Lee Herschberg is one of our favorite producers and recording / mixing engineers. Click on the links above to find more of the albums he engineered or produced, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.
One of the top guys at Warners, you’ll find his name in the credits for many of the best releases by the Randy Newman, Gordon Lightfoot, The Doobie Brothers, Ry Cooder and Frank Sinatra, albums we know to have outstanding sound (potentially anyway; you have to have an outstanding pressing to hear outstanding sound).
And of course we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the album most audiophiles know all too well, Rickie Lee Jones’ debut. Herschberg’s pop and rock engineering credits run for pages. He won the Grammy for Strangers in the Night.
The one album that gets my vote for Herschberg’s Pop Engineering Masterpiece would have to be Michael McDonald’s If That’s What It Takes. On the best copies the sound is out of this world.
The most amazing jazz piano trio recording we know of is Herschberg’s as well: The Three (with Shelly Manne, Ray Brown and Joe Sample).
It may not have the most natural sound — Shelly Manne’s arms stretch from one side of the room to the other — but it is explosively dynamic, capturing more of the energy of a live performance than practically any jazz record we’ve ever played.
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