The Rolling Stones' famed Mobile Studio recording facility may be up and running again this year.
The moving facility, which the group commissioned in 1968 to record its "Sticky Fingers" and "Exile on Main Street" albums, has been owned by Canada's National Music Centre in Calgary since 2000 and is currently being refurbished to be a fully functional part of the Centre's new building, which is due to open in 2015.
Centre technician John Leimseider tells the Calgary Sun that "we're not changing anything, and the plan is to clean it up and make it work perfectly." Besides the Stones albums, the mobile studio was also used to record Deep Purple's "Machine Head," Led Zeppelin's third, fourth, "Houses of the Holy" and "Physical Graffiti," Bad Company's "Run With the Pack" and albums by Fleetwood Mac, Santana, Bob Marley, Frank Zappa and many others.
The Mobile Studio was overseen by the Stones' late road manager/pianist Ian Stewart, who consulted with a variety of producers while putting the vehicle together.