Longview Farm Studio

Longview Farm Studio was a residential recording facility established in 1974 on a historic 145 acre farm in North Brookfield, Massachusetts. One studio was in a converted farmhouse and the other in an insulated barn with a sound stage that was built for the Rolling Stones to rehearse for their Tattoo You tour in 1981.

Gil Markle, a former philosophy professor at Clark University, originally bought the farm in 1973 as a home, where he built a recording studio that morphed from a hobby to a state-of-the-art recording studio. After new ownership assumed control of the studio in 1991, Longview Farm continued with some success until the record business started to slump along with recording budgets in 2006 until its closing. The vintage recording equipment was eventually sold off.

The 1st notable recording project was Stuff in 1975. This was the band that appeared with John Belushi and Joe Cocker on Saturday Night Live and featured Steve Gadd on drums and guitarists’ Cornell Dupree & Eric Gale with Richard Tee on keyboards.

A listening party for Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key of Life was held in the summer of 1976. Over 200 members of the press were flown in from New York City.

Boston’s J. Geils Band recorded all 4 of their EMI albums starting with Sanctuary in 1977 through Freeze Frame and You’re Gettin’ Even While I’m Gettin’ Odd, which was recorded without frontman Peter Wolf.

Aerosmith recorded “Chip Away at the Stone” in June 1978 and returned in the 1990’s for pre-production of Get a Grip and later drum recordings for Nine Lives and Just Push Play.

The Pat Metheny Group recorded American Garage in 1979. Other jazz projects over the years included Max Roach, Larry Coryell, Archie Shepp, Oregon and Jon Scofield

The Rolling Stones took up residence for six weeks in the late summer/fall of 1981.

There were Folk and Pop recordings by Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Don McLean, Dan Fogelberg, Cat Stevens, Graham Nash, Rupert Holmes, Uncle Tupelo and Tim Curry.

A lot of hardcore rock recordings including Bad Brains, Living Colour, Sevendust, Muse, Snot, Limp Bizkit, Staind, Quicksand and Godsmack.

(by Jesse Henderson)

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