Produced: The Beatles, Cilla Black, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, James Bond Live And Let Die soundtrack, Jeff Beck

What is it that makes a truly great producer, beyond the ability to successfully commit a band’s ideas to tape? If it’s to bring new ideas to the table, such as the strings on ‘Yesterday’, or to provide orchestration and instrumentation on a complete variety of tracks, or to translate an artist’s vague ideas and hopeful humming into a tangible melody on a proper instrument (as he did with ‘Penny Lane’’s piccolo solo), or to explore new studio techniques, equipment, time signatures and dynamics and create masterful new sounds and ideas in the process, or simply to be behind no less than 30 Number Ones in the UK alone, then it’s hard to argue against Sir George Henry Martin CBE as the greatest producer of all time. NB: The Beatles don’t exist on Spotify, so here’s a selection of some of his greatest work.

 
 
 
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