Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Corridors Of Sound - 2. Episode 2

CORRIDORS OF SOUND - 2. EPISODE 2 (320kbs-m4a/126mb/55mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 5th October 2017


Cerys Matthews takes a historical tour of sound through the BBC's Maida Vale Studios, one of the music industry's best-loved buildings.

Maida Vale has been a launch pad to stardom for young aspiring musicians and actors.

Lead a musician along the main corridor of Maida Vale studios for the first time and you can almost feel the excitement and trepidation bubbling up inside them; the recognition of the great sounds that have been created inside the studios weighing heavily on their shoulders. Arguably more artists have walked through Maida Vale's Art Deco front door than even the legendary Abbey Road.

Cerys meets the history makers past and present. As well as encountering soon-to-be-famous performers, she bumps into regular visitors of the studio Johnny Marr, Rick Wakeman and Jools Holland. She introduces the talented people who help make the dreams come true - the sound engineers. These unsung heroes, not only mix the session, but have been known on occasion to give the odd band member a quick singing lesson or an emergency guide to tuning guitars.

As Cerys wanders around this well loved but ramshackle building, she immerses herself in a typical day at Maida Vale. In Studio 1, home of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, she meets the people who've played a key role in the orchestra's history before finding out what really happened in the legendary Radiophonic Workshop.

Just along the corridor is Studio 4, most famous for its rock sessions. Here Cerys reminisces about the sessions that helped change her fortunes, meets a new band that are at MV for the first time and talks to the engineers and producers that make it all happen.

First broadcast on Radio 2 to mark the 75th anniversary of Maida Vale Studios and repeated to complement 6 Music Live.

The Specials - Too Much Too Young
Nanci Griffith - Love Wore A Halo (Back Before The War)
Aswad - Love As It's Way
Robbie Williams - Come Undone
Billy Bragg - Valentine's Day Is Over
David Bowie - Suffragette City [EMI]
The White Stripes - I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
Beyoncé - Crazy In Love
The Beat - Rankin Full Stop
The Police - Next To You
Siouxsie And The Banshees - Love In A Void
Marianne Faithfull - As Tears Go By [Island]
Pink Floyd - Cymbaline
Jimi Hendrix - Stone Free [MCA]
Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames - Yeh Yeh [Spectrum]
Queen - We Will Rock You
Queen - Spread Your Wings
Queen - It's Late
Queen - Meloncholy Blues
Thin Lizzy - The Warrior
Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
Internet Forever - Cover The Walls
The Slits - In The Beginning
The Slits - Difficult Fun
Coldplay - Yellow
Elbow - Grounds For Divorce
Kings Of Leon - Four Kicks [Hand Me Down]
Voodoo Queens - Chocolate Eyes
Voodoo Queens - Shopping Girl Maniac
Simple Minds - Promised You A Miracle
The Smiths - What Difference Does It Make [WEA]
The Smiths - This Charming Man [Rough Trade]
The Smiths - Still Ill [Rough Trade]
The Smiths - You've Got Everything Now [Sire]
Alvar Lidell - Pearl Harbour [BBC]
Robinson Family Episode - Front Line Family
BBC Symphony Orchestra - Greeting Prelude
The Beatles - Soldier Of Love
Harry Connick Jr And His Big Band - Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
K Cobain/Nirvana - Polly
R.E.M. - Losing My Religion

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