12 albums with the most skilled production
Which albums have the best sound? We have compiled a list of 25 albums that have become great thanks to skillful producers.
The Beatles – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1967)
Producer George Martin helped the Liverpool Four quit the usual rules of pop when recording their eighth studio album. The result was an orchestra baroque-pop masterpiece, which has almost no equal.
Nirvana – “In Utero” (1993)
After the success of “Nevermind,” Kurt Cobain wanted to create something that MTV ordinary viewers would hate. The producer was Steve Albini, a proponent of an aggressive, lively record that helped the trio achieve the crude, guttural sound they wanted.
PJ Harvey – “Let England Shake” (2011)
Having already worked with bands such as Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Smashing Pumpkins and even Polly Jean, producer Mark Ellis was well acquainted with the dramatic stress. In “Let England Shake,” the Londoner took Harvey’s stories of social unrest and revealed the mystical core of the recording, creating a masterpiece that received the “Mercury Prize”.
Scarlett Johannsen – “Anywhere I Lay My Head” (2008)
On the album of Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson “Anywhere I Lay My Head” with Tom Waits covers – Dave Saytek, a member of TV On The Radio, having demos that even the performer called “terrible”, managed to create a passionate and atmospheric world by lifting the album to a whole new level.
Deftones – “White Pony” (2000)
Although Terry Date already participated in the creation of both previous Deftones albums (“Adrenaline” and “Around The Fur”), he gave all his strength to “White Pony”. Giving freedom to the group’s experiments, he created an album that combines elements of metal, sugase and trip-hop without a sense of overcrowding.
N.E.R.D – “In Search Of …” (2002)
In the original version, the NERD debut contained drum machines and was more electronic, but on the re-release of 2002, it received live drums and a heavy sound. The clearly audible influence of The Neptunes as part of the team that interfered with the genres, which would be their hallmark, “Im Search Of …” testified to the presence of Farrell and Chad of their veins.
Nas – “Illmatic” (1994)
Christopher Martin (DJ Premier) accurately understood the atmosphere of Nas’ debut recording, transferring Queen lyrics to the pale streets of New York with the clatter of subway wheels and howling sirens. One of Christopher’s greatest debuts, the beats had such enduring charisma that Nas could not fail.
Michael Jackson – “Thriller” (1982)
It is impossible to overestimate the contribution of Quincy Jones to Jackson’s best work: he brought focus and warmth to the fountain of ideas of the Icon of Music at the peak of his work, which is especially noticeable on the track of the same name with the album, its unforgettable signature ghostly atmosphere.
The Smiths – “Strangeways, Here We Come” (1987)
The swansong song The Smiths is the result of a joint “escape” of Stephen Street and Johnny Marr from their so-called “noisy din” towards something more complex. Inspired by The Beatles’ White Album, the band used electronic saxophones and strings for a perfect farewell.
Radiohead – “OK Computer” (1997)
Often referred to as the “sixth member of Radiohead,” producer Nigel Godrich is an integral part of the band’s mechanism. The key sources of inspiration for OK Computer were Tom York, the ornate styles of Ennio Morricone and Miles Davis, and the producer’s on-the-go producer method provided the perfect setting for the band’s endless ideas.
Miles Davis – “Bitches Brew” (1970)
Inspired by the music of avant-garde composer Edgar Varez, producer “Bitches Brew” Theo Masero turned the rhythms of jazz of the time into an ambiguous experiment. With innovative technologies such as delay and echo rooms, the album’s approach to sounding has become truly innovative.
Phil Spector – “Back To Mono” (1991)
No one has changed the practice of recording in the twentieth century, as Spector did, whose “wall of sound” technique continues to be used to this day. Having created the 1960s band The Ronettes, he later produced the Beatles’ “Let It Be”, worked with The Ramones; but at this rare moment in the spotlight, he demonstrated his talents alone with startling clarity.
Prince – “Sign O the Times” (1987)
In “Sign O ‘The Times,” Prince returns to solo work, which was the result of one of the most experimental albums in terms of sound. Preferring electronics to traditional guitars, minimalist recordings and progressive arrangements have already shown Prince’s classic work in a new light.
Missy Elliott – “Miss E … So Addictive” (2001)
Full of futuristic beats, Missy Elliott’s third studio album showed her producer Timbaland in its most ambitious manifestation, creating a hard-paced rap epic genre.
David Bowie – “Heroes” (1977)
The second part of the Berlin Trilogy, most of which is collaborative work, Heroes boasts a playful idiosyncrasy by Tony Visconti. The album was influenced by Kraut Rock and the Cold War, but is presented as available.