Tom Lord-Alge

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Tom Lord-Alge
Birth name Tom Lord-Alge
Born 1963
Origin New Jersey
Genres Rock, Pop, Indie Rock, Indie Pop
Occupation(s) Mixer, Record Producer, & Engineer
Associated acts Live, Dave Matthews Band, U2, Blink 182, The Rolling Stones, P!nk, Avril Lavigne, Oasis, Marilyn Manson. Peter Gabriel


Tom Lord-Alge (born 1963)[1] is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American music producer, engineer and mixer.[2][3] Having begun as an engineer and producer, he now works almost exclusively as a mix engineer.[4] Lord-Alge received two Grammy Awards for his work on Steve Winwood's Back in the High Life (1986), and "Roll With It" (1988) - both winning in the Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical category. Lord-Alge's third Grammy was for Santana's "Supernatural" (1999), which won Album of the Year. Lord-Alge has mixed records for U2, Simple Minds, The Rolling Stones, P!nk, Peter Gabriel, Sarah McLachlan, Dave Matthews Band, Blink 182, Avril Lavigne, Oasis and Marilyn Manson, among others.[5][6]

Career[edit]

Tom's first major project was engineering Steve Winwood's Grammy winning album Back in the High Life (1986), and he went on to engineer Winwood's Grammy follow up Roll With It in addition to co-producing its number one hit song "Higher Love". He then left Unique Recording to work as a freelance engineer and mixer.[4][7]

Tom's turning point as a mixing engineer was in 1993 after mixing Crash Test Dummies' "God Shuffled His Feet", featuring their hit "Mmm mmm mmm mmm". Shortly thereafter he mixed Live's multi-platinum "Throwing Copper", which to date has sold over eight million copies in the United States.[8] The success of these albums marked the beginning of Tom Lord-Alge's professional career as a mix engineer. Tom mixes out of South Beach Studios in Miami, and is represented exclusively by Global Positioning Services Management in Santa Monica.[7][3]

Like his brother Chris Lord-Alge, Tom is well known for his extensive use of compression in mix down as both a creative and functional technique.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Tom is one of five brothers - two of whom are audio and mix engineers, namely Chris Lord-Alge and Jeff Lord-Alge. Their mother (Vivian Lord) was a jazz singer and pianist, while their father sold jukeboxes for a living. After doing live sound engineering for some time, Tom joined his older brother Chris at Unique Recording in New York City in 1984. Tom began working as an assistant to Chris, who was then a staff engineer, and later became staff engineer until 1988. Tom credits Chris as being a strong influence on his early development as an engineer and mixer.[4]

Selected Discography[edit]

Artist Album (Label) Credit
Angels & Airwaves We Don't Need to Whisper Mix
Newsboys Thrive Mix
The Rolling Stones GRRR! (ABKCO/Interscope) Mix
Hanson Anthem (3CG Records) Mix
Avril Lavigne Let Go (Epic) Mix
Bon Jovi Tour Box (Island) Mix
P!nk Funhouse Mix
Taking Back Sunday New Again (Warner) Mix
Five For Fighting Slice (Aware/Wind-Up) Mix
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High (Island) Mix
Yellowcard Paper Walls (Capitol) Mix
Annie Lennox Songs of Mass Destruction (RCA) Mix
Avril Lavigne Under My Skin (RCA) Mix
Avril Lavigne The Best Damn Thing (RCA) Mix
Hoobastank Every Man for Himself (Island) Mix
Jonas Brothers It's About Time (INO/Daylight/Columbia) Mix
Backstreet Boys Never Gone (Jive) Mix
Courtney Love America's Sweetheart (album) (Virgin) Mix
Everclear Slow Motion Daydream (Capitol) Mix
Faith Hill Cry (Warner) Mix
Sum 41 Does This Look Infected? (Aquarius/Island) Mix
Goo Goo Dolls Gutterflower (Warner) Mix
Weezer Maladroit (Geffen) Mix
OK Go OK GO (Capitol) Mix
Sum 41 All Killer, No Filler (Aquarius/Island) Mix
Blink 182 Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (MCA) Mix
Weezer Weezer (Geffen) Mix
Good Charlotte Good Charlotte (Daylight/Epic) Mix
Blink 182 Enema of the State (MCA) Mix
Vertical Horizon Everything You Want (RCA) Mix
Santana Supernatural (Arista) Engineer, Mix
Marilyn Manson Mechanical Animals (Nothing/Interscope) Mix
Dave Matthews Band Under the Table and Dreaming (RCA) Mix
Barenaked Ladies Stunt (Reprise) Mix
Fuel Sunburn (550/Epic) Mix
The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon (Virgin) Mix
Hanson Middle of Nowhere (album) (Mercury/Polygram) Mix
Hanson Middle of Nowhere (Mercury/Polygram) Mix
Limp Bizkit Three Dollar Bill, Y'All (Flip/Interscope) Mix
Korn Life Is Peachy (Immortal/Epic) Mix
Dave Matthews Band Crash (RCA) Mix
The Cure Wild Mood Swings (Elektra/Fiction) Mix
Simple Minds Good News from the Next World (Virgin) Mix
Live Throwing Copper (Radioactive) Mix
Live Throwing Copper (Radioactive) Mix
Steve Winwood Refugees of the Heart (Virgin) Co-Produce, Engineer, Mix
Billy Joel Storm Front (Columbia) Mix
Steve Winwood Back in the High Life (Island) Engineer, Mix

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