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Martin 'Star-Fish' Birch is a British former music producer and sound engineer, who became renowned for engineering and producing albums by the British Rock bands Deep Purple, Iron Maiden and Fleetwood Mac

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Career

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Martin Birch was born on December 27, 1948. He began his career in music as an audio engineer with Jeff Beck, Fleetwood Mac and Deep Purple, producing and engineering eleven albums for the latter. In 1980, coming from the "Deep Purple camp", he was called upon by Black Sabbath for Heaven and Hell; their previous albums had been self-produced and they were happy to let Birch, who had worked with Ronnie James Dio before, produce them. His "bright midrange" on the album is especially noted. In 1981 he began a long tenure working exclusively with Iron Maiden, producing and engineering Killers and retiring from working with other bands for a while.

Birch has also produced and engineered albums for numerous artists, such as Deep Purple-related projects (Rainbow, Paice Ashton Lord, Whitesnake, Roger Glover, Jon Lord), but also Wayne County & the Electric Chairs. On Fleetwood Mac's album Mystery to Me (1973) he is also credited playing acoustic guitar.

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The song "Hard Lovin' Man" from the Deep Purple album Deep Purple in Rock is dedicated to him : "For Martin Birch - catalyst".[2]

He retired in 1992, after producing Iron Maiden's Fear of the Dark album. Birch appears in Iron Maiden's music video "Holy Smoke".

Selected discography

Sources: Martin Birch at artistdirect.com, Discogs

Fleetwood Mac

  • 1969 - Then Play On (engineer)
  • 1970 - Kiln House (engineer)
  • 1972 - Bare Trees (engineer)
  • 1973 - Penguin (producer, engineer, mixing)
  • 1973 - Mystery to Me (producer, engineer, guitar)
  • Deep Purple

  • 1969 - Concerto for Group and Orchestra (engineer)
  • 1970 - Deep Purple in Rock (engineer)
  • 1971 - Fireball (engineer)
  • 1972 - Machine Head (engineer)
  • 1972 - Made in Japan (engineer)
  • 1973 - Who Do We Think We Are (engineer)
  • 1974 - Burn (engineer, mixing)
  • 1974 - Stormbringer (co-producer, engineer, mixing)
  • 1975 - Come Taste the Band (co-producer, engineer, mixing)
  • 1976 - Made in Europe (co-producer, engineer, mixing)- recorded live in April 1975
  • 1977 - Last Concert in Japan (co-producer, engineer) - recorded live in December 1975
  • Jon Lord

  • 1971 Jon Lord - Gemini Suite (engineer)
  • 1976 Jon Lord - Sarabande (producer, engineer, remixing)
  • 1974 Tony Ashton & Jon Lord - First of the Big Bands (engineer)
  • 1977 Paice, Ashton & Lord - Malice in Wonderland (engineer)
  • Wishbone Ash

  • 1970 - Wishbone Ash (engineer)
  • 1971 - Pilgrimage (engineer)
  • 1972 - Argus (engineer)
  • Rainbow

  • 1975 - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (co-producer, engineer, mixing)
  • 1976 - Rising (producer, engineer, mixing)
  • 1977 - On Stage (producer, engineer, mixing) - recorded live in 1976
  • 1978 - Long Live Rock 'n' Roll (producer, engineer, mixing)
  • 1986 - Finyl Vinyl (producer) - collection
  • Whitesnake

  • 1978 - Snakebite (producer)
  • 1978 - Trouble (producer)
  • 1978 - Live at Hammersmith (producer)
  • 1979 - Lovehunter (producer, engineer)
  • 1980 - Ready an' Willing (producer, engineer, mixing)
  • 1980 - Live...In the Heart of the City (producer, engineer) - recorded live in 1978 and 1980
  • 1981 - Come an' Get It (producer, engineer, mixing)
  • 1982 - Saints & Sinners (producer, engineer, mixing)
  • 1984 - Slide It In (producer)
  • Black Sabbath

  • 1980 - Heaven and Hell (producer, engineer)
  • 1981 - Mob Rules (producer, engineer)
  • Blue Öyster Cult

  • 1980 - Cultösaurus Erectus (producer, engineer)
  • 1981 - Fire of Unknown Origin (producer, engineer)
  • Iron Maiden

  • 1981 - Killers (producer, engineer)
  • 1982 - The Number of the Beast (producer, engineer)
  • 1983 - Piece of Mind (producer, engineer, mixing)
  • 1984 - Powerslave (producer, engineer, mixing)
  • 1985 - Live After Death (producer, engineer, mixing)
  • 1986 - Somewhere in Time (producer, engineer, mixing)
  • 1988 - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (producer, engineer, mixing)
  • 1990 - No Prayer for the Dying (producer, engineer, mixing)
  • 1992 - Fear of the Dark (producer, engineer, mixing)
  • Other artists

  • 1969 Jeff Beck - Beck-Ola (engineer)
  • 1970 Peter Green - The End of the Game (engineer)
  • 1970 The Groundhogs - Thank Christ for the Bomb (engineer)
  • 1971 Stackridge - Stackridge (engineer)
  • 1971 Canned Heat and John Lee Hooker - Hooker 'N' Heat (Mixdown Engineer) - recorded in 1970
  • 1971 Skid Row - 34 Hours (engineer)
  • 1971 Toad - Toad (engineer)
  • 1971 Faces - Long Player (engineer)
  • 1971 Jodo "Guts" LP (engineer)
  • 1972 Silverhead - Silverhead (producer)
  • 1972 Toad - Tomorrow Blue (engineer)
  • 1972 Flash - Flash (engineer)
  • 1972 Flash - In the Can (engineer)
  • 1973 Gary Moore - Grinding Stone (producer, engineer)
  • 1978 The Electric Chairs-"The Electric Chairs"(producer)
  • 1978 Wayne County & the Electric Chairs - Storm The Gates Of Heaven (producer)
  • 1978 Wayne County & the Electric Chairs - Blatantly Offensive E.P. (producer)
  • 1978 Roger Glover - Elements (producer)
  • 1979 Cozy Powell - Over the Top (producer)
  • 1982 Michael Schenker Group - Assault Attack (producer, engineer)
  • References

    Martin Birch Wikipedia


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