Dennis Drake

Real Name:
Dennis M. Drake
Profile:
Owner/chief engineer of Dennis Drake's Music Lab.

After studying at Cornell University, taking classes in electronic music from Robert Moog, Dennis Drake started on the road doing Sound Reinforcement with the Beach Boys, James Taylor, The Yes Group and others. He then worked at A & R Recording Studios in NYC, assisting engineers and producers like Phil Ramone and Elliot Scheiner on albums for Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and others.

Drake then moved to Los Angeles as a staff recording engineer at United-Western Studios, working on albums and TV show soundtracks with Mike Post, Ringo Starr, Steve Binder and Jimmy Webb.

In 1982, he moved to Polygram Records and started his career in mastering. As head of studio and technical operations, Dennis was responsible for creating the Polygram Tape Facility in Edison, New Jersey, consolidating the label's masters from many locations into a single facility. He also supervised the design and construction of three mastering studios.

In the 1980s, as the CD format took off, Polygram had a huge catalogue to mine, having been one of the developers of the format, along with SONY. Drake remastered for artists like Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, and the Verve records catalogue, including recordings by Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and others.

In the late 1980's Drake gained critical acclaim for developing a custom analog-to-digital transfer process and mastered the first 26 CD reissues from the Mercury Living Presence classical recordings, working with the original producer, Wilma Cozart Fine.

Dennis' company The Music Lab was founded in 1991, specializing in audio mastering, restoration, and archiving of music catalogues.
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Remix

WBS 8372 Beyond Today — Dennis Drake Deborah Ludwig Beyond Today Deborah Ludwig - Beyond Today (Single) Warner Bros. Records WBS 8372 US 1977 Sell This Version
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835 261-1 Crossroads — Dennis Drake Eric Clapton Crossroads (as Dennis M. Drake) and 3 more… Eric Clapton - Crossroads(6xLP, Comp, 16 + Box) Polydor 835 261-1 US 1988 Sell This Version
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Production

825 714-2 CD Of JB (Sex Machine And Other Soul Classics) — Dennis Drake James Brown James Brown - CD Of JB (Sex Machine And Other Soul Classics) (Comp, Album) Polydor 825 714-2 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
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P2-31700 CD Of JB II (Cold Sweat And Other Soul Classics) — Dennis Drake James Brown James Brown - CD Of JB II (Cold Sweat And Other Soul Classics) (Comp) Polydor P2-31700 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
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835 454-1, 220469 Ella In Rome (The Birthday Concert) — Dennis Drake Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald - Ella In Rome (The Birthday Concert) (Album) Verve Records, PGP RTB 835 454-1, 220469 Yugoslavia 1988 Sell This Version
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839 234-2 The Singles Collection 1965-1973 — Dennis Drake Roy Orbison Roy Orbison - The Singles Collection 1965-1973 (Comp) Polydor 839 234-2 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
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839 417-2 Dreams — Dennis Drake The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band - Dreams (Comp) Polydor 839 417-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
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847 194-4 The Original Singles Collection...Plus — Dennis Drake Hank Williams Hank Williams - The Original Singles Collection...Plus (Comp, Album) Polydor, Polydor, Polydor 847 194-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
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843 911-4 Tales From The Brothers Gibb A History In Song 1967 -1990 — Dennis Drake Bee Gees Bee Gees - Tales From The Brothers Gibb A History In Song 1967 -1990 (Comp) Polydor 843 911-4 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
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838 936-2 Chronicles = クロニクルス — Dennis Drake Rush Rush - Chronicles = クロニクルス (Comp) Vertigo, Anthem (5) 838 936-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
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M18126 AM Gold - Greatest Hits — Dennis Drake Various Various - AM Gold - Greatest Hits(3xCD, Comp, RM + Box, S/Edition) Time Life Music M18126 US 1998 Sell This Version
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M18206 Crazy Classics — Dennis Drake Various Various - Crazy Classics(CD, Comp) Time Life Music M18206 US 1998 Sell This Version
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M18125, MSD-37195 AM Gold - Top 40 Treasures — Dennis Drake Various Various - AM Gold - Top 40 Treasures(CD, Comp) Time Life Music, Universal Music Special Markets M18125, MSD-37195 US 1998 Sell This Version
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M18207 Crazy Hits — Dennis Drake Various Various - Crazy Hits(CD, Comp) Time Life Music M18207 US 1998 Sell This Version
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M18325, MSD-37298 Living The Blues - Blues Masters Greatest Hits — Dennis Drake Various Various - Living The Blues - Blues Masters Greatest Hits(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Universal Music Special Markets M18325, MSD-37298 US 1999 Sell This Version
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M18326, MSD-37290 Living The Blues - Blues Greats — Dennis Drake Various Various - Living The Blues - Blues Greats(CD, Comp, RM) Time Life Music, Time Life Music M18326, MSD-37290 US 1999 Sell This Version
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BRC 33012-2 The Definitive — Dennis Drake Young-Holt Unlimited* Young-Holt Unlimited* - The Definitive(CD, Comp, RM) Brunswick, M2K Music & Media BRC 33012-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
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Technical

V6-8610 Movin' Wes — Dennis Drake Wes Montgomery Wes Montgomery - Movin' Wes (Album) Verve Records V6-8610 Germany 1965 Sell This Version
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CF2-3801 Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs — Dennis Drake Derek & The Dominos Derek & The Dominos - Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (Album) Polydor CF2-3801 US 1972 Sell This Version
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23 04 063 The Genius Of Coleman Hawkins — Dennis Drake Coleman Hawkins Coleman Hawkins - The Genius Of Coleman Hawkins (Album) Verve Records 23 04 063 Spain 1972 Sell This Version
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MC8-1-684 0695 Land Of Make Believe — Dennis Drake Chuck Mangione Chuck Mangione - Land Of Make Believe (Album) Mercury MC8-1-684 0695 US 1973 Sell This Version
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M5N-2-0131 The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East — Dennis Drake The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band - The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East (Album) Polydor M5N-2-0131 US 1974 Sell This Version
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3112 018 Very Tall — Dennis Drake Oscar Peterson Trio* With Milt Jackson Oscar Peterson Trio* With Milt Jackson - Very Tall (Album) Verve Records 3112 018 1975 Sell This Version
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PE 34225 Southwest — Dennis Drake Herb Pedersen Herb Pedersen - Southwest (Album) Epic PE 34225 US 1976 Sell This Version
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AB-67012/2 La Dafne — Dennis Drake Marco da Gagliano, Ottavio Rinuccini, Musica Pacifica, Paul Vorwerk, Robert White (3) Marco da Gagliano, Ottavio Rinuccini, Musica Pacifica, Paul Vorwerk, Robert White (3) - La Dafne(2xLP, Quad, RE) ABC Classics (2) AB-67012/2 US 1976 Sell This Version