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

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Zoot Marimba, Aug 9, 2020.

  1. agentalbert

    agentalbert Forum Resident

    San Antonio, TX
    Is Fear Of The Dark (1992) really the last thing he produced? He was 44. Why in the world did he stop? I guess retiring at 44 sounds great to most of us working jobs we consider just work, but assuming he loved what he did, I'm surprised he hung it up then and didn't work again.

    Yeah, I see the thread posted earlier about why he retired. Just wondered if he gave any interviews, particularly in the last few years where he talked about deciding to hang it up.
  2. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    My favourite Martin Birch production and to me the greatest of all heavy metal songs. It's got everything. The original UK vinyl of Number of The Beast and his other Maiden productions sound killer!

    Martin Birch also deserves great credit for the sound he got on Deep Purple - Made In Japan and Iron Maiden - Live After Death. I can't imagine that was easily done, especially in 1972 for Deep Purple.
  3. g.z.

    g.z. Forum Resident

    Rest In Peace Mr. Martin Birch.
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  4. zen

    zen Forum Resident

    Thank you x3 I've never heard that mix before. Alternate solos, and so much more....nice!
  5. edenofflowers

    edenofflowers A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular!

    R.I.P. to a Rock Legend! I love his sound.

    I always hoped him and Maiden would work together again one day.
  6. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    They've never sounded right without him.
  7. Murph

    Murph Somewhere...under heaven

    Not only that, he was 21 when he produced Purple’s In Rock. 21. RIP to a legend
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  8. fretter

    fretter Forum Resident

    My favorites of his are Dio-era Rainbow, Sabbath's Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules. Then there are Maiden's Live After Death and Somewhere in Time. The early heavy blues Whitesnake stuff.
  9. sillycornelius

    sillycornelius Forum Resident

    Asheville, NC
    The way he essentially integrated as an honorary member with the artists he worked with is evident. He wasn't just turning knobs on a board that's for sure. What a legend!
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  10. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    I love Heaven and Hell. I don't have any early Whitesnake but I know they sound great. I haven't had Mob Rules for long and have only played it once. Maybe tomorrow it'll get another spin in tribute.
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  11. sillycornelius

    sillycornelius Forum Resident

    Asheville, NC
    I pulled every Martin Birch produced/engineered LP off the shelf, grabbed a beer, and asked my wife to randomly pick one from the stack. Made In Japan by Deep Purple is up first. Not a bad record in the bunch. This will be a celebratory evening.
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  12. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley 5.1 should be mandatory for my favourite albums

    Definitely a sad loss, a great body of of work.
    Love and prayers for his family and friends
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  13. YMC4

    YMC4 Forum Resident

    SF Valley, CA.
    one of the Greatest.....Rest In Peace :righton:
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  14. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    Even though he retired years ago, I feel sad about this. He's one from the golden age of rock albums. I'm just think of how fantastic Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind sounds. Superb recording and mixing with no unnecessary bollocks!
  15. BryanA-HTX

    BryanA-HTX Crazy Doctor

    Houston, TX
    Oh no! RIP one of the greatest producers of hard rock. His name is on many of my favorite albums, but I'll probably always associate him with the best years of Iron Maiden, who also gave him countless nicknames including but not limited to "Farmer", "Black Night", Headmaster", and my favorite, Martin "Disappearing Armchair" Birch (as quoted on the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son album).
  16. Cool hand luke

    Cool hand luke You shoulda heard just what I seen

    Those Deep Purple albums always sounded so damn good. R.I.P. Sir, Bless those ears of yours.
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  17. The thread is as useful as tits on a bullfrog in answering the question, why? o_O
  18. Timothy Aborn

    Timothy Aborn Well-Known Member

    Milford, NH 03055
    Damn shame. Many great albums by many great bands engineered/produced by him.
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  19. fretter

    fretter Forum Resident

    I rather like the golfing explanation, although if there's any truth to the speculations, he may not have liked the cd age and the changes in album engineering. He was a master at engineering for vinyl sound.
  20. danielbravo

    danielbravo Forum Resident

    Caracas. DC
    A producer and engineer with a brilliant mind and sense. He captured the essence of an entire era of hard rock and heavy metal legends. The list of his work is magnificent. My favorite producer.
    God bless him and peace to his soul
    R.I.P Mr. Martin
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  21. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Rare Earth maven

    Eastern Iowa
    Aww man! What an effing huge loss. His work will live on. It’s imperishable. Rest In Peace, Martin.
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  22. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    He really was. Some of those Iron Maiden albums are around 25 minutes a side and they still sound excellent.
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  23. I doubt it was anything to do with the CD age but rather he just decided to wind down and enjoy himself. In any case, his body of work will live forever. That’s the great thing about our music collections. We can relive the magic he captured over and over.
  24. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2020
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  25. Judge Judy

    Judge Judy Forum Resident

    Brooklyn, NY, USA
    He produced something like 15-20 of my all-time favorite albums. RIP.

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