrischungen(CD) Grundsound GS0010 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
GW-104 A Tommy Collins Country Souvenir  album cover Tommy Collins A Tommy Collins Country Souvenir(LP, Album) GW Records (2) GW-104 UK 1980 Sell This Version
Ha Ha 6001 The Comic Strip  album cover The Comic Strip The Comic Strip(LP, Album) Springtime Records Ha Ha 6001 UK 1981 Sell This Version
HEAVY 4 Ambitions  album cover Dragster (4) Ambitions(7", Single) Heavy Metal Records HEAVY 4 UK 1981 Sell This Version
HMGS 10 Judy / Lucia  album cover Tony More* Judy / Lucia(7") Quango HMGS 10 UK 1980 Sell This Version