Who Do We Think We Are Studio
Lichtblick: Mörfelder Straße 20, Walldorf, Frankfurt, Germany. Formerly a recording studio used by Deep Purple to complete their album Who Do We Think We Are in 1972
DTB reader Bernt Kuepper has been trying to track down the exact location of the studio Deep Purple used for Who Do We Think We Are for some time. As we know the band began work in Italy (the exact villa is another location it would be good to pin down) but didn’t get much done, so had to hurriedly find somewhere else to finish the album in during October 1972. Bernt spoke to Roger Glover about it a couple of years ago, and I contacted Colin Hart on his behalf, but neither of them were able to really remember much about it.
The problem was that they used a little known studio in a small suburb of Franfurt called Morfelden-Walldorf, just off the E451 autobahn, a few kilometers away from Frankfurt airport. Our guess is that the place was found by someone at the band’s German agency Mama, who were based in Frankfurt. Morfelden-Walldorf was originally a small village and indeed retains a sort of separate identity even though it is now part of Frankfurt.
Bernt tracked down a guy called Joerg Gruensfelder who was around at the time and he confirmed that WDWTWA was recorded in the Walldorf-Studios. The owner was Herr Pfalzgraf and the studio was a former cinema which he had converted.
Bernt was able to drive over and have a look. The woman at the desk allowed him to take some photographs. She thinks the studio shut in the late 1980s. It was basically one big room – the cinema floor with the chairs removed. The actual control room is quite small, around 12′ by 10′, and had been the projector space originally (as it is again) but as the band used the Stones Mobile it wasn’t a big concern (they used it as a hanging out area).
I’ve never seen any contemporary photographs of this stage of the album recording, perhaps the band just wanted to get it over and done with by that time given the personal problems between them.
Bernt spoke to a few locals and all of them remembered the time Deep Purple were there, so it must have been quite a big deal.