The Town House

The Town House

Profile:
The Town House (or Townhouse Studios) was a recording and mastering studio complex in West London, built by Richard Branson and Ian Cooper in late 1978 as part of the Virgin Studios Group (along with The Manor).
The Goldhawk building included 3 recording studios (studio 1, studio 2 and studio 4, the latter was built later) and 2 cutting rooms (equipped with Neumann VMS 80 Lathes, SX74 cutter heads and SAL74 Drive Amplifiers). In 1985 Townhouse added a VMS 82 for Direct Metal Mastering (DMM).

Lacquer cuts can be identified by "TOWNHOUSE" or "TOWN HOUSE" etched into the runout grooves.
DMM Masterings can be identified by "TOWNHOUSE DMM" or "TOWNHOUSE D.M.M." etched into the runout grooves.
Lacquer cuts for PRS Ltd. can be identified by ▽E TH (between February 1979 and ~1983), and by ▽420 H (between ~1983 and mid 1988).
Masterings for Lyntone Recording Ltd. can be identified by a trailing ITH or IT (please use Mastered At).

History:
July 1984: Opening of the recording studio Townhouse 3, located in Battersea.
1992: Acquired by EMI, after Branson sold Virgin Records.
2002: Taken over by the Sanctuary Group.
2006: Put up for sale and re-launched by Al Stone and Sanctuary
June 2007: Bought by Universal after a Sanctuary buy-out.
April 2008: Final closure.

Known cutting engineers:
Tony Cousins
Gordon Vicary
Kevin Metcalfe
Ian Cooper
Frank Arkwright
Tim Debney
Nick Watson
Doug Shearer

Also appears on releases as:
· Sanctuary Town House (2002 to 2008)
· The Town House Studios
· The Townhouse
· The Townhouse Cutting
· The TownHouse Digital Mastering Studios
· The Townhouse Studios
· Town House
· Town House Studio
· Townhouse
· Townhouse II
· Townhouse Studio
· Townhouse Studios
· Townhouse Studios, Terminal 24

The company can also be identified by a stylized THT etched into the runouts of a record, with the top of each T meeting the other above the H between them. In this case the record was cut by Tony Cousins (Town House Tony).

Not to be confused with the Japanese Town House Studio in Kyoto.
Sublabels
Contact Info:
(Obsolete)
The Town House
140 Goldhawk Road
London W12 8HH
UK
Tel: (081) 743 9313
Tel: (0181) 932 3200
Sites:
[l87246]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1A 006-21906 Embrujada  album cover Casal Embrujada(7", Single) EMI, Harvest 1A 006-21906 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
1A 006-83137 Don't Break My Heart Again  album cover Whitesnake Don't Break My Heart Again(7", Single) Liberty 1A 006-83137 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
1A 006 20 0566 7 Doppelganger Communication Breakdown(7", Single) Manhattan Records 1A 006 20 0566 7 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
1A 006-20 1647-7 The Great Pretender  album cover Freddie Mercury The Great Pretender(7", Single) Parlophone 1A 006-20 1647-7 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
1A 062-64203 Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music)  album cover Queen Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music)(LP, Album) EMI 1A 062-64203 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
1A 062-82635 Word Salad  album cover Fischer-Z Word Salad (Album) 1A 062-82635 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
1A 064-07652 Now You See Me, Now You Don't  album cover Cliff Richard Now You See Me, Now You Don't(LP, Album) EMI 1A 064-07652 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
1A 062-24 0531 1 A Kind Of Magic  album cover Queen A Kind Of Magic(LP, Album, Gat) EMI, EMI, EMI, EMI 1A 062-24 0531 1 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
1A 064-24 0531 1 A Kind Of Magic  album cover Queen A Kind Of Magic(LP, Album, DMM) EMI, EMI, EMI 1A 064-24 0531 1 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
1A 064 1192071 Yé-Yé  album cover T.C. Matic* Yé-Yé(LP, Album) EMI 1A 064 1192071 Benelux 1985 Sell This Version
1A 264 1192074 Yé Yé  album cover T.C. Matic* Yé Yé(Cass, Album) EMI 1A 264 1192074 Benelux 1985 Sell This Version
1C 066 Y7 48149 1 Carpendale  album cover Howard Carpendale Carpendale (Album) 1C 066 Y7 48149 1 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
1C 266 Y7 48149 4 Howard Carpendale Carpendale(Cass, Album) EMI 1C 266 Y7 48149 4 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
1C 006-1 47293 7 Laura Jane  album cover Carpendale* Laura Jane(7", Single) EMI Electrola 1C 006-1 47293 7 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
1C 006-20 0566 7 Communication Breakdown  album cover Doppelganger Communication Breakdown(7", Single) Manhattan Records 1C 006-20 0566 7 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
1C 006-32 3646 7 Well, Did You Evah!  album cover Deborah Harry & Iggy Pop Deborah Harry & Iggy Pop - Well, Did You Evah!(7", Single) Chrysalis 1C 006-32 3646 7 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
1C 064-62 277 Sound On Sound  album cover Bill Nelson's Red Noise* Sound On Sound(LP, Album) Harvest, EMI Electrola 1C 064-62 277 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
1C 064-64 203 Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music)  album cover Queen Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music)(LP, Album) EMI, EMI Electrola 1C 064-64 203 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
1C 064-64 589 The Dreaming  album cover Kate Bush The Dreaming (Album) 1C 064-64 589 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
1C 064-82 635 Word Salad  album cover Fischer-Z Word Salad (Album) 1C 064-82 635 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
1C 064-24 1070 1 Tyr  album cover Black Sabbath Tyr(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 1C 064-24 1070 1 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
1C 064-400 179 Any Trouble  album cover Any Trouble Any Trouble(LP, Album) EMI America 1C 064-400 179 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
1C 064 7 93924 1 MAD : BAD : And Dangerous To Know  album cover The Cross (3) MAD : BAD : And Dangerous To Know(LP, Album) EMI Electrola, EMI Electrola, EMI Electrola 1C 064 7 93924 1 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
1C 064-7 97624 1 Blue Rock  album cover The Cross (3) Blue Rock(LP, Album) Electrola 1C 064-7 97624 1 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
1C 564-7 97624 2 Blue Rock  album cover The Cross (3) Blue Rock (Album) 1C 564-7 97624 2 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
1C 064 1077871 Silver  album cover Cliff Richard Silver(LP, Album) EMI 1C 064 1077871 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
1C 080-7 93774 0 DMM Louis XIV  album cover Chroming Rose Louis XIV(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic, Rou) Harvest 1C 080-7 93774 0 DMM Germany 1990 Sell This Version
1C 264-7 80461 4 1 Broon Broon(Cass, Album) Harvest, Harvest, Harvest 1C 264-7 80461 4 1 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
1C 264-7976244 Blue Rock  album cover The Cross (3) Blue Rock(Cass, Album) Electrola 1C 264-7976244 France 1991 Sell This Version
1C 564-0777 7 80461 2 7 Broon  album cover Broon Broon(CD, Album) Harvest, Harvest, Harvest 1C 564-0777 7 80461 2 7 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
1CD 9066 The Ozzman Cometh  album cover Ozzy Osbourne The Ozzman Cometh (Comp) 1CD 9066 US 1997 Sell This Version
1R1 7405 Asia  album cover Asia (2) Asia(Reel, Album, Club) Geffen Records, Columbia House 1R1 7405 US 1982 Sell This Version
1S 409 Anti-Social  album cover Anthrax Anti-Social(7", Single) Island Records, Island Records, Megaforce Worldwide 1S 409 UK 1989 Sell This Version
*2 Feef Logic  album cover DJ Edge Feef Logic(12") Edge Records, Edge Records *2 UK 1992 Sell This Version
2C070-07652 Cliff Richard Now You See Me... ...Now You Don't(LP, Album) EMI 2C070-07652 France 1982 Sell This Version
2C 070-64589 The Dreaming  album cover Kate Bush The Dreaming(LP, Album) EMI 2C 070-64589 France 1982 Sell This Version
2GHS 4012 F Plays Live  album cover Peter Gabriel Plays Live (Album) 2GHS 4012 F US 1983 Sell This Version
2PSP-4876 Walk Under Ladders  album cover Joan Armatrading Walk Under Ladders(LP, Album) A&M Records 2PSP-4876 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
2S 068-82.635 Word Salad  album cover Fischer-Z Word Salad (Album) 2S 068-82.635 France 1979 Sell This Version
3C 064-62845 Life In A Day  album cover Simple Minds Life In A Day(LP, Album) Arista Records, Zoom Records 3C 064-62845 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
3C 064-64203 Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music)  album cover Queen Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music)(LP, Album) EMI 3C 064-64203 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
3GPROMO1 Be My Lover  album cover Unknown Artist Be My Lover(12", S/Sided, TP, W/Lbl) Not On Label 3GPROMO1 UK 2001 Sell This Version
4D-350 If I Should Fall From Grace With God  album cover The Pogues If I Should Fall From Grace With God(LP, Album) DRO 4D-350 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
4PRO-29194 Parklife  album cover Blur Parklife(Cass, Album, Promo) SBK Records, Food 4PRO-29194 UK 1994 Sell This Version
*005 Chase EP  album cover Force Mass Motion Chase EP (EP) *005 UK 1992 Sell This Version
5C 062-82635 Word Salad  album cover Fischer-Z Word Salad(LP, Album) United Artists Records 5C 062-82635 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
5D-351 If I Should Fall From Grace With God  album cover The Pogues If I Should Fall From Grace With God(Cass, Album) DRO 5D-351 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
5E-518 Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music)  album cover Queen Flash Gordon (Original Soundtrack Music) (Album) 5E-518 US 1980 Sell This Version
5E-521 Thief  album cover Tangerine Dream Thief(LP, Album, AR) Elektra 5E-521 US 1981 Sell This Version
*6 The Brotherhood Of Structure EP  album cover Various The Brotherhood Of Structure EP(12", EP) Edge Records, Edge Records *6 UK 1993 Sell This Version
007 Luftgitar  album cover Johnny Triumph & Sykurmolarnir* Johnny Triumph & Sykurmolarnir* - Luftgitar 007 Iceland 1987 Sell This Version
7 A1-81239 The Firm  album cover The Firm (7) The Firm (Album) 7 A1-81239 US 1985 Sell This Version
7ALM42 Saturday Sam  album cover Peter Bruntnell Saturday Sam(7") Almo Sounds 7ALM42 UK 1997 Sell This Version
7ALM49 Anything Goes  album cover Redwood Anything Goes(7", Single) Almo Sounds 7ALM49 UK 1998 Sell This Version
7ALMO25 I'm Not Built For This  album cover Nilon Bombers I'm Not Built For This(7", Single, Ltd, Pur) Almo Sounds 7ALMO25 UK 1996 Sell This Version
7 BONG 2 Get The Balance Right!  album cover Depeche Mode Get The Balance Right! (Single) 7 BONG 2 UK 1983 Sell This Version
7 BONG 3 Everything Counts  album cover Depeche Mode Everything Counts (Single) 7 BONG 3 UK 1983 Sell This Version
7 BONG 16 Everything Counts  album cover Depeche Mode Everything Counts(7", Single, TP) Mute 7 BONG 16 UK 1988 Sell This Version
7 BONG 16R Everything Counts (Live)  album cover Depeche Mode Everything Counts (Live)(7", Single, TP) Mute 7 BONG 16R UK 1988 Sell This Version
7CR 001 Noff Personality  album cover Smiley Culture And Instigators (2) Smiley Culture And Instigators (2) - Noff Personality(7", Single) Culture Records (3) 7CR 001 UK 1985 Sell This Version
7DEP4 UB40 Love Is All Is All Right(7", Single) DEP International 7DEP4 Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
7DEP5 So Here I Am  album cover UB40 So Here I Am(7", Single) DEP International 7DEP5 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7 MUTE 027 Mit Dir  album cover Robert Görl Mit Dir (Single) 7 MUTE 027 UK 1983 Sell This Version
7 prod 3 One Thousand Years  album cover Skin (2) One Thousand Years (Single) 7 prod 3 UK 1987 Sell This Version
7 tiny 1 Never Never  album cover The Assembly Never Never (Single) 7 tiny 1 UK 1983 Sell This Version
7tp10 Deus  album cover The Sugarcubes Deus (Single) 7tp10 UK 1988 Sell This Version
7tp11 Birthday  album cover The Sugarcubes Birthday (Single) 7tp11 UK 1988 Sell This Version
7 WAP 14 We Are Back / Nurture  album cover LFO We Are Back / Nurture(7") Warp Records 7 WAP 14 UK 1991 Sell This Version
7 YAZ 003 Nobody's Diary  album cover Yazoo Nobody's Diary (Single) 7 YAZ 003 UK 1983 Sell This Version
*008 The Chamber  album cover Catalyst (2) The Chamber(12") Rabbit City Records *008 UK 1993 Sell This Version
0008-2 Mouth Music Mouth Music(CD, Album) SBS (3) 0008-2 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
8W 8LP Give Love  album cover Various Give Love(LP, Comp) Eight Records 8W 8LP UK 1991 Sell This Version
*009 Psycosis EP  album cover Force Mass Motion Psycosis EP(12", EP) Rabbit City Records *009 UK 1993 Sell This Version
9 IS 903 Only  album cover Nine Inch Nails Only(9", Single, Ltd) Island Records, Interscope Records 9 IS 903 UK 2005 Sell This Version
*010 Lucky Strike (The Remixes)  album cover D.A.C. Robinson Lucky Strike (The Remixes)(12") Rabbit City Records *010 UK 1993 Sell This Version
10 Bong 16 Everything Counts  album cover Depeche Mode Everything Counts (Single) 10 Bong 16 UK 1989 Sell This Version
10C 004-021.906 Embrujada  album cover Casal Embrujada(7", Single) Harvest 10C 004-021.906 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
10 C 064-082914 New Clear Days  album cover The Vapors New Clear Days(LP, Album) Liberty 10 C 064-082914 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
10C 066-064.589 The Dreaming  album cover Kate Bush The Dreaming(LP, Album) EMI, EMI 10C 066-064.589 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
10C 066-083219 La Folie-La Locura  album cover The Stranglers La Folie-La Locura(LP, Album) Liberty 10C 066-083219 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
10EM523 Graceadelica EP1  album cover Dark Star (3) Graceadelica EP1(10", EP) EMI 10EM523 UK 1998 Sell This Version
10 IS 399 5 O'Clock World  album cover Julian Cope 5 O'Clock World(10", EP, Single) Island Records 10 IS 399 UK 1988 Sell This Version
10 SEC 21 Tannoy / Cars On Fire  album cover English Subtitles Tannoy / Cars On Fire(7", Single) Glass Records (2), Ten Seconds Too Late 10 SEC 21 UK 1981 Sell This Version
10SY6 Jungle  album cover Lee "Scratch" Perry* & The Dub Syndicate* Lee "Scratch" Perry* & The Dub Syndicate* - Jungle(10", Single) Syncopate (2), Syncopate (2) 10SY6 UK 1987 Sell This Version
10tp10 Deus  album cover The Sugarcubes Deus (Single) 10tp10 UK 1988 Sell This Version
11C 074 82635 Word Salad  album cover Fischer-Z Word Salad(LP, Album) Liberty, Liberty 11C 074 82635 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
12 ANA 11 Ignore The Machine  album cover Alien Sex Fiend Ignore The Machine(12", RE) Anagram Records 12 ANA 11 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 ANA 23 Dead And Buried  album cover Alien Sex Fiend Dead And Buried (Single) 12 ANA 23 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 ANA 33 Hurricane Fighter Plane  album cover Alien Sex Fiend Hurricane Fighter Plane(12", Single) Anagram Records, Plague Records 12 ANA 33 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 ANN 11 Songs From Our Underground (Part One)  album cover Courtney Pine Songs From Our Underground (Part One)(12") Antilles 12 ANN 11 UK 1990 Sell This Version
12AP 3186 One Hit (To The Body)  album cover The Rolling Stones One Hit (To The Body)(12", Maxi) Rolling Stones Records 12AP 3186 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
12 BONG 2 Get The Balance Right! (Combination Mix)  album cover Depeche Mode Get The Balance Right! (Combination Mix) (Single) 12 BONG 2 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12 BONG 3 Everything Counts (In Larger Amounts)  album cover Depeche Mode Everything Counts (In Larger Amounts) (Single) 12 BONG 3 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12 BONG 13 Strangelove  album cover Depeche Mode Strangelove(12", Single) Mute 12 BONG 13 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 Bong 16 Everything Counts, Nothing, Sacred, A Question Of Lust  album cover Depeche Mode Everything Counts, Nothing, Sacred, A Question Of Lust (Single) 12 Bong 16 UK 1989 Sell This Version
12 Bong 21 I Feel You  album cover Depeche Mode I Feel You (Single) 12 Bong 21 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
12 BONG 23 Condemnation (Paris Mix)  album cover Depeche Mode Condemnation (Paris Mix)(12", Single, W/Lbl) Mute 12 BONG 23 UK 1993 Sell This Version
12 BONG 24 In Your Room  album cover Depeche Mode In Your Room (Single) 12 BONG 24 UK Unknown Sell This Version
12 BRW 5 Somebody Else's Guy  album cover Jocelyn Brown Somebody Else's Guy(12", Single) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 5 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 BRW 78 Paid In Full (Seven Minutes Of Madness - The Coldcut Remix)  album cover Eric B. & Rakim Paid In Full (Seven Minutes Of Madness - The Coldcut Remix)(12") 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 78 UK 1987 Sell This Version