Friday, March 11, 2016

By George

What exactly did the late George Martin, their legendary producer, bring to The Beatles? As Allan Kozinn underlines in this article for the New York Times, singling out five particular examples ('From Me To You', 'Yesterday', 'In My Life', 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and 'A Day In The Life'), it was far more than simply committing the work of four geniuses (or three, or two, depending on your perspective) to tape. Jacob Stolworthy has argued much the same in a piece for the Independent.

The impact and influence that a producer can have is a topic that we briefly touched upon during the discussion of Primal Scream's Screamadelica in the latest episode of the Sounding Bored podcast. That particular case was rather more extreme, in that the band effectively handed over everything to Andrew Weatherall, leaving him to make some sense of it. There aren't many artists or bands who would cede creative control and put such faith in a third party, but Primal Scream were just too loaded to care...

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