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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 05:14 PM
Matt05's recent Jeff Lynne thread got me to thinking that it might be a fun thread to discuss favorite record producers. (And yes...there are other record producers out there other than Tom Dowd, and yes we can include him as well... )

Please state a reason and/or example(s) on why.

I have several but I will start with some one who I mentioned in Matt05's thread.

Nick Lowe
I happen to have a whole lot of respect for Nick Lowe as a producer. He seems to have the ability to get the track on tape in its purest essence with no frills and then step back from it enough to let the material breathe on its own and take its own natural direction.

His nickname is/was "The Basher" as in "bash it down now...tart it up later". The trick is, he has a feel for just how much to tart it up and then leave it alone. His early work with Elvis Costello is a great example as well as his own solo albums and work with Rockpile among others.

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[Edited on 7/4/2009 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 05:30 PM
Phil Walden. If it weren't for him there may not have been a band called the Allman Brothers. Plus he was a friend.

[Edited on 7/4/2009 by ClayPelland]

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 06:00 PM
Favorite record producer without a doubt is Tom Dowd. Is there anyone better? Hell if he had only done "Layle" or "Live at the Fillmore East" he would be a legend. But then again he was legend way before then, working with such artist as Otis Redding, Arthea Franklin, John Coltrane, Ray Charles, hell pretty much the whole Atlantic catalog. If you consider all the artists that Tom had a hand in either producing or engineering their recordings. God it's staggering, it's really is a big part of the history of American music (especially jazz and R n B) from the 50's, 60's and beyond. Tom's magic as a producer was knowing when an artist was ready and not forcing the moment and be able to capture the moment when the artist was ready. Truth be told, that is a very rare talent, and Tom was the best. His recording hold up very well even to this day, as they had a very natual, not overly produced quality to them.

Btw, Jeff Lynne is an excellent producer, but true be told, he worshipped at the altar of George Martin (the Beatles' producer).

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Phil Walden. If it weren't for him there may not have been a band called the Allman Brothers. Plus he was a friend.


Clay,

Phil WASN'T a record producer, he was a manager and own a record company (Capricorn). The record produces at Capricaorn were Johnny Sandlin and Paul Hornsby, both of whcih did some excellent work in producing the artist they worked with.

[Edited on 7/4/2009 by sibwlkr]

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 06:09 PM
Paul Rothchild for his body of work and reasons of my own

The Doors, Janis Joplin, CSN, Bonnie Raitt, Tim Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Rush, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Lovin' Spoonful, John Sebastian, Love, etc, etc

[Edited on 7/5/2009 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 06:35 PM
I have a biased view on this one. My answer is obvious...for personal reasons.

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 06:36 PM
Jimmy Page. All the early Zepp records sound so ahead of their time as far as the "sound" and how clear, upfront, and discernable everything is. Listen to Zepp I & II and then listen to just about any other rock record from that same year or so and you will hear what I mean. The way he mike'd Bonham's drums for the studio recordngs was a major part of it. All in all, those early Zepp records sound like they could have been recorded yesterday.
 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 06:43 PM
Tom Dowd and George Martin. Dowd for his extraordinary range of quality music regardless of genre, and George Martin for the Beatles.

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 07:07 PM
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I have a biased view on this one. My answer is obvious...for personal reasons.


Some of the greatest stuff ever laid down went first through his head!

[Edited on 7/5/2009 by TanDan]

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 08:19 PM
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I have a biased view on this one. My answer is obvious...for personal reasons.

me too

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 08:20 PM
i'd still say jeff lynne. he takes a very hands on approach to everything he produces. usually contributing songs, playing instruments and singing backing vocals. who else in the late 80's could have given george harrison a number 1 song and roy orbison a hit album
 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 08:31 PM
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Tom Dowd and George Martin. Dowd for his extraordinary range of quality music regardless of genre, and George Martin for the Beatles.


beat me to it.

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 08:42 PM
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Tom Dowd and George Martin. Dowd for his extraordinary range of quality music regardless of genre, and George Martin for the Beatles.



Heads and shoulders above them all.

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 08:47 PM

It's hard for me to say,

Probably George Martin for his work with the Beatles. I like Nick Lowe also, those first five Elvis Costello albums are still some of my faves.

George Martin also produced an album for UFO.

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 08:52 PM
Phil Specter.


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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 08:54 PM


Roger Glover from Deep Purple has produced some good stuff also.

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 09:34 PM
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He has great hair.
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Roger Glover from Deep Purple has produced some good stuff also.

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I'm with you on Mr Glover Kenny..

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 10:33 PM
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Phil Sphincter


His new nickname around the cellblock?...

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 10:37 PM
I guess Todd Rundgren would be a good choice considering how he completely revamped Grand Funk Railroad's sound and made them an "American Band" . Not that there was anything wrong with their old sound. But what he did was pretty impressive

He also did a great job on the first New York Dolls album, making them sound like they could actually play (and I'm saying that as a fan of their first album.. )

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 10:40 PM
And I don't how many folks here (besides Kenny ) would know the name but Mitch Easter has a pretty unique sonic stamp that he applies to the bands that he produces. His production (and co-production) on the first R.E.M. EP and the first 2 R.E.M. records pretty much helped define their early sound .

[Edited on 7/5/2009 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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Anyone who is a fan of Fairport Convention or Nike Drake would want to give a heads up to Joe Boyd for his masterful production and in Nick's case under production where the material suited it .

[Edited on 7/5/2009 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 11:02 PM
Tom Dowd, Brendan O'Brien, and Eddy Offord

 

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  posted on 7/5/2009 at 12:06 AM
Johnny said he thinks Eddie Offord is a genius. He's a fan.

 

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  posted on 7/5/2009 at 01:07 AM
George Martin.

He was the only one qualified to be called "The Fifth Beatle." He and the boys were creating sonic innovations as they went along, and without him, their music wouldn't have been as striking.

IMHO.

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