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  • Ted Templeman

    71 45.22%
  • Andy Johns

    12 7.64%
  • Rick Rubin

    16 10.19%
  • Robert John "Mutt" Lange

    13 8.28%
  • Rob Cavallo

    1 0.64%
  • Ross Robinson

    0 0%
  • Glen Ballard

    15 9.55%
  • Brendan O'Brien

    14 8.92%
  • Eddie Van Halen/self-produce

    1 0.64%
  • Other

    14 8.92%
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    Default Who would YOU pick to produce the new Van Halen album?

    If Van Halen puts out a new album, someone has to produce it. If it was up to you, who would YOU pick? Why?

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    One man and one man only. Ted Templeman. Bring him out of retirement one more time.

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    I'd actually go for Glen Ballard. I think ol' Tedward would walk off the job having to put up with Eddie's shit.

    Eddie/self-production would be a definite no-no. Might as well phone Mike Post, if that's the case.

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    X OTHER

    Roy Thomas Baker
    Last edited by Number 47; 09.17.08 at 06:42 PM.

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    I think Brendan O'Brien could do a great job. His production with STP and Velvet Revolver is great and is appropriate for the bands. I'm liking the high-end on "Black Ice" too, which is a rarity for AC/DC; it gives a better balance.

    With Van Halen, they need that warm, open, heavy sound and I think he could deliver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
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    Yeah, but you know how ol' Roy'd make everything sound like all his other recordings...ha ha ha! "Hey, Alex. This is how your snare is going to sound."

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    I think Brendan O'Brien could do a great job. His production with STP and Velvet Revolver is great and is appropriate for the bands. I'm liking the high-end on "Black Ice" too, which is a rarity for AC/DC; it gives a better balance.

    With Van Halen, they need that warm, open, heavy sound and I think he could deliver.
    I agree with that. Though not my top choice, B O'B made my short list.

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    How about...

    DAVID LEE ROTH - Vocals
    EDWARD VAN HALEN - Guitar, Keyboard, Background Vocals
    MICHAEL ANTHONY - Bass, Background Vocals
    ALEX VAN HALEN - Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals

    Produced by JIMMY PAGE
    Engineered and Mixed by Kevin "Caveman" Shirley
    Last edited by Ian Sane; 09.17.08 at 07:35 PM.
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    I always go back to a statement Ted Templeman made sometime in the late seventies, with regard to producing Van Halen. Templeman was asked about the differences between recording the Doobie Brothers as opposed to VH. Paraphrasing here, Templeman said that while doing the DBs was complicated, with VH he merely "threw some microphones up there, they'd play and we'd have it".

    That really doesn't sound like producing to me. If anything, it's turning on the "record" button on a tape deck and capturing a performance. With a shit-hot band of young people composing and performing at peak form, it really isn't all that hard to capture lightning in a bottle. Yet sometimes even young firebrands need some creative assistance, as that brilliance doesn't always come readily available. Whatever creative spark there is at times needs to be carefully refined, and where necessary assisted by the producer in a semi-creative role. It's a tricky thing for the artist to surrender his ego enough for the chemistry to work.

    This is particularly true of mature artists. And if you think I'm kidding, name three decent Paul McCartney songs released after 1985.

    The downside to this is that all creative control goes away, and outsiders are brought in to create tunes that "represent" the artist. You wind up with Desmond Child or Diane Warren writing schmaltz for the band, destroying it in the process. (Hello, Aerosmith. )

    Maybe someone like Glen Ballard is the way to go, as he is a composer as well as a producer. Perhaps he could coax some terrific performances as well as tunesmanship out of the band. Yet for this project to get off of the ground, it should be someone strong enough to be able to tell Ed Van Halen NO when he needs to be told so. Otherwise, we are right back ten years ago with VH III.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    I always go back to a statement Ted Templeman made sometime in the late seventies, with regard to producing Van Halen. Templeman was asked about the differences between recording the Doobie Brothers as opposed to VH. Paraphrasing here, Templeman said that while doing the DBs was complicated, with VH he merely "threw some microphones up there, they'd play and we'd have it".

    That really doesn't sound like producing to me. If anything, it's turning on the "record" button on a tape deck and capturing a performance.
    When you compare the Gene demos of practically the same arrangements and many of the same songs to Van Halen One it is apparent that Ted did a whole lot more than just throw up some mic's.

    I still think the Universal Audio 610 pre had so much to do with the sound of that album and Ed's tone.

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    I said Ted just because I believe that the respect the guys have for him. They listen to him. And most importantly he can tell Ed to shut the fuck up when he has to. Just makes sense to me. Plus going on past stories he records pretty quick and I'm sure EVERYONE can appreciate that.

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    I still think Bob Rock if they would allow him to be the task-master and workhorse that he is. Somebody would need to be in control of a present-day Van Halen with Roth and Eddie in the studio. Say what you will about Rock, but if he can handle Hetfield and Lars, he could handle Roth and Eddie. It would be a polished well-produced Van Halen record with lots of melody and I'm sure Rock would make sure it sounded like Van Halen. Somebody has to keep the reigns on a project like this. If nothing, it would sound great.

    I would also stipulate that it be recorded anywhere but at 5150.

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    Ted T.

    In a close second would be Glen Ballard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fontcow View Post
    I would also stipulate that it be recorded anywhere but at 5150.
    Amen to that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuddman5150 View Post
    Plus going on past stories he records pretty quick and I'm sure EVERYONE can appreciate that.
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    Eddie of course, I'm just an ALL Eddie kinda girl! Lol

 

 

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