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George Martin: The A&R Manager Behind The Comedy Successes Forecasts...

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1962

...Cribbins, Drake, Sellers, Milligan, Bentine Have Bright Disc Futures ...

Cliff Richard, Helen Shapiro, The Shadows: First It Was Mrs. Kenny Ball, Now Norrie Paramor's Wife Picks A Hit For Her Hubby

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1962

PUZZLING, isn't it, that no one has thought of an award for the wives of hit parade stars — to be presented when they inspire ...

Heinz, Joe Meek: Faith Plus Enthusiasm: Heinz' Success Story

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, August 1963

SO HEINZ crashes handsomely into the charts. After the false start of his debut solo disc, 'Dreams Do Come True', his "heartfelt" tribute to Eddie ...

Mickie Most: Do-It-Yourself Mick!

Profile and Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, October 1963

AFTER A MINOR record success with his 'Mr. Porter', Mickey Most looks all set for a far bigger success with the follow-up 'The Feminine Look', ...

Quincy Jones, Sarah Vaughan: Music In The Making: Quincy Jones — Sarah Makes It All Worth While

Interview by Max Jones, Melody Maker, October 1963

Quincy Jones, who spent last week in London enjoying the sights and sounds by day and night, is one of music's all-rounders. Bandleader, composer, arranger, publisher, ...

Jack Nitzsche, The Righteous Brothers: Jack Nitzsche: Disc Producer To Film Gerry...

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1964

HAVE YOU heard about Electronovision? If not, you soon will. For American composer-arranger Jack Nitzsche is in London this week lining up appearances in the ...

Gene Pitney: Flashback for Gene Pitney to The Most Ridiculous Session Ever

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, March 1965

WORD WENT around very quickly about the "most ridiculous recording session ever." Accountants blanched as they put the cost in their account books. Heads of ...

The Beatles: Making A Gold Record

Report by Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, May 1965

ST. JOHN'S WOOD is very much London. Solid and a little old. But nice and comfortable, and not yet shabby. The buildings have dignity and ...

Bob Dylan: Inside Bob Dylan

Report and Interview by Richard Green, Peter Jones, Record Mirror, May 1965

DYLAN NOW is big business! He ambles and shambles (apparently) through a business that needs his sort of way-out personality. He parries questions, mumbles inconsequently, ...

The Rolling Stones: We Go To The Rolling Stones' Secret Record Date

Report by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, October 1965

THE ROLLING Stones were in the U.S. for just two short days. They flew all the way over here to cut some tracks at the ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Some Producers' Hints From Beach Boy Brian

Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, April 1966

FOR THE LAST few weeks, we have been speaking with various record producers exclusively in The BEAT in an effort to take The BEAT'S readers ...

The Beatles, George Martin: The Beatles: Ringo Played Cards As Others Sang 'Paperback'!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, June 1966

...reveals GEORGE MARTIN, the Beatles' recording manager, in an interview with Alan Smith. ...

The Doors: Paul Rothchild Speaks, March 1967

Book Excerpt by Paul Williams, Outlaw Blues, 1967

This interview was taped in Englewood, New Jersey, in March 1967, shortly after the release of the first Doors album, which Paul Rothchild produced. Last ...

Otis Redding: "Soul Survivor"

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, August 1967

WHO WILL be the big soul singer, the one to last and last? We have James Brown, Joe Tex, Wilson Pickett and the subject of ...

Booker T & The MGs, Steve Cropper: The Stax Story: Steve Cropper (part 1)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, September 1967

This Steve Cropper interview begins a series on Stax Records in Memphis. ...

Booker T & The MGs, Steve Cropper: The Stax Story: Steve Cropper (part 2)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, October 1967

IN THIS FINAL installment of the Steve Cropper interview, Steve gives some excellent advice to guitarists who want to become studio musicians. We hope you ...

David Porter, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave: The Stax Story (Part 6): Porter & Hayes, Producers

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, February 1968

ISAAC HAYES and Dave Porter have written about one hundred and fifty songs together for Stax artists and also produced most of them. So far their ...

The Coasters, The Drifters, Tom Dowd: Atlantic's Tom Dowd: The Real Music Man

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, May 1968

TOM DOWD is a walking encyclopedia on the history of American pop music. In fact, Tom Dowd created twenty years of pop history since he ...

Willie Dixon

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, November 1968

WILLIE DIXON was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1915. He came to Chicago in 1935 out of curiosity and the hope of making a better ...

Desmond Dekker: Sweetened Ska Beat Could Sweep The Country Claims Desmond Dekker's Producer

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1969

ARE DESMOND Dekker's 'Israelites' No. 1 and his latest release 'It Mek' only flashes in the proverbial pan, man... or could a hybrid mix of ...

Phil Spector: The Musical Guts Behind Spector

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, January 1970

PHIL SPECTOR is alive and well and living on Sunset Boulevard in his beloved Los Angeles. He's producing records again, having come out of retirement ...

Led Zeppelin: Sounds Like Another Platinum!

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, June 1970

Chris Welch flies with Led Zeppelin as they cut their third LP... ...

Garnet Mimms: Reflections On Garnet Mimms

Overview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, December 1970

NEW YORK SOUL '64 TO '67 ...

Tom Dowd (1971)

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1971

The Land of a Thousand Drifters: Charlie Gillett talks with arguably the greatest recording engineer in rock and soul history about the early days with Atlantic, Leiber and Stoller, The Rascals and Stax.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 53.2meg, total interview length: 58' 07" sound quality: ***

Allen Toussaint

Profile by Charlie Gillett, Fusion, July 1971

IF BRITAIN HAD a good system of radio stations, the history of the world might have been at least a little different. ...

The Beatles, George Martin: The Beatles: Produced By George Martin

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, August 1971

GEORGE MARTIN is probably the most shadowy character in rock and roll history. His influence has been immense, yet few people outside the immediate circle ...

Harold Battiste: All for One – A Study in Frustration and Black Organisation

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Cream, September 1971

HAROLD BATTISTE has worked on a lot of very big hits, but although you probably have some of them, it's unlikely you'll be able to ...

James Taylor, Peter and Gordon: The Producers: Peter Asher

Interview by Harold Bronson, Hit Parader, 1972

HIT PARADER: From Peter and Gordon, how did you get into producing? ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer, Yes: Ready, Eddie? An Interview with Eddie Offord

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, February 1972

EDDIE OFFORD SITS in his penthouse flat, way above the traffic that thunders down the Vauxhall Bridge Road past Victoria. ...

Phil Spector

Profile by Greg Shaw, Fusion, September 1972

IT'S HARD to remember a time when the role of the producer wasn't considered just as important as that of the musicians in the making ...

Phil Spector

Profile by Richard Williams, Let It Rock, October 1972

ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED MOMENTS IN late-Sixties rock comes at the beginning of 'To Be Alone With You' on Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline album. ...

Al Green, Syl Johnson, Willie Mitchell: Willie Mitchell

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1973

WILLIE MITCHELL. His name is synonymous with the rich brass sound that has become known worldwide as the Memphis Sound. For years, Willie as been ...

Elton John: What do Bowie, Elton, and Mantovani have in common?

Interview by Harold Bronson, Music World, June 1973

I DON'T KNOW why so many of the stars take up residence at Hollywood's Chauteau Marmont Hotel on the Sunset Strip. Perhaps it's because of ...

Allen Toussaint, Producing the New Orleans Feel

Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, July 1973

QUESTION: What could Alvin Lee, Frankie Miller, Mac 'Dr. John' Rebennack, Robbie Robertson and Lee Dorsey possibly have in common? Answer: Allen Toussaint. ...

Allen Toussaint: Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1973

THEY KNOW, of course, which one is Dr John. The Swiss photographers huddle around the stage, clicking their Nikons like American tourists determined to capture ...

Smokey Robinson: Miracles And Meditation

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, August 1973

IT'S JUST on a year since Smokey Robinson split from the Miracles to spend more time as an executive of the Motown Corporation. Now, he ...

Alice Cooper, Lou Reed: Bob Ezrin: The Square And The Faggots

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, August 1973

"DETACHMENT. Yes, that's it exactly. We were both talking about that. Lou said last night: 'This album is an exercise in detachment and apathy'. I ...

New York Dolls: Standing in the Shadow of Rock: Shadow Morton, Pt. 1

Interview by Lenny Kaye, Melody Maker, March 1974

"I don’t consider myself a good producer. I’m one of the best." Shadow Morton, producer of the New York Dolls, talks to Lenny Kaye. ...

Janis Ian, New York Dolls, The Shangri-Las, Vanilla Fudge: You Can't Make Heroes Out Of Guys In Black Leather Jackets, They Told George 'Shadow' Morton. He Did...

Interview by Lenny Kaye, Melody Maker, March 1974

Part two of the Shadow Morton story by Lenny Kaye ...

Ashford & Simpson: Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing

Interview by Vicki Wickham, Black Music, May 1974

NICKOLAS ASHFORD and Valerie Simpson have, of course, been writing great songs for years. Songs like 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', 'Reach Out And Touch ...

Terry Melcher: Surf's Up! Terry Melcher's Nightmare Is Over

Interview by Tom Nolan, Rolling Stone, May 1974

LOS ANGELES – Terry Melcher, a consistent professional, has participated in scores of hits with artists as diverse as Frankie Laine and the Byrds. Seven ...

Johnny Bristol

Profile and Interview by Robin Katz, Sounds, August 1974

JOHNNY BRISTOL'S 'Hang On In There Baby' is currently moving up the American charts. It sounds very much like the Isaac Hayes-Barry White school of ...

David Bowie, T. Rex: Tony Visconti: Behind Bolan And Bowie

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, September 1974

THIS IS a story of Marc Bolan and David Bowie – compared and contrasted. Bolan, the complete professional, who lost out through believing himself above ...

Allen Toussaint: Introspective Funk

Retrospective and Interview by Joe McEwen, Real Paper, The, October 1974

PRODUCER ALLEN TOUSSAINT hunches forward over the expansive 16-track control board and stares impassively through the glass at two singers in the orange studio beyond. ...

Mike Oldfield: Tom Newman: The Man Who Taped the Tubular Bells

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, February 1975

WHEN IT COMES to tape, who better to talk to than the guy who did the 2,000 over-dubs on Tubular Bells, engineer Tom Newman? ...

Dion, Phil Spector: Phil Spector: He's A Rebel

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, May 1975

THE OCCASION is Professor Phil Spector's guest lecture at the Sherwood Oaks Experimental College record producing seminar. Last time Phil talked at the school was ...

Elton John: A Million Dollar Friendship: An Interview with Gus Dudgeon

Interview by Jon Tiven, Circus Raves, August 1975

NARY A POTENTIOMETER breathed a word at the Caribou Ranch high in the Rocky Mountains. And the baffles relaxed as the massive array of equipment ...

Allen Toussaint: Feel Like Staying Home

Profile and Interview by John Morthland, Creem, September 1975

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Allen Toussaint has moved into the pop spotlight lately via Labelle and Paul McCartney but it's not his first time there. ...

Dionne Warwick, Thom Bell: Dionne Rings The Changes

Report and Interview by Kevin Allen, Record Mirror, January 1976

SINCE IT was the arranging/production and inspiration of Thom Bell which took Dionne Warwick (no final "e" these days) back into the charts after a ...

Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, Simon & Garfunkel, Velvet Underground: Tom Wilson: The Man Who Put Electricity Into Dylan

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, January 1976

TOM WILSON is an elegant, very tall (6ft 4in) black American, a former Harvard man who talks a little like Bill Cosby but whose pencil-thin ...

Thom Bell, The Spinners: Thom Bell & The Spinners: Looking For 'Hudson Bros.' Acceptance

Interview by Ian Dove, Phonograph Record, March 1976

WHEN THE SPINNERS recently celebrated 25 years together as a group, amid all the celebrations the soul quintet were quick to point out the part ...

Alan Parsons: Parsons Knows: The Tale of Alan Parsons and Edgar Allan Poe

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, July 1976

THE CONCEPT ALBUM, contemptuously rejected by many critics as the great bore of rock, has returned, and this work of producer Alan Parsons, supported by ...

George Chandler: Anatomy of a Soul Record

Report by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1976

George Chandler in the studio at Chipping Norton ...

Phil Spector

Comment by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, November 1976

BY NOW we must all, surely, regard the coming of rock's New Wave as beneficial. Whether the currently fashionable bands prove to be the real ...

Rose Royce, The Temptations: Norman Whitfield

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1977

With three of his productions currently in the top four singles in this country, the timing could not have been better for this exclusive interview ...

The Isley Brothers: Ernie Isley: Pride of the Isleys

Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, September 1977

"THE ALBUM, 3+3, featuring 'That Lady', was in '73, but since 1969, we've been more or less involved with the Isley Brothers. My father was ...

Allen Toussaint: Toussaint

Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, January 1978

SO NOW the whole Toussaint catalogue is available again, enabling listeners of taste to trace for themselves the development of the New Orleans man's approach, ...

The Clash: Cult Figure Cuts Clash To Suit American Dream Machine

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, February 1978

SANDY PEARLMAN IS A BRISK and lively talker. He can probably offer an animated dissertation of any number of irregular topics, ranging from advancements in ...

Al Green, Ann Peebles, Willie Mitchell: Willie Mitchell: Gettin' Hi High Again

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

Willie Mitchell has virtually forsaken his own career in favour of running Hi Records and putting the label back up there... ...

Ralph MacDonald: The Percussive Roots Of Ralph McDonald

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1978

Ralph's new album traces his musical roots from Africa to the Islands and America. Here he talks about his dual roles as artist and producer, ...

David Bowie, Elton John: The Producers: Gus Dudgeon

Interview by Fred Dellar, Sound International, May 1978

The producer's job is possibly one of the least-understood and most under-rated in the entire recording business. One usually thinks of a producer as providing ...

Blue Oyster Cult, The Clash: Blue Oyster Cult and Sandy Pearlman

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1978

ERIC BLOOM is adamant about the current position and status of the band he sings and plays for, the am-aaa-zing Blue Oyster Cult; they are ...

Nick Lowe: This Is Your Life

Profile and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, June 1978

Pete Silverton assembles a few views of Basher — man, myth and magic ...

The Ramones: Ramones Go Gold?

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, July 1978

TOMMY RAMONE don't wanna be a pinhead no more (that's assuming you thought he was a pinhead in the first place – in which case ...

Blondie, Rick Derringer, Suzi Quatro, Smokie: Mike Chapman: Producer

Interview by Harold Bronson, New York Rocker, September 1978

PRODUCER MIKE Chapman, once removed from his baronial digs in the hillier regions of Beverly Hills and ensconced in the recording studio, sheds his bemused ...

Tyla Gang: Moon Proof (Beserkley)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1978

THERE ARE certain musicians whose burden in life is to carry the can for mediocre past. Sean Tyla, late of Ducks Deluxe, is suffering from ...

The Clashmen Meet The Pearlman

Report and Interview by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, February 1979

"It wasn't the easiest thing I've ever I done, that's for sure." I had Sandy Pearlman, Record Producer, on the phone from some unnamed restaurant ...

Blondie, Mud, Suzi Quatro, Sweet: Chinn & Chapman: Ballroom Blitz & Hearts of Glass

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, March 1979

Mike Chapman began with Mud and Sweet, disappeared when glitter-rock went cold, and came back to make the new wave palatable for America with the ...

Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, Rockpile: The Basher Tapes: Nick Lowe Achieves Verbal Dominance of the Free World

Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, July 1979

I GUESS I WAS almost prepared. The stories in the English papers portraying him as a garrulous kinda guv, the bashful puppydog picture sleeves on ...

Jack Clement: 'Cowboy' Jack Clement: The Nut With The Midas Touch

Profile and Interview by Martin Hawkins, Melody Maker, October 1979

RECENTLY, the successful Nashville-based record producer and songwriter, sometime singer, and failed movie mogul. Jack Clement, made his first visit to Europe. At the age ...

The Clash: Guy Stevens: “There Are Only Two Phil Spectors In The World And I Am One Of Them”

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, December 1979

Selected tableaux from The Guy Stevens Story. ...

A Short History of the Rock Guitar

Overview by Charles Shaar Murray, History of Rock, The, 1981

BEFORE THE ADVENT OF ROCK, guitars were just guitars. Amplification made guitars more flexible, more assertive and more prominent, but even so the electric guitar ...

Captain Beefheart: Ted Templeman on Captain Beefheart

Interview by David Gans, BAM, September 1981

What did you expect when you did Captain Beefheart's Clear Spot? ...

Invasion Of The Walkmen People

Report by Cynthia Rose, City Limits, October 1981

It was was back in 1964 when Andy Warhol married his cassette machine. "The acquisition of my tape recorder" he revealed eleven years later, "really ...

The Eagles, Joe Walsh: Bill Szymczyk

Interview by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, 'The Record Producers', 1982

THERE CAN'T BE too many people whose surnames have eight letters, none of which is a vowel, but it hardly needs to be said that ...

Chris Thomas

Book Excerpt by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, The Record Producers (BBC Books), 1982

THE END OF 1981 sees Chris Thomas, ex-student of the Royal Academy of Music and also producer of the earliest (and best) Sex Pistols' records, ...

The Beatles: George Martin

Profile and Interview by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, The Record Producers (BBC Books), 1982

IN MUCH THE same way as Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were the first American record producers, that accolade in Britain belongs to the man ...

Glyn Johns

Book Excerpt by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, 'The Record Producers' (BBC Books), 1982

WHILE THE NAMES of George Martin and Mickie Most are probably the best known among British record producers, Glyn Johns was making hit records with ...

Leiber and Stoller

Book Excerpt by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, The Record Producers (BBC Books), 1982

ELVIS PRESLEY was the King of Rock'n'Roll – anyone who might care to dispute that should try reading another book, for without Presley, neither we, ...

Mickie Most

Profile and Interview by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, The Record Producers, 1982

THERE HAVE been numerous record producers who have started their own label, including Phil Spector, Richard Perry, Tony Visconti and Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman. ...

Phil Spector

Book Excerpt by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, The Record Producers (BBC Books), 1982

WHENEVER THE subject of record producers is discussed by anyone born before 1960, one name will always surface, that of Phil Spector. ...

Phil Spector: To Know Him Is To Love Him

Retrospective by Greg Shaw, History of Rock, The, 1982

So much has been written about Phil Spector, yet he still remains an enigma. ...

Barbra Streisand, Captain Beefheart, Carly Simon, Harry Nilsson, Leo Sayer, The Pointer Sisters, Ringo Starr, Tiny Tim: Richard Perry

Book Excerpt by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, 'The Record Producers', BBC Books, 1982

IF ANY PRODUCER could be said to have an instantly identifiable sound, aside from the obvious case of Phil Spector, it would be Richard Perry. ...

Roy Thomas Baker

Book Excerpt by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, The Record Producers (BBC Books), 1982

RUNNING NORTH off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood is a steep road which twists and turns upwards into the Hollywood Hills. ...

Captain Beefheart, Doobie Brothers, Little Feat, Van Halen, Van Morrison: Ted Templeman: Super Producer

Interview by David Gans, BAM, 1982

The super producer talks about Little Feat, Van Halen, the Doobies, and staying sane in a world of crazies. ...

Todd Rundgren

Interview by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, 'The Record Producers' (BBC Books) , 1982

WHEN SIFTING through the potential candidates for a book such as this, it is obviously essential to reflect the present and future, as well as ...

Tom Dowd

Book Excerpt by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, The Record Producers, 1982

CAREERS IN POPULAR music are often notoriously short, particularly in the most creative areas of activity, therefore it is of more than passing interest to ...

David Bowie, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy: Tony Visconti Talks

Book Excerpt by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, 'The Record Producers' (BBC Books), 1982

IN MUCH THE same way that George Martin is known for his work with the Beatles, anyone who has ever inspected the small print on ...

ABC, Buggles, Dollar, Malcolm McLaren, Spandau Ballet: The Most Wanted Man In Pop: Trevor Horn

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, March 1982

"Why does pop music have to be so naff?" asks TREVOR HORN, whose production work for Dollar, ABC and Spandau Ballet is an unequivocal answer ...

The Human League: A Life In The Day Of Martin Rushent

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, June 1982

MARTIN RUSHENT, producer of the Human League and Altered Images, talks to MARK COOPER. ...

Arthur Baker, Rockers Revenge: Rockers Revenge: The Big Bang Theory

Report and Interview by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, September 1982

Or... how a crate of records fell onto producer Arthur Baker's head and created a new jazz music and the beginning of Rockers Revenge ...

Mickie Most: The Midas Touch: Mickie Most

Profile by Steve Turner, History of Rock, The, 1983

Record production made millions for Mickie Most ...

Marshall Crenshaw Has A Field Day

Report and Interview by Karen Schlosberg, Creem, August 1983

WHAT A GUY. That phrase, always delivered with a flatter-than-thou Midwestern twang, is often bandied about within the Crenshaw camp. ...

Hal Willner, Thelonious Monk: Interpretations Of Monk By Jazz, Rock Musicians

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1984

WHAT DO FELLINI soundtrack composer Nino Rota and the late jazz great Thelonious Monk have in common? ...

Dennis Bovell: Running Off Copies, Blackbeard Treads The Boards: Dennis Bovell — Dub Juice On The Loose

Interview by Paul Bradshaw, New Musical Express, April 1984

BACK IN THE STUDIO WITH DENNIS BOVELL AND THE DUB BAND, BLACKBEARD IS HUNGRY TO PLAY, PAUL BRADSHAW READY TO LISTEN ...

Cosimo Matassa (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1985

The legendary New Orleans studio owner and producer talks about Crescent City race relations; NOLA vs. Memphis; the indie record business and, at length, about Aaron Neville, Professor Longhair, and the inability of the city's artists to sustain careers.

File format: mp3; file size: 44.7mb, interview length: 48' 47" sound quality: ****

Robert "Bumps" Blackwell: Robert ‘Bumps’ Blackwell

Obituary by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, March 1985

ROCK LOST another legendary face-moulder on 9 March, when Robert ‘Bumps’ Blackwell died at his home in Hacienda Heights, near LA. ...

Scritti Politti: Green Machines

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, International Musician And Recording World, July 1985

"I'D JUST like to say now that I am not a knobist." ...

Jimi Hendrix: Eddie Kramer: The Wizard Of Woof-Woof

Interview by Gene Santoro, Guitar World, September 1985

If Jimi wanted to hear guitar played underwater, Eddie Kramer would turn on the faucet — and get it all down on tape. As told to Gene ...

Jimi Hendrix: Alan Douglas Builds A Castle Made of Sand

Interview by Gene Santoro, Guitar World, September 1985

The record producer had Jimi's ear just before the end. Now he's re-packaging it for the masses. As Told To Gene Santoro ...

Willie Mitchell, Memphis Magician (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1985

The legendary Memphis producer talks about the rise of Southern Soul and the Memphis Sound, meeting and producing Al Green and making all those fabulous hits for Hi Records

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 46.2meg, total interview length: 50' 30" sound quality: ****

Chips Moman (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, Summer 1985

The legendary producer gives a history of Memphis R&B, touching on (in no particular order) Stax, James Carr, Dan Penn, Elvis, the fading of the Memphis light and the perils of Nashville.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 78.3mb, total interview length: 1h 25' 33" sound quality: ***

Led Zeppelin: Chris Huston, Eddie Kramer's Co-engineer on Led Zeppelin II

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar World, July 1986

FOR MANY, the first two Led Zeppelin albums were Led Zeppelin. The enormous drum sound, those magical guitar tones and just the energy and volume ...

Mantronix: Will Hip Hop Eat Itself?

Report and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, November 1986

Where is it? New York city. How is it? Bloody hot in here. Why is it? Because MATRONIX, pure-steel technologists of studio and vox, have ...

Sound Of Silence: The Rise Of The Compact Disc

Report by Jack Barron, Sounds, December 1986

You don't have to be a classical fanatic or yuppie stadium rock lover to appreciate compact disc – the quiet revolution has hit the indie ...

Allen Toussaint (1987)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1987

The First Gentleman of New Orleans on the city's music then and now, on Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey and the Meters, and on songwriting, producing and performing.

File format: mp3; file size: 66.4mb, interview length: 1h 12' 30" sound quality: ***

Steve Hoffman: The First Genius Of CD

Interview by Tom Graves, Rock & Roll Disc, October 1987

MCA's Remastering Genius Discusses His Archival Work And His New Position At Dunhill Compact Classics ...

M/A/R/R/S: Sound Wars: M/A/R/R/S Vs. Stock, Aitken, Waterman

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1987

At what point does sampling cross the fine line between flattery and theft? The battle between Stock Aitken Waterman and M/A/R/R/S may be the first ...

Remixing: Works in Progress

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 1988

Remixed albums are big business. Call in a remix engineer and squeeze more sales out of the same songs. Ideal for injecting added danceability. Useful ...

Narada Michael Walden: Riding On The Freeway Of Love With Narada Michael Walden

Interview by John Mendelsohn, San Francisco, June 1988

Grammies, Platinum Albums and Adulating Superstars Won’t Deter Him From Being A Regular Artist Kind Of Guy...Maybe ...

Jack Nitzsche, Phil Spector: Phil Spector: Jack Nitzsche remembers the Wall of Sound

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Goldmine, June 1988

NOW IN HIS 30th year in the music industry, Jack Nitzsche is one of the great composers and arrangers of our time. In this decade ...

Morrissey, The Smiths: Hate Male

Interview by Len Brown, New Musical Express, July 1988

The Smiths were "like a life-support machine" to Morrissey. Without STEPHEN STREET – co-writer/producer of Viva Hate – it's conceivable that Les Miserable himself would ...

Let's Active: Mitch Easter of Let's Active

Profile and Interview by Christine Natanael, Reflex, September 1988

"AS A KID, I was sort of a science nerd," says Mitch Easter. Despite his Einstein-like beginnings, this young boy from Greensboro, North Carolina would ...

The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Slayer: Rick Rubin: Mental Metal Master

Interview by Paul Elliott, Sounds, March 1989

From rap to metal, LL Cool J to Slayer, producer Rick Rubin has shaped the definitive street beats of the decade. Paul Elliott hears the ...

Joe Boyd: Elephant Man

Profile and Interview by Len Brown, unpublished, March 1989

IN AN UPSTAIRS storeroom at Hannibal Records HQ, the quarterback-sized Joe Boyd sits on a sack. Around him are boxes, piled high, brimming with the ...

Sampling: Name That Tune

Report by Mark Kemp, Option, May 1989

"You see you misunderstood A sample's just a tactic. It's a portion of my method, A tool in fact. It's only of importance When I ...

Sampling: A Creative Tool or License to Steal?

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1989

Guitarist Leo Nocentelli vividly remembers his first exposure to sampling in 1982. "I was on a session and the guy pressed one note on the ...

Quincy Jones (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1990

The man known as "Q" talks, between mouthfuls, about meeting Stravinsky; trying to put Michael Jackson together with Prince; the people he has known, from Dinah Washington to Colin Powell via Miles Davis and many others; and on the state of black America.

File format: mp3; file size: 39mb, interview length: 42' 37" sound quality: ***

Quincy Jones: Mr Jones, I Presume!

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, April 1990

THE THREE DUMBEST questions you could possibly ask this month are, "Do the ambulance workers deserve more pay?", "Is Mike Gatting a pillock?" and "Does ...

Was (Not Was): Hitmen

Interview by Andy Gill, Q, June 1990

THERE ARE SEVEN of us round the microphone, and I, for one, am a little nervous. I should be, too: three of the voices present ...

Ken Scott

Interview by Steven P. Wheeler, Music Connection, July 1990

FOR OVER 25 years, English-born Ken Scott has been in recording studios working with the legends of rock. Throughout the Sixties and Seventies, Scott was ...

Tina Turner: Private Dancer

Retrospective and Interview by John Pidgeon, Classic Albums (BBC Books), 1991

IN 1983, AT THE age of 45, Tina Turner could lay claim to a handful of hit singles, the first of which had come in ...

Bell Biv DeVoe, Public Enemy, Son Of Bazerk, Young Black Teenagers: Hank Shocklee: Rebel With A Cause

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1991

"Yo Jeff, man, I'm sorry, what can I say? I wanted this interview to happen as much as you did, but Hank's just too busy ...

Public Enemy: Hank Shocklee: Turntable Terrorist

Interview by Mark Kemp, Option, May 1991

WHEN NEW YORK hiphop filtered down from Harlem and the Bronx into the suburbs of Long Island around the turn of the last decade, a ...

Bill Inglot: An Analog Heart In A Digital Domain

Interview by Tom Graves, Rock & Roll Disc, August 1991

THE NAME Bill Inglot became synonymous with the CD medium in the earliest days of the new digital technology. Working most often with Rhino Records, ...

Les Paul

Interview by Mark Dery, Rock's Backpages Audio, Winter 1991

The great guitarist and inventor talks about the basis of his style; the making of 'How High The Moon'; co-inventing The Chipmunks; his influence on other musicians; the development of sound-on-sound and multitrack recording, and pays a heartfelt tribute to Mary Ford.

File format: mp3; file size: 51.4mb, interview length: 51' 06" sound quality: ***

Joy Division: An Interview with Martin Hannett, 29th May 1989

Interview by Jon Savage, Touch-Vagabond, 1992

JS: How did you come across Joy Division? ...

En Vogue: Diva-Stating

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1992

Jeff Lorez travels to Oakland, California to talk to writer/producers Foster & McElory about the apparent True Brit in their new "Funky Divas" album for En Vogue — and to the ...

CDs: Perfect Sound? Forever?

Report by Johnny Black, Q, July 1992

The sound of compact discs was hailed as a technical miracle. But is it? Classic albums get re-issued on CD and we're told they're better. ...

All Mix & No Master

Essay by David Toop, Wire, September 1992

"Whoever doesn't like what I did, 20 years from now they can go back and redo it."Teo Macero, discussing his method of recording Miles Davis ...

Big Black: Steve Albini: Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, November 1992

Big Black (1981-1987) were one of the most influential bands of the Eighties. Industrial music, 'skronk' rock, New York noisecore, British indiepop, Nirvana, Ministry, Suede, ...

Flyte Tyme 10th Year Anniversary, 1982-1992: The Jam & Lewis Story

Report by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, December 1992

I COULDN'T believe that I'd actually asked for a hotel wake-up call for 3:45am! By 4:30am I was struggling to keep my eyes open in ...

Alexander O'Neal, Flyte Tyme, Prince, The Time: The Jam & Lewis Story, Part 1: Flyte of Fantasy

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, December 1992

To mark the tenth anniversary of Jam & Lewis's ultra-successful Flyte Tyme Productions, Jeff Lorez flew to Minneapolis and spoke to Jimmy Jam for more than eight hours over two ...

Patti Austin, Cherrelle, The Human League, Cheryl Lynn, Alexander O'Neal, The SOS Band: Jam & Lewis: Flyte of Fantasy Part II

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, January 1993

Jeff Lorez continues his in-depth report on the tenth anniversary of Jam & Lewis's Flyte Tyme Productions. ...

Cathy Dennis, Janet Jackson, Madonna: Shep Pettibone: Spontaneous Combustion

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1993

No amount of studio technology can ever compete with the priceless element of spontaneity to set things on fire, says Shep... ...

In Pursuit of Pure Sound: The Story of the Audiophile Record Label, Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs

Report by Tom Graves, American Way, May 1993

HERB BELKIN, EXECUTIVE vice president of ABC records at the time, remembers the day in 1977 when two young audio engineers came into his office ...

Jerry Wexler: Crossing The Divide

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Independent on Sunday, May 1993

GET JERRY WEXLER started on the big bands of the Thirties and Forties and you'll never hear the back of it. Most ageing music moguls ...

Bill Laswell: Lost In Music

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, August 1993

From Sly and Robbie to Mick Jagger and Public Image, record producer Bill Laswell's client list is as varied as the sounds he pulls out ...

Daniel Lanois: The Book of Daniel

Interview by Fred Schruers, Musician, September 1993

Dan Lanois The Musician Eclipses Lanois The Producer ...

Big Black, Rapeman, Shellac, Steve Albini: The Hard Golden Tone of Shellac: An Interview with Steve Albini

Interview by Ian Christe, Warp, 1994

MICROPHONE CONNOISSEUR and billiardsman Steve Albini has recorded albums for the Pixies, Nirvana, the Jesus Lizard, and PJ Harvey. He doesn’t know when to ...

Everybody's A Musician: Interactive CD-ROMS Encourage Listeners To Get In The Act

Essay by Charles Bermant, Chicago Tribune, November 1994

IN 2019, THOSE WHO observe the 50th anniversary Woodstock celebration from the comfort of their own homes probably will have the richer experience. ...

Jesse Stone Tells His Story

Interview by Michael Lydon, unpublished, 1995

AT 94, JESSE STONE, arranger, bandleader, and song writer extraordinaire, has spanned the entire 20th century of African-American music. ...

Joe Meek: Various Artists: It's Hard to Believe It - the Amazing World of Joe Meek (Razor & Tie)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Spin, 1995

WHO WAS Joe Meek? A cut-price Spector crafting pocket symphonies in his North London studio for a stable of dodgy pre-Beatles combos? Yes, but the ...

Brian Eno

Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, June 1995

You’d like your album smoothly airbrushed with the minimum fuss, and expertly streamlined to slot into a tidy marketing profile? Don’t phone Brian Eno then. ...

Al Green, Willie Mitchell: Willie Mitchell: Tell’Em Willie Boy Was Here

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, MOJO, June 1995

Willie Mitchell, maestro of the Memphis soul sound that gave the world Al Green, has his life’s work celebrated by the box set Hi Times: ...

Al Green, Ann Peebles, Willie Mitchell: Various Artists: Royal Memphis Soul – Hi Records

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1996

When Muscle Shoals went flabby and Stax couldn't pay their taxes, Hi Records took up the soul baton. Barney Hoskyns says hello to a collection ...

Giorgio Moroder

Retrospective by Jon Savage, Request, 1997

SO YOU THINK Giorgio Moroder and you think of Donna Summer's pornographic 'Love To Love You Baby' and all that followed, but there's more to ...

In a Moog Mood

Guide by John McCready, MOJO, 1997

UNLIKE THE Hoover, a similarly undisputed brand leader which  describes any vacuum cleaner as all vacuum cleaners do the same thing, all synthesizers are, over ...

Mickie Most (1997)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1997

Purveyor of pap, or pop genius? The Rak man on 'House of the Rising Sun', Herman's Hermits, 'Hi Ho Silver Lining', Donovan and lots more

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 42.8meg, total interview length: 46' 50" sound quality: *****

Oasis: In The Studio With Oasis

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1997

An interview with Oasis producer Owen Morris ...

Radiohead: Radiohead Get The Details

Interview by Mac Randall, Musician, September 1997

On tour in Spain with five musicians for whom the little things mean a lot ...

Jimmy Bowen and Jim Jerome: Rough Mix (Simon & Schuster)

Book Review by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, January 1998

JIMMY BOWEN is the music-biz sharpie who made Nashville's country industry what it is today -- a multi-billion-dollar-generating machine. For that, he's both loved and ...

Bert Berns: The Soul Man with a Huckster's Heart

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1998

HE WAS, said Jerry Wexler, "a paunchy, nervous cat with a shock of unruly black hair". He looked like a vaguely disreputable cross between Gene ...

Jack Nitzsche: Ten Questions For Jack Nitzsche

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, MOJO, April 1998

HOW DID YOU first meet Phil Spector? ...

Producer in Paradise: Joel Dorn Revisits a Golden Age of Jazz

Report and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, April 1998

JOEL DORN describes himself as "a stand-up guy. I grew up on the street corners and in the playgrounds, and I was raised to believe ...

Aretha Franklin: Arif Mardin: A Man For All Musical Seasons

Interview by Bill DeMain, Performing Songwriter, July 1998

READING THROUGH the list of artists that producer/arranger Arif Mardin has worked with is like looking at a chapter of history from American pop music. ...

The Beach Boys: Record Producer Nik Venet: 1936-1998

Obituary by Steve Roeser, Goldmine, Spring 1998

NIK VENET, an East Coast friend and mid-Fifties music scene contemporary of Bobby Darin who came to Los Angeles to become one of the key ...

Bob Dylan: A Session With Bob Dylan

Memoir by Happy Traum, Guitar World, 1999

IN OCTOBER OF 1971, I got a call from Bob Dylan asking me if I'd like record some songs with him for his Greatest Hits, ...

King Tubby: "This is a journey into sound"

Retrospective by Lloyd Bradley, James Maycock, MOJO, April 1999

Sonic visionary, dancehall supremo and obsessive money-launderer, he played the sliders like Jimi played a Fender. Lloyd Bradley and James Maycock chronicle the crowning glories ...

James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt: Peter Asher: A World Of Sound

Interview by Bill DeMain, Performing Songwriter, April 1999

"I ALWAYS found the studio a fascinating place," says producer Peter Asher, "and the process of assembling a track and figuring out what each musician ...

Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans: Bobby Sheen

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 2000

WHENEVER HE MADE records under his own name, Bobby Sheen, who has died aged 57, was out of luck. But as Bob B Soxx, the ...

The Bee Gees: How the Bee Gees got into Disco: An Oral History of Main Course

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, April 2000

NOTE: This is a considerably extended version of the piece published in Q. ...

Jimi Hendrix: Black Secret Technology

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, July 2000

Hendrix wasn't just the original firestarter, all flash and dazzle. He was a scientist of sound. ...

Jack Nitzsche: Legendary Music Arranger and Composer, Jack Nitzsche Dies

Obituary by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, September 2000

Legendary arranger and award-winning composer Jack Nitzsche died at Queen Of Angels hospital in Los Angeles, Calif. , on August 25, 2000. Nitzsche’s death was ...

For CD Guru, Masters Are His Domain

Profile and Interview by Fred Shuster, Los Angeles Times, October 2000

SOME PEOPLE have the best jobs. ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Jim Marshall Interview

Interview by Joe Matera, Mixdown, 2001

In a rare and candid interview, the man behind the legendary amplifier talks to Joe Matera about the Marshall legacy. ...

Jack Nitzsche, The Rolling Stones: Tuning the Key of the Universe: Jack Nitzsche Remembered

Profile and Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, 2001

Jack Nitzsche, who died last August at the age of 63, was a seminal but shadowy figure in rock ’n’ roll since the early '60s. ...

Brian Eno: "So Why Are We Doing This?"

Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, May 2001

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT, observing Brian Eno's early career as furnisher of funny noises to the original Roxy Music, to predict that three decades ...

Joe Meek: Hearing A New World: The Joe Meek Story

Retrospective by John McCready, MOJO, May 2001

NOTE: This piece originally featured in Mojo magazine in a truncated 8,000 word edit. this is the full near-12,000 word original piece. This is such ...

The Temptations' Final Frontier

Retrospective and Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, August 2001

MOTOWN KING BERRY GORDY was royally miffed. None of his subjects could come up with a hit for the act many considered the finest in ...

The Beatles, George Martin: Arise, Sir George: The Man Behind the Beatles

Interview by Joe Matera, Mixdown, 2002

BEST KNOWN as the man who produced The Beatles, Sir George Martin was there at the beginning of the British pop revolution and went on ...

The Beach Boys, The Byrds: Gary Usher

Interview by Gene Sculatti, Scram, 2002

Gary Usher In Conversation With Gene Sculatti January 1971 ...

Masterclass: Phil Ramone

Interview by Larry Jaffee, The Audiophile Voice, 2002

PHIL RAMONE is a legendary music producer who's been at the helm on recordings by a who's who of 20th century popular music, the likes ...

N*E*R*D: Inventing The New Funk

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, March 2002

Pair the Neptunes and Kelis and what you get is state-of-the-art groove music ...

David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust And the Spiders From Mars: 30th Anniversary Edition

Review and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, July 2002

"I'm really just a Photostat machine. I pour out what has already been fed in. I merely reflect what is going on around me" – ...

Richard Harris: The Grim Reporter

Obituary by Phast Phreddie Patterson, Rock's Backpages, November 2002

Phast Phreddie Patterson on those gone but not forgotten. ...

Seven Inches Of Heaven

Report by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, November 2002

For adolescents, it was a thrill – the first music they owned. Singles survive in the CD age as bootlegs and indie specials. Their covers ...

Phil Ramone (2003)

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2003

The legendary producer/engineer talks about the internet and file sharing, the thorny process of CD remastering of classic albums, and revisiting such classic albums as Paul Simon's Graceland and Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks.

File format: mp3; file size: 59.9mb, interview length: 1h 05' 28" sound quality: ***

Phil Spector's Ghosts: The Spooky World Of The Greatest Producer In Pop Music

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, slate.com, February 2003

FOR OBSERVERS of Hollywood, it's been irresistible: life imitating the movies once again. The death of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson in Phil Spector's Alhambra chateau ...

Phil Spector: Pop's Lost Genius: Phil Spector

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Telegraph Magazine, February 2003

PHIL SPECTOR PRODUCED some of the greatest pop hits of all time, from ‘Be My Baby’ to ‘Imagine’. Notoriously eccentric in his heyday, his slow ...

Lou Reed (2003)

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 2003

On The Raven, the ups and, mostly, downs of CDs, mp3s and (re)mastering and more.

File format: mp3; file size: 24.9mb, interview length: 27' 11" sound quality: ***

Phil Spector: The Mad Director: Phil Spector and the Sound of Walls

Guide by Phil Mershon, Perfect Sound Forever, March 2003

HAD PHIL SPECTOR accomplished nothing more than recording The Ronettes singing ‘Be My Baby,’ he would deserve at least one get-out-of-jail-free card. ...

Rick Rubin: Metal Guru

Interview by Chris Campion, Dazed & Confused, April 2003

The influence of the crush grooves produced by Def Jam and American Recordings founder, Rick Rubin, are stronger than ever. ...

Phil Spector: Spector's Heirs

Overview by Robin Eggar, unpublished, April 2003

THE CASTLE PERCHES atop a hill in suburban Alhambra reached after a long and winding climb. The huge iron gates appear to have been shut ...

Adam Faith, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters: The Grim Reporter April 2003

Obituary by Phast Phreddie Patterson, Rock's Backpages, April 2003

Phast Phreddie Patterson on those gone but not forgotten ...

Phil Spector: Over The Wall!

Retrospective by Joel Selvin, MOJO, May 2003

Phil Spector, the most famous producer on the planet, is currently on bail after an actress was shot dead at his L.A. mansion. To a ...

The Animals: Grim Reporter - July 2003

Obituary by Phast Phreddie Patterson, Rock's Backpages, July 2003

Phast Phreddie Patterson on those gone but not forgotten ...

The Saints: I’m Stranded: Ed Kuepper on the Making of the Saints’ Classic Debut

Interview by Joe Matera, Australian Guitar, 2004

JM: You actually did two sessions for I’m Stranded. Did you use the same gear for both sessions? ...

Digital Magic Makes A Musician Of Me

Comment by Tom Cox, Daily Telegraph, May 2004

I THINK IT'S SAFE to say I'm never going to learn to play a musical instrument properly now. The realisation first came to me about ...

Girls Aloud, Sugababes: Xenomania: Heart Of The Country, Home Of The Hits

Profile and Interview by Ben Thompson, Observer, The, July 2004

In rural Kent, the future of British pop is being shaped by Brian Higgins – a Phil Spector for the 21st century. Ben Thompson meets ...

Dan Penn: Muscle Shoals: Soul of the South

Retrospective and Interview by Chris Campion, unpublished, September 2004

Muscle Shoals and Fame Studios are synonymous with the golden era of soul music. But the musicians who wrote and played on the songs that ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: SMiLE When Your Heart Is Breaking: Brian Wilson

Interview by Roy Trakin, Hits, October 2004

"Come about hard and joinThe young and often spring you gaveI heard the wordWonderful thingA children's song" ('Surf’s Up') ...

Buggles: Trevor Horn: Vast Cities Of Sound

Profile by Paul Morley, Daily Telegraph, November 2004

Trevor Horn, one of pop music's great ministers of sound, celebrates 25 years of recording wizardry this week. And it all started with The Buggles, ...

Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff (2005)

Interview by David Nathan, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2005

The making of The Sound of Philadelphia: Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff on the Philadelphia International label, and working with the diverse likes of Wilson Pickett, Dusty Springfield, Jerry Butler and Laura Nyro.

File format: mp3; file size: 31.5mb; Interview length: 24' 24"; sound quality: ***

The Beatles: Abbey Road: Where Magic Was Made

Profile by Paul Trynka, Guardian, The, March 2005

Paul Trynka looks back at the relationship between the biggest band of all time and the studio that helped them create their sound ...

A Swamper Tells the Muscle Shoals Story: An Interview with David Hood

Interview by Carl Wiser, unpublished, 2006

ABOUT TWO minutes into 'I'll Take You There', a sultry bass groove plays while Mavis Staples implores, "Little David, help me out now..." ...

David Bowie, Morrissey: Tony Visconti: Bolan, Bowie, Morrissey And Me

Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, March 2006

"WHAT A LOT of people don't realise about Morrissey," says the producer of his new album, Tony Visconti, "is that he has a sense of ...

Tom Silverman: No Expense Spared

Interview by Larry Jaffee, MediaPack, May 2006

Tom Silverman, the pioneer rap music label owner of New York-based Tommy Boy Records, is unusual among his label head peers. He's willing to spend ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: Geoff Emerick

Profile and Interview by Richie Unterberger, Record Collector, June 2006

BESIDES GEORGE Martin, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, Geoff Emerick worked on more Beatles sessions than any other individual. ...

T-Bone Burnett (2006)

Interview by Joel Selvin, Selvin On The City, KSAN 107.7, June 2006

T-Bone Burnett guests on Selvin On the City ( KSAN Underground Radio 107.7, San Francisco), talking about production, the soundtrack for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Ralph Stanley, Jakob Dylan and more.

File format: mp3 File size: 27.2mb Interview length: 29' 44"; Sound quality: *****

Timbaland: "I'm up here. Everyone else is down there."

Profile and Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, August 2006

TIM "TIMBALAND" Mosley, the most in-demand music producer in the world, is tired. But the task of staying awake is made easier because, right now, ...

Big Jim Sullivan: The Man With The Golden Arm

Interview by Jon Stewart, Guitarist, September 2006

Jon Stewart talks about what it takes to make it as a professional musician with Big Jim Sullivan, the legendary UK session guitarist who has ...

Big Star, Alex Chilton, Jim Dickinson: 40 Years of Ardent

Retrospective and Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, October 2006

The little recording studio on Madison has played a big part in Memphis music history. ...

The Beatles, George Martin: George Martin

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, January 2007

THE PENTHOUSE mixing room at the top of Abbey Road Studios. We await Sir George Martin, who is 30 minutes late. "This is most unlike ...

The Beatles, George Martin: The Sound Of Sgt. Pepper

Retrospective and Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, January 2007

THE RECORD ALWAYS regarded as a harbinger of pop's future is full of old-fashioned sounds. These are, in order of appearance: a theatre orchestra tuning ...

Marc Bolan, David Bowie: Child of the Revolution: Tony Visconti: The Autobiography: Bowie, Bolan And The Brooklyn Boy (Harper Collins) ****

Book Review by Mark Paytress, MOJO, April 2007

A life in music, rich in chemical romances, bickering stars and some wonderful work, is recounted with great dignity, says Mark Paytress ...

Arif Mardin: Groovin': The Genius of Arif Mardin

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Rhino Records, April 2007

ATLANTIC'S JERRY WEXLER called him The Pasha, aka "His Soulful Turkish Eminence". It was a typically Wexleresque reference to Arif Mardin's aristocratic background and manner. ...

Joe Boyd Discusses His Book, White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s

Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, May 2007

AMERICAN-BORN, England-based producer Joe Boyd, who discovered Nick Drake, Fairport Convention and the Incredible String Band, oversaw key recordings by Pink Floyd, R.E.M. and others ...

Let's Active, Mitch Easter, R.E.M., Sneakers: Mitch Easter Interviewed: Perfect Sound Forever - The Director's Cut

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, unpublished, Summer 2007

NOTE: This is a vastly expanded version of the Mitch Easter feature, "Perfect Sound Forever," written for issue #76, of Magnet, published summer 2007. Interviews ...

Miami Sound Machine: The Hit Factory Criteria Studio

Report and Interview by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, July 2008

MIAMI – On any given night, as the fabled moon rises over Miami, the densest concentration of pop stars per square foot is likely to ...

Brian Eno

Interview by Mike Barnes, MOJO, March 2009

He was Roxy Music's synth-basher and the architect of ambient. Now outside-the-box boffin Brian Eno is working with U2 and Coldplay. "Producing is the best paid form ...

T-Bone Burnett

Report and Interview by Jim Irvin, Word, The, April 2009

T-Bone Burnett has been producing records for over 40 years and is busier now than he's ever been, pursuing a lifelong fascination with "the boom ...

Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash: Bob Johnston on Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Nashville Skyline

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, May 2009

JUNE 17th MARKS the 40th anniversary of the original Columbia Records release of Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline album, produced by Bob Johnston. ...

Barry Beckett: Soul Provider: Muscle Shoals keyboard legend Barry Beckett in His Own Words

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, June 2009

NOTE: This is a pretty straight transcript of what the late Barry Beckett said to me in his new Warner Brothers office in Nashville in ...

Nick Drake: Robert Kirby, 1948-2009

Obituary by Colin Irwin, Guardian, The, October 2009

IN HIS FIRST YEAR as a music student at Cambridge University, Robert Kirby sought to join Footlights, the undergraduates' fabled arts and drama club. He ...

The Police, Sting: Vinyl Icon: The Police's Synchronicity

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, November 2009

IN 1977, a virtually unknown trio called The Police recorded their debut album, Outlandos D'Amour, in a village hall that had been converted to a ...

Top Of Their Voices

Overview by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, December 2009

From accents to Auto-Tune, singers fought to stand out from the pack ...

Michael Jackson: Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough: Bruce Swedien Remembers the Times with Michael Jackson

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, Summer 2009

HERE'S IRONY for you: there were several things timed for the release of Michael Jackson's London shows that were to provide testimony to the man's ...

Jimi Hendrix: Eddie Kramer on Jimi Hendrix's Valleys of Neptune

Interview by Ben Fong-Torres, eMusic.com, February 2010

EDDIE KRAMER'S credit on Valleys of Neptune is co-producer, along with Janie Hendrix (Jimi's sister) and John McDermott of Experience Hendrix, the company owned by ...

The Rolling Stones: Andy Johns on recording Exile On Main St.

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, March 2010

ANDY JOHNS is a world class sound engineer and record producer. On May 18th his work with the Rolling Stones on their 1972 Exile On ...

Bob Dylan: 'Bob Knew There'd Be Butting Of Heads'

Retrospective and Interview by Michael Simmons, MOJO, July 2010

HOW DYLAN'S FIRST ALBUM OF ORIGINAL MATERIAL SINCE 1990 BECAME A WAR OF WILLS, AND AN ARTISTIC TRIUMPH. AS TOLD TO MICHAEL SIMMONS. ...

Steely Dan: Vinyl Icon: Gaucho

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, July 2010

GAUCHO, THE FINAL ALBUM Steely Dan recorded before they broke up in 1981, is still regarded as a masterpiece by aficionados, but making it put ...

Led Zeppelin: Let's Get Physical: The Story of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Classic Rock, September 2010

SOMETHING IS ROTTEN in the state of rock. The heady euphoria of the late Sixties has degenerated into decadence and self-satisfaction. Working-class guitar heroes have ...

Pink Floyd: Vinyl Icon: Pink Floyd's The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, September 2010

IT'S WRIT large in pop history that The Beatles spent the spring of 1967 recording their classic Sgt Pepper album in EMI's Abbey Road Studio ...

Al Kooper, Bob Dylan: Al Kooper on Bob Dylan's record producers Tom Wilson and Bob Johnston

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, October 2010

"In 1966 Dylan went down to Nashville for Blonde On Blonde He stayed out in the studio 10 or 12 hours. Bob never left it. ...

Roben Jones: Memphis Boys – The Story of American Studios (University Press Of Mississippi)

Book Review by Mike Atherton, Blues & Rhythm, 2011

"THOSE SEVEN MUSICIANS, the American rhythm section, are the most creative and innovative studio musicians I know," said Memphis promotion man Marty Lacker, who, having ...

Adrian Sherwood: The Man Who Built Jamaica In The Midlands

Interview by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, February 2011

The founder of On-U Sound tells Nick Coleman that there is more to reggae than 'ooom-chicky...' ...

Van Dyke Parks: Parks Life: An Interview with Van Dyke Parks

Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, May 2011

The next few months will see the release of a series of vinyl singles by celebrated writer, arranger and producer VAN DYKE PARKS, plus the ...

The Clash: Vinyl Icon: The Clash

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, May 2011

UNUSUALLY, FOR AN ALBUM awarded Vinyl Icon status, the "fi" of The Clash's eponymous debut is not of the highest. It is, however, an album ...

Steve Miller: Vinyl Icon: The Steve Miller Band's Fly Like An Eagle

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, May 2011

FLY LIKE AN EAGLE was the album which, in 1976, transformed San Francisco-based Stevie "Guitar" Miller from acclaimed critics' favourite to global superstar. ...

Chic, Norma Jean Wright: Norma Jean Wright: Norma Jean

Sleevenotes by Daryl Easlea, Demon Records, July 2011

NORMA JEAN WRIGHT'S sole album on Bearsville, released in 1978, is something of a curio, and is notable for the fact it was the first ...

Jerry Ragovoy: Old Music for New People: A Tribute to Jerry Ragovoy

Memoir by Al Kooper, Morton Report, The, July 2011

MY DEAR FRIEND Jerry Ragovoy, legendary songwriter, producer, and arranger, passed away on July 13 of complications from a stroke. ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson and SMiLE

Retrospective and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, October 2011

NOTE: A small portion of this interview appeared in the 2011 MOJO '60s issue. ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: The SMiLE You Send Out Returns to You: The Story of Brian Wilson's Great Lost Masterpiece

Retrospective by Tim Meade, Rock's Backpages, October 2011

WE ALL KNOW THE STORY of the Beach Boys' SMiLE. After Pet Sounds, Brian set out to make a "teenage symphony to God" that ...

Joe Henry: Historical Home Studio: Joe Henry Records Himself in South Pasadena

Report and Interview by Don Waller, Glendale News-Press, December 2011

ROCK MUSICIAN and producer Joe Henry in his home and studio in South Pasadena on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. His home, a Greene & Greene ...

Noel Hawks and Jah Floyd: Reggae Going International 1967-1976 – The Bunny "Striker" Lee Story

Book Review by Mike Atherton, Echoes, 2012

IN 2002, BUNNY LEE asked seasoned music journalist Noel Hawks when he was going to write up his story in book form. In the best ...

Todd Rundgren: The MOJO Interview: Todd Rundgren

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 2012

TWO DAYS AFTER a throat-shredding three-night stand at London's Jazz Café, Todd Harry Rundgren seems relieved merely to be talking. Still sporting multi-coloured – black ...

Kim Fowley: Impresario, Svengali, Saint, Devil

Report and Interview by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, April 2012

KIM FOWLEY pulls DVDs, fliers, CDs, a hospital admission slip and more DVDs out of a jumble of media on the mixing board of a ...

Bruce Springsteen, David Sancious: E Street Serenade: Bruce Springsteen, David Sancious and the E Street Shuffle

Retrospective and Interview by Rod Tootell, Rock's Backpages, December 2012

IN SEPTEMBER 1974, a Swedish journalist was interviewing a rock singer pretty much unknown in Sweden. His name was Bruce Springsteen. ...

Can, Conny Plank, Kraftwerk, Neu!: Conny Plank: The Soundtrack Of Our Youth

Profile by David Stubbs, Quietus, The, February 2013

As Gronland release a four-disc box set of the music of Conny Plank, David Stubbs remembers the "midwife of Krautrock"... ...

Bert Berns, Solomon Burke: Cry to Him: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns

Book Excerpt by Joel Selvin, 'Here Comes The Night' (Counterpoint Books), April 2014

In these two excerpts from Joel Selvin's splendid new biography of Bert Berns, the soul hustler from the Bronx oversees the 1961 session for Solomon ...

Bert Berns: Here Comes The Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm & Blues by Joel Selvin

Book Review by Kirk Silsbee, Downbeat, July 2014

AMERICAN POP MUSIC from the no-man's-land after The Day The Music Died (Buddy Holly's fatal 1959 plane crash) and before the arrival of the Beatles ...

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