RIP Martin Birch (Producer for Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, etc)

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  1. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group Thread Starter

    Heartbroken to hear this.
    We have lost a true legend today in Mr. Martin Birch.

    As far as I'm concerned, Birch was, is, and always will be one of the greatest producers and engineers that ever lived. Just looking at the artists he worked with is an eye opener-

    Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Whitesnake, Rainbow, Wishbone Ash, and Iron Maiden.

    And anytime Martin Birch was on an album, you knew the sound would be top notch. And when he worked with a band, that band would always bring their A game.

    He helped anchor bands like Deep Purple and Iron Maiden through their greatest works, bringing deadly precision to the soundboard without ever robbing the music of its power.

    He helped Black Sabbath and Fleetwood Mac find their way as they moved forward without the original lineup, as well as Blue Öyster Cult as they attempted to regain the ground they lost with Mirrors. Likewise, he gave similar guidance to the likes of Richie Blackmore and David Coverdale as they started life without Deep Purple.

    He helped the likes of Ronnie James Dio and Bruce Dickinson become some of the greatest singers and performers who paved the way for countless others. Birch drove them nuts on occasion, but Bruce and Ronnie were also quick to give Birch his props.

    Rest In Peace to a true master of his craft.
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    FloydMaui good kitty

    50th State
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  3. zen

    zen Forum Resident

    Loved his work with Deep Purple. Made in Japan, timeless.
  4. The Hud

    The Hud Just add water

    Well crap, this sucks. Even if you just consider his work with Iron Maiden, from Killers to Fear of the Dark, he would be a legend.
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  5. dlokazip

    dlokazip Forum Transient

    Austin, TX, USA
    Rest easy, Mr. Birch.

    Produced records that changed my life. He'll be missed.
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    zen Forum Resident

  7. Psychedelic Good Trip

    Psychedelic Good Trip Senior Member

    New York
  8. Gordon Crisp

    Gordon Crisp Forum Resident

    Portland, Oregon
    RIP "Headmaster"

    I didn't get around to really listening to those Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath albums until the 90's. When I did a big part of their appeal was the sound and production by Martin Birch, which was very appealing to me.
  9. agentalbert

    agentalbert Forum Resident

    San Antonio, TX
    He did truly great work. And then when you think how great most of the albums he produced once sounded compared to how bad the current CD releases of many of them are... it's a shame!
  10. eelkiller

    eelkiller Not one of the first 100 members

    If you saw his name in the credits you knew it would sound excellent. Sad news.
  11. Time waits for no one. RIP Marty.
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  12. A legend! Captured sonically my favorite era of Fleetwood Mac. Also had a fling with Christine MacVie.

    RIP MB
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  13. fretter

    fretter Forum Resident

    His name on albums was like a quality seal. Too bad he didn't produce ...and Justice For All.
  14. Opeth

    Opeth Forum Resident

    RIP the wasp Martin Birch
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  15. hi_watt

    hi_watt The Road Warrior

    San Diego, CA
    What a great body of work! RIP
  16. sillycornelius

    sillycornelius Forum Resident

    Asheville, NC
    So many legendary albums by so many legendary artists. His impact was immense and his work will live on for many generations.

    R.I.P. Martin Birch
  17. WhoDaresWins

    WhoDaresWins Forum Resident

    RIP Martin,

    Thank you for all your contributions to amazing music!
  18. longdist01

    longdist01 Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    RIP Martin Birch...truly sad news to read now....thank you for your gifts and incredible work with so many artists/groups....

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  19. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident

    Too young. He knew how to get amazing textures from guitar players that did not realize it until he worked with them.
  20. One of, if not the best producers to ever grace the studio. Walls full of gold and platinum albums tell the tale.

    Thank you, Martin. Rest In Peace

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  21. John Harchar

    John Harchar Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    Martin Birch is the George Martin of metal, he knew how to get that sound. RIP
  22. ModernDayWarrior

    ModernDayWarrior Forum Resident

    Rahway, NJ, USA
    Man he produced some of the most amazing records. Rest easy Martin, your legendary status was cemented a long time ago... Godspeed...
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  23. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    Oh no. My favourite rock producer. The records he produced have given me a lot of happiness since childhood. They still sound great. He really knew what he was doing. RIP Martin Birch.
  24. fretter

    fretter Forum Resident

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  25. Gus Tomato

    Gus Tomato Stop dreamin’ and start drivin’ Stevie!

    Shocked to read this! I adore the run of albums he did with Maiden, and always wanted them to work with him again. In fact the most recent album I bought was BOC’s Fire Of Unknown Origin, a great sounding album - why? ‘Produced by Martin Birch’.
    He will be missed R.I.P.

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