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22nd Jun '16 3:46:05 AM gewunomox
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* Music/SteveAlbini prefers to be this by default, even to the point of refusing to accept royalties from records he works on (most famously during the production of ''Surfer Rosa'' by ThePixies and ''In Utero'' by {{Music/Nirvana}}), considering the act to be insulting to the band he worked with. Apparently because he favours "live" recording over the layers of multi-tracking that most producers prefer, Albini has to spend an age setting up the microphones just so, but other than that, the description is fairly accurate. He also tries to have his name left off the album credits if possible, and if not, he absolutely ''refuses'' to allow himself to be listed as a "producer", instead preferring the title of "engineer" or saying the album was "engineered/recorded by". Also, he despises digital audio formats and recording systems with a passion, to the point of referring to CD's as "the rich man's eight-track tape" and refusing to use the Pro Tools installed in his studio.

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* Music/SteveAlbini prefers to be this by default, even to the point of refusing to accept royalties from records he works on (most famously during the production of ''Surfer Rosa'' by ThePixies Music/ThePixies and ''In Utero'' by {{Music/Nirvana}}), considering the act to be insulting to the band he worked with. Apparently because he favours "live" recording over the layers of multi-tracking that most producers prefer, Albini has to spend an age setting up the microphones just so, but other than that, the description is fairly accurate. He also tries to have his name left off the album credits if possible, and if not, he absolutely ''refuses'' to allow himself to be listed as a "producer", instead preferring the title of "engineer" or saying the album was "engineered/recorded by". Also, he despises digital audio formats and recording systems with a passion, to the point of referring to CD's as "the rich man's eight-track tape" and refusing to use the Pro Tools installed in his studio.



* Music/RickRubin - his scaled down sound marked by minimal use of effects like reverb, trying to keep most of the instrumentation live and a focus on performance and precision. He's known for the sheer eclecticism of the bands he's worked with and his seemingly uncanny ability to bring out the best in the people he works with. His credits include: Music/BeastieBoys (''Licensed to Ill''), Run-DMC, LLCoolJ (''Radio'' famously had the credit "reduced by Rick Rubin"), Music/JayZ, Music/{{Slayer}} (''Reign in Blood'', ''South of Heaven'', ''Seasons in the Abyss'' and more), Music/JohnnyCash (the ''American Recordings'' series), Music/RedHotChiliPeppers (all of their albums since ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik''), Music/{{Danzig}}, Music/{{Metallica}} (''Death Magnetic''), Music/SystemOfADown (all their albums), Music/{{AC DC}} (''Ballbreaker''), Neil Diamond (''12 Songs''), Music/JustinTimberlake and Music/{{Weezer}}. On a more negative note, he is also notorious for {{Loudness War}}ring his recent releases to an {{egregious}} extent.

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* Music/RickRubin - his scaled down sound marked by minimal use of effects like reverb, trying to keep most of the instrumentation live and a focus on performance and precision. He's known for the sheer eclecticism of the bands he's worked with and his seemingly uncanny ability to bring out the best in the people he works with. His credits include: Music/BeastieBoys (''Licensed to Ill''), Run-DMC, LLCoolJ Music/RunDMC, Music/LLCoolJ (''Radio'' famously had the credit "reduced by Rick Rubin"), Music/JayZ, Music/{{Slayer}} (''Reign in Blood'', ''South of Heaven'', ''Seasons in the Abyss'' and more), Music/JohnnyCash (the ''American Recordings'' series), Music/RedHotChiliPeppers (all of their albums since ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik''), Music/{{Danzig}}, Music/{{Metallica}} (''Death Magnetic''), Music/SystemOfADown (all their albums), Music/{{AC DC}} Music/{{ACDC}} (''Ballbreaker''), Neil Diamond (''12 Songs''), Music/JustinTimberlake and Music/{{Weezer}}. On a more negative note, he is also notorious for {{Loudness War}}ring his recent releases to an {{egregious}} extent.



* Scott Burns very nearly invented the sound of 90's death metal, producing Music/CannibalCorpse's first five albums, five by Deicide, four by Obituary three by Death, three by Malevolent Creation, and many more. His retirement from producing was largely due to death metal exhaustion, having never been a big fan of the music, just very good at making it sound right.
* Gil Norton - spacey, aggressive AlternativeRock (Music/ThePixies, James, Belly, CatherineWheel, Music/FooFighters) or whiny {{Post-Grunge}}y indie rock (Dashboard Confessional, Jimmy Eat World).
* Stock Aitken Waterman - high-energy pop-dance (Dead or Alive, Music/RickAstley, Music/KylieMinogue). Probably the most hated of the bunch.

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* Scott Burns very nearly invented the sound of 90's death metal, producing Music/CannibalCorpse's first five albums, five by Deicide, four by Obituary Obituary, three by Death, Music/{{Death}}, three by Malevolent Creation, and many more. His retirement from producing was largely due to death metal exhaustion, having never been a big fan of the music, just very good at making it sound right.
* Gil Norton - spacey, aggressive AlternativeRock (Music/ThePixies, James, Belly, CatherineWheel, Music/{{Belly}}, Music/CatherineWheel, Music/FooFighters) or whiny {{Post-Grunge}}y indie rock (Dashboard Confessional, Jimmy Eat World).
(Music/DashboardConfessional, Music/JimmyEatWorld).
* Stock Aitken Waterman - high-energy pop-dance (Dead or Alive, (Music/DeadOrAlive, Music/RickAstley, Music/KylieMinogue). Probably the most hated of the bunch.
4th May '16 5:36:29 PM aye_amber
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* All of Music/{{U2}}'s albums since 1984 have been produced by BrianEno and Daniel Lanois, but in TheNineties they expanded production credits by having The Edge take occasional credits, bringing in Steve Lillywhite for ''Music/AchtungBaby'', Mark "Flood" Ellis for ''Zooropa'' and Howie B and Steve Osborne for ''Pop''. ''How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb'' bears their longest list of producers, numbering: Steve Lillywhite, Chris Thomas, Jacknife Lee, Nellee Hooper, Flood, Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno and Carl Glanville.

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* All of Music/{{U2}}'s albums since 1984 have been produced by BrianEno Music/BrianEno and Daniel Lanois, but in TheNineties they expanded production credits by having The Edge take occasional credits, bringing in Steve Lillywhite for ''Music/AchtungBaby'', Mark "Flood" Ellis for ''Zooropa'' and Howie B and Steve Osborne for ''Pop''. ''How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb'' bears their longest list of producers, numbering: Steve Lillywhite, Chris Thomas, Jacknife Lee, Nellee Hooper, Flood, Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno and Carl Glanville.
3rd May '16 6:09:35 PM aye_amber
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* Bruce Fairbairn - overly bombastic, occasionally horn- and synth-laden rock (Music/{{Aerosmith}}, {{Yes}}, AC/DC, BonJovi, Music/{{Loverboy}}).

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* Bruce Fairbairn - overly bombastic, occasionally horn- and synth-laden rock (Music/{{Aerosmith}}, {{Yes}}, AC/DC, BonJovi, Music/{{Yes}}, Music/{{ACDC}}, Music/BonJovi, Music/{{Loverboy}}).
23rd Apr '16 11:02:35 PM MeatWisdom
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** When they finally got around to recording "A Change of Seasons" as an EP three years later, it was with great difficulty that they decided to hire Prater to produce once again, reasoning that since "A Change of Seasons" was an ''Images and Words'' outtake it made the most sense to have him handle it. There were less fights this time around, and Prater wasn't around long enough to start clashing with the band again since the rest of the EP was filled by a series of covers recorded at one of the band's concerts. However, the most infamous incident during these sessions was when Prater asked James LaBrie to sing the ''whole 20 minute song'' of "A Change Of Seasons" when he had to record multiple takes. However, Prater stopped when James LaBrie absolutely [[BeserkButton went off on him]].

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** When they finally got around to recording "A Change of Seasons" as an EP three years later, it was with great difficulty that they decided to hire Prater to produce once again, reasoning that since "A Change of Seasons" was an ''Images and Words'' outtake it made the most sense to have him handle it. There were less fights this time around, and Prater wasn't around long enough to start clashing with the band again since the rest of the EP was filled by a series of covers recorded at one of the band's concerts. However, the most infamous incident during these sessions was when Prater asked James LaBrie to sing the ''whole 20 minute song'' of "A Change Of Seasons" when he had to record multiple takes. However, Prater stopped when James LaBrie absolutely [[BeserkButton [[BerserkButton went off on him]].
23rd Apr '16 12:19:20 AM aye_amber
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* Music/JohnZorn's independent label Tzadik distributes his own music, but also produces countless experimental musicians, among which Music/{{Boredoms}} are the most famous.

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* Music/JohnZorn's independent label Tzadik ''Tzadik'' distributes his own music, but also produces countless experimental musicians, among which Music/{{Boredoms}} ''Boredoms'' are the most famous.
20th Apr '16 7:00:17 PM aye_amber
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* Trevor Horn - Previously the singer for Music/TheBuggles (and later a member of Yes and Art of Noise), Horn has a reputation for playing to his artist's strengths and adapting appropriately; hence how he can produce slickly produced and expansive pop/rock in the vein of Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood's ''Two Tribes'', Music/{{Yes}}' mainstream breakthrough ''90125'' or Music/RobbieWilliams' ''Reality Killed The Video Star'', or alternately experimental and edgy like Grace Jones' ''Slave To The Rhythm'' and the Music/ArtOfNoise's... well, the Music/ArtOfNoise's early material. Horn is often cited as being the best producer in Britain, and the man deserves the accolade. That being said, his perfectionism at all costs (often quite literal costs) has been known to get artists' backs up from time to time, with Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood eventually taking him to court. It's widely known that Frankie's song "Relax" was reworked so much that, like the album it sat on, only Holly Johnson's voice is an original element of the song. PetShopBoys acknowledged that Horn promised a finished production job on "Left to my own devices" within a week, only for the song to come back six months later, well over budget.

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* Trevor Horn - Previously the singer for Music/TheBuggles (and later a member of Yes and Art of Noise), Horn has a reputation for playing to his artist's strengths and adapting appropriately; hence how he can produce slickly produced and expansive pop/rock in the vein of Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood's ''Two Tribes'', Music/{{Yes}}' mainstream breakthrough ''90125'' or Music/RobbieWilliams' ''Reality Killed The Video Star'', or alternately experimental and edgy like Grace Jones' ''Slave To The Rhythm'' and the Music/ArtOfNoise's... well, the Music/ArtOfNoise's early material. Horn is often cited as being the best producer in Britain, and the man deserves the accolade. That being said, his perfectionism at all costs (often quite literal costs) has been known to get artists' backs up from time to time, with Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood eventually taking him to court. It's widely known that Frankie's song "Relax" was reworked so much that, like the album it sat on, only Holly Johnson's voice is an original element of the song. PetShopBoys Music/PetShopBoys acknowledged that Horn promised a finished production job on "Left to my own devices" within a week, only for the song to come back six months later, well over budget.
17th Apr '16 6:08:27 AM aye_amber
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* Music/ToddRundgren. Famous for being both a musician and a producer, he did not get along with Music/{{XTC}} during the production of ''Music/{{Skylarking}}'' and Andy Partridge claimed he was often sarcastic towards them. ''Skylarking'' is XTC's most critically acclaimed album, coincidentally. When he produced a Bad Religion album, he didn't exactly like them, either, which left the band's singer Greg Graffin disappointed as [[BrokenPedestal he was a fan of Rundgren's music]]. Music/MeatLoaf and Jim Steinman have both stated that their attitude in 1977 was that Rundgren was responsible for "ruining" several songs on ''Bat Out of Hell'' by reducing their lengths. However, they have also said that these changes were ultimately for the best (Jim Steinman has even gone so far as to say that Rundgren is one of the few people he considers a genius).

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* Music/ToddRundgren. Famous for being both a musician and a producer, he did not get along with Music/{{XTC}} during the production of ''Music/{{Skylarking}}'' and Andy Partridge claimed he was often sarcastic towards them. ''Skylarking'' is XTC's most critically acclaimed album, coincidentally. When he produced a Bad Religion album, he didn't exactly like them, either, which left the band's singer Greg Graffin disappointed as [[BrokenPedestal he was a fan of Rundgren's music]]. Music/MeatLoaf and Jim Steinman have both stated that their attitude in 1977 was that Rundgren was responsible for "ruining" several songs on ''Bat Out of Hell'' by reducing their lengths. However, they have also said that these changes were ultimately for the best (Jim Steinman (Music/JimSteinman has even gone so far as to say that Rundgren is one of the few people he considers a genius).



* JimSteinman - a grandiose, bombastic sound that is equal parts Bruce Springsteen and Music/RichardWagner. He perfected this style with MeatLoaf and Bonnie Tyler, and it's very much in evidence on a variety of one-shot singles he's done with other artists (Air Supply's "Making Love Out of Nothing at All", Music/CelineDion's "It's All Coming Back to Me Now").

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* JimSteinman Music/JimSteinman - a grandiose, bombastic sound that is equal parts Bruce Springsteen and Music/RichardWagner. He perfected this style with MeatLoaf and Bonnie Tyler, and it's very much in evidence on a variety of one-shot singles he's done with other artists (Air Supply's "Making Love Out of Nothing at All", Music/CelineDion's "It's All Coming Back to Me Now").
14th Apr '16 11:22:33 AM aye_amber
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* Music/PhilSpector, the inventor of the Wall of Sound and the man behind the board of some of the best known singles and albums of the 60's and 70's. Ignoring his personal life (showing his wife a coffin and threatening to kill her if she left) and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick that little murder conviction]], he is famous being a [[BunnyEarsLawyer genius of a producer]], but this coupled (and often negated) by his temperamental personality and [[DramaticGunCock gunplay]] in the studio. He threatened Music/LeonardCohen with a loaded gun, stole tapes for the Music/JohnLennon album ''Rock 'n Roll'' at gunpoint, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_of_the_Century put the Ramones through hell]]. He was last employed in 2003 by the alternative band Starsailor to produce their second album, but they fired him after two tracks.

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* Music/PhilSpector, the inventor of the Wall of Sound and the man behind the board of some of the best known singles and albums of the 60's '60s and 70's. '70s. Ignoring his personal life (showing his wife a coffin and threatening to kill her if she left) and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick that little murder conviction]], conviction,]] he is famous being a [[BunnyEarsLawyer genius of a producer]], producer,]] but this coupled (and often negated) by his temperamental personality and [[DramaticGunCock gunplay]] in the studio. He threatened Music/LeonardCohen with a loaded gun, stole tapes for the Music/JohnLennon album ''Rock 'n Roll'' at gunpoint, and [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_of_the_Century put the Ramones through hell]]. hell.]] He was last employed in 2003 by the alternative band Starsailor to produce their second album, but they fired him after two tracks.



* Martin Hannett, Factory Records' in-house producer. Various stories circulate about his bizarre {{Cloudcuckoolander}} behaviour towards JoyDivision, his obsession with drum sounds in particular manifesting itself in freaky tormenting for drummer Stephen Morris. The following acts are attributed to Hannett: forcing Morris to dismantle his kit and re-assemble it with extra toilet parts, setting up his kit on a fire escape, making him continue playing for an hour after everybody else finished recording, staying on a hill for an hour to record "silence", and insisting that Morris play every drum separately to prevent leakage.

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* Martin Hannett, Factory Records' in-house producer. Various stories circulate about his bizarre {{Cloudcuckoolander}} behaviour towards JoyDivision, Music/JoyDivision, his obsession with drum sounds in particular manifesting itself in freaky tormenting for drummer Stephen Morris. The following acts are attributed to Hannett: forcing Morris to dismantle his kit and re-assemble it with extra toilet parts, setting up his kit on a fire escape, making him continue playing for an hour after everybody else finished recording, staying on a hill for an hour to record "silence", and insisting that Morris play every drum separately to prevent leakage.
11th Mar '16 1:25:58 PM MarkLungo
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* Brett James is an interesting version, as his career path changed many times. He started out with an album on Arista in 1995, then put his career on hold to start a family and attend college. In the early 2000s, he turned down an invitation to join the band Sixwire and started writing songs for others. These cuts' success led to him re-signing with Arista and charting with two singles that never made it onto an album. Although the second phase of his singing career didn't pan out, songwriting was his bread and butter for many years. But after the hits stopped coming, he turned to producing for the likes of Mark Wills, Josh Gracin, Music/JessicaSimpson, and Kip Moore.

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* Brett James is an interesting version, as his career path changed many times. He started out with an album on Arista Creator/AristaRecords in 1995, then put his career on hold to start a family and attend college. In the early 2000s, he turned down an invitation to join the band Sixwire and started writing songs for others. These cuts' success led to him re-signing with Arista and charting with two singles that never made it onto an album. Although the second phase of his singing career didn't pan out, songwriting was his bread and butter for many years. But after the hits stopped coming, he turned to producing for the likes of Mark Wills, Josh Gracin, Music/JessicaSimpson, and Kip Moore.
9th Mar '16 5:51:16 AM Mdumas43073
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* Music/GeorgeClinton, for Music/{{Parliament}}-Music/{{Funkadelic}}.

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* Music/GeorgeClinton, for Music/{{Parliament}}-Music/{{Funkadelic}}.Parliament-Funkadelic.
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