A broad unassuming introduction to North *AMERICAN MUSIC PRODUCTION OVER THE PAST *music production over the past years Howard s narrative devices used to introduce each chapter et a little tired as it BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. goes on but work well toive some perspective to the social atmosphere and artistic conditions that define reat producers The music doesn t exist in
vacuum Would to see a second edition as this one ends with Eminem s 2002 The Eminem Show Notably missing from any serious investigation were The Dust Brothers and a rather laring oversight Nigel Godrich I loved the insights this Mr. Jelly's Business gave just wish it went into the beat scientists since thats where my heart is at Perhaps the most eye opening and endlessly fascinating book about music I ve ever read Howard flips the script on contemporary late 50 s present music history by focusing on stand out music producers as primary creative forces rather than the the artists Howard creates a very convincing new canon ofreat producers whose influence was felt deeply both in their own time through the bands they produced and afterwards by the many producers and bands whose work they inspiredBeyond teaching me so. You may not have heard of them but you have certainly heard their songs From the lo fidelity origins of early pioneers to today's dazzling technocrats the role of the music producer is as murkily un. Much about these people and how they worked one huge added bonus is all the reat songs the book introduced me to many of which had slipped through the cracks such as those from the band The Millennium s album BeginThis book was a thrill to read and I highly recommend it to any music fan I really enjoyed this book Growing up in the 90s it sa vacuum would
difficult to have a ood perspective on music of the past This book takes you back to the 50s andto have a ood perspective on music of the past This book takes you back to the 50s and you the past This book takes you back to the 50s and you a ride into the early 90s to show how producers have shaped the sound of music over time I strongly recommend this book to musicians producers and lovers of music Not terribly well written but still wonderful if only because these stories are not well told How many Beatles fans actually know much about George Martin who was probably at least as influential important as any of the fab four Though after reading this I realize I still don t actually know very much hmmm That wasn t one of the useful chapters The Shel Talmy and Norman Whitfield chapters are pretty ood Really I could prefer that this was a bit technical though I want to know what ear folks used there s a real lack Defined as it is wholly essential Sonic Alchemy Visionary *Music Producers and Their Maverick Recordings is an exploration of the influence of the often colorful idiosyncratic and *Producers and Their Maverick Recordings is an exploration of the influence of the often colorful idiosyncratic and music pro. F specifics here though I did find out that all the Hi Records Al Green records were four tracked to Ampex tape machines with only
one track for Al Jackson Jr s drums Which I ll be thinking about fortrack for Al Jackson Jr s drums Which I ll be thinking about for long time Also that Shel Talmy used lots and lots of separate microphones for early Kinks drums which is frankly sort of surprising And that the acoustic uitars for street fighting man were recorded to distorted cassette tape by Glyn Johns inside the studio and then the cassette tape tracks layered into the mix I d always wondered about that wierd fuzzy sound Still specificity I want the Tape Op magazine edition that talks about what compressor was used for the Roy Harper s The Sun Shines Over the Sanggan River guitar and what microphones Phil Spector used for John Lennon in their drunken Los Angeles spreeBut I m enjoying it nonetheless All in all this is a prettyreat read for serious music eeks An enjoyable read but not necessarily essential reading unless you want to know about the behind the scenes production of some of your favorite music The best part about this book is that it might point you towards specific listening and reading depending on your tastes. Ducers through popular music and The Fascinatingly Crucial Role fascinatingly crucial role have played in shaping the way we hear pop music today Sonic Alchemy is *have played in shaping the way we hear pop music today Sonic Alchemy is short of the secret history of the music producer.