Dennis Drake

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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Dennis Drake Discography

Remix

Eric Clapton Key To The Highway (as Dennis M. Drake) and 2 more… Eric Clapton - Crossroads (Comp) Polydor US 1988 Sell This Version
The Allman Brothers Band Blue Sky and 2 more… The Allman Brothers Band - Dreams (Comp) Polydor US 1989 Sell This Version
836 072-2 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry - Chuck Berry With The Miller Band: Live At The Fillmore Auditorium(CD, Album, RE) Mercury 836 072-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
J. S. Bach* - Glenn Gould J. S. Bach* - Glenn Gould - Goldberg Variations BWV 988 - The Historic 1955 Debut Recording (Album) Sony Classical, Sony Classical, Sony Classical Europe 1992 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground (Album) Polydor Spain 1980 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground & Nico (3) The Velvet Underground & Nico (3) - The Velvet Underground & Nico (Album) Verve Records Europe 1986 Sell This Version

Production

P2-31700 James Brown James Brown - CD Of JB II (Cold Sweat And Other Soul Classics)(CD, Comp, Club) Polydor P2-31700 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
835 454-1, 220469 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald - Ella In Rome - The Birthday Concert(LP, Album) Verve Records, PGP RTB 835 454-1, 220469 Yugoslavia 1988 Sell This Version
The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band - Dreams (Comp) Polydor US 1989 Sell This Version
Hank Williams Hank Williams - The Original Singles Collection...Plus (Comp) Polydor, Polydor, Polydor US 1990 Sell This Version
Bee Gees Bee Gees - Tales From The Brothers Gibb A History In Song 1967 -1990 (Comp) Polydor Europe 1990 Sell This Version
M18206 Various Various - Crazy Classics(CD, Comp) Time Life Music M18206 US 1998 Sell This Version
M18207 Various Various - Crazy Hits(CD, Comp) Time Life Music M18207 US 1998 Sell This Version
Rush Rush - Chronicles (Comp) Mercury, Anthem Records (2) US Unknown Sell This Version

Technical

Derek And The Dominos* Derek And The Dominos* - Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (Album) RSO US 1973 Sell This Version
Herb Pedersen Herb Pedersen - Southwest (Album) Epic US 1976 Sell This Version
AB-67012/2 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
PE 34933 Herb Pedersen Herb Pedersen - Sandman(LP, Album) Epic PE 34933 US 1977 Sell This Version
Walter Murphy Walter Murphy - Rhapsody In Blue (Album) Private Stock Scandinavia 1977 Sell This Version
Frank De Vol Frank De Vol - The Choirboys - Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Album) MCA Records US 1977 Sell This Version
LSB-5707 The Archers (3) The Archers (3) - Fresh Surrender(LP, Album) Light Records LSB-5707 US 1977 Sell This Version
LS-5711 John Fischer (2) John Fischer (2) - Inside(LP, Album) Light Records LS-5711 1977 Sell This Version
Sparks Sparks - Terminal Jive (Album) Ariola, Oasis, Ariola Germany 1980 Sell This Version
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground (Album) Polydor Spain 1980 Sell This Version
8100 Geraldine Hunt Geraldine Hunt - Can't Fake The Feeling(12") Amo Records 8100 France 1980 Sell This Version