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Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 16, 2007
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While neither a strict memoir nor a technical manual, the book blends elements of the two, usually within the context of representative and applicable anecdotes.
Ramone writes an engaging account of his ascension in the music industry, from working as a studio apprentice to engineering recording sessions and ultimately producing albums and live events. As a result, the reader gains priceless insight on some landmark recordings as well perspective on the evolution of music production over the last 50 years.
What makes this book such an enjoyable read is the producer's unassuming way of relating his memories and knowledge. One would suspect that someone as proficient and experienced as Phil Ramone would have, by now, lost all sense of wonder in regard to how music is made. Quite the contrary, while he undoubtedly knows what he's doing in the studio, he seems just as amazed and inspired by the creative process as any typical fan would feel.
Fans of Billy Joel, in particular, will take pleasure in reading what Ramone recollects about producing many of the Piano Man's greatest albums. He recounts how certain iconic sound effects were achieved, like the shattering glass that opens "You May Be Right" and the reverberating helicopter propellers that bookend "Goodnight Saigon.Read more ›
Very little musical or recording "secrets" are revealed, and overall the stories are often bland because he's too polite and doesn't tell anything that would be offensive to the recording artist... I guess that's the way it should be, that's being truly professional and respectful.
In the book, Ramone is describing the various roles a producer plays in the creation of music and the product (i.e. a concert, a CD, a TV special, etc.). Each short chapter focuses on one aspect of his producer duties, and to back this up, he gives the details of working with a famous artist on a successful record, etc.
I did buy it (on sale), and I did enjoy reading it, but I doubt I'll pick it up to read again. I enjoy reading about how famous records were made, about the musicians and writers, the creative process and the gear used to achieve the results, but with Phil Ramone's amazing background, I expected much more from the book.
For stories about hit records and the engineers and producers, I'd recommend the "Behind the Glass" (2 volumes so far) books by Howard Massey instead.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simply the most enjoyable book I have ever read. It's smart, insightful and somehow humble. I make it mandatory reading for every intern in my studios. Thank you Phil!Published 1 month ago by BizziMom
Great book. I'm fascinated with recording stories. Recording isn't like it used to be.Published 7 months ago by paul o'donnell
Good stories from the book of Phil. I'm always interested in how the process works. It seems different for everyone...Oh, and I never knew Phil played the violin!Published 8 months ago by Thomas Ball
A book titled "Making Records" with a stack of CDs on the cover?
Well, it is a great book, so they get a pass for that bit of somewhat sad irony. Read more
Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music
Some of my colleagues had the pleasure, luck and good fortune to be by Phil Ramone’s side during so many legendary... Read more