March 6, 2016 · 3:27 pm
The Great British Recording Studios by Howard Massey (Hal-Leonard, $34.99, 357 pages)
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the audiophile in your life who loves British rock music of the 60s and 70s, this is it. Howard Massey’s coffee table-sized book examines 46 major recording studios of the period (permanent and mobile), looking at their personnel, their equipment, the individual recording rooms, and the original recording techniques. It’s all here, as verified by Sir George Martin in the Foreward.
Massey supplies the answers to some great trivia questions, including “Where did the Beatles record, other than at Abbey Road?” and “Which great, highly successful record producer began his studio work as a ‘tea boy’ (a lowly paid, quasi-intern who brewed tea for anyone who wanted it)?” He also explains how the brilliant Glyn (Glynis) Johns recorded drums using just three microphones, and looks at the bizarre career of the paranoid recording producer Joe Meek. Meek was to record “Telstar” by the Tornadoes and “Have I the Right?” by The Honeycombs in his rented flat in London before he killed himself and his ever complaining landlady.
Massey supplies the background story on several prominent recordings – such as those by The Who, The Kinks, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Queen, Procol Harum and Blind Faith. As per the latter, he provides an explanation of a how an extremely unique sound was produced that enlivened Blind Faith’s somewhat dull track, “Had to Cry Today.” And, Massey details how reverb, echo, and phasing (“Pictures of Matchstick Men”,”Itchycoo Park”) tricks were used. A fascinating ultra-morsel for music lovers!
A review copy was provided by the publisher.
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August 14, 2011 · 9:01 am
Trader of Secrets: A Paul Madriani Novel by Steve Martini (William Morrow, $26.99, 392 pages)
Be prepared for globe-trotting action as Steve Martini launches his most recent Paul Madriani thriller at a full throttle. This pace is maintained as the action shifts among key players and the locales where they are hiding, cooking up mayhem or stalking human prey.
Martini’s fans will be pleased that the story picks up the thread of danger and fear that Madriani’s nemesis, Liquida Muerte, has brought to previous novels. The nucleus of characters includes his attorney partner Harry Hinds, lady friend Joselyn Cole and, of course, Madriani’s beloved daughter, Sarah. Further out from the inner circle are Thorpe at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and his cohort of spies and snitches. The premise, locating and stopping terrorists bent on producing the means for destroying key targets in the U.S., creates tension and no end of drama. The subplot is pure Martini – fierce papa Madriani needs to assure the safety of Sarah and will do most anything to secure it.
”I knew it. I knew it. This thing smelled the minute I got that call from the White House.” Thorpe got out of his chair, waiving the cigarette around like a torch. “So now they dump it on us to find these guys, and if we fail, it’s our ass in the flames. And if that’s not enough, they want to play hide the ball. They can’t tell us what it’s about. Son of a bitch,” said Thorpe. “Damn it!”
The focus on wicked scientist from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California seems a bit like the reverse play on the TV show NUMB3RS where brilliant scientists solved ugly crime with math and physics. The doubts about who’s the good guy and who’s the self-centered monster make the plot twists and turns all the more enjoyable. Martini knows how to play out the suspense and snap to a conclusion, segue to more action and never miss a beat.
While some thriller series may lose their vitality, thankfully, the Madriani franchise is clearly not one of them. This reviewer is looking forward to the next installment from Steve Martini’s vivid imagination.
A review copy was provided by the publisher. “Martini is a crafty pro.” The Washington Post
“Martini has created one of the most charismatic defense attorneys in popular fiction.” Linda Fairstein
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