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  • Writer's pictureSteven Pluto

My Favorite Record Producers: George Martin (3 January 1926 – 8 March 2016)

Updated: Nov 21, 2022

George Martin is probably the most important, influential, and innovative record producer in music history.

Besides sitting behind the boards for the Fab Four, he was a true innovator with an ear for experimentation that helped to bring some of John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s more ambitious ideas to life.

Multitrack Recording, manual tape splicing, backward voices, pop orchestration, George Martin pushed 1960s technology to forge not only the Beatles' sound but the sounds of pop music itself.

Essential Listening.

1. The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)- The album refines all the sophistication and fearless experimentation that both Martin and The Beatles had created up to that point. Sgt.Pepper is the culmination of the Fab Fours and Martins adventures in studio technology, songwriting, sound, and cover art.

2. Paul McCartney and Wings, Live and Let Die (1973)- McCartney joins forces with his former mentor/producer and comes up with one the best Bond theme songs in the franchise’s history.

3. The Beatles ,Revolver (1966)- With the band officially retired from the touring, they were given the green light to through pop music rule book out the window. They band began exploring new sonic terrain, lyrical themes, and styles of composition.

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