Mike Stone (record producer)

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Mike Stone
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Stone, c. 1970s
Background information
Born1951
Died2002 (aged 50–51)
Occupation(s)Record producer

Mike Stone (1951 – May 2002)[1] was an English recording engineer and record producer. Stone worked with Queen (multiple albums), Blue Öyster Cult, Foreigner, Journey (multiple albums),[2] Kiss, Asia, Lou Reed, Whitesnake, Joe Walsh and others.[3]

Biography[edit]

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[4] (1964). 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".[5] Following Baker's departure as Queen's producer, the band hired Stone as their engineer for his expertise in over-dubbing vocals.[6] By the early eighties, Stone had produced popular top-selling albums for both Asia and Journey.[7]

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.[7]

Selected discography[edit]

Notes[edit]

The audio engineering references for Mike Stone (record producer) often get confused and mixed with the references of Mike D. Stone (10/24/1949 – 12/3/2017) of the Record Plant recording studio in Los Angeles, California who engineered for the Bee Gees, Joe walsh, Frank Zappa, Peter Criss, Paul Stanley, America, and B. B. King. And their references sometimes are confused with Mike "Clay" Stone of Clay Records's who worked with largely punk and metal acts in the UK.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mike Stone". Queenpedia.com. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  2. ^ Mehle, Michael (1997-05-23). "Veteran record producer turns his life down". Rocky Mountain News. p. 21D.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Mike Stone Discography". Discogs. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  4. ^ Emerick, Geoff; Massey, Howard (2007). Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles. Penguin. ISBN 1592402690. Retrieved 2009-11-22.
  5. ^ Mancuso, Carl J. (26 April 2011). "Classic Albums – Queen: A Night at the Opera". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  6. ^ Sutcliffe, Phil (2009). Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock. Voyageur Press. p. 96.
  7. ^ a b Sharpe-Young, Garry (2002-06-20). "Bad news continues for rock world". Daily News. p. 23.