One of the most famous recording consoles in the history of rock and roll will go up for sale December 11th. Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia Sale will include the unique HeliosCentric Helios Console which is an amalgamation of two recording consoles used by some of the best-loved artists of the last 50 years. It was used on many famous recordings, including Bob Marley's “I Shot the Sheriff,” Cat Stevens’ “Peace Train” and The Rolling Stones’ “Angie" and most famously Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven."
The 'super console' was constructed by Elvis Costello and Chris Difford (from the band Squeeze) in 1996 after consultation with Dick Swettenham, a former employee of Abbey Road and Olympic Studios. They used part of the Island Records Basing Street Studio 2 Helios Console (1970-1974) and part of Alvin Lee's Helios console from Space Studios (1973-1979). Other artists who have used the console in both their original and amalgamated guises include Eric Clapton, George Harrison, David Bowie, Jeff Beck, Stephen Stills, Jimi Hendrix, Mott The Hoople, Cat Stevens, and Free.
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