Martin Birch has sadly passed away at the age of 71. The legendary producer is known for his work with Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Blue Öyster Cult, and more. You can find various tributes for Birch below:
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RIP Martin Birch (1948 – 2020) A man of many nicknames… and simply one of the greatest people we have ever worked with. Steve Harris: “He was just absolutely brilliant. He wasn’t just a producer, he was a hands-on engineer too, so he knew how to get a great sound. He was also fantastic at motivating people; he just had a knack of getting the best out of you. He was also a really nice man, great fun with a terrific sense of humour and that made him easy to work with. We all got along with him really well and the whole band is very saddened by today’s news.” Bruce Dickinson: “To me, Martin was a mentor who completely transformed my singing: he was a psychotherapist and in his own words a juggler who could mirror exactly what a band was. That was his special talent as a producer. He was not a puppeteer, he did not manipulate the sound of the band, he just reflected it in the best possible way. Apart from all of that he was a wonderful, warm & funny human being. Martin & I shared a passion for martial arts – he for karate and me for fencing which gave us another bond too. I’m so very sad to hear this news, it’s incredible that he has passed away at such a young age for a man who was so full of life.” Rod Smallwood: “He was a fantastic guy who always shared a mutual respect with the band. He never, ever, let us down in the studio. He was a true gentleman and he will be hugely missed by everyone in the Maiden Family." Albums produced by Martin Birch: 1981 – Killers 1982 – The Number of the Beast 1983 – Piece of Mind 1984 – Powerslave 1985 – Live After Death 1986 – Somewhere in Time 1988 – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son 1990 – No Prayer for the Dying 1992 – Fear of the Dark 1994 – Maiden England '88 #IronMaiden #MartinBirch #Legend
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A true legend has passed! This man produced some of my favorite albums from Iron Maiden (Killers/The Number of the Beast) to Black Sabbath (Heaven & Hell/The Mob Rules). His pronounced kick drum spikes on critical downbeats were the cornerstones of his heavy sound. I do recall our then-manager Ron Lafitte and I discussing producers for the "Countdown To Extinction" album (in 1991) where Martin's name was discussed and a phone call made to him. But, he was ready to retire so it was not to be. RIP Martin Birch…. #martinbirch #Repost @imbnoticias with @make_repost ・・・ É com grande pesar que noticiamos o falecimento de Martin Birch (71), o lendário produtor musical que assinou os discos clássicos do Iron Maiden, indo do álbum "Killers" ao "Fear Of The Dark", sendo este último o seu último trabalho antes da aposentadoria. Martin também foi produtor musical de outras grandes bandas e artistas como Dio, John Lord, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake e entre tantos outros grandes expoentes do rock. Vá em paz, Martin. #MartinBirch #IronMaiden #Killers #TheNumberOfTheBeast #PieceOfMind #Powerslave #SomewhereInTime #SeventhSonOfASeventhSon #NoPrayerForTheDying #FearOfTheDark #LiveAfterDeath #RestInPeace #BlackSabbath #DeepPurple #Rainbow #Whitesnake.