Jan 032013

George and America Do Ringo

This post’s title pretty much asks all I want to ask: Excluding Beatles records, solo Beatles records, and for the sake of argument pre-Beatles records (eg, Goon Squad recordings), what’s the best single recording birthday boy George Martin, who turned 87 today, has produced? It doesn’t need to be an entire album; it can be a single song.

Is it Cheap Trick‘s “Dream Police” (the song) All Shook Up? Is it something by America? Is it Stackridge‘s “Pinafore Days”? Unless something is slipping my mind it may be—I can’t believe I’m typing this—Jeff Beck‘s groundbreaking fusion album, Blow by Blow.

Regardless of the seemingly tremendous gap between his work with the Beatles and any other record he produced after them, Happy Birthday! Your value as the Fifth Beatle far outweighed your contributions as the Fourth American.


  22 Responses to “Excluding Records Featuring Members of The Beatles, What’s the Best Single Recording Birthday Boy George Martin Has Produced?”

  1. “Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey.

  2. cliff sovinsanity

    I’m not sure if GM produced Dream Police. I’m a sucker for the subtle background harmonies on Sister Golden Hair. It’s a great single from a mediocre band.

  3. Easy for me, Sean Connery doing “In My Life”, brings tears every time I heard it that one time.

  4. I’m voting for Sister Golden Hair. A pretty good single from a crap band.

  5. Ferry Cross the Mersey is a pretty decent runner-up.

  6. misterioso

    Blow by Blow, um, blows. Beck records after Beck-ola? It would take real effort for me to care less. The same could be said of most of George Martin’s non-Beatle productions. I have a soft spot for some of the other Merseybeat hits he produced but for this I would have to submit his work with The Action, a pretty decent little r & b combo, as Paul might say.

  7. machinery

    don’t ask me how I know this one piece of trivia but I’ve always LOVED “Dont let the sun catch you crying” by Gerry and the Pacemakers which was produced by George Martin. My mom had this single back in the day. It’s a bit theatrical, but I love the arrangement.

  8. trigmogigmo

    I may be one of the hall’s bigger Cheap Trick advocates, but All Shook Up qualifies as a merely good but not great album. The production is interesting, clear and crisp, neither too glossy nor muddy, so I will give Mr. Martin (and engineer Geoff Emerick) credit for that.

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