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

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  1. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City!

    Fonthill, Ontario
    Very sad news. RIP
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  2. Black Elk

    Black Elk Music Lover

    Bay Area, U.S.A.

    In addition to the Deep Purple Mk. II albums (I still remember becoming aware of his name on the In Rock album cover 50 years ago!) and the early Wishbone Ash albums, he was also responsible for the awesome Thank Christ For The Bomb and Split by The Groundhogs.

  3. Haggischomper

    Haggischomper Forum Resident

    Aurora, IL
    Thank you, Mr Birch. Your name will remain a sign of quality. RIP
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  4. dixiedixie69

    dixiedixie69 Forum Resident

    Derry, Ireland
    The last time that I was this annoyed was when Ronnie James Dio died.
    Martin Birch was THE rock producer.
    His CV is essentially my childhood and my record collection.
    My favourite recorded bass sound...Whitesnake- Young Blood from Saints + Sinners. Gawd-like!!!!

    Mac, Purple, Whitesnake, Sabbath, Maiden....Dear Jesus H !!!

    Time waits for no man,sadly. Another great one has left us.

    The OP was a belter,btw. Couldn't have worded it better .
  5. Vinyl Fan 1973

    Vinyl Fan 1973 "They're like soup, they're like....nothing bad"

    Listening to Deep Purple In Rock as I write this. Every rock and metal album I loved he produced and this is very sad news. His production was the sound of my youth.

  6. DrAftershave

    DrAftershave A Wizard, A True Star

    Los Angeles, CA
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  7. gd0

    gd0 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies

    Golden Gate


    It says so right here...

  8. ModernDayWarrior

    ModernDayWarrior Forum Resident

    Rahway, NJ, USA
    That album sounds amazing. Maiden never sounded the same without him.
  9. head_unit

    head_unit Forum Resident

    Los Angeles CA USA
  10. BDC

    BDC Forum Resident

    This guy knew how to record and mix an album....How he managed to have Iron Maiden recordings not overwhelmed by Steve Harris fret clanking might be a minor miracle. Martin Birch made stuff sound good. One of the best IMO.
    RIP to a legend
  11. dlokazip

    dlokazip Forum Transient

    Austin, TX, USA
    Now playing the Machine Head: Classic Albums DVD.

    He gets his due here.
  12. Joti Cover

    Joti Cover Forum Resident

    Martin Birch was clearly one of greatest engineers/producers of all time...Very sad news, a real loss.
    R I P
  13. Daniel Plainview

    Daniel Plainview God's Lonely Man

    A lot of great albums in my collection with his name on them. R.I.P.
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  14. Cool hand luke

    Cool hand luke You shoulda heard just what I seen

    One of my favorites in that series. Love how they all have great things to say about each other's contributions and playing. Martin included.
  15. This album/track alone sets him apart from the rest . . .
  16. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk Vintage Dust

    Fort Worth TX
    Thanks Martin.
  17. evillouie

    evillouie Forum Resident

    Sad to hear. His work with Deep Purple alone makes him a legend.
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  18. stax o' wax

    stax o' wax Forum Resident

    The West
    Ahhh Damn.
    We lost a great one there.
    Thanks Martin for all your great work.
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  19. patrickd

    patrickd Forum Resident

    Austin TX USA
    Sorry to hear this. As others note, he was a major contributor as a producer to many fine acts and great recordings. The legacy stands for itself.

    I do think there might have been some issue in the 80s that removed him from the Whitesnake camp, oddly it's DC's posting that seemed to announce the news of his death. I seem to recall that when Whitesnake became a massive hair metal act in the 80s, Martin's original production of Slide It In was criticized by the US management and the album was redone and DC himself didn't use Martin again. Maybe Martin didn't care, he had lots of other work but I thought it was maybe a sign, which I think has proven right, that the Martin Birch idea of rock was not the same as the US-radio view. You can guess which one I prefer. All water under the bridge now. I still smile at the story of him handling the live recording of Made in Japan from a room backstage with no view of the band on stage. Hope it's true. The end of a true original.
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  20. sons of nothing

    sons of nothing Forum Resident

    I don't think I can add anything to this thread that has not already been said.
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  21. JoeF.

    JoeF. Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA
    Don't forget , as the engineer of Wishbone Ash's Argus, he had a hand in the development of the twin lead -guitar sound that he would further help perfect as the producer of Iron Maiden.
  22. Chad75

    Chad75 Forum Resident

    R.I.P. Martin Birch. Thanks for producing so many of my favorite albums.
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  23. Zoot Marimba

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

    He also provided quality control, which has been largely nonexistent since his retirement.
  24. ArpMoog

    ArpMoog Forum Resident

    Understatement of the year.
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  25. Tim1954

    Tim1954 Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    Huge loss for music.

    What an incredible career he had.
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