Vic Maile

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Vic Maile (1943 – 1989) was a British record producer. After starting his career as sound engineer with Pye mobile studios for The Animals on their song, "We Gotta Get Out of This Place", Maile worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, such as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, The Pirates, Motörhead, The Godfathers, The Kinks, The Small Faces, The Inmates, Dr. Feelgood, The Screaming Blue Messiahs and Girlschool.

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Maile was partly responsible for the recording of the 1970 live album Live at Leeds by The Who, although the production is credited to the band. He produced the classic 1980 album Ace of Spades by Motörhead, followed by their chart-topping live album, No Sleep 'til Hammersmith.

He also produced albums such as Birth, School, Work, Death and More Songs About Love and Hate by The Godfathers, the single, "2-4-6-8 Motorway" by Tom Robinson and the album, Bikini Red, by The Screaming Blue Messiahs. He produced Action Replay with Masterswitch in 1978. Maile also worked with The Inmates and The Vibrators, 999, Brinsley Schwarz and Hawkwind. He also helped produce Guns N' Roses, Japan only release, "EP", having recorded the American rockers at the Marquee Club in London.

In Chris Coyne's (bass player of The Godfathers) words: "When we were looking for a producer, we remembered "Dirty Love", the b-side of the "Ace of Spades" single. The sound was just incredible, so we rang up Vic expecting this Lemmy-like biker figure but he turned out to be a quiet, unassuming sort of bloke - a real diamond geezer."[citation needed]

Motörhead's Lemmy also said "Vic's strength was that he understood rock and roll. He wasn't like a lot of producers who simply rely on the readings from the meters on the desk - he was instinctive and he had the same sense of humour as me. Basically he was a c**t!!".[citation needed]

Peter Gunn of The Inmates recalls that just before he died Maile phoned him to say that he had been listening to his productions and concluded that "Shot in the Dark" by The Inmates was his best work. "Vic kept his illness a secret so the true significance of this remark was only realised after his sad and untimely death - he is very much missed as a friend and a great producer".[citation needed]

Maile's song, "6.10 Phoenix", appeared on Don Fardon's 2000 album Indian Reservation & I've Paid My Dues on Edsel Records.[1]

Maile died, at the age of 45, from cancer on 11 July 1989.[2]

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