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The Fall ‘Hit The North’

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In their 39–year career the Fall have always embraced chaos, but perhaps nowhere more so than in the studio.

Pink Floyd 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond'

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Engineer Brian Humphries tells the story of recording Pink Floyd’s nine-part lamentation to their lost colleague, Syd Barrett.

AC/DC 'Back In Black'

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In 1980 AC/DC were on a roll and nothing — not even the death of their lead singer — was going to stop them.

Peter Gabriel 'Sledgehammer'

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When Peter Gabriel made the transition from prog to pop with 'Sledgehammer' he did it on his own exacting terms...

James Brown 'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag'

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'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag' was James Brown's statement of intent as he abandoned soulful ballads in favour of a raw and frenetic new sound.

The Blues Brothers 'Everybody Needs Somebody To Love'

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His role as producer of The Blues Brothers soundtrack left Bob Tischler in charge of recording some of the best musicians of the 20th century, while managing conflicting shooting schedules and coping with the day-to-day effects of John Belushi's prodigious cocaine habit.

808 State 'Pacific State'

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Born of the fertile late‑'80s Manchester music scene, 808 State's 'Pacific State' was a landmark in British house music.

Tomorrow 'My White Bicycle'

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Tomorrow's pioneering paean to the joys of communal public transport has proved to be a classic of the British psychedelic underground.

Tom Petty 'Learning To Fly'

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While Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne’s writing partnership was certainly successful, it was the partnership between Jeff Lynne and engineer Richard Dodd that gave the records their distinctive sparkle.

Shirley Bassey 'Goldfinger'

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Engineer Eric Tomlinson recorded a host of classic soundtracks during his 40-year career, not to mention what's...

The Velvet Underground 'Heroin'

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Its status as one of pop's most influential albums is clear, but the circumstances surrounding the creation of The Velvet Underground & Nico have always been clouded. We asked Andy Warhol's co-producer to set the record straight.

The Clash 'White Riot' Classic Tracks

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When the Clash entered the studio for the first time they were determined not to sacrifice their punk principles, and the fates — not to mention a sympathetic engineer and a negligent record company — were on their side...

Electric Light Orchestra 'Don't Bring Me Down'

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Melding Beatlesque pop melodies with symphonic strings, multi-layered vocals and leader Jeff Lynne's generally overblown production of his own compositions

Beastie Boys 'Sabotage'

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The standout track from the Beastie Boys' smash hit Ill Communication album nearly didn't make it onto the record at all — and when it did, it was the eight-track ADAT mix that made the final cut.

Prince ‘Kiss’

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Originally intended for another group, ‘Kiss’ was quickly reclaimed by Prince when he heard David Z’s arrangement. Despite record company scepticism, the track became his third number one single and rejuvenated his career.

Pulp ‘Common People’

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Pulp’s infectiously catchy commentary on the joys of class tourism helped propel the group to fame after nearly two decades of obscurity. Engineer David Nicholas tells us how ‘Common People’ was recorded.

Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells

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Forty years after its original release, Mike Oldfield tells us the story of recording his hugely successful debut album, Tubular Bells.

George Michael ‘Faith’

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Wham! went their separate ways in 1986, but the triumph of George Michael’s debut album Faith in 1987 meant that the success of his solo career was never really in doubt.

Adam & The Ants ‘Stand & Deliver’

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To say that producer Chris Hughes was closely involved with Recording Adam & The Ants’ biggest records would be a bit of an understatement — he got so involved he joined the band...

Frank Sinatra ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’

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In 1956, Frank Sinatra revived his flagging career with an album that would define the swing sound and go on to become one of the most highly regarded in history. John Palladino, now in his 92nd year, was at the controls...

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