Geoff Emerick

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Geoffrey Emerick
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Born 5 December 1945 in London, England; died 2 October 2018 in Los Angeles, USA.

English recording studio audio engineer, who was best known for his work with The Beatles’ albums Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (the “White Album”), and Abbey Road. He was widely regarded as one of the best engineers in recording history.

Early career at EMI
Emerick first started working at EMI at the age of 15, as an assistant to engineer Norman Smith. As an unpaid trainee, he witnessed the first-ever EMI recording session by the finalized line-up of The Beatles in 1962, during which the group recorded for the first time with new drummer Ringo Starr on what would eventually become their first hit single "Love Me Do." As assistant engineer, he worked on numerous early recordings by The Beatles, and also helped record other artists for the label, including Judy Garland. He assisted at the EMI artist test of Hollies.

After working his way up to the position, Emerick engineered the 1966 number one UK Manfred Mann hit "Pretty Flamingo." Emerick took over The Beatles engineering duties from Smith soon after at the request of producer George Martin. The first album Emerick worked on with the Beatles as their main recording engineer was Revolver, and "Tomorrow Never Knows" was the first track he worked on. It was Emerick's innovation to record John Lennon's vocal through a Leslie speaker on that song, to get the ethereal sound Lennon wanted. He received Grammy Awards for the engineering of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road. He abandoned work on The Beatles on 16 July 1968, fed up with the tensions and arguments that hampered the sessions.

Despite his departure from the "White Album" sessions, Emerick remained on good terms with the Beatles, particularly Paul McCartney, who invited Emerick to quit EMI and come work for their company, Apple Corps Ltd., in 1969. In addition to engineering duties, Emerick would oversee the construction of Apple Studios.

After the Beatles
His post-Beatles career included work with Paul McCartney (including Band On The Run, which netted Emerick another Grammy, London Town, and Flaming Pie), Elvis Costello (for whom he produced Imperial Bedroom and All This Useless Beauty), Badfinger, Art Garfunkel, America (2), Gino Vannelli, Supertramp, Cheap Trick, Nazareth, Chris Bell, Split Enz, Big Country, Gentle Giant, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Ultravox, Matthew Fisher's first solo album Journey's End, and Jeff Beck, as well as Nellie McKay's 2004 debut CD Get Away from Me. He was the sound engineer on Robin Trower's album Bridge of Sighs, and is credited by both Trower and producer Matthew Fisher for that album's acclaimed sound.

In 2003, he received his fourth Grammy, this time for lifetime Technical Achievement.

In 2006, Emerick released his memoir, Here, There, and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles (Gotham Books, ISBN 1-59240-179-1), co-authored by veteran music journalist Howard Massey.

On 3 April 2007 it was announced that Emerick would be in charge of a re-recording of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by contemporary artists, including The Oasis, Killers, and Razorlight. Emerick used the original equipment to record the new versions of the songs, and the results were broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on 2 June, marking the album's 40th anniversary.
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Geoff Emerick - Painted Head album art Tim Hardin Tim Hardin - Painted Head (Album) Columbia Canada 1972 Sell This Version
LP 5808 Geoff Emerick - Loud'N'Proud album art Nazareth (2) Nazareth (2) - Loud'N'Proud(LP, Album) PGP RTB, Vertigo LP 5808 Yugoslavia 1974 Sell This Version
Geoff Emerick - Leanhard album art Pepe Lienhard Pepe Lienhard - Leanhard (Album) EMI, EMI Germany 1974 Sell This Version
Geoff Emerick - Robin Trower Live! album art Robin Trower Robin Trower - Robin Trower Live! (Album) Chrysalis US 1975 Sell This Version
Geoff Emerick - The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl album art The Beatles The Beatles - The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl (Album) Odeon Spain 1977 Sell This Version
Geoff Emerick - Civilian album art Gentle Giant Gentle Giant - Civilian (Album) Columbia US 1980 Sell This Version
Geoff Emerick - Time Exposure album art Little River Band Little River Band - Time Exposure (Album) Capitol Records Brazil 1981 Sell This Version
Geoff Emerick - Sessions album art The Beatles The Beatles - Sessions (Comp) Parlophone (2) UK 1985 Sell This Version
Geoff Emerick - The Animals' Christmas album art Art Garfunkel / Amy Grant / Jimmy Webb Art Garfunkel / Amy Grant / Jimmy Webb - The Animals' Christmas (Album) CBS Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
Geoff Emerick - Free As A Bird album art The Beatles I Saw Her Standing There and 1 more… The Beatles - Free As A Bird (Single, Maxi) Apple Records, Apple Records UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
Geoff Emerick - Anthology 2 album art The Beatles The Beatles - Anthology 2 (Album) Apple Records, Apple Records, Apple Records UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
Geoff Emerick - Real Love album art The Beatles The Beatles - Real Love (Single, Maxi) Apple Records, Apple Records UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
Geoff Emerick - For Earth Below / Live album art Robin Trower Robin Trower - For Earth Below / Live (Comp) BGO Records UK 1997 Sell This Version
Beck1155 Geoff Emerick - The Syrups album art The Syrups The Syrups - The Syrups(CD, Album) Beck Records Beck1155 US 2003 Sell This Version
Geoff Emerick - Sessions album art The Beatles The Beatles - Sessions (Comp) Parlophone (2), Parlophone (2) 2007 Sell This Version
50999 915 176 2 3, 915 1762 Geoff Emerick - I Lost My Head - The Chrysalis Years (1975-1980) album art Gentle Giant Gentle Giant - I Lost My Head - The Chrysalis Years (1975-1980)(4xCD, Comp, RM) Chrysalis, Chrysalis 50999 915 176 2 3, 915 1762 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
CLP 0435 Geoff Emerick - Down To Earth album art Nektar Astral Man Nektar - Down To Earth(CD, Album, RE, Sli) Purple Pyramid CLP 0435 US 2013 Sell This Version
Geoff Emerick - Anthology 3 album art The Beatles The Beatles - Anthology 3 (Album, Comp) Apple Records, Universal Music Japan 1996 Sell This Version
Geoff Emerick - Live At The Hollywood Bowl album art The Beatles The Beatles - Live At The Hollywood Bowl (Album) Apple Records, Universal Music Group International Europe 2016 Sell This Version
Geoff Emerick - Anthology 1 album art The Beatles The Beatles - Anthology 1 (Album) Apple Records Europe 1995 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

BAT-CD 10-01, BATCD 10-01 Geoff Emerick - Home album art Nick Ingman And Friends* Home Is Where The Heart Is Nick Ingman And Friends* - Home(CD) Baton Records (2), Baton Records (2) BAT-CD 10-01, BATCD 10-01 UK 1989 Sell This Version
069 490 597-2 Geoff Emerick - Ultimate Collection album art Gino Vannelli Love Of My Life and 1 more… Gino Vannelli - Ultimate Collection(CD, Comp) Hip-O Records 069 490 597-2 US 2000 Sell This Version

Production

Geoff Emerick - No Dice album art Badfinger Badfinger - No Dice (Album) Apple Records Australia 1970 Sell This Version
APPLE.31 Geoff Emerick - No Matter What album art Badfinger Better Days Badfinger - No Matter What(7", Single) Apple Records APPLE.31 New Zealand 1970 Sell This Version
Geoff Emerick - No Matter What / Better Days album art Badfinger Better Days Badfinger - No Matter What / Better Days (Single) Apple Records, Apple Records India 1970 Sell This Version