Record Producers - The Extended Cut [6 Music]

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6MBernard Butler - The Producer's Playlist20100411

In this companion programme to tonight's extended version of 'The Record Producers', Steve Levine presents a selection of music produced by Bernard Butler including tracks by Cut Off Your Hands, Booth and The Bad Angel, The Tears, Cajun Dance Party and Bernard's own solo work.

Steve Levine presents music produced by Bernard Butler.

6MChinn And Chapman20090530

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.

6MChinn And Chapman20090530

The next specially extended edition of The Record Producers looks at a duo at the forefront of the British glam-rock movement, Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.

Having provided a number of hit records for The Sweet, Chinn and Chapman went on to guide Mud, Suzi Quatro (and later Smokie) to chart success on Mickie Most's RAK record label.

This was a different type of production team.

Whilst the songs were credited to both, Mike Chapman was the dominant partner in the studio, while Nicky Chinn's business acumen guaranteed their records were marketed and promoted to maximum effect.

The programme concentrates on their work together in the early 70s, but also looks at Mike's solo productions, including his highly successful work on a number of albums with Blondie.

Suzi Quatro, Rob Davis and Ray Stiles of Mud, Andy Scott from Sweet, Smokie's Terry Uttley and Chris Stein of Blondie, along with the production duo, give first hand accounts of their recordings.

The programme includes original demos of classic glam hits and presenters Richard Allinson and Steve Levine take an in-depth look at the multi-track of Blondie's million selling single Heart Of Glass.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.

6MSir George Martin20090905

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine explore the work of 'the fifth Beatle' Sir George Martin

6MSir George Martin *20090905

The next extended edition of The Record Producers profiles a man often labelled The Fifth Beatle - Sir George Martin.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine examine his work as a producer, arranger and, through his experiments with sound, technical innovator.

Highlights include the first chance to hear the newly restored version of the original master tapes for Please Please Me; and a close look at both Martin's orchestration for She's Leaving Home and the recording of A Day In The Life.

Steve Levine also recreates the mellotron part from the opening of Strawberry Fields Forever.

The programme also contains examples of a recent technological development that gives 6 Music listeners the opportunity to hear some of the Beatles most famous songs in a new way.

Because of the limitations of tape machines during the 60s, it was necessary to either record or mix various instruments and voices onto the same track.

Once they'd been committed to tape there was no way of separating them.

But now, through the use of revolutionary software, there's a chance to hear some of these parts in isolation for the very first time.

But the undoubted highlight of the programme is the in-depth look at the eight track recording of Come Together.

In his exclusive interview, Sir George talks about various aspects of the studio and recording process; the albums Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road; along with a number of songs, including Strawberry Fields Forever, Tomorrow Never Knows and Rain.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine explore the work of 'the fifth Beatle' Sir George Martin

6MThe Producer's Playlist - Bernard Butler20100411
6MThe Producer's Playlist - Todd Rundgren20100123

In a companion programme to ' The Record Producers: Todd Rundgren', Steve Levine presents

a selection of music from Patti Smith, New York Dolls, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Bourgeios Tagg

and Utopia, all produced by Todd Rundgren, whose own solo recordings are also featured in the show.

The programme also includes exclusive access to the multi-track tapes of two songs from his most successful record as a producer - Meat Loaf's 'Bat Out Of Hell'.

6MThe Producer's Playlist - Todd Rundgren20100123

In a companion programme to ' The Record Producers: Todd Rundgren', Steve Levine presents

a selection of music from Patti Smith, New York Dolls, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Bourgeios Tagg

and Utopia, all produced by Todd Rundgren, whose own solo recordings are also featured in the show.

The programme also includes exclusive access to the multi-track tapes of two songs from his most successful record as a producer - Meat Loaf's 'Bat Out Of Hell'.

6MTodd Rundgren20100123

On this edition of The Record Producers, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine profile the work of an arranger, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and artist in his own right - Todd Rundgren.

The Philadelphia-born producer has had parallel careers as band member, solo musician and producer throughout his career and worked with a wide range of artists from Canadian folk singers to Japanese techno-pop and from southern blues artists to Californian punk bands.

Featuring music from New York Dolls, Utopia, Patti Smith and Badfinger and specially recorded interviews with Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks, XTC's Andy Partridge, Tom Robinson and Todd himself, Richard and Steve examine just a portion of work that has made him such a prolific figure in the music industry for the past 40 years.

The programme also includes exclusive access to the multi-track tapes of two songs from his most successful record as a producer - Meat Loaf's 'Bat Out Of Hell'.

6MTodd Rundgren20100123

On this edition of The Record Producers, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine profile the work of an arranger, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and artist in his own right - Todd Rundgren.

The Philadelphia-born producer has had parallel careers as band member, solo musician and producer throughout his career and worked with a wide range of artists from Canadian folk singers to Japanese techno-pop and from southern blues artists to Californian punk bands.

Featuring music from New York Dolls, Utopia, Patti Smith and Badfinger and specially recorded interviews with Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks, XTC's Andy Partridge, Tom Robinson and Todd himself, Richard and Steve examine just a portion of work that has made him such a prolific figure in the music industry for the past 40 years.

The programme also includes exclusive access to the multi-track tapes of two songs from his most successful record as a producer - Meat Loaf's 'Bat Out Of Hell'.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine profile the work of the producer and musician.