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Grandmaster Recorders

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Grandmaster Recorders
Front entrance in May 2022
Address1518 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
LocationLos Angeles
Coordinates34°5′55.2876″N 118°19′44.8782″W / 34.098691000°N 118.329132833°W / 34.098691000; -118.329132833Coordinates: 34°5′55.2876″N 118°19′44.8782″W / 34.098691000°N 118.329132833°W / 34.098691000; -118.329132833

TypeRecording studio

Grandmaster Recorders was a recording studio located in Los Angeles, California. Notable recordings made at the studio include Shake Your Money Maker by the Black Crowes, The Colour and the Shape by Foo Fighters and Late Registration by Kanye West.

Opened in 1971, the recording studio closed in 2016.[1]. In 2021, the building was re-opened as a restaurant and bar[2].


The building was constructed in 1920 as the Bijou Theater, a silent movie theater[3]. In 1971, musician Alan Dickson purchased the building and renamed the building Grandmaster Recorders[4].

Notable Recordings[edit]

Foo Fighters- The Colour and the Shape[edit]

Between January and February 1997, Foo Fighters used the studio to record their second album, The Colour and the Shape, after an unsuccessful initial attempt to record the album at Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, WA. The band chose the location on the recommendation of Bradley Cook, who had worked as an engineer at the studio[5].

Kanye West- Late Registration[edit]

Rapper Kanye West recorded 8 songs for his second album, Late Registration, at the studio, including the Billboard #1 hit "Gold Digger[6]

External links[edit]


  1. "Hollywood's Grandmaster Recorders studio sells for $6.1M". Curbed LA. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  2. "Grandmaster Recorders Is Hollywood's Most Glam New Restaurant and Nightspot". Variety. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  3. "Grandmaster Recorders 1971". Abramson Architects. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  4. "Grandmaster Recorders- History". Grandmaster Recorders. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  5. "Grandmaster Recorders". Foo Fighters Live. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  6. "Late Registration". Album Liner Notes. Retrieved 19 May 2022.

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