Martin Birch is a former British music producer and engineer, who became renowned for engineering and producing albums by the British rock bands Deep Purple and Iron Maiden.
Birch began his career in music as an audio engineer with Fleetwood Mac and Deep Purple, producing and engineering eleven albums for the latter. In 1980, coming from the "Deep Purple camp", he was called upon by Black Sabbath for Heaven and Hell; their previous albums had been self-produced and they were happy to let Birch, who had worked with Ronnie James Dio before, produce them. His "bright midrange" on the album is especially noted. In 1981 he began a long tenure working exclusively with Iron Maiden, producing and engineering Killers and retiring from working with other bands for a while.
Birch has also produced and engineered albums for numerous artists, such as Deep Purple-related projects (Rainbow, Paice Ashton Lord, Whitesnake, Roger Glover, Jon Lord), but also Wayne County & the Electric Chairs. On Fleetwood Mac's album Mystery to Me (1973) he is also credited playing acoustic guitar.
The song "Hard Lovin' Man" from the Deep Purple album Deep Purple in Rock is dedicated to him : "For Martin Birch - catalyst".
He retired in 1992, after producing Iron Maiden's Fear of the Dark album. Birch appears on Iron Maiden's music video "Holy Smoke".
Selected discography 
Sources: Martin Birch at artistdirect.com, Discogs
Fleetwood Mac 
Deep Purple 
- 1969 - Concerto for Group and Orchestra (engineer)
- 1970 - Deep Purple in Rock (engineer)
- 1971 - Fireball (engineer)
- 1972 - Machine Head (producer, engineer)
- 1972 - Made in Japan (producer, engineer)
- 1973 - Who Do We Think We Are (engineer)
- 1974 - Burn (engineer, mixing)
- 1974 - Stormbringer (producer, engineer, mixing)
- 1975 - Come Taste the Band (producer, engineer, mixing)
- 1976 - Made in Europe (producer, engineer, mixing)- recorded live in April 1975
- 1977 - Last Concert in Japan (producer, engineer) - recorded live in December 1975
Wishbone Ash 
Black Sabbath 
Blue Öyster Cult 
Iron Maiden 
- 1981 - Killers (producer, engineer)
- 1982 - The Number of the Beast (producer, engineer)
- 1983 - Piece of Mind (producer, engineer, mixing)
- 1984 - Powerslave (producer, engineer, mixing)
- 1985 - Live After Death (producer, engineer, mixing)
- 1986 - Somewhere in Time (producer, engineer, mixing)
- 1988 - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (producer, engineer, mixing)
- 1990 - No Prayer for the Dying (producer, engineer, mixing)
- 1992 - Fear of the Dark (producer, engineer, mixing)
Other artists 
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