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Martin Birch

Martin Birch

British record producer
Martin Birch
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Intro British record producer
Was Record producer Audio engineer Musician Composer Engineer Film producer Rock musician Heavy metal musician
From United Kingdom
Type Business Engineering Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender male
Birth 27 December 1948, Woking, Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom
Death 9 August 2020 (aged 71 years)
Star sign CapricornCapricorn
Genre:
Hard rock
Instruments:
Guitar
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Biography

Martin Birch (27 December 1948 – 9 August 2020) was a British music producer and sound engineer. He became renowned for engineering and producing albums by British rock bands including Deep Purple, Rainbow, Fleetwood Mac, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult, and Iron Maiden.

Biography

Birch was born on 27 December 1948 in Woking, Surrey. He began his career in music as an audio engineer with Jeff Beck, Fleetwood Mac and Deep Purple, producing and engineering eleven albums for the latter. In 1980, coming from the "Deep Purple camp", he was called upon by Black Sabbath for Heaven and Hell. The band's previous albums had been self-produced and they were happy to let Birch, who had worked with Ronnie James Dio before, produce them. His "bright midrange" on the album is especially noted. He began a long tenure working exclusively with Iron Maiden in 1981, producing and engineering Killers and retiring from working with other bands for a while.

Birch also produced and engineered albums for numerous artists. These included Deep Purple-related projects (Rainbow, Paice Ashton Lord, Whitesnake, Roger Glover, and Jon Lord), but also encompassed Wayne County & the Electric Chairs. On Fleetwood Mac's album Mystery to Me (1973) he is also credited playing acoustic guitar. The song "Hard Lovin' Man" from the Deep Purple album Deep Purple in Rock is dedicated to him: "For Martin Birch – catalyst".

Birch retired in 1992, after producing Iron Maiden's Fear of the Dark album. It was the last of the ten records he produced with the group. He appeared in Iron Maiden's music video "Holy Smoke" two years before his retirement.

Birch died on 9 August 2020, at age 71. The cause of death was undisclosed. Initial tributes were paid by David Coverdale, Geezer Butler and Wendy Dio.

Selected discography

Fleetwood Mac

  • 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)

Deep Purple

  • 1969 – Concerto for Group and Orchestra (engineer)
  • 1970 – Deep Purple in Rock (engineer)
  • 1971 – Fireball (engineer)
  • 1972 – Machine Head (engineer)
  • 1972 – Made in Japan (engineer)
  • 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

Jon Lord

  • 1971 – Jon LordGemini Suite (engineer)
  • 1976 – Jon LordSarabande (producer, engineer, remixing)
  • 1974 – Tony Ashton & Jon LordFirst of the Big Bands (engineer)
  • 1977 – Paice Ashton Lord – Malice in Wonderland (engineer)

Bernie Marsden

Wishbone Ash

  • 1970 – Wishbone Ash (engineer)
  • 1971 – Pilgrimage (engineer)
  • 1972 – Argus (engineer)

Rainbow

  • 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

Whitesnake

  • 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

  • 1980 – Heaven and Hell (producer, engineer)
  • 1981 – Mob Rules (producer, engineer)

Blue Öyster Cult

  • 1980 – Cultösaurus Erectus (producer, engineer)
  • 1981 – Fire of Unknown Origin (producer, engineer)

Iron Maiden

  • 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)
  • 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)

Other artists

  • 1969 – Jeff BeckBeck-Ola (engineer)
  • 1970 – Peter GreenThe End of the Game (engineer)
  • 1970 – The Groundhogs – Thank Christ for the Bomb (engineer)
  • 1971 – Stackridge – Stackridge (engineer)
  • 1971 – Canned Heat and John Lee HookerHooker '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 MooreGrinding 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 GloverElements (producer)
  • 1979 – Cozy PowellOver the Top (producer)
  • 1982 – Michael Schenker Group – Assault Attack (producer, engineer)
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http://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/aug/10/martin-birch-producer-for-iron-maiden-black-sabbath-and-more-dies-aged-71
https://books.google.com/books?id=xZvnIUXk8uwC&pg=PT215
https://books.google.com/books?id=FTFm382cpscC&pg=PA8
https://books.google.com/books?id=ev4lhjF45ngC&pg=PT38
https://www.discogs.com/Paice-Ashton-Lord-Malice-In-Wonderland/master/38066
https://www.discogs.com/Roger-Glover-Elements/master/226771
https://www.discogs.com/Jon-Lord-Sarabande/master/33710
https://www.discogs.com/Wayne-County-And-The-Electric-Chairs-Blatantly-Offenzive-EP/release/1351048
https://www.discogs.com/Fleetwood-Mac-Mystery-To-Me/release/6887758
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