This is a series of photographs showing Windmill Lane in Dublin as it is today [27 February 2019]
A few days ago I was informed that some of my photographs of Windmill Lane [as it was] will feature in a documentary film about U2 and their relationship with the old recording studio.
Today the musical history of the original location of Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin was honoured with the unveiling of an interesting installation featuring the sleeves of the most famous albums recorded in the original studio.
Windmill Lane Recording Studios was originally opened by recording engineer, Brian Masterson in 1978, and was first located in the Dublin Docklands on Windmill Lane, just off Sir John Rogerson's Quay. It was originally used to record traditional Irish music.
No Irish rock band recorded in the studios until U2.The drums on Boy were recorded in the reception area of the recording studios, due to producer Steve Lillywhite's desire to achieve "this wonderful clattery sound". They had to wait until the receptionist went home in the evenings as the phone rang through the day and even occasionally in the evening.
After U2 based themselves at the studios, Van Morrison, Sinéad O'Connor, and Elvis Costello recorded at the studios. Clannad's hit "Theme from Harry's Game" was recorded at the studios; this song propelled the band and their singer Moya Brennan into international territories. Status Quo recorded two albums here in 1980, during a tax year away from the UK: Just Supposin' and Never Too Late, released in 1981.
In contrast, other bands, such as Thin Lizzy or The Boomtown Rats, went to London or further afield to record their albums.
The studios were expanded in the 1980s under the supervision of Andy Munro of Munro Acoustics. Much of the work was done specifically for U2's album The Joshua Tree. Then in 1988 the recording studios departed.
Following the departure, the Windmill Lane building continued to house various post-production facilities. These included Windmill Lane Pictures (a video post-production facility), incorporating Number 4 (an audio post-production facility), Trend Studios (audio mastering) and a number of other related services.
The original studio buildings were covered in graffiti from fans, who had paid pilgrimage from all over the world, many attracted by the studio's historical connection with U2.The original location of the studios was recommended as a tourist attraction by publications such as The New York Times in 2008.