Godrich, who, as well as working on the classic ‘OK Computer’, is famous for producing the likes of Travis, has produced Paul McCartney‘s first studio album in four years, ‘Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard’, due out on September 12.
[/a] told NME.COM how during the album sessions that followed last year’s triumphant Glastonbury headline slot, Godrich forced him to work harder and challenged him in a way similar to when he was working with his old bandmates John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
He said: “It was more like working with a band than a producer…It’s pretty hard to live up to John and George. Working in a band like [url=]The Beatles we had four votes, so if Ringo didn’t like something John and I brought in he got to vote it out. Which I suppose is very democratic. And in the same way Nigel had that same vote.”
He continued: “I’ve produced a lot of records, been on a lot of records, on my own, I’ve had a lot of hits. He said ‘I just want to make a great album, and for the album to be you’, Once we got in the studio, and we’re playing head to head on a couple of songs that I thought as good and he didn’t, I thought of immediately firing him. I just thought, ‘I don’t have to take this’. But the point is, ‘This is why you’re working with him’.”
As the relationship developed, [/a] started to take Godrich’s advice on board. He continued: “He’d be like ‘Look, I’ve got to tell you that I don’t like this’, and I said ‘What don’t you like about it?’. He’d say ‘You’ve done better than that’. In the end I started to value that more, it’s what I need. We kept the standard up that way, but we had our moments.”
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