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Our Favorite Engineers (A Continuing Series)

Glyn Johns

GLYN JOHNS is one of our favorite producers and engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Glyn Johns engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.

It was only about 2000 or so that we discovered what an amazing engineer and producer Glyn Johns is. A Hot Stamper of the first Eagles album (his masterpiece) on the original Asylum White Label blew my mind, produced and engineered by none other, so I quickly started looking around for other records he might have had a hand in. How about Who's Next. Let It Bleed. On The Border (my personal favorite Eagles album). Led Zeppelin's debut (my favorite Zep LP). A Nod Is As Good As A Wink. All his.

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Many can be found in our Rock and Pop Top 100 List of Best Sounding Albums with the Best Music (limited to titles that we can actually find sufficient copies of with which to do our Hot Stamper shootouts).


Switch on any classic-rock radio station, and it's likely that within minutes you'll hear the handiwork of producer and engineer Glyn Johns; over the course of a career which had its beginnings during the British Invasion, he assembled an extraordinarily impressive body of work including landmark recordings by such perennials as the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Eagles, Eric Clapton and the Steve Miller Band. Born in Epsom, England on February 15, 1942, Johns originally began his career as a performer, issuing a handful of singles on the Pye and Immediate labels during the early 1960s. The singles went nowhere, however, and soon he began pursuing a career as an apprentice recording engineer under the legendary producer Shel Talmy.

By 1965, Johns was engineering sessions by the Rolling Stones, with his credit later appearing on classic LPs including 1967's Their Satanic Majesties Request and the following year's Beggars Banquet. He also engineered material for Led Zeppelin and Spooky Tooth. Johns' big break as a producer came in 1968, when he was approached to helm the Steve Miller Band's Sailor; their collaboration also yielded several other LPs, including 1969's acclaimed Brave New World. Johns quickly emerged as a sought-after producer, in 1971 alone lending his studio talents to classic records including the Who's Who's Next, the Faces' A Nod Is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse and the Stones' Sticky Fingers.

In 1972, he also began an extended affiliation with the fledgling Eagles, helping the group realize its laid-back West Coast sound over the course of their early recordings. Johns' pace was relentless throughout the 1970s; among his other notable production and engineering jobs of the period were the Stones' Exile on Main Street (1972), Joan Armatrading's self-titled third LP (1976) and Eric Clapton's Slowhand (1977) and Backless (1978).

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