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By Phil Ramone

Sinatra. Streisand. Dylan. Pavarotti. McCartney. Sting. Madonna. What do those musicians have in universal along with their super-stardom they've got all labored with mythical song manufacturer Phil Ramone.

For nearly 5 a long time, Phil Ramone has been a strength within the tune undefined. He has produced files and collaborated with nearly each significant expertise within the enterprise. there's a craft to creating documents, and Phil has spent his lifestyles learning it. For the 1st time ever, he stocks the secrets and techniques of his trade.

Making Records is an engaging glance "behind the glass" of a recording studio. From Phil's exhilarating early days recording jazz and advertisement jingles at A&R, to his first studio, and eventual mythical manufacturer prestige, Phil helps you to take a seat in at the classes that created the most memorable tune of the 20 th century -- together with Frank Sinatra's Duets album, Bob Dylan's Blood at the Tracks, Ray Charles's Genius Loves Company and Paul Simon's Still loopy in any case those Years.

In addition to being a ringside seat for modern renowned tune historical past, Making Records is an extraordinary educational at the magic in the back of what tune manufacturers and engineers do. In those pages, Phil deals an extraordinary peek contained in the method tune is made . . . illuminating the inventive idea tactics at the back of the most influential classes in track history.

This is a e-book in regards to the artwork that's making files -- how it begun, how it is now, and every little thing in between.

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I’m recording with Tony Bennett. Am I performed but? inform me it’s now not over! ” He and Tony did just a couple of takes; after they have been accomplished I acknowledged, “There’s your second, Michael. It’s now part of your historical past. ” “We entered Tony’s global once we entered the studio,” defined Elvis Costello. “He has this manner of creating you are feeling relaxed—totally like your self. He’s so pleased with the material—even whilst it’s a track like ‘Are You Havin’ Any Fun,’ that is what we sang jointly. Tony is particularly occupied with respecting a songwriter’s intentions: He’ll allow you to take a number of liberties with a track, yet no longer many. All of this stuff rub off on you in order that your online game is pulled as much as his level—without you even figuring out it. “I have infrequently approached recording the other way,” Costello endured. “But i used to be fairly stunned that a number of the different artists had by no means recorded dwell within the studio—with the musicians correct there within the room. They weren't used to operating and not using a web. ” The examples stated above take care of the technical points of recording. yet what does a manufacturer do if the artist is bodily uncomfortable within the studio? I’ve became off the lighting and permit vocalists face the nook of the room whilst they’re making a song, and I’ve arrange microphones within the keep an eye on room so that they may perhaps stand at the back of me in the event that they have been intimidated by means of the immensity of the vacant studio. to assist Paul Simon and paintings Garfunkel locate the suitable temper after they tracked their vocals for “My Little Town,” I placed blue gels over the lighting fixtures in Studio A at 799 7th road in order that all you'll see used to be their silhouette within the room: neighbors making a song facet through facet into their microphones. It was once eerie, however the surroundings reflected the delicate darkness of the music. a few discomforts, even though, aren’t as simply alleviated as others. no longer some time past, I did a consultation with singer Melissa Errico and composer-arranger Michel Legrand. on the time, Melissa used to be pregnant. She had a few very excessive notes to arrive for, and that i may possibly inform that whatever was once unsuitable. Melissa didn’t say something before everything, yet her physique language screamed, “I simply are looking to be anyplace yet in entrance of this microphone! ” after we took a holiday and that i requested approximately how she used to be feeling, Melissa began to cry. She easily couldn’t get cozy. “It’s no longer reasonable to me, it’s now not reasonable to the baby…” she acknowledged. “Listen, you don’t need to do that correct now—it can wait till after the newborn arrives,” I reminded her. “Why don’t you move domestic and sit back? get back while you’re prepared. We’ll determine anything out. ” the answer was once to make the atmosphere extra inviting, and the fifteen or so hours among periods made an enormous distinction. while she got here within the subsequent day, we decreased the lighting within the studio, repositioned the microphone, lit a few candles, and positioned an important pillow opposed to a ladder so Melissa may perhaps lean again and take the strain off her diaphragm whilst she sang. I’ll always remember how Melissa, who's a superb prepare dinner, introduced in selfmade vegetable soup, which made us all suppose comfortable and hot. rather than tackling the numbers that required great attempt, Melissa started out by means of making a song a few more uncomplicated tunes.

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