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The First Record Producers

Another fine excerpt of Bob Stanley’s promising new book, “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” (LAT review).

Joe Meek was Britain’s first record producer. He could be described as the first record producer in the world. In the pre-rock era, there had been two significant names who could challenge this: Les Paul, through his wild guitar effects and close-miked vocals on his duets with Mary Ford, and Mitch Miller, who had double-tracked Patti Page and backed Rosemary Clooney with a distorted harpsichord. But Meek was the first to manipulate every element of the track, imagining the record as a complete production.

via  Cuepoint — Medium.

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