Glyn Johns: Sound Man



CCartney Wings Red Rose Speedway sessions but gave NO DETAILS why I try to read as many interviews and biographies as I can about poprock recording sessions but I would say save your money and wait a few years for a used copy on eBay Sorry Glyn I preordered it and everything This is one to check out from the library There is uite a bit of name dropping as you would expect who has engineered and produced so many great albums but much of it is a lot of random bits and pieces While he includes some interesting anecdotes I think the book would have been stronger if it focused on fewer sessions For example if he spent detail on Who s Next Led Zeppelin 1 Sticky Fingers Let it Be we would have a richer understanding of those milestone works instead of a cursory understanding For example here is a great descriptive part where he is working with The Beatles on Let it Be All was going well until I heard this extraordinary noise that sounded like someone stepping on the cat I panicked thinking that a piece of euipment might be malfunctioning while peering at the screen to see if it was adversely affecting the guys onstage All of a sudden a picture appeared of a small figure with a black bag over its head with a mic cable disappearing into it It turned out to be Yoko who had decided to contribute to the proceedings That is a marvelous story Unfortunately while I like John Hiatt Joan Armatrading and The Eagles I would rather hear detail about those artists I ve previously mentioned Probably 35 stars I ve never read a memoir that focused on the mundane and relegated all the interesting stories to a reference in a single sentence here or there I was hoping to glean some of Johns experience and studio methods from this but instead was treated to a rather boring rundown that reads like a checklist of events without much elaboration A fine and easy read with some interesting tales from someone with a front row seat to the recording of many iconic albums Where this falls short is tales about those recording sessions I would have loved about the differing creative processes of the artists technical info about his recording techniue etc Johns will spend pages on random stories about little known record execs but only spend a couple paragraphs on producing the classic Who s Next That being said it s still an enjoyable if occasionally frustrating read. Tory including the Stones’ first European tour Jimi Hendrix’s appearance at Albert Hall in London and the Beatles’ final performance on the roof of their Savile Row recording studioJohns’s career has been long and prolific and he’s still at it over the last two decades he has worked with Crosby Stills Nash; Emmylou Harris; Linda Ronstadt; Band of Horses; and most recently Ryan Adams Sound Man provides a firsthand glimpse into the art of making music and reveals how the industry like musicians themselves has changed since those freewheeling first years of rock and ro.

Written by a robot where they ust entered basic facts Maybe that s the key to being a successful producerhave zero personality Johns autobiography touches upon every musician and band he engineered or produced over a 50 year career in the business He has worked with such bands as The Beatles The Rolling Stones Led Zeppelin The Small Faces Humble Pie The Faces The Eagles and Eric Clapton Arvyndase (Silverspeech) just to name a few I wasn t aware that Johns himself wanted to be a singer and started out with a single or two to his name before he found his niche as a producer What I did like was Johns admitting at times he was wrong about a certain artist or lessudging a book by its cover His first meeting with Clapton didn t go over too well and thought he was lazy and all but over career wise due to drugs but Clapton was called upon to do some guitar studio work with Johns and the two became tight So Johns was also a teacher as well in the studio I had always heard he was a harsh taskmaster but he was liked things his way which tended to work most of the time and the man got results with all the award winning albums he has produced containing songs still heard on classic rock radio A very so so memoir by a very talented producer and recording engineer who worked with the legendary greats The only thing I found interesting really is his commentary on Keith Moon which was sad and I suspect very true Otherwise it is very much he s a nice guy or girl or I didn t like him or her till I worked etc and etc At the very least he said nice things about Joe Meek On the surface and if you re interested in the subject matter a fast read but it is clearly not a masterpiece Far from that On the other hand it would have been better of a book if he focused on two or three of albums that he worked on I would think one would like to read about the making of Led Zeppelin albums like the first one for instance He covers it in his book but i feel that there could be details and in depth writing about Page etc But one has to keep in mind that writing is not his main tool of his life It s good to have this book but it could have been a lot better This book was a bit too much I was there and not enough here s what happened How exciting that Gyn John s recorded all these amazing songs and albums but he dropped two stars with me INSTANTLY when he mentioned leaving in a huff the Entertaining and observant memoir Johns takes us on a tour of his world during the heady years of the sixties with beguiling stories that will delight music fans the world over he remembers helping to get the Steve Miller Band released from ail shortly after their arrival in London he recalls his impressions of John and Yoko during the Let It Be sessions and he recounts running into Bob Dylan at JFK and being asked  to work on a collaborative album with him the Stones and the Beatles which never came to pass Johns was there during some of the most iconic moments in rock his.

Incredible history from a man who helped invent rock and roll Love the book it ust could have used a couple exclamation points Well I was hopingWhen someone with almost six decades of experience in the music recording field writes a book about his time engineering most of the biggest and most influential bands on the planet this is an opportunity to really dig down into those experiences I mean this is the guy that sat at the board while the Beatles were breaking up while the Who recorded Won t Get Fooled Again while Led Zeppelin and the Eagles recorded their first albums and the Stones were putting out albums like Sticky FingersIt takes an almost conscious effort to actually make these events uninteresting and unentertaining yet Johns manages it HowBy giving an almost bullet list overview of who he worked with and when and a small anecdotal toss off of one event from the recording Mostly about how he had a mistaken impression about one of the artists who turned out to be better in some way than he originally expectedThis could have easily been three spellbinding books Instead it s a wasted opportunity from Johns and mostly a wasted experience for the reader Having spent the last few years plowing through rock book after rock biography by the true masters only to walk away feeling inundated with sex and drug exploits while being short changed on the musical end of the adventure the reason I picked the book up in the first place This one is uite the opposite In the 60 s 70s and 80 s Glyn Johns engineered and produced the best of them The Beatles Stones Small Faces Steve Miller Joe Cocker Zeppelin and the Eagles get mentioned in the first breathLeon Russel Humble Pie The Band the Who and even The Clash have turned to Johns for their music Nothing too revealing here regarding anyones nasty habits although work habits and creativity in the studio will keep you busy for the almost three hundred pages you will fly through For ardent rock fans this is a real treat The dullest biography ever I mean come on you were the engineer or producer on literally the biggest records of all time by The Who The Rolling Stones The Eagles and and you did not have one single interesting story to tell I mean your kid turned out to be as big a producer as you did too why not even mention him and how that made you feel It was like reading a captains log. Born ust outside London in 1942 Glyn Johns was sixteen years old at the dawn of rock and roll His big break as a producer came on the Steve Miller Band’s debut album Children of the Future and he went on to engineer or produce iconic albums for the best in the business Abbey Road with the Beatles Led Zeppelin’s and the Eagles’ debuts Who’s Next by the Who and many others Even impressive Johns was perhaps the only person on a given day in the studio who was entirely sober and so he is one of the most reliable and clear eyed insiders to tell these stories todayIn this.

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