Metropolis Marks 60th Anniversary of Seven-Inch Vinyls

By recording four Duke Special tracks live in Chiswick studios

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Chiswick’s Metropolis Studios will mark the 60th anniversary of the seven-inch vinyl record with a one off event this week.

Studio engineers, in collaboration with Ireland’s Duke Special, will attempt to record four songs live to seven-inch inch vinyl including a new version of “Diggin’ an Early Grave” and a recording of the first ever 45rpm 7 inch vinyl disc which was issued by RCA in the USA on March 31st 1949.

It has been over 30 years since Thelma Houston’s “I’ve Got the Music in Me” marked the last occasion four live songs were recorded in such a manner.

If all goes to plan, then the finished four-track vinyl will be available to buy through the Duke Special website later this month.

Albums including The Verve "Urban Hymns', The Stone Roses "The Second Coming', Queen "Made In Heaven' and "Innuendo', The Libertines "The Libertines', and Grammy Award winners Amy Winehouse "Back To Black' and Lauryn Hill "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' were all recorded at Metropolis Studios as well as both the Live Aid and Live 8 DVDs.

Based in the iconic Power House, Metropolis was also where the infamous video of Kate Moss allegedly snorting cocaine was shot when she accompanied her then partner Pete Doherty to a recording session with his band Babyshambles.

March 18, 2009