Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Zoot Marimba, Aug 9, 2020.
Very sad news. RIP
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.
Thank you, Mr Birch. Your name will remain a sign of quality. RIP
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 .
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.
It says so right here...
That album sounds amazing. Maiden never sounded the same without him.
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
Now playing the Machine Head: Classic Albums DVD.
He gets his due here.
Martin Birch was clearly one of greatest engineers/producers of all time...Very sad news, a real loss.
R I P
A lot of great albums in my collection with his name on them. R.I.P.
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.
This album/track alone sets him apart from the rest . . .
Sad to hear. His work with Deep Purple alone makes him a legend.
We lost a great one there.
Thanks Martin for all your great work.
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.
I don't think I can add anything to this thread that has not already been said.
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.
R.I.P. Martin Birch. Thanks for producing so many of my favorite albums.
He also provided quality control, which has been largely nonexistent since his retirement.
Understatement of the year.
Huge loss for music.
What an incredible career he had.
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