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Diverse selection of fascinating producers.
on January 20, 2008
I found this book to be a very enjoyable read. I don't believe I've found another book like this that covers such a diverse and exciting spectrum of producers. Yes, there is plenty of writing out there about George Martin, Brian Wilson and Phil Spector. But, how many books out there cover the three mentioned, plus Dr. Dre, Brian Eno, John Cale, David Axelrod, and Lee Perry...oh yeah, and MARTIN HANNETT? If any of those names mean anything to you, then we might be on the same page here.
I know this won't earn many 'Was this review helpful' votes, but whatever...I'm going to get right to the point.
Martin Hannett, Lee Perry, John Cale, Eno, Shel Talmy, Chris Thomas, Dr. Dre, King Tubby, Steve Albini, Curt Boettcher (just to name a few).
The Artists affected:
the Talking Heads, Devo, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, the Pixies, Nirvana, the Stooges, David Bowie, the Byrds, the Who, Led Zeppelin, New Order, the Sex Pistols, Pulp, Joy Division, Bob Marley and the Wailers, the Congos, Al Green, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Ronettes, the Temptations (in their psychedelic-era), and N.W.A., to name a few (not to mention the albums and singles that many of the producers themselves performed on).
Plus tangential connections to Doris Day and Charles Manson (via Terry Melcher). My main criticism is the lack of a chapter concerning Joe Meek.
This book is about innovative producers working with innovative artists, making innovative, important albums. I think the names mentioned above yield way more convincing power than any opinion of mine.