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Best Producers - #4 Bruce Fairbairn


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Another Canadian bloke who helped the biggest hard rock band from New Jersey become megastars, among others. Here is a selection of his albums. What is your favourite Bruce Fairbairn production?

Loverboy - Loverboy, Get Lucky

Krokus - The Blitz

Black N Blue - Without Love 

Honeymoon Suite - The Big Prize

Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet, New Jersey

Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation, Pump, Get a Grip

Dan Reed Network - Dan Reed Network, The Heat

Gorky Park - Gorky Park

AC/DC - The Razors Edge

Poison - Flesh & Blood

Paul Laine - Stick it in Your Ear

 

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While it's not amongst the ones you listed, I always thought Balance was Van Halen's best sounding album during the Hagar years.   

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11 hours ago, Crazysam said:

While it's not amongst the ones you listed, I always thought Balance was Van Halen's best sounding album during the Hagar years.   

That's crazy, crazysam!

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Best Sounding for me would be the DRN debut. Brilliant production.

SWW sounded great as well. 

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11 hours ago, Geoff said:

Poison - 'Flesh & Blood.' 

actually not a great production IMHO. Sounded thin to me 

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13 hours ago, Glen said:

actually not a great production IMHO. Sounded thin to me 

I agree it could have been a ballsier, fuller sound. Just mentioning my favourite album at the time of posting. I think I rated both the Bon Jovi albums higher than it... I think? Not sure, too lazy to check... but it's how I was feeling on the day. ;)

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4 hours ago, Geoff said:

I agree it could have been a ballsier, fuller sound. Just mentioning my favourite album at the time of posting. I think I rated both the Bon Jovi albums higher than it... I think? Not sure, too lazy to check... but it's how I was feeling on the day. ;)

oh I thought these threads were about production jobs, my bad.

in that case SWW followed by Dan 

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SWW for me.

Interesting story is Bon Jovi heard Black N Blue "Without Love" and hired Fairbairn to make them sound like that on SWW.

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16 hours ago, Glen said:

oh I thought these threads were about production jobs, my bad.

in that case SWW followed by Dan 

Haha, I don't think there's any rules, mate. ;) I'm just going on the total package for me personally - production combined with the actual album and what comes out on top for me. 

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The 4 Loverboy albums he did  are immense. DRN was great too as well as Honeymoon Suite 'The Big Prize'. A Great producer who is sadly missed

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