Andy Wallace. Rick Rubin. Bob Rock. To most people, names such as these mean very little to most music lovers. The names in question are those of some of the music industry’s most well known and respected producers. Just as the director is the head of a movie, the producer is the head of a popular record’s creation. Wallace, Rubin, and Rock are just three of a slew of other very famed names behind the boards. Every generation has had its share of famed producers. One of the most famous to this day is one George Martin. Don’t know who he is? Then a journey back in time in the brand new DVD, “Produced by George Martin” will introduce audiences…or rather re-introduce….them to a man who is perhaps one of the greatest producers ever.
George Martin is known largely for his work with one of rock music’s greatest bands ever. The band in question is none other than The Beatles. In the new DVD and blu-ray, audiences get a glimpse into how Martin rose from an impoverished youth to become an employee of Parlophone Records, and eventually the label’s head. In between, he shares stories of his time serving in the military. Under Martin’s leadership, Parlophone Records became one of Great Britain’s leading labels during the 1960’s. And that was by and large due to having signed not only The Beatles, but also the lies of Peter Sellers (of the Pink Panther movie franchise) and Millicent Martin.
One part documentary and one part video bio, “Produced by George Martin” tells Martin’s story through his own words and those of former Beatles, Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney. The presentation spends an expansive amount of time on Martin’s relationship with The Beatles early in the band’s career. One of the funnier moments in Martin’s discussions with Ringo and Paul was that while he liked the band, he didn’t like the band’s original drummer. Unknown to him though, while he was looking to get a session drummer to replace the band’s original drummer, the band had already replaced him with Ringo. His wife is along for the ride, too for many of the stories, laughing and joking with him all the while. As a matter of fact, the entire piece starts off by telling how George and his wife, Judy, met. It’s set against the music of one of Britain’s greatest pop singers, Matt Monro.
For anyone who is an avid Beatles fan, or wants to even learn about one of the music industry’s most famed producers, “Produced by George Martin” is one of those pieces that’s worth the watch. The actual presentation included on the DVD and blu-ray runs just short of an hour and a half. However, there is nearly an hour’s worth of extra material that fans will love. It should be noted though, that there is some brief language and nudity. So some moments may not be suitable for some younger viewers. That aside, it is still an interesting piece of music history for any fan of classic rock or music in general.
“Produced by George Martin” is available in stores and online now. It can be ordered direct via Eagle Rock Entertainment’s website, http://www.eagle-rock.com.
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