Peter Collins (record producer)

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Peter Collins
Birth namePeter Julian Alexander Collins
Born (1951-01-14) 14 January 1951 (age 73)
Reading, England
  • Record producer
  • arranger
  • audio engineer
Years active1970–present

Peter Julian Alexander Collins (born 14 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, Ultraspank and The Brian Setzer Orchestra.


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 No. 47 on the Billboard 200 and was the follow-up to the Desmond Child produced Trash album. He also produced the Queensrÿche albums Operation: Mindcrime, Empire (No. 7 on the Billboard 200) and Hear in the Now Frontier. For a time, Collins was referred to as "Mr Big".


  1. ^ a b Hogan, Ed. "Peter Collins" AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
  2. ^ "An interview with Peter Collins". 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 (4 March 1986). "Rush: still rock 'n' roll escapism at its best". The Montreal Gazette.

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