*Favorite Engineers

Andy Johns Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

Andy Johns Engineered Albums with Hot Stampers

Andy Johns Engineered Albums We’ve Reviewed

More of Our Favorite Engineers

ANDY JOHNS is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers.

Many of his recordings can be found in our Rock and Pop Top 100 List of Best Sounding Albums with the Best Music (limited to titles that we can actually find sufficient copies of with which to do our Hot Stamper shootouts).

Partial Discography

You may notice that we have done shootouts for a great many of these titles!

Stand Up – Jethro Tull (1969)

Town and Country – Humble Pie (1969) (more…)

Martin Birch Knows How to Get the Big Rock Sound of Deep Purple on Tape

Hot Stamper Pressings of Deep Purple Albums

When you get a Hot Stamper pressing like this one, Machine Head is a True Rock and Roll Demo Disc. Since our stereo is all about playing these kinds of records, and playing them at good loud levels as nature — and the artists — intended, we had a helluva time with Machine Head.

It had the kind of presence and energy that puts most copies of this album to shame. It’s also amazingly spacious, the result no doubt of it being recorded practically live in the studio.

On the best copies you can really hear the sound bouncing off the studio walls, just as you can on the best Zep, AC/DC and Bad Co. albums. You can just tell they are all playing this one live: it’s so relaxed and natural and REAL sounding.

The vocalist is no doubt in a booth, but everyone else seems to be in a lively studio. With lovely extension up top this was a very sweet copy that cried out to be turned up good and loud. The louder we played it the better it sounded.

If you’ve got the full range dynamic speakers to play Deep Purple good and loud, you will discover, as we have, what a powerful British Blues Rock band they were.

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Hugh Padgham Is One of Our Favorite Producer-Engineers

Hugh Padgham Engineered or Produced Albums with Hot Stampers

Hugh Padgham Engineered or Produced Albums We’ve Reviewed

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Hugh Padgham is one of our favorite engineers and producers . Click on the links to find our in-stock HP engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our commentaries about the quality of their sound. 

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Rudy Van Gelder is One of Our Favorite Engineers

Hot Stamper Pressings of Recordings Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder

Reviews and Commentaries for the Recordings of Rudy Van Gelder

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RVG is one of our favorite recording and mastering engineers. The really good RVG pressings (often on the later labels) sound shockingly close to live music — uncompressed, present, full of energy, with the instruments clearly located on a wide and often deep soundstage, surrounded by the natural space and cool air of his New Jersey studio. As our stereo has improved, and we’ve found better pressings and learned how to clean them better, his “you-are-there” live jazz sound has come to impress us more and more.

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Kenneth Wilkinson Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

Hot Stamper Pressings of Recordings by Kenneth Wilkinson

Reviews and Commentaries for the Recordings of Kenneth Wilkinson

More of Our Favorite Engineers

Click on the links above to find our in-stock Kenneth Wilkinson engineered albums, as well as plenty of our famous commentaries. 

Reviews and Commentaries for Recordings by Decca

Top Studios and Concert Halls – Kingsway Hall

Top Studios and Concert Halls – Victoria Hall

Ken Scott Is One of Our Top Five Favorite Engineers

Hot Stamper Pressings of Ken Scott’s Recordings

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Ken Scott (there he is smoking next to Paul) is one of our favorite record engineers and producers. Click on the link to find the albums on our site that Ken worked on, along with plenty of our commentaries about the sound of his recordings. 

Ken Scott (Ziggy Stardust, Magical Mystery Tour, Honky Chateau, Crime of the Century, Truth, Birds of Fire) is the man responsible for the sound of many of our All Time Favorite Albums here at Better Records.

The kind of Tubey Magical richness, smoothness and fullness he achieved at Trident in the early ’70s has never been equaled elsewhere in our opinion.

In 2008 I had the opportunity to hear Ken speak at an AES meeting here in Los Angeles. I won’t bore you by trying to recap his talk, but if it ever comes out on youtube or the like, you should definitely check it out. The Behind-The-Scenes discussion of these artists and their recordings was a thrill for someone like me who has been playing and enjoying the hell out of most of his albums for more than thirty years.

Many can be found in our Rock and Pop Top 100 List of Best Sounding Albums with the Best Music (limited to titles that we can actually find sufficient copies of with which to do our Hot Stamper shootouts).

Roy DuNann Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

ROY DUNANN is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers.

Roy DuNann recordings we’ve reviewed on the blog can be seen here.

Some of our other favorite engineers can be seen here.

We love the sound of Contemporary Records — it’s our favorite jazz label by a long shot.

Roy DuNann always seems to get The Real Sound out of the sessions he recorded — amazingly realistic drum sound; full-bodied, breathy horns; lots of top-end extension; deep, note-like bass; weighty piano and so on.

RVG and Columbia make great recordings too, but none are as consistently natural as those on Contemporary.

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Eddie Offord Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

Eddie Offord Engineered Albums with Hot Stampers

Eddie Offord Engineered Albums We’ve Reviewed

More of Our Favorite Engineers

Eddie Offord is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the links below to find our in-stock Eddie Offord engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.  

Many can be found in our Rock and Pop Top 100 List of Best Sounding Albums with the Best Music (limited to titles that we can actually find sufficient copies of with which to do our Hot Stamper shootouts).

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Rhett Davies Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

More Recordings Engineered by Rhett Davies

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RHETT DAVIES is one of our favorite producers and recording / mixing engineers.

Click on the link to find our in-stock Rhett Davies engineered or produced albums.

Davies recorded some of our favorite albums of all time and we want to pay tribute to this unsung hero, a man who has brought so much joy and pleasure to audiophiles through albums like those listed below.

Many can be found in our Rock and Pop Top 100 List of Best Sounding Albums with the Best Music (limited to titles that we can actually find sufficient copies of with which to do our Hot Stamper shootouts).

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Glyn Johns Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

glynReviews and Commentaries for the Recordings of Glyn Johns

More of Our Favorite Engineers

Glyn Johns is one of our favorite producers and recording / mixing engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Glyn Johns engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.

It was only about 2000 or so that we discovered what an amazing engineer and producer Glyn Johns is. A Hot Stamper of the first Eagles album on the original Asylum White Label blew my mind, produced and engineered by none other, so I quickly started looking around for other records he might have had a hand in. How about Who’s Next? Let It Bleed? On The Border (my personal favorite Eagles album)? Led Zeppelin’s debut? And of course, Sticky Fingers, a record that I’ve always known had the potential for great sound — you can hear it buried under all that bad vinyl and groove wear. You can hear it; you just can’t enjoy it through the noise.

And just recently I was reading the liner notes for Graham Nash’s solo debut, Songs For Beginners, one of the best sounding rock records ever made, and whose name should I see in the credits as mixing engineer, thirty plus years after I first fell in love with the album? The man himself of course. Here’s what we wrote:

The sound is of course superb throughout, in the best tradition of Crosby Stills and Nash’s classic early recordings: transparent, smooth and sweet vocals, with loads of midrange magic ; deep punchy bass (wait until you hear Better Days!); lovely extension on the top to capture the shimmer of the cymbals and harmonic trails of the acoustic guitars; with the whole balanced superbly by one of our all-time heroes, Glyn Johns.