10 George Martin Records That Were Not From The Beatles
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George Martin was remembered for his crucial role as the producer of The Beatles. With him being named by many as the “5th Beatle,” it’s obvious to know that Martin became a symbolic person who drove the Fab Four to their never-ending success.
But apart from his involvement in the band, Martin was also a hit producer to pop and rock artists. Below are the 10 George Martin records outside The Beatles. Take a look at them below.
10. Mahavishnu Orchestra – Apocalypse (1974)
Apart from the luscious symphony and orchestration, Mahavishnu Orchestra’s Apocalypse is among Martin’s favorite ventures. With that alone, it deserves to be a part on this list.
9. Paul McCartney – Pipes of Peace (1983)
Although the public’s reaction to Pipes of Peace were altogether mixed, the audience were all too happy to know that Macca relied once again to the genius Martin to produce the record. Not only that, but his duet of “Say, Say, Say” with Michael Jackson helped him revitalize his career.
8. Little River Band – Time Exposure (1981)
Little River Band’s efforts in music are often looked over by many and if you try to look through their many songs, they contain potential that is far never seen. With Martin producing Time Exposure and its songs, one could see the plush Beatle remnants surrounding the whole arrangement.
7. Ringo Starr – Sentimental Journey (1970)
Ol’ colleague Ringo have Martin’s back when he wanted to release his very first solo album, Sentimental Journey. It wasn’t well-received by many, but Starr was quick to retort that he was happy with its results as it catered mostly to what he thought was good.
6. Jeff Beck – Wired (1976)
Jeff Beck wanted to get his hands on jazz, and upon knowing how well Martin produced the jazz-fusion Apocalypse of Mahavishnu Orchestra, he knew he had to call in the genius. Beck and Martin’s collaboration bore the album Wired, which had beyond the jazz elements that we wanted to hear.
5. Cheap Trick – All Shook Up (1980)
Unashamedly admitting that they are students of The Beatles, Cheap Trick knew that they have to get a shot at George Martin producing at least one of their albums. Lucky for them, their 5th LP All Shook Up got the opportunity to be produced by the 5th Beatle and be unapologetically experimental.
4. Gerry and the Pacemakers – Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965)
On top of being The Beatles’ producer, Martin only had a little window of opportunity to produce any artist’s albums. But lucky for the fellow Liverpudlian group Gerry and the Pacemakers, they were an exception. With its excellent arrangement and superb orchestration, nothing was ever lacking.
3. America – Holiday (1974)
It’s a well-known claim that Martin does have a knack for making people famous. When America were stressed to create a 4th album, Martin helped them by producing Holiday. Long story short, America was back again on top.
2. Jeff Beck – Blow by Blow (1975)
What makes Blow by Blow impeccable was how outstanding the results of Jeff Beck’s and George Martin’s collaboration are. Both the artist and the producer shone bright on the studio, which makes this a dreamlike masterpiece.
1. Paul McCartney – Tug of War (1982)
After John Lennon’s murder, the remaining Beatles were left to pick up pieces of their memories. With Tug of War, Paul McCartney’s longing for his dear friend came echoing on Martin’s excellent display of brilliant transposition.