Peter Collins (record producer)

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Peter Collins
Born (1951-01-15) 15 January 1951 (age 67)
London, England, United Kingdom
GenresRock, pop
Occupation(s)Record producer, arranger, audio engineer
Years active1970–present

Peter Collins (born 15 January 1951) is an English record producer, arranger, and audio engineer.[1][2] He has produced records by Gary Moore, Bon Jovi, Billy Squier, Rush, Air Supply, Alice Cooper, Nik Kershaw, Blancmange, Suicidal Tendencies, Queensrÿche, Indigo Girls, Nanci Griffith, Jermaine Stewart, Jane Wiedlin, October Project, The Cardigans, Rosetta Stone, Josh Joplin, Tracey Ullman, Drake Bell and The Brian Setzer Orchestra.

Career[edit]

In 1976 Collins was signed to Magnet Records and formed a group called Madison, along with Sippy, Peter Spooner and Page 3 girl Cherri Gilham, to perform the pop song "Let It Ring".[3] Collins acted as producer, but the record failed to chart and the group soon disbanded.

Collins formed a production company with Pete Waterman and his early credits as a producer included producing the first two albums for The Lambrettas and their chart hit "Poison Ivy". He moved to Canada in 1985 to produce albums for Rush, first working on Power Windows (1985) and then Hold Your Fire (1987).[1] Known at the time as a pop producer, he brought a more heavily synthesised sound to Rush.[4] After reluctantly declining to work with Rush for their albums Presto and Roll the Bones, he later returned to collaborate with the band for Counterparts and Test for Echo. In both cases, he emphasised a return to Rush's heavier rock sound.

In 1991, he produced Alice Cooper's Hey Stoopid album, which peaked at 47 on The Billboard 200 and was the follow-up to the Desmond Child produced Trash album. He then produced the Seattle metal Queensrÿche albums, Operation: Mindcrime and Empire. For a time, Collins was referred to as "Mr Big".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hogan, Ed. "Peter Collins" Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
  2. ^ "An interview with Peter Collins". www.performingsongwriter.com. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  3. ^ Madison - Let It Ring / My Girl Don't Do Dat - Magnet - MAG 72". 45cat. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
  4. ^ Siberok, Martin (1986-03-04). "Rush: still rock 'n' roll escapism at its best". The Montreal Gazette.

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