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Old 19th January 2007
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Top 10 "must have" albums for engineers

What are the must have albums to expand your creativity as an engineer or mixing engineer?


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Old 19th January 2007
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Not to be a di**, I'm sure we will all have fun listing these albums, but this is really something where you "MUST HAVE" your own list of albums that you admire and respect and reasons why you do or you will really find yourself completely rudderless as an engineer.
Old 19th January 2007
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If you mean reference CD's for mix comparrisons, that is one thing. Several reference discs are suggested here on GS if you do a search.

If you mean music to guide you in your own creativity, that list would be either endless or non-existant.
Old 19th January 2007
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Only one.... Devin Townsend: Infinity
Old 19th January 2007
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the beatles - love
Old 19th January 2007
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I would think the Beatles 'Love' CD's strength would be production. You get to hear classic songs dissected. You get to hear the parts the songs were built on, and it makes you realize the importance of parts vs. noodling.
I'm curious if they autotuned those BG vocals when the did the remixes, because it they didn't, those dudes could actually sing!
Old 19th January 2007
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Richard Marx , (Repeat Offender) , for Reverb Use .
Old 19th January 2007
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my top ten

rock - Chavez - ride the fader

Punk - NOFX - Heavy petting zoo

80s Pop - Fleetwood Mac - Tango in the Night

Modern Pop - Tatu first album

new Jazz - Torn Gustavson Trio - changing places

Indie - the cardigans - long gone before daylight

electro - Anything by felix da housecat

indie - the delgados - great eastern

Soul - Stax boxset

Electronic - Pole - 3
Old 19th January 2007
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Only one.... Devin Townsend: Infinity
That album is nuuts!! Gotta love it!
Old 19th January 2007
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Anything John Vanderslice has ever done. Pixel Revolt and Cellar Door are good starting places, but you can't go wrong with any of his albums. The tones and mixes totally serve the arrangments which in turn serve the songwriting.

In my opinion, when things both arranged and mixed well, you only hear the arrangment and not the mix. Another album I can't stop listening to these days is "Putting the Days to Bed" by The Long Winters.

I think I'll go listen to it right now.
Old 19th January 2007
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I'm curious if they autotuned those BG vocals when the did the remixes, because it they didn't, those dudes could actually sing!
Those dudes could actually sing.
Old 19th January 2007
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anything produced by billy childish
Old 19th January 2007
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Punk - NOFX - Heavy petting zoo
That album sounds like ****. Great pick!

I'd have to go with "The Decline," although I really like the guitars on "Ribbed." I also like Bad Religion's "Recipe for Hate" or "Against the Grain" for punk. More albums that sound like ****. thumbsup

If I can make an album that sounds as good as any of Roger Waters' solo albums, then I can die many times over with several smiles on my face.

I also love Lou Giordano's work on Sunny Day Real Estate's "The Rising Tide."

Incidentally, I was listening to Matt Pond PA's "The Green Fury" for this Matt Pond PA rip-off band I recently mixed.
Old 19th January 2007
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Thriller by Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson + the best studio musicians money can buy + Quincy Jones producing + Bruce Swedien engineering + Bernie Grundman mastering = Sonic Masterpiece, 8 Grammys & #1 selling album of all time.
Old 19th January 2007
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That album is nuuts!! Gotta love it!

Killer album, but to me, it's so huge and full that it actually gets hard on my brain after a while.
Old 19th January 2007
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What about "The Wall" by Pink Floyd?
Old 19th January 2007
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Thriller by Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson + the best studio musicians money can buy + Quincy Jones producing + Bruce Swedien engineering + Bernie Grundman mastering = Sonic Masterpiece, 8 Grammys & #1 selling album of all time.


one of my all time favs "references", or better to say an "aim" that keeps me working harder....
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I am really missing ac/dc's "back in black" in this tread heh

if there is one reference rock record, it's back in black for me.
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I am really missing ac/dc's "back in black" in this tread heh

if there is one reference rock record, it's back in black for me.

YES. I agree!
Old 19th January 2007
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I am really missing ac/dc's "back in black" in this tread heh

if there is one reference rock record, it's back in black for me.
Yeah, Back in Black is great. "Shoot to Thrill" is my favorite cut off that album. Big guitars, big drums, CLASSIC!
Old 19th January 2007
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For communication sake, I think it's good idea to know (in detail) the generally respected (classic, widely known) albums in any style you work in. (But not only those, of course.)
Old 19th January 2007
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Thriller by Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson + the best studio musicians money can buy + Quincy Jones producing + Bruce Swedien engineering + Bernie Grundman mastering = Sonic Masterpiece, 8 Grammys & #1 selling album of all time.

2nd best actually.

Eagles - Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) is number one with 29 million.

Thriller is at 27 million.

but if you dont count a compilation, then Thriller is number 1.
Old 19th January 2007
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Only one.... Devin Townsend: Infinity
and City, Ocean Machine, Terria and the New Black.
The man is a genius.
Old 19th January 2007
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Ten Summoner's Tales... Sting
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rock - Chavez - ride the fader
I don't know of too many other Chavez fans out there. I love em.

Not my pic for a reference CD but it is indeed a damn good listen.
Old 20th January 2007
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I am really missing ac/dc's "back in black" in this tread heh

if there is one reference rock record, it's back in black for me.
Ahem... Don't forget "For Those About To Rock" tutt
Old 20th January 2007
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john scofields 'uberjam' creative jazz programing! surely not i said....how wrong i was.

any EST album

the roots - do you want more?!

anyone else?
Old 20th January 2007
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Oh yeah! For rock, Incubus' S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Pretty loud and all, but it still has a great sonic character. Clear, punchy, powerful ear candy.
Old 20th January 2007
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Most of Frank Zappa's stuff has a really great sound as well, but not necessarily a reference for your every day band. Its amazing the ways he mixes such an incredible variety of instruments. A real tribute to his composing and arranging skills, as well as his ear.

My favorites : Overnite Sensation (especially Camarillo Brillo)
Hot Rats (especially Peaches en Regalia)
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Most of Frank Zappa's stuff has a really great sound as well, but not necessarily a reference for your every day band. Its amazing the ways he mixes such an incredible variety of instruments. A real tribute to his composing and arranging skills, as well as his ear.

My favorites : Overnite Sensation (especially Camarillo Brillo)
Hot Rats (especially Peaches en Regalia)
Add "One Size Fits All" as well...

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