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    Toby Wright: Recording Hard Rock

    Producer/Engineer

    He took an unusual and unhurried career path, but Toby Wright has helped to create some of the most influential hard rock records of the last 20 years, including Metallica's definitive ...And Justice For All, and is now one of America's most sought-after engineers and producers.

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: The Pixies 'Monkey Gone To Heaven'

    Producer/Engineer: Gil Norton

    With their oblique, short and often brutally noisy songs, The Pixies reinvented rock music at the turn of the '90s, and influenced almost everyone who picked up a guitar in the following decade. Producer and engineer Gil Norton helped them to shape their breakthrough single.

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: The Staple Singers 'I'll Take You There'

    Producer: Al Bell • Engineers: Terry Manning, Jerry Masters

    For the Staple Singers' landmark 1972 Stax album, engineer Terry Manning and producer Al Bell employed the talents of Memphis's finest musicians and two of the South's most famous studios.

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    From 4AD To Nine Inch Nails

    Engineer/Producer: John Fryer

    The likes of Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins and Nine Inch Nails all owe a sonic debt to engineer/producer John Fryer, who explains his approach to production.

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: The Zombies ‘Time Of The Season’

    Producer: The Zombies • Engineers: Peter Vince, Geoff Emerick

    Now considered one of the classic tracks of the 1960s, the Zombies’ ‘Time Of The Season’ almost disappeared without trace...

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    Cymande Performance

    John Schroeder, Alan Florence & Isi Clarke: Recording A Simple Act Of Faith

    When cult funk band Cymande returned to the studio, they insisted on hiring the same production team — 41 years after their previous album...

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    Nicolas Vernhes: Studio Interview

    Video Feature

    This month, producer and engineer Nicolas Vernhes welcomes us into his Brooklyn studio, Rare Book Room.

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Fifth Dimension 'Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In'

    Producer/Engineer: Bones Howe

    The art of the record producer blossomed in the 1960s, with the likes of Phil Spector crafting miniature symphonies in the studio. As that decade drew to a close, Bones Howe masterminded one of its biggest and most innovative hits. Find out how...

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Bob Marley & The Wailers: 'I Shot The Sheriff'

    Producers: Chris Blackwell, The Wailers • Engineers: Phill Brown, Tony Platt

    Bob Marley & The Wailers were the first Jamaican musicians to achieve world stardom. Tracked in Kingston and finished in London by Island engineers Phill Brown and Tony Platt, their breakthrough album was a truly international recording and a true reggae classic. Find out how it was recorded...

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Big Star 'September Gurls'

    Producer: Big Star • Engineer: John Fry

    Three decades after they disappeared into obscurity, the cult of Big Star continues to grow. John Fry was the engineer and studio owner at Ardent, who oversaw the recording of their now-classic albums #1 Record and Radio City.

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    Ben Folds

    Recording So There

    Fans of singer–songwriter Ben Folds expect piano music — but a full–on piano concerto is certainly a new development!

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Buzzcocks Spiral Scratch

    Producer: Martin Hannett • Engineer: Phil Thompson

    Engineer Phil Hampson didn’t even like punk rock — yet, with an inexperienced Martin Hannett, he recorded one of the defining records of the era.

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    The Grand Ole Opry

    Behind The Scenes At The Home Of Country Music

    Country Music's greatest showcase, the Grand Ole Opry, is a bastion of traditional values — and the home of some seriously advanced technology. Step inside...

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    Jean–Michel Jarre

    Producing Electronica

    New album Electronica sees Jean–Michel Jarre making connections with a galaxy of other legendary figures from the world of electronic music.

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    Joe Boyd

    Record Producer

    When British traditional music got a dose of rock & roll excitement, it was an American who sat in the producer's chair. Oh, and Joe Boyd also discovered a little-known band called the Pink Floyd...

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Madness 'Our House'

    Producers: Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley

    Producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley helped to make Madness one of the most successful British bands of the '80s. Find out how they worked their magic on this 1982 classic pop track...

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    Recording David Gilmour's 'On An Island'

    Andy Jackson

    David Gilmour's chart-topping solo album was recorded on his own Astoria houseboat, a floating slice of studio heaven. Engineer Andy Jackson describes the making of the album.

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    Chvrches

    Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty & Iain Cook: Producing Every Open Eye

    Like any good SOS readers, Scots electro-pop trio Chvrches used the success of their debut album to buy more synthesizers...

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    Cowboy Junkies ‘Sweet Jane’

    Classic Tracks

    In 1987, swimming against the tide of MIDI–powered pop records, Cowboy Junkies went into a church to record an album into a single microphone in a single day.

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    Jim Moray

    Folk Music For The 21st Century

    The idea of bringing folk music up to date is not a new one, but few people have taken it quite as far as Jim Moray. His material may be traditional, but his approach to music technology is as modern as it gets.

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    Donald Fagen

    Recording Morph The Cat

    Morph The Cat, Donald Fagen's third solo album in 24 years, sees Fagen and engineer Elliott Scheiner continue their quest for the best possible sound quality — which, it seems, comes only from analogue recording.

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