Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Faces . . .

By Glyn Johns

Born simply outdoor London in 1942, Glyn Johns was once 16 years previous on the sunrise of rock and roll. His sizeable holiday as a manufacturer got here at the Steve Miller Band's debut album, Children of the Future, and he went directly to engineer or produce iconic albums for the easiest within the enterprise: Abbey Road with the Beatles, Led Zeppelin's and the Eagles' debuts, Who's Next through the Who, and so forth. much more extraordinary, Johns was once might be the single individual on a given day within the studio who was once totally sober, and so he's probably the most trustworthy and clear-eyed insiders to inform those tales today.

during this interesting and observant memoir, Johns takes us on a journey of his global throughout the heady years of the sixties, with beguiling tales that might pride tune fanatics across the world: he recalls assisting to get the Steve Miller Band published from prison almost immediately after their arrival in London, he recollects his impressions of John and Yoko in the course of the Let It Be classes, and he recounts working into Bob Dylan at JFK and being requested to paintings on a collaborative album with him, the Stones, and the Beatles, which by no means got here to go. Johns used to be there in the course of one of the most iconic moments in rock heritage, together with the Stones' first eu journey, Jimi Hendrix's visual appeal at Albert corridor in London, and the Beatles' ultimate functionality at the roof in their Savile Row recording studio.

Johns's profession has been lengthy and prolific, and he's nonetheless at it—over the final 20 years he has labored with Crosby, Stills & Nash; Emmylou Harris; Linda Ronstadt; Band of Horses; and, such a lot lately, Ryan Adams. Sound Man presents a firsthand glimpse into the paintings of constructing song and divulges how the industry—like musicians themselves—has replaced due to the fact that these freewheeling first years of rock and roll.

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It was once anything of a coup, as Dylan had no longer been interviewed for a number of years. We landed in big apple, and whereas jogging during the luggage declare zone we noticed none except Dylan himself, leaning opposed to a pillar, people-watching. Jann went over to speak to him whereas I accrued my baggage and went outdoors to discover the limousine that was once assembly us. I had by no means met Dylan, and left them by myself to speak. the subsequent factor I knew, Jann used to be tapping me at the shoulder and there has been the nice guy himself, having come over to claim hello. He requested me in regards to the Beatles album I had simply accomplished and used to be very complimentary approximately my paintings with the Stones through the years. In flip, I babbled on approximately how a lot we had all been stimulated by means of his paintings. He stated he had this concept to make a list with The Beatles and the Stones, and requested me if i might discover no matter if the others will be . i used to be thoroughly shocked. are you able to think, the 3 maximum affects on well known track within the past decade making an album jointly? once I bought again to England, I rang everybody to determine in the event that they might comply with such an idea. Keith and George either proposal it was once impressive, yet then they'd considering they have been either large Dylan enthusiasts. Ringo, Charlie, and invoice have been amicable to the assumption so long as every person else was once . John didn’t say a flat no, yet he wasn’t that . Paul and Mick either acknowledged totally now not. i've got usually puzzled no matter if it should have labored. It definitely don't have been effortless. I had all of it discovered. we might pool the cloth from Mick & Keith, Paul & John, Bob, and George, after which choose the easiest rhythm part from the 2 bands to fit whichever tune we have been slicing. Paul and Mick have been most likely correct, even if i might have given something to have given it a cross. decades later, Dylan had his want in part granted while he and George Harrison positioned the touring Wilburys including Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty. Six weeks after the opportunity assembly at LaGuardia Airport, i eventually started working with Dylan whilst his first manufacturer, Bob Johnston, requested me to checklist him dwell on the Isle of Wight competition. He was once being subsidized through The Band. Their first album, tune from significant red, had turn into a huge impact on my musical flavor, so this used to be to be a deal with certainly. The evening sooner than the gig, i used to be invited to visit a practice session within the ballroom of the large apartment they'd rented at the island. This was once a night i'll always remember. I sat on my own in the midst of this huge ornate ballroom on one of many gilded wood chairs that littered the room, and was once aware of a functionality of a considerable a part of the set they have been to play the next day to come, and to their technique of refining it to what i assumed was once perfection firstly. The live performance itself was once now not as nice. After under an hour, Mr. Dylan obtained the hump and made up our minds to go away. i believe a few tracks have been ultimately used yet I by no means heard them. • • • My subsequent assembly with Bob Dylan was once in 1984, while invoice Graham, who was once coping with him on the time, invited me to provide a dwell album actual stay, whereas he was once on travel in Europe.

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