Mike Shipley: Recording Alison Krauss’ Paper Airplane

Mike Shipley seems to have a knack for working with artists just as they are hitting their creative and commercial peak. The engineer and mixer has been involved in more than his fair share of classic albums, including Def Leppard’s Pyromania (1983) and Hysteria (1987), Thomas Dolby’s Flat Earth (1984), Prefab Sprout’s Steve McQueen (1985), Shania Twain’s Come On Over (1997), Faith Hill’s Breathe (1999) and Green Day’s Warning (2000). Shipley has also worked on successful projects with Aerosmith, the Cars, the Black Crowes, Foreigner, Tom Petty and Van Halen, and appears to specialise in big‑sounding, panoramic rock, something that’s not entirely surprising given his long‑standing association with Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange, who single‑handedly updated Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” and applied it to rock & roll.

via Sound On Sound.

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