This video was brought to my attention this morning and I felt compelled to share.
Many people go on about the musical brilliance of The Beatles, and rightly so. But Sir George Martin, their producer, should be lauded in equal measure. Here, represented in audio and video, is the title song to Sgt. Pepper, de-constructed into the 4 tracks available to him at the time. 4 tracks, people. Today’s productions have unlimited numbers of tracks. Nothing has to be bounced down and yet, very few of them can touch the brilliance of the production on display here.
Listen to the first track, represented by the green line. Notice the way Martin pulls back on the snare and hi-hats at various points so that it doesn’t muddy the mix. Easy in today’s world of Pro Tools, but back then you had to have immense foresight and audio expertise to know what levels to mix at before bouncing numerous tracks down to one track.
The visualisation of this video really helps you to see how this production genius took all the elements of what is a fairly simple rock song, and combined them into this pop epic.
And if you find this impressive, imagine what he did with tracks like Being For Benefit of Mr Kite!
I bow down before the master. I salute you, Sir George. (and Geoff Emerick too, his engineer)