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Favourite "Sparks" Producer

 
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Which "Sparks" Producer Do You Rate Highest..
Todd Rundgren
2%
 2%  [ 1 ]
T J Lowe
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Muff Winwood
10%
 10%  [ 4 ]
Tony Visconti
41%
 41%  [ 16 ]
Rupert Holmes
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Giorgio Moroder
10%
 10%  [ 4 ]
Harold Faltermeyer
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Mack
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Ian Little
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Ron & Russell Mael
35%
 35%  [ 14 ]
Total Votes : 39

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deadcalm
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:26 pm    Post subject: Favourite "Sparks" Producer Reply with quote

Not sure if this has been Polled Before ?...

Anyway what "Producer" do you reckon did the Best Job for "Sparks" over the Years... Ok .. Its a Prettty Hard Call.. But thats what "Polls" are all about I guess ..


My Choice will be Tony Visconti..
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, difficult choice but i think i agree it's Tony
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me it'd be much easier to choose the worst one - Rupert Holmes...
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jill wrote:
For me it'd be much easier to choose the worst one - Rupert Holmes...


Maybe a Candidate for "Which Album Needs A Remix Poll" :)..
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jill wrote:
For me it'd be much easier to choose the worst one - Rupert Holmes...


indeed.. "mack" didnt get a great sound either. but funny that apart from sparks he produced an album called "batteries not included"


I voted tony visconti because i think he did bring sparks to the orchestral style they do now. his arrangements on plagiarism are brilliant.
second choice would've been muff winwood(or R&R Mael)
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I voted for Giorgio.
Mack was dreadful.Their worst producer by far.
Those awful muffled drums!.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tommy: guess you're right...
As for the latest three albums, specifically... I saw many opinions on the need for an outside producer, but I'm really afraid to think how these albums would have sounded if there was an outside producer.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree.Ron and Russell started out as excellent producers but now they need help.The last 3 albums have been weakened by it being just the 2 of them 7 days a week for a year or more.They just lose perspective on whats good and whats overproduced and repetitive.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As fantastic as Tony Visconti was it just has to be Ron and Russell, the sound of Lil' Beethoven just speaks for itself really, amazing production!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@ Stephen: Well, I'm a big fan of the last three albums, not to mention that LB and HYL got me into Sparks, so I really meant it when I said I'm afraid to think about any intervention of any outside producer :)
I understand what you're talking about, but can't and never felt the need to imagine such songs being simplified or shortened or having a warmer sound (=a real orchestra and chorus).
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jill wrote:
@ Stephen: Well, I'm a big fan of the last three albums, not to mention that LB and HYL got me into Sparks, so I really meant it when I said I'm afraid to think about any intervention of any outside producer :)
I understand what you're talking about, but can't and never felt the need to imagine such songs being simplified or shortened or having a warmer sound (=a real orchestra and chorus).



dito. im not sure whether an outside producer would disturb their creativity, their production skills have improved so much, just compare the recent album to balls!(im not bashing balls here, i just say the last 3 albums have a clean and almost perfect sound)

I see your point Aled, my vote went to Visconti because i think he was the biggest inspiration for sparks to get to the point where they are now, musically.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find this one quite hard to answer...

They've all participated in making all 21 Sparks-albums sound like they do, and if they suddenly could re-mix everything, it wouldn't sound like it should.
It would be weird.

And even though I'm incredibly tempted to vote for Rupert (I'll fight for Big Beat until my dying day), I think I won't vote for any of them.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I THINK TONY VISCONTI,INDISCREET WAS BRILLIANT,AND HES STILL WORKING WITH PEOPLE LIKE MORRISSEY TO THIS DAY


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony Visconti is on the Simon Mayo Show at the moment on his new Radio2 Evening Show... Will wait to see if Sparks get a Mention... All T Rex at moment.. Hes Producing Russell Crowes Other Half at the Moment... Danielle Spencer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTjIcs-aMn0
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought long and hard over this one and just cannot come up with an answer. I hate the production on No 1 In Heaven. If the songs, which are great, sounded like the brilliant version of Tryouts...... on Dee Vee Dee. well! Did Mr Moroder have too much imput? or was it simply technology was too primative? What does it really matter after all these years? Guess I'll trust to the judgement of R&R. Who am I ............. Ron Playing
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