*Favorite Engineers

Roy Halee Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

Roy Halee is one of our favorite producers and recording / mixing engineers.

Check out our supply of Roy Halee engineered or produced albums. 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).

Some of the better Roy Halee recordings we’ve reviewed on the blog can be found here. He made what is, in our opinion, the best sounding rock record of all time, Blood Sweat and Tears Self-Titled second album, which blows our mind to this very day.

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

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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! (more…)

Lee Herschberg Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

Hot Stamper Pressings of Recordings by Lee Herschberg

Reviews and Commentaries for the Recordings of Lee Herschberg

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Lee Herschberg is one of our favorite producers and recording / mixing engineers. Click on the link 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 of course).

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).

Bruce Botnick Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

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

Bruce Botnick Engineered Albums with Hot Stampers

Bruce Botnick Engineered Albums We’ve Reviewed


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Roy Wallace Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

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The Complete List of Roy Wallace Engineered Albums We’ve Reviewed

Roy Wallace was the engineer for many of our favorite sessions in Geneva’s glorious sounding Victoria Hall. 

The gorgeous hall the Suisse Romande recorded in was possibly the best recording venue of its day, possibly of all time. More amazing sounding recordings were made there than any other hall we know of. There is a richness to the sound that exceeds all others, yet clarity and transparency are not sacrificed in the least. It’s as wide, deep and three-dimensional as any, which is of course all to the good, but what makes the sound of these recordings so special is the weight and power of the brass and the timbral accuracy of the instruments in every section. 

These are the kinds of records that will make you want to take all your heavy vinyl classical pressings and put them on Ebay.

Quality record production is a lost art, and it’s been lost for a very long time.


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Shelly Yakus Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

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SHELLY YAKUS is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers.

Check out the Shelly Yakus engineered or produced albums we have in stock, along with plenty of commentaries about the sound of the records he’s engineered, from Moondance (his first official lead engineering gig) to Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus and more.

One or two 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 enough copies of in order to carry out our patent pending (not really) Hot Stamper shootouts.

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Chris Kimsey Engineered Two of My Favorite Records of All Time

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Chris Kimsey is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the links below to find his albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.

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Chris Kimsey Engineered Albums We’ve Reviewed

I have two personal favorites among his many excellent recordings:

  1. A Space in Time (1971)
  2. Wind of Change (1972)

Both are Must Own records in my book. Masterpieces. Desert Island Discs.

In my opinion, both are records that should be more popular with audiophiles. For some reason they are not. If you have not heard one or both of these classics, check them out. They are the very definition of the kind of Big Production Rock I have been listening to since I first fell in love with them back in the early Seventies. That was about fifty years ago and I still play both of them regularly for enjoyment. I have never tired of the music on either of them in all that time and I don’t think I ever will.

I’m sure you have plenty of records you feel the same way about in your collection. These are two of mine.

These are the very definition of Big Speaker albums. The better pressings have the kind of ENERGY in their grooves that are sure to have most audiophile systems begging for mercy.

This is The Audio Challenge that awaits you. If you don’t have a system designed to play records with this kind of SONIC POWER, don’t expect to hear them the way Chris Kimsey wanted you to. Both album want to rock your world, and that’s exactly what our Hot Stamper pressings are especially good at.

Ten Years After and Peter Frampton are two of the most influential and important artists/bands in my growth as a music lover and audiophile, joining the ranks of Roxy Music, Ambrosia, 10cc, Steely Dan, Yes, Bowie and countless others, musicians and bands who seemed to me dedicated to exploring and exploding the conventions of popular music.

My equipment was forced to evolve in order to accurately reproduce the scores of challenging recordings issued by these groups in the ’70s.

You could say that the albums of all of these artists informed not only my taste in music but the actual stereo I play that music on. It’s what Progress in Audio is all about.

I’ve had large scale dynamic speakers for the last four decades, precisely in order to play records recordings such as these, albums with music I fell in love with back in the ’70s.

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Not one of his better efforts, and not one of his better photos, but this is the guy that engineered so truly wonderful sounding albums that I have been playing for practically fifty years. I can’t thank him enough.

Bob Simpson Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

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Bob Simpson is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the links below to find his albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries. 

We could not find a picture of the man so we’ve included a picture of the RCA label of one of his most famous recordings, Belafonte at Carnegie Hall. 

Bob Simpson Engineered Albums with Hot Stampers

Bob Simpson Engineered Albums We’ve Reviewed

Roy DuNann Is One of Our Favorite Engineers

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ROY DUNANN is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the link to find all the records we currently have in stock that were engineered by Roy DuNann.

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Phil Ramone Is One of Our Favorite Producer-Engineers

Phil Ramone one of our favorite engineers and producers.

Click on the links below to find our in-stock Phil Ramone engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries. 

Phil Ramone Engineered or Produced Albums with Hot Stampers

Phil Ramone Engineered Albums We’ve Reviewed

Phil Ramone Produced Albums We’ve Reviewed

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