Mountain Studios

Mountain Studios was a commercial recording studio founded by American singer and composer Anita Kerr and husband Alex Grob in 1975 within the Montreux Casino in Montreux, Switzerland.[1] The studio was under the ownership of Queen and then long-time Queen producer David Richards, from 1979 until 2013, after which it became the charity museum/exhibition Queen: The Studio Experience, benefitting the Mercury Phoenix Trust.

2014 Outside of Casino
2014 Entrance of Queen Studio Experience
2014 Queen Studio Experience
2014 Queen Studio Experience
Studer A80 24-track tape recorder


Singer and composer Anita Kerr and her husband, Swiss businessman Alex Grob, hired Westlake Audio and studio designer Tom Hidley to build the studio in the Montreux Casino,[2] where it recorded all live performances of the Montreux Jazz Festival. Additionally, the tax advantages of the studio's location in Switzerland proved popular, with British artists as David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Yes, Rick Wakeman, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Queen recording at Mountain Studios over the first few years.

In 1979,[3] Queen acquired the studio from Kerr and Grob, and subsequently utilized the studio for several subsequent Queen albums, as well as solo projects from band members Freddie Mercury, Brian May, and Roger Taylor.

In 1993, long-time Queen producer, David Richards, bought the studio.[4] Upon Richards' death in 2013, the location of the former studio became the charity museum/exhibition Queen: The Studio Experience, with the Mercury Phoenix Trust being the beneficiary.

Albums recorded at Mountain StudiosEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Discogs - Mountain Studios (profile & releases)
  2. ^ "Last Word with Tom Hidley". Audio Technology. 2004. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  3. ^ Bonzo's Montreux, an orchestral drum song was recording by John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, on the 12th of September, 1976. The song appeared as song #7 on Led Zeppelin's album, CODA, released posthumously in 1982, after the death of Bonham in September of 1980. "Anita Kerr" - Billboard, April 28, 1979
  4. ^ Queen Studio Experience: Queen owned the studio between 1979 and 1993.

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Coordinates: 46°30′57″N 6°50′56″E / 46.5159°N 6.8488°E / 46.5159; 6.8488