What does a record producer do?

What does a record producer do?

George Martin, who died on Tuesday at the age of 90, may not have invented the job of a contemporary music producer, but he certainly helped set the bar for what a producer could accomplish. Since Martin's death, artists and producers from several generations - Brian Wilson, Rick Rubin, Mark Ronson, Nigel Godrich - have genuflected in a manner usually reserved for legendary musicians such as David Bowie or James Brown.

His work with The Beatles in the 1960s has been studied, emulated and fetishised. The reverence afforded by studio aficionados to Mark Lewisohn's nuts-and-bolts account of their collaboration, The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Story of the Abbey Road Years 1962-1970, is near biblical.

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