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LMS comes up trumps at High Voltage Festival

The LMS (Ronnie Lane Mobile Studio) launched its vinyl label ‘LMS Vinyl’ at this year’s High Voltage Festival, recording live sets from artists performing on the Ace Café stage, writes Paul Watson

The legendary and fully analogue LMS (Ronnie Lane Mobile Studio) kicked off its vinyl label ‘LMS Vinyl’ at this year’s High Voltage Festival in London on July 24th and 25th, recording live sets from blues guitarist, Stephen Dale Petit, and The Flying Padavinis, both of whom performed on the Ace Café stage. Since its founding in 1972, The LMS has been steeped in musical folklore. It was responsible for some of the most influential rock music recordings of all time including The Who’s Quadrophenia and Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti – and it’s still going strong. LMS partner and long-time studio engineer, Paul Madden, explains the reasoning behind launching LMS Vinyl. “LMS Vinyl enables us to do Joint Venture deals with artists, venues and events, which means we can choose which artists we work with,” says Madden. “We record the gig, fix it and mix it, then produce a wonderful piece of vinyl as an LP or album either up front or as part of the ticket price.” Both albums at High Voltage were recorded using a full analogue recording path set in place by LMS technical director and chief engineer Gwyn Mathias. The recordings were undertaken by Madden, Bobby Whelan and Jonathan Macmillan using a classic Cadac Concert Theatre console (adapted for recording by Mathias and ex-property of The National Theatre), in Dolby A onto a 24-track Otari MTR 9011. Madden says that he’s particularly grateful to RMG International for providing LMS with their SM900 2-inch tape, without which he says none of this would be possible. Madden describes LMS’s unique new product as “reassuringly expensive” and puts it down to three factors: its high quality analogue recording, the fact that the records are cut on heavyweight vinyl, and because LMS ensure that the pre-agreed allotment of copies is low enough to ensure that each record will always be fairly rare. “The shows were a huge hit, right down to the invasion by the noise police in the middle of Stephen Dale Petit’s set,” explains Madden. “The success of these shows gives a firm footing to the label model, which will continue at the Ace Café and other associated shows around Europe.” The live albums from High Voltage – “items of clear beauty” according to Madden – will include full gate-fold art work, sleeve notes and photos; they will be available soon from each artist’s respective website.