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« Thread started on: Nov 23rd, 2014, 06:35am »

I am slightly confused about when Genesis started using the Farm to record. Can anyone enlighten me as to the exact times? Am I right in saying Genesis had the cow shed as a studio for Abacab? ...and did they own the house then? Did the house become the studio? I keep hearing different stories.
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 23rd, 2014, 08:11am »


History of Fisher Lane Farm.

Dale Newman guitar tech for Genesis and one of the studio managers of The Farm recalled in an interview being asked in the Summer of 1979 to go and look at Farms specifically their out buildings to see if Genesis could hang up a few blankets and write/record their next album.

After many viewings it wasnt until the end of the Duke tour in 1980 that Genesis settled on Fisher Lane Farm near Chiddingfold.

This came with a Farm house and a cowshed, The cowshed needed planing permission and building work to bring it up to standard to be used as a studio to record music.

Genesis wrote and recorded demo's of what became Abacab inside the Farm house of Fisher lane farm.

They entered the cowshed whilst the concrete was still drying in parts to record Abacab in there during 1981.

Genesis recorded the 1983 album Genesis at the Farm (cowshed) and this can be seen in the making of the Mama album which is an extra on the Movie boxset that features the Mama concert from The Birmingham NEC.

Phil Collins recorded parts of his second album Hello I Must Be Going in 1982, Mike Recorded Acting Very Strange and Tony recorded The Fugitive at The Farm.

There was a Gary Brooker album recorded there with George Harrison guesting on that album at the Farm (cowshed).

Phil Collins recorded a lot of No Jacket Required there and Mike Rutherford tried to record most of the first Mike and The Mechanics album there in 1985 during the building work to expand the Farm (cowshed) initially the work was to create a tape store to standard and a control room with a Solid State Logic mixing desk, this was designed by a Japanese designer (name escapes me at the moment).

The plans were changed and whilst the control room is the one that the designer planned and asked for the tape store became a recreational room complete with lounge, kitchen and bathroom.

It is possible that the Tony Banks album "Soundtracks" could have been put together at The Farm (cowshed) before Invisible touch writing sessions began.

Hopefully this provides enough information to be going on.

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« Reply #2 on: Nov 23rd, 2014, 09:14am »

Certainly does, thanks very much.
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 24th, 2014, 07:56am »

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Seems you are not the only one confused about The Farm. Tony Banks himself seems to be labouring under the illusion that the first Genesis album to be recorded there was Invisible Touch - or at least that is what he says during the Together And Apart documentary - where were the researchers I have to ask myself? wink



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« Reply #4 on: Nov 24th, 2014, 08:36am »

As for Tony in Sum of the parts etc.

God can only know how the question was phrased, but in all fairness the three of them are in the control room that was part of the 1985 upgrade so its very likely that is what Tony was talking about.

Had they been sat in the editing suite which has now been converted to Mike's guitar store then Tony might have said Abacab.

An interesting point is the fact the Amek mixing desk that Genesis used at the farm to record the 1983 Genesis album is a similar model to the one Steve has in his map studios.

(I'd even hedge a bet it is the very desk that the band used but I havent contacted Steve Hackett yet).

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« Reply #5 on: Nov 24th, 2014, 08:51am »

Information on the actual Farm house which the band retained until 2001/2 when they sold it and the old equipment barn.

It was graded as a grade II listed building by English Heritage on the 17th June 1983.

Originally 2 houses, now 1. C16 with C19 additions. Timber frame; brick
and rendered infill, fishscale tile hanging above, plain tile roofs; mixed
gable and hipped. 2 storeys and attic under tile hung gable dormers, projecting
gable front to road: 3 storeys with jettied first and 2nd floors, 1 casement
window in each floor. Wing behind at right angles: Left hand return front:
2 windows to first floor, single storey catslide to the right. C19 plank door
under gable porch with wood supports. Further one bay wing behind; tiled
dormer above triple light casement; plank door to left end. Cross Wing to
rear with elevations in similar manner.

Thats just the Farm house, god knows how old the equipment barn was.

The Farm house, housed the road crew and members of the Mike and The Mechanics during various tours.

It also played host to many interviews or band meetings over such things as album artwork.

Genesis were interviewed in the Farm house for the documentary Genesis A History.

Genesis also rehearsed in the Farm house for their performance at The Nordorff robbins music therapy gig on the 30th June at Knebworth park.

Mike/Phil were interviewed in The Farm house/equipment barn for Genesis documentary - Songbook.

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« Reply #6 on: Nov 24th, 2014, 09:12am »


Recent planning applications in the area of where the studio is located show the following:

17th September 2014 planning permission with drawing passed for approval. The Farm will be converted from a studio into a five bedroom home.

The proposal involves the conversion of the existing recording studio with ancillary office (sui generis) to a five bedroom dwelling (Class C3
(Dwellinghouse).

No external alterations are to be made to the building as a result of the
proposed conversion works.

Seems that is the end of The Farm.

Back to its history, earliest records in the planning office show April 1980, so it is to be assumed that Genesis had purchased it by then.

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« Reply #7 on: Nov 24th, 2014, 10:49am »

on Nov 24th, 2014, 09:12am, MikeTGA wrote:
Recent planning applications in the area of where the studio is located show the following:

17th September 2014 planning permission with drawing passed for approval. The Farm will be converted from a studio into a five bedroom home.

The proposal involves the conversion of the existing recording studio with ancillary office (sui generis) to a five bedroom dwelling (Class C3
(Dwellinghouse).

No external alterations are to be made to the building as a result of the
proposed conversion works.

Seems that is the end of The Farm.

Back to its history, earliest records in the planning office show April 1980, so it is to be assumed that Genesis had purchased it by then.

Mike




Holy crap, MikeTGA, you are one well-informed guy!

But the substance of your post is tragic. How the hell can we buy it? It should be turned into a bloody museum for God's sake! This is outrageous!
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 25th, 2014, 10:40am »

I wish there could be tours of the facility before they change it. This is so sad and really is the end of all things Genesis. cry
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« Reply #9 on: Nov 26th, 2014, 08:40am »

hi there


Hardly the end of all things Genesis as both Mike and Tony have home recording studios in which to carry on any projects.



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« Reply #10 on: Nov 26th, 2014, 11:11am »

on Nov 26th, 2014, 08:40am, alanh wrote:
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Hardly the end of all things Genesis as both Mike and Tony have home recording studios in which to carry on any projects.



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Or they could hire Steve's! wink
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