Mike "Clay" Stone
|Died||2002 (aged 50–51)|
Mike Stone (1951 – June 2002), sometimes referred to as Mike "Clay" Stone, was an English recording engineer and record producer. Stone worked with Queen (multiple albums), Blue Öyster Cult, Foreigner, Journey (multiple albums), Kiss, Asia, Daniel Amos, Lou Reed, Whitesnake, Bee Gees, Joe Walsh and others.
Stone began his career as an assistant recording engineer at Abbey Road Studios in England. While still a teenager, Stone worked on some sessions for The Beatles' Beatles For Sale. Later, he became a runner at Trident Studios, then worked his way up to tape operator and assistant engineer. In 1974, Stone began a long relationship with Queen when he worked with Queen's then producer, Roy Thomas Baker, to engineer the unique vocal layering for Bohemian Rhapsody. Following Baker's departure as Queens' producer, the band hired Stone as their engineer for his expertise in over-dubbing vocals. By the early eighties, Stone had produced popular top-selling albums for both Asia and Journey.
Stone was scheduled to oversee the re-mastering of the Queen catalogue when he died in 2002. Queen's Brian May wrote of Stone in a eulogy: "Mike's production style of big chorus building and hitting hard, the ability to treat vocals uniquely, and find space in a recording have influenced a generation of young producers."
Stone's work productivity was limited in later years by an alcohol problem, and he died from complications of it.
- 1971 Genesis - Nursery Cryme, Tape jockey
- 1973 Joe Walsh - The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get, Engineer
- 1973 Queen - Queen, Engineer
- 1974 Queen - Queen II, Engineer
- 1974 Queen - Sheer Heart Attack, Engineer
- 1975 Queen - A Night at the Opera, Engineer
- 1975 Frank Zappa - One Size Fits All, Engineer
- 1976 Queen - A Day at the Races, Engineer, Guest Vocalist
- 1977 Queen - News of the World, Engineer, Co-producer
- 1978 Peter Criss - Peter Criss, Engineer 
- 1978 Paul Stanley - Paul Stanley, Mixer 
- 1979 New England - New England, Producer, Engineer 
- 1979 Shoes - Present Tense, Producer, Engineer 
- 1981 Journey - Escape, Producer
- 1981 April Wine - The Nature of the Beast, Engineer, Co-producer 
- 1981 April Wine - Live in London, Co-mixer
- 1982 Asia - Asia, Producer
- 1982 April Wine - Power Play, Co-producer
- 1983 Asia - Alpha, Producer
- 1983 April Wine - Animal Grace, Co-producer
- 1983 Journey - Frontiers, Producer
- 1984 Tommy Shaw - Girls with Guns, Producer 
- 1985 April Wine - One for the Road, Co-producer
- 1986 Journey - Raised on Radio, Producer
- 1987 Whitesnake - Whitesnake, Producer
- 1987 Helix - Wild in the Streets, Co-producer 
- 1988 Ratt - Reach for the Sky, Co-producer 
- 1995 Foreigner - Mr. Moonlight, Co-producer, Engineer
- 1996 Ten - Ten, Co-producer and mixer 
- 1996 Ten - The Name of the Rose, Co-producer and mixer
- 1997 Ten - The Robe, Mixer
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