I keep stumbling over all these interesting lists, but it’s curious that there doesn’t seem to be one about record producers. Let’s face it: production can have a huge impact – positive or negative – on a recording.
So who should go on the list? Well …
George Martin, Sam Phillips, Jimmy Page and Roy Thomas Baker. Geniuses, whose impact is undeniable.
Bob Ezrin, Phil Collins, Glyn Johns and Bob Rock. Successful, sought after, respected.
I Would Hope:
Jeff Lynne, Muff Winwood, David A. Stewart, Steve Lillywhite and – my favourite under-rated guy – Ian Thomas. Talented guys who know their stuff.
I’ve left band-as-producer off the list because it’s too hard to tell who should really get the credit.
But no question producers are important. Dunno about you but I have frequently had the same attitude about record producers that many people have about movie directors. You know: if such-and-such made this, it must be good.
And I’m rarely disappointed.