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Alembic Recorders / Alembic Studios Discography

Alembic Recorders was founded in 1969 by Ron Wickersham and Susan Frates. They were originally based at the Grateful Dead office and rehearsal base in Novato. In 1970 Alembic moved to 320 Judah Street in San Francisco. Alembic Studios operated at 60 Brady Street in San Francisco between 1971 and the start of 1974. (Between 1969 and 1971 this studio space had been Pacific High Studios.) In 1974 Alembic moved out of the the Brady Street Studios to focus on their instrument and electronis manufacturing. The Brady Street studios then became His Master's Wheels. This page is an attempt to document all albums recorded or mixed at Alembic Studios or recorded live on location by Alembic Recorders. It is incomplete. Additions and corrections are welcome

1969

Live/Dead, Grateful Dead, 1969

Live/Dead was recorded live by Alembic in early 1969.

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1970

Workingman's Dead, Grateful Dead, 1970

Recorded by Alembic at Pacific High Studios.

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Rock Festival, The Youngbloods, 1970

Recorded live by Alembic in April/May 1970.

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Medicine Ball Caravan, Various Artists, 1971

Recorded live by Alembic for a movie soundtrack in 1970-1971.

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1971

Aoxomoxoa, Grateful Dead, 1969

Aoxomoxoa was remixed at Alembic in 1971.

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James And The Good Brothers, James And The Good Brothers, 1971

Partly recorded at Alembic.

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Grateful Dead (Skull and Roses), Grateful Dead, 1971

Recorded live by Alembic in March-April 1971.

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1972

Ace, Bob Weir, 1972

Ace was mixed at Alembic by "Jerry Garcia and friends".

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Fire Up!, Merl Saunders, 1973

One track on this album, Lonely Avenue, was recorded at Alembic during a live KSAN broadcast on February 6, 1972. The broadcast and recording is usually described as being at Pacific High Recorders - the previous owners of the studio. All other tracks on the album were recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley.

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Europe' 72, Grateful Dead, 1972

Europe' 72 was recorded live by Alembic Sound and mixed at Alembic Studios "by Bob and Betty and the Grateful Dead".

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(A Musical Anthology Of) Glastonbury Fayre, Various Artists, 1972

The Grateful Dead track on this release was recorded by Alembic during the Europe' 72 tour.

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Rolling Thunder, Mickey Hart, 1972

Mixed at Alembic by Mickey Hart, Jerry Garcia, Stephen Stills, Phil Lesh, David Freiberg and Dan Healy.

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Hundred Year Hall, Grateful Dead, 1995

Recorded live by Alembic Sound in Frankfurt during the Europe '72 tour.

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1973

Tales Of The Great Rum Runners, Robert Hunter, 1974

Mixed at Alembic by Jerry Garcia.

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Last updated September 2012