Stephen Lipson

Stephen Lipson

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Stephen Lipson
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Music producer and player of guitar, bass, keyboards.

Lipson started out as an engineer for The Rolling Stones and later went on to become the producer of some very memorable recordings. His career as a producer really began during his time with the infamously famous Trevor Horn at ZTT Records (Zang Tuum Tumb).

During the Nineteen Eighties, S.J. Lipson performed production and engineering duties for a number of artists, including Grace Jones (Slave To The Rhythm, 1985), Propaganda (A Secret Wish, 1985), Frankie Goes To Hollywood (Liverpool, 1986), Pet Shop Boys (Introspective, 1988), Paul McCartney (Flowers in the Dirt, 1989) and Annie Lennox (Diva, 1992, Medusa, 1995). Lipson also produced Ballad Of The Streets (1989 EP) and Real Life (1991) for Simple Minds, Street Fighting Years (1989) with Trevor Horn.

Highlights from the busy ZTT period might include Horn & Lipson's "Relax" recorded without FGTH (Frankie had Gone to Liverpool). Look elsewhere to read about the inevitable lawsuit.

More in the role of an artist, Lipson co-wrote Slave To The Rhythm in addition to playing lead guitar, bass guitar and keyboards, with Trevor Horn handling production. A close look at liner notes reveals that he often contributed more than just his technical skills to a production.

He also pioneered a tapeless sequencing technique which he shared with Horn. The complex process was prone to horrendous crashes, especially during the work on "Presents The Nine Lives Of Dr. Mabuse", a fact verified in an interview with Ralf Dörper years later.

It may be hard to imagine now that Propaganda's A Secret Wish was assembled without the benefit of MIDI (initially developed in August 1983). MIDI inevitably led to the development of hardware and computer-based sequencers which are routinely used to record, edit and play back performances. Now it's even possible to emulate the physical devices in software and perform multi-track recording and mixing within a home computer.

It's useful to keep in mind that early Propaganda and Art of Noise material released on ZTT were done "the hard way." It makes these recordings all the more remarkable.

He's a bit of an elusive character to nail down these days; there's a number of other releases and artists which mention Stephen Lipson as producer (even Geri Halliwell), but until a reliable dossier surfaces, his impact cannot be fully known.
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Stephen Lipson Discography

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Wang Chung Wait (Extended Dance Remix) Wang Chung - Don't Be My Enemy / Wait (Maxi) Geffen Records Canada 1984 Sell This Version
Wang Chung Wait (Remix) Wang Chung - Wait (Single, Maxi) Geffen Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
BUY IT 197 Tracey Ullman My Guy's Mad At Me (Extended Version) Tracey Ullman - My Guy's Mad At Me(12") Stiff Records BUY IT 197 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 ZTAX 22 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Rage Hard (++) [Broad] Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Rage Hard (++)(12", Single) ZTT 12 ZTAX 22 UK 1986 Sell This Version
Frankie Goes To Hollywood Warriors (Twelve Wild Disciples Mix) (as Steven Lipson) Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Warriors (Of The Wasteland) (Single, Maxi) ZTT, Island Records, Polystar Japan 1986 Sell This Version
The Communards Tomorrow (as S. Lipson) The Communards - Tomorrow (Single, Comp, Maxi) London Records Italy 1987 Sell This Version
Various Warriors (as Stephen Lipton) Various - Razormaid R-11 Razormaid Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Frankie Goes To Hollywood Watching The Wildlife (Movement 2) Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Watching The Wildlife (Single, Maxi) ZTT UK 1987 Sell This Version
Pet Shop Boys Left To My Own Devices (The Disco Mix) Pet Shop Boys - Left To My Own Devices (Single, Maxi, MiniAlbum) Parlophone, Parlophone Argentina 1988 Sell This Version
Simple Minds Waterfront ('89 Remix) Simple Minds - Kick It In (Maxi, Single, EP) Virgin, Virgin UK 1989 Sell This Version
SMTCD 4, 353 904 Simple Minds Waterfront (89 Remix) and 1 more… Simple Minds - Themes - Volume 4 : February 89 - May 90(Comp + CD, EP + CD, EP + CD, EP + CD, EP + CD, EP) Virgin, Virgin SMTCD 4, 353 904 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
Sniff 'n' the Tears Driver's Seat (12 and 1 more… Sniff 'n' the Tears - A Best Of (Comp) Chiswick Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
PSB 012, PSB 012A, PSB O12B PSB²* Left To My Own Devices (The Disco Mix) PSB²* - The Menagerie Mixes(12", Unofficial) ON-USound, ON-USound, ON-USound PSB 012, PSB 012A, PSB O12B US 1991 Sell This Version
PZCD 211, 863045-2 The Adventures Raining All Over The World The Adventures - Raining All Over The World(CD, Single) Polydor, Polydor PZCD 211, 863045-2 UK 1992 Sell This Version
ESK 4940, DISP 001814 Prefab Sprout If You Don't Love Me (Extended Mix) and 2 more… Prefab Sprout - If You Don't Love Me(CD, Single, Promo) Epic, Epic ESK 4940, DISP 001814 US 1992 Sell This Version
Various If You Don't Love Me (Extended Version) Various - Are You Ready To Dance? The 3rd Compilation (Comp) Epic US 1993 Sell This Version
Sting I Was Brought To My Senses (Steve Lipson Remix) Sting - I Was Brought To My Senses (Maxi, Single) A&M Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
581 889-2 Sting I Was Brought To My Senses (Steve Lipson Remix) Sting - I Was Brought To My Senses(CD, Maxi) A&M Records 581 889-2 UK 1996 Sell This Version
REACH3 S Club 7 Reach (Original Version) S Club 7 - Reach(12", Promo) Polydor REACH3 UK 2000 Sell This Version
none Geri Halliwell Calling (Frenglish Steve Lipson Mix) (as Steve Lipson) Geri Halliwell - Calling(CDr, Promo) EMI Chrysalis none UK & Europe 2001 Sell This Version
Yes Leave It (Single Remix) Yes - 90125 (Album) Elektra, Rhino Records (2) US 2004 Sell This Version
5099921646225, SMTBOX1 Simple Minds Kick It In (Unauthorised Mix) Simple Minds - Themes - Volumes 1-5 : March 79 - September 92(Box, Comp + Comp, RE, The + CD, EP + CD, EP + CD, ) Virgin, Virgin 5099921646225, SMTBOX1 UK & Europe 2008 Sell This Version
XECZ-1045-1046 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Watching The Wildlife (Movement 2) Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Frankie Said(2xCD, Comp, Dlx, Ltd, RM, Gat) ZTT Japan, U/M/A/A Inc. XECZ-1045-1046 Japan 2012 Sell This Version

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Sally Oldfield Sally Oldfield - Playing In The Flame (Album) Bronze, Bronze Europe 1981 Sell This Version
Grace Jones Grace Jones - Slave To The Rhythm (Album) Manhattan Records Japan 1985 Sell This Version

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