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Remember the legendary albums produced by Roy Thomas Baker

When we talk about albums, we're used to evaluating the artists: their playing, their performance, their pitch... But is the producer the last person in the business? Definitely not.

Roy Thomas Baker and his timeless classics, or one producer's great contribution

Roy Thomas Baker - a legend of the 20th century! He produced some of the most outstanding and legendary albums of the '70s and '80s, so this man certainly deserves the publicity. Although his great contributions are often overlooked...

Speaking of albums, we are used to evaluating the artists: their playing, their performance, their pitch... But is it Producer - the last man in the business? Definitely not. Thomas started at Decca Records when he was barely 14 years! After gaining experience, he moved to Trident Studios, and it was not his last stop in the world of the music business. Today Thomas is almost 80 years old! In the long years he has accumulated tremendous experience and worked with the icons of the last century, who immortalized themselves in their lifetime: David Bowie, Queen, Nazareth, The Rolling Stones and dozens of others...

Roy Thomas Baker
Roy Thomas Baker

Today we decided to look back at some of the most iconic albumsproduced by none other than Baker!

"A Night at the Opera"

Roy Thomas Baker and Queen
Roy Thomas Baker and Queen

We could have bypassed any other album, but not "A Night at the Opera"! This work was a colossal breakthrough for both Queenand for Thomas himself as a producer. The jewel of the record, and at the same time of an entire era, was the flawless and enigmatic "Bohemian RhapsodyThe meaning of the text of which the public never ceases to wonder to this day. It is a highly atypical work in which rock and opera come face to face. Baker himself recalled the following about the composition:

"The first time I heard it was in the evening, after dinner: Freddie sat down at the piano and said, 'I'd like to play you the song I'm developing at the moment.' And he started playing. Within seconds I knew it was going to be a ballad. But then Freddie suddenly stopped and enthusiastically announced, "And here comes the opera part!" We both just laughed. It was very unusual, but also very interesting... I couldn't imagine what it would be or how big a hit it would become.

By the way: "A Night at the Opera" - far away not the only Queen album, on which Baker worked.

"Chinese Democracy"

Guns N' Roses, album "Chinese Democracy"
Guns N' Roses, album "Chinese Democracy"

Needless to say. "Chinese Democracy." was a big hit for the Guns N' Roses? Though it never lived up to expectations in the USA. Nevertheless, the record won warm criticism, a million copies and international success in the charts.

In fairness, it should be noted that Baker is not the only the album's producer: in addition to him, at least 5 other producers worked in 15 studios (in total), including Mike Klink and Eric Codier. The reason? Well... let's put it this way: for Guns N' Roses it was clearly bad period. The album was recorded for 10 years, and the process took 13 million dollars! It was a very long story, filled with fierce legal battles... But the result was a joy!

"Infinity."

Journey Group
Journey Group

Another great record in Baker's arsenal. "Infinity." groups Journey. It was the band's first album with vocalist Steve Perry and their last with drummer Ainsley Dunbar. The disc went triple platinum in the U.S. and gold in Canada, and remains a late '70s classic to this day with hits like "Lights" and "Wheel in the Sky."

Another very successful Journey album, produced by Baker, is "Evolution."The book is a great success and has sold many millions of copies.

"The Cars."

The Cars" album cover
The Cars" album cover

This eponymous debut studio album by the American new wave rock band remains classic of his era, with hits like "Just What I Needed," "My Best Friend's Girl" and "Good Times Roll."

The album achieved great popularity and very soon after its release it sold millions of copies. Today "The Cars." is often singled out as Baker's best and most important work.

"Head Games."

Cover of the album "Head Games" by Foreigner
Cover of the album "Head Games" by Foreigner

Finally, we would also like to highlight "Head Games." - masterpiece foreigner 1979. This album created a huge furore, spawned a number of hits and simply became another favorite record of millions of fans of good old rock from all over the world.

It is worth noting that Baker performed the role of co-producer "Head Games, which was, in fact, the first such experience in Foreigner's practice. And extremely successful, as we can judge!

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