Rodger Bain

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Rodger Bain (born 1945) is a British record producer, known for producing albums by heavy metal bands such as Black Sabbath, Budgie and Judas Priest in the 1970s.[1] He is mainly associated as the staff producer at Vertigo Records in the early to mid 1970s.[2]


He was the producer of Black Sabbath's first three albums, Budgie's first two albums, Judas Priest's first album, Rocka Rolla, and Wild Turkey's debut album Battle Hymn. Bain dominated the production of Priest's first album and made decisions that the band did not agree with,[3] such as leaving fan favourites such as "Tyrant", "Genocide", and "The Ripper," off the album. He also cut the song "Caviar and Meths" from a 10-minute song down to a two-minute instrumental.[citation needed]

He also produced the Judas Priest album Hero, Hero (an album not authorised by the band who, in their split with Gull Records, had had to concede the original recordings of their first albums to them, although they retained the rights to the songs), which contained remixed versions of the tracks on Rocka Rolla. Both of these Judas Priest albums received a great deal of criticism.[citation needed] On Black Sabbath's self-titled debut album, Bain played the Jew's harp on the track "Sleeping Village".[4] In the Last Supper DVD, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler describes Bain positively, and claims that he let them record their first album live which was, and still is, an uncommon method of recording, when other producers had refused. This is also how he is said[by whom?] to have produced other albums he worked on. Bain subsequently went on to work with Barclay James Harvest, producing their first two albums for Polydor, Everyone Is Everybody Else (1974) and Barclay James Harvest Live. Although he reportedly did not get on with the band, the albums are highly regarded.[5] AllMusic noted that Bain seemingly left the music industry in the mid-1970s.[2]

However in 1981, Bain briefly returned and formed his own record label called Blue Chip/Cygnet Records and signed bands such as The Kicks, releasing their single "If Looks Could Kill" in 1982.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Rodger Bain - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Rodger Bain | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  3. ^ Judas Priest Info Pages - Rocka Rolla Archived 2007-10-16 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Wells, David (2009). "Black Sabbath (1970)". Black Sabbath (CD Booklet). Black Sabbath. Sanctuary Records Group.
  5. ^ "Barclay James Harvest Album Portfolio". Retrieved 15 August 2020.