Sunset Sound

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The location has also been known as The Sound Factory and Sunset Sound Factory was created by Walt Disney’s Director of Recording, Tutti Camarata, from a collection of old commercial and residential buildings owned by the Disney Company. The audio for many of Disney’s early films were recorded at the studio, including “Mary Poppins” and “101 Dalmatians”. 

Led Zeppelin recorded their “Led Zeppelin II” and “Led Zeppelin IV” albums here, the latter of which included the all time classic “Stairway to Heaven. “The Rolling Stones made “Beggars Banquet” and “Exile on Main Street” here.

Other notable recordings made here include:

James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain
James Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James
Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee
Michael Jackson’s “Beat It“.
The Doors  “The Doors
The Doors “Strange Days
Elton John “Blue Moves
Warren Zevon “Warren Zevon
Carly Simon “Another Passenger
Van Halen “Van Halen”
The Doobie Brothers “Takin’It To The Streets
Bob Welch “French Kiss
Love “Love”

Here is a client list dating back to 1962 from their website:

Studio I
Van Halen, Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Macy Gray, Bee Gees, Doobie Bros., Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow, Oingo Boingo, Luis Miguel, Rolling Stones, Dave Grusin, Crosby, Stills, Nash, Lee Ritenour, Fourplay, Richard Thompson, Yes, Brian Wilson, Beach Boys, Annette Funicello, Carly Simon, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Bangles, Fishbone, Randy Newman, Sly & Family Stone, “Fabulous Baker Boys”, Vonda Shepard, Tom Petty, “The Firm”, Sheena Easton, Patti Austin, Aaron Neville, “Mary Poppins”, Sam Cooke, The Turtles, “101 Dalmatians”, Lovin’ Spoonful, Buffalo Springfield, Janis Joplin, Genesis, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, “My Best Friend’s Wedding”, Reel Big Fish, “Dr. Doolittle”, “The Truman Show”, “Tootsie”

Studio 2
Van Halen, Led Zeppelin IV, Sheryl Crow, Smashing Pumpkins, Matthew Sweet, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Celine Dion, Earl Klugh, Alanis Morissette, Michael Jackson, Toto, Lita Ford, Robert Palmer, “Dick Tracy”, “Dune”, “Days Of Thunder”, “Rocky II & IV”, Ry Cooder, Richard Marx, Aretha Franklin, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Crowded House, Bob Dylan, Jennifer Holliday, Olivia Newton-John, Melissa Manchester, Barbra Streisand, Roberta Flack, Rick James, “Major League”, “Great Balls Of Fire”, Michael Feinstein, “Wayne’s World”, “Wayne’s World II”, Alice Cooper (Muscle »73), Leo Sayer, “The Waterboy”, “The Big Lebowski”, “Pleasantville”, Doyle Bramhall, Weezer, “The Prince Of Egypt”, DDT, Poison, Andy Williams

Studio 3
The Surfers, Elliott Smith, Social Distortion, Sugar Ray, Mary Lou Lord, “Midnight In The Garden Of Good & Evil”, Earth Wind & Fire, Prince, Dan Fogelberg, Hiroshima, Rancid, k d lang, The Wallflowers, Beck, Mr. Mister, Stevie Nicks, Belinda Carlisle, Kix, Desert Rose Band, Air Supply, Counting Crows, Deborah Harry, Jody Watley, Neil Diamond, Rita Coolidge, Lionel Ritchie, Sam Phillips, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Jones, Van Dyke Parks, Gillian Welch, The Refreshments, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, This Way, Melissa Etheridge.

Sunset Sound
6650 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90028