AC/DC, METALLICA Rarities In Limbo At Windmill Lane Studios
February 28, 2013, a year ago
According to The Irish Times, an early version of AC/DC’s 'Thunderstruck' and METALLICA performing with MARIANNE FAITHFULL are among the mountain of tapes from the old Windmill Lane recording studios looking for a home.
All are still in situ, years and in many cases decades, after they were recorded. More than 1,000 tapes, weighing a tonne, which are filling up the attic in the new Windmill Lane studios in Ringsend, are waiting to be reclaimed by the artists or recording companies that recorded them.
The two-inch multitrack tapes were used in the days before digital technology took over the studios in the middle of the last decade.
Over the years they have begun to deteriorate and are of questionable use. The tapes have started to “shed” their recording material.
“They are probably not of any practical value,” said Tony Perrey, a producer at the studio. “You would only ever get one chance to play them again and that would be under archival conditions.”