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    Martin Birch produced some of the best hard rock/metal albums of the mid 70's through late 80's. He produced Deep Purple's entire 70's run as well as Dio's Rainbow era and Coverdale's Whitesnake era up through Slide It In. He produced the run of Iron Maiden albums from Killers through Fear Of The Dark, Black Sabbath's two original Dio era studio albums and a slew of other bands including the Bob Welch era Fleetwood Mac albums.

    One of the things he was noted for, was managing to make band's vinyl records sound really good even when were stuffed with over 20+ minutes worth of music per side like some of Iron Maiden's mid-80's albums were. My original UK pressing of Maiden's Number Of The Beast is one of the best sounding metal albums I've heard.

    He apparently retired at at the young age 44 after producing "Fear Of The Dark" in '92.

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    One hell of a career for sure. Some great records.

    RIP

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    Rest in Peace, Martin!

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    rest in peace, Mr. Birch - thanks for your contributions
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    They don't make 'em like that anymore... who used to make 'em like they don't make 'em anymore.

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    Yeah he did all those amazing Maiden records. RIP!
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    The guy that produced Classic Maiden. Just that alone. Rocking my Maiden shirt at work right now.

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    exceptional producer. Sad to learn of this.

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    The guy did Deep Purple, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Michael Schenker, Whitesnake, etc

    This guy produced a good chunk of my music collection. Nearly everything he produced was a classic.

    Unbelievable.

    Fleetwood Mac Edit
    1969 – Then Play On (engineer)
    1970 – Kiln House (engineer)
    1972 – Bare Trees (engineer)
    1973 – Penguin (producer, engineer, mixing)
    1973 – Mystery to Me (producer, engineer, guitar)
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    1969 – Concerto for Group and Orchestra (engineer)
    1970 – Deep Purple in Rock (engineer)
    1971 – Fireball (engineer)
    1972 – Machine Head (engineer)[18]
    1972 – Made in Japan (engineer)[19]
    1973 – Who Do We Think We Are (engineer)
    1974 – Burn (engineer, mixing)
    1974 – Stormbringer (co-producer, engineer, mixing)
    1975 – Come Taste the Band (co-producer, engineer, mixing)
    1976 – Made in Europe (co-producer, engineer, mixing)- recorded live in April 1975
    1977 – Last Concert in Japan (co-producer, engineer) – recorded live in December 1975
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    1971 – Jon Lord – Gemini Suite (engineer)
    1976 – Jon Lord – Sarabande (producer, engineer, remixing)
    1974 – Tony Ashton & Jon Lord – First of the Big Bands (engineer)
    1977 – Paice Ashton Lord – Malice in Wonderland (engineer)
    Bernie Marsden Edit
    1979 - Bernie Marsden - And About Time Too (producer, engineer)
    Wishbone Ash Edit
    1970 – Wishbone Ash (engineer)
    1971 – Pilgrimage (engineer)
    1972 – Argus (engineer)
    Rainbow Edit
    1975 – Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (co-producer, engineer, mixing)
    1976 – Rising (producer, engineer, mixing)
    1977 – On Stage (producer, engineer, mixing) – recorded live in 1976
    1978 – Long Live Rock 'n' Roll (producer, engineer, mixing)
    1986 – Finyl Vinyl (producer) – collection
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    1978 – Snakebite (producer)
    1978 – Trouble (producer)
    1978 – Live at Hammersmith (producer)
    1979 – Lovehunter (producer, engineer)
    1980 – Ready an' Willing (producer, engineer, mixing)
    1980 – Live... in the Heart of the City (producer, engineer) – recorded live in 1978 and 1980
    1981 – Come an' Get It (producer, engineer, mixing)
    1982 – Saints & Sinners (producer, engineer, mixing)
    1984 – Slide It In (producer)
    Black Sabbath Edit
    1980 – Heaven and Hell (producer, engineer)
    1981 – Mob Rules (producer, engineer)
    Blue Φyster Cult Edit
    1980 – Cultφsaurus Erectus (producer, engineer)
    1981 – Fire of Unknown Origin (producer, engineer)
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    1981 – Killers (producer, engineer)
    1982 – The Number of the Beast (producer, engineer)
    1983 – Piece of Mind (producer, engineer, mixing)
    1984 – Powerslave (producer, engineer, mixing)
    1985 – Live After Death (producer, engineer, mixing)[19]
    1986 – Somewhere in Time (producer, engineer, mixing)
    1988 – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (producer, engineer, mixing)
    1989 – Maiden England (producer, engineer, mixing)
    1990 – No Prayer for the Dying (producer, engineer, mixing)
    1992 – Fear of the Dark (producer, engineer, mixing)
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    1969 – Jeff Beck – Beck-Ola (engineer)
    1970 – Peter Green – The End of the Game (engineer)
    1970 – The Groundhogs – Thank Christ for the Bomb (engineer)
    1971 – Stackridge – Stackridge (engineer)
    1971 – Canned Heat and John Lee Hooker – Hooker 'N' Heat (Mixdown Engineer) – recorded in 1970
    1971 – Skid Row – 34 Hours (engineer)
    1971 – Toad – Toad (engineer)
    1971 – Faces – Long Player (engineer)
    1971 – Rock Workshop – The Very Last Time (engineer)
    1971 – Jodo – Guts LP (engineer)
    1972 – Silverhead – Silverhead (producer)
    1972 – Toad – Tomorrow Blue (engineer)
    1972 – Flash – Flash (engineer)
    1972 – Flash – In the Can (engineer)
    1973 – Gary Moore – Grinding Stone (producer, engineer)
    1978 – The Electric Chairs – The Electric Chairs (producer)
    1978 – Wayne County & the Electric Chairs – Storm The Gates Of Heaven (producer)
    1978 – Wayne County & the Electric Chairs – Blatantly Offensive E.P. (producer)
    1978 – Roger Glover – Elements (producer)
    1979 – Cozy Powell – Over the Top (producer)
    1982 – Michael Schenker Group – Assault Attack (producer, engineer)


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    Any excuse to play this one ...

    "It's so lonely at the top because it's so crowded at the bottom" - Diamond David Lee Roth

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    Quote Originally Posted by I Coulda Hada VH View Post
    Any excuse to play this one ...

    Or this

     "He has a swaggering retro machismo that will give hives to the Steinem cabal" -Camille Paglia on Donald Trump

    "But, fucking with Brook is like fucking with hot shit on and ax handle. You just don't get a grip"-track5

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    'This hamburger don't need no helper"- David Lee Roth

    "I wish Bon Jovi would've given me a call before he recorded all of his hits, because the lyrics would've been smarter, the melodies would've been much more smashing, and they would've sold a lot fewer records." -David Lee Roth

    "My beef is people thinking Bon Jovi is good cuz they sold lots of records to housewives." -tango

    "But being number one doesn’t really mean jack fuck all. We sold twice as many records as other records that year (1984) that landed in the Number One position." ~Eddie Van Halen

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    Quote Originally Posted by bklynboy68 View Post
    Or this

    I've always loved this one, also ...

    "It's so lonely at the top because it's so crowded at the bottom" - Diamond David Lee Roth

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    Next K-SCUM tribute segment will be for this guy. That is one hell of a resume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I Coulda Hada VH View Post
    I've always loved this one, also ...

    Love this one
     "He has a swaggering retro machismo that will give hives to the Steinem cabal" -Camille Paglia on Donald Trump

    "But, fucking with Brook is like fucking with hot shit on and ax handle. You just don't get a grip"-track5

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    "But being number one doesn’t really mean jack fuck all. We sold twice as many records as other records that year (1984) that landed in the Number One position." ~Eddie Van Halen

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    Quote Originally Posted by bklynboy68 View Post
    Love this one
    The entire Heaven And Hell album is ( . Y . )
    "It's so lonely at the top because it's so crowded at the bottom" - Diamond David Lee Roth

    "The truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth" - Todd Wagner

    "Women and Children First ... The REAL Van Halen III"

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