Does anyone remember the band Cinderella? Tom Keifer had the best blues rock voice ever. Andy Johns, produced and engineered their first two albums, Night Songs and Long Cold Winter. Both albums where hits. That was my first introduction to Andy Johns. He nailed the glam hard rock sound for Night Songs and then he got he got the blues rock (Bad Company/Aerosmith) inspired sound that the band was going for on Long Cold Winter.
Then came For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge by Van Halen. Ted Templeman was on board to record Sammy Hagar, as Andy Johns was too demanding for Sammy. Eddie returning to his hard rock roots and Andy Johns on board to capture it. It spawned the hit Right Know.
Majority of music lovers will remember the artists and the songs attached to them. Key players in the history of recorded music are the producers, engineers and the mixers. They are the ones tasked with getting the ideas of the artist recorded. They need to please the artists and the record label at the same time. They do not get the credit they deserve. Alan Parsons deserves more credit for his engineering role, especially on Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd. Martin Birch should be credited as the god father of heavy metal and hard rock. Andy Johns alongside him.
Rest in Peace Andy Johns and thanks for contributing to my soundtrack