Tom Lord-Alge

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Tom Lord-Alge
Birth name Tom Lord-Alge
Born 1963 (age 52–53)
Origin New Jersey, United States
Genres Rock, Pop, Indie Rock, Indie Pop
Occupation(s) Mixer, Record Producer, & Engineer
Associated acts Live, Dave Matthews Band, U2, Blink 182, The Rolling Stones, P!nk, Avril Lavigne, Oasis, Marilyn Manson, Manic Street Preachers, Peter Gabriel, Sum 41

Tom Lord-Alge (born 1963)[1] is an American music producer, engineer and mixer.[2][3] Having begun as an engineer and producer, he now works almost exclusively as a mix engineer.[4] Lord-Alge received two Grammy Awards for his work on Steve Winwood's Back in the High Life (1986), and Roll With It (1988)—both winning in the Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical category. Lord-Alge's third Grammy was for Santana's "Supernatural" (1999), which won Album of the Year. Lord-Alge has mixed records for Ween, U2, Simple Minds, The Rolling Stones, P!nk, Peter Gabriel, Sarah McLachlan, Dave Matthews Band, Blink 182, Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, Oasis, Manic Street Preachers and Marilyn Manson, among others.[5]

Career[edit]

Tom's first major project was engineering Steve Winwood's Grammy winning album Back in the High Life (1986), and he went on to engineer Winwood's Grammy follow up Roll With It in addition to co-producing its number one hit song "Higher Love". He then left Unique Recording to work as a freelance engineer and mixer.[4][6]

Tom's turning point as a mixing engineer was in 1993 after mixing Crash Test Dummies' "God Shuffled His Feet", featuring their hit "Mmm mmm mmm mmm". Shortly thereafter he mixed Live's multi-platinum "Throwing Copper", which to date has sold over eight million copies in the United States.[7] The success of these albums marked the beginning of Tom Lord-Alge's professional career as a mix engineer. Tom mixed out of South Beach Studios in Miami prior to it closing,[8] and is represented exclusively by Global Positioning Services Management in Santa Monica.[3][6]

Like his brother Chris Lord-Alge, Tom is well known for his extensive use of compression in mix down as both a creative and functional technique.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Tom is one of five brothers - two of whom are audio and mix engineers, namely Chris Lord-Alge and Jeff Lord-Alge. Their mother (Vivian Lord) was a jazz singer and pianist, while their father sold jukeboxes for a living. After doing live sound engineering for some time, Tom joined his older brother Chris at Unique Recording in New York City in 1984. Tom began working as an assistant to Chris, who was then a staff engineer, and later became staff engineer until 1988. Tom credits Chris as being a strong influence on his early development as an engineer and mixer.[4]

Selected Discography[edit]

Artist Album (Label) Credit
4Him The Ride (Benson) Mix
4Him The Message (Benson) Mix
Agents of Good Roots One by One (RCA) Mix
Alannah Myles Rockinghorse (Atlantic) Mix
Alison Moyet Hoodoo (Columbia) Mix
All Time Low Nothing Personal (Hopeless) Mix
American Music Club San Francisco (Reprise) Mix
Angels & Airwaves We Don't Need to Whisper (Geffen) Mix
Angels & Airwaves I-Empire (Geffen) Mix
Angels & Airwaves Love (Geffen) Mix
Angels & Airwaves The Dream Walker (To the Stars) Mix
Annie Lennox Songs of Mass Destruction (RCA) Mix
Arthur Baker & the Backbeat Disciples Merge (A&M) Engineer, Mix
Artists United Against Apartheid Sun City (Manhattan) Engineer, Mix
Avril Lavigne Let Go (Arista) Mix
Avril Lavigne Under My Skin (RCA) Mix
Avril Lavigne The Best Damn Thing (RCA) Mix
Backstreet Boys Never Gone (Jive) Mix
Baha Men I Like What I Like (Mercury) Mix
Barenaked Ladies Stunt (Reprise) Mix
Big Head Todd and the Monsters Beautiful World (Giant) Mix
Big Head Todd and the Monsters Live Monsters (Giant) Mix
Big Mountain Unity (Giant) Mix
Big Mountain Resistance (Giant) Mix
Bijou Phillips I'd Rather Eat Glass (Almo Sounds) Mix
Billy Joel Storm Front (Columbia) Mix
Black 47 Home of the Brave (SBK) Mix
Black Grape It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah (Radioactive) Mix
Black Grape Stupid Stupid Stupid (Radioactive) Mix
Black Lab See the Sun (Blacklabworld) Mix
Blessid Union of Souls Blessid Union of Souls (Capitol) Mix
Blink-182 Enema of the State (MCA) Mix
Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (MCA) Mix
Blink-182 Blink-182 (Geffen) Mix
Blink-182 Neighborhoods (DGC) Mix
Bliss 66 Trip to the 13th (Epic) Mix
Bodyjar How It Works (Capitol) Mix
The Bogmen Life Begins at 40 Million (Arista) Mix
Bon Jovi Have a Nice Day (Island) Mix
Bon Jovi Tour Box (Island) Mix
Bonnie McKee Trouble (Reprise) Mix
Boyzone Where We Belong (Polydor) Mix
Boys Like Girls Boys Like Girls (Columbia) Mix
Boys Like Girls Love Drunk (Columbia) Mix
Bros The Time (CBS) Mix
C. Gibbs 29 Over Me (Atlantic) Mix
Carly Simon This Is My Life (Qwest) Mix
Chaka Khan Destiny (Warner) Engineer, Mix
Chalk FarM Notwithstanding (Columbia) Mix
Chantal Kreviazuk What If It All Means Something (Columbia) Mix
Clarence Clemons Hero (Columbia) Mix
Collective Soul Dosage (Atlantic) Mix
Corey Hart Attitude & Virtue (EMI) Co-producer, Engineer, Mix
Courtney Love America's Sweetheart (Virgin) Mix
Crash Test Dummies God Shuffled His Feet (BMG/Arista) Mix
The Cunninghams Zeroed Out (Revolution) Mix
The Cure Wild Mood Swings (Elektra/Fiction) Mix
Dada El Subliminoso (I.R.S.) Mix
Dada Dada (MCA) Mix
Dave Matthews Band Under the Table and Dreaming (RCA) Mix
Dave Matthews Band Crash (RCA) Mix
David Johansen Sweet Revenge (Passport) Engineer, Mix
The Devlins Waiting (Universal) Mix
Dig Defenders of the Universe (Radioactive) Mix
Dirty Looks Five Easy Pieces (Rockworld) Mix
Dog's Eye View Daisy (Columbia) Mix
Earth, Wind & Fire Touch the World (Columbia) Engineer, Mix
Elliot Minor Solaris (Repossession) Mix
Evan and Jaron Evan and Jaron (Columbia) Mix
Eve 6 Horrorscope (RCA) Mix
Eve 6 It's All in Your Head (RCA) Mix
Everclear Slow Motion Daydream (Capitol) Mix
Evermore Real Life (Warner) Mix
Faith Hill Cry (Warner) Mix
Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree (Island) Mix
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High (Island) Mix
The Fatima Mansions Lost in the Former West (Radioactive) Mix
Fefe Dobson Fefe Dobson (Island) Mix
Fig Dish That's What Love Songs Often Do (PolyGram) Mix
Five for Fighting Slice (Aware/Wind-Up) Mix
Flipp Flipp (Hollywood) Mix
Flyleaf New Horizons (A&M) Mix
Fonzi Thornton Pumpin'... Let Me Show U How Ta Do It (RCA Victor) Engineer
Force MDs Chillin' (Tommy Boy) Engineer, Mix
Foreigner Mr. Moonlight (BMG/Arista) Mix
Forever the Sickest Kids Forever the Sickest Kids (Universal) Mix
Fountains of Wayne Welcome Interstate Managers (S-Curve) Mix
Fredericks Goldman Jones Du New Morning au Zénith (Columbia) Engineer, Mix
Fuel Sunburn (550/Epic) Mix
General Public Rub It Better (Epic) Mix
Go West Indian Summer (Chrysalis) Mix
Gob How Far Shallow Takes You (Fearless) Mix
Goo Goo Dolls Gutterflower (Warner) Mix
Good Charlotte Good Charlotte (Daylight/Epic) Mix
Grant Lee Buffalo Jubilee (Slash/Reprise) Mix
Hanson Middle of Nowhere (Mercury/PolyGram) Mix
Hanson Snowed In (Mercury/PolyGram) Mix
Hanson This Time Around (Mercury/PolyGram) Mix
Hanson Anthem (3CG) Mix
The Heads No Talking, Just Head (MCA) Mix
Hole Celebrity Skin (Geffen) Mix
Holly McNarland Stuff (Universal) Mix
Hoobastank Every Man for Himself (Island) Mix
INXS Elegantly Wasted (Mercury) Engineer, Mix
Janice Robinson The Color Within Me (Warner) Engineer, Mix
Jeff Beck Flash (Epic) Engineer
Jimmie's Chicken Shack Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope (Rocket) Mix
Jimmie's Chicken Shack Bring Your Own Stereo (Rocket/Island/Def Jam) Mix
Joan Armatrading Hearts and Flowers (A&M) Mix
John Waite Rover's Return (EMI) Engineer
Johnny Hates Jazz Tall Stories (Virgin) Mix
Jonas Brothers It's About Time (INO/Daylight/Columbia) Mix
Josh Joplin Group Useful Music (SMG/Artemis) Mix
Jude Cole Jude Cole (Reprise) Engineer
Keith LeBlanc Time Traveller (Blanc) Engineer
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Ledbetter Heights (Giant) Mix
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Trouble Is... (Revolution) Mix
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Live On (Giant) Mix
Kensington Rivals (Universal) Mix
Kevin Raleigh Delusions of Grandeur (Atlantic) Engineer
Korn Life Is Peachy (Immortal/Epic) Mix
Leona Naess Comatised (MCA) Mix
Less Than Jake Anthem (Sire) Mix
Letters to Cleo Wholesale Meats and Fish (Giant) Mix
Letters to Cleo Go! (Warner) Mix
Level 42 Guaranteed (RCA) Mix
Limp Bizkit Three Dollar Bill, Y'all (Flip/Interscope) Mix
Little Steven Freedom – No Compromise (EMI) Mix
Live Mental Jewelry (Radioactive) Mix
Live Throwing Copper (Radioactive) Mix
Live Secret Samadhi (Radioactive) Mix
Live The Distance to Here (Radioactive) Mix
Live Birds of Pray (Radioactive) Mix
Live The Turn (Think Loud) Mix
Living in a Box Living in a Box (Chrysalis) Co-producer, Mix
Living in a Box Gatecrashing (Chrysalis) Producer, Mix
Liz Phair Whitechocolatespaceegg (Capitol) Mix
Liz Phair Liz Phair (Capitol) Mix
Liz Phair Somebody's Miracle (Capitol) Mix
Local H As Good as Dead (Island) Mix
M2M Shades of Purple (Atlantic) Mix
M2M The Big Room (Atlantic) Mix
Malcolm McLaren Fans (Island) Engineer
Manic Street Preachers The Holy Bible (US Mix) (Epic) Engineer, Mix
Manic Street Preachers Know Your Enemy (Epic) Mix
Marilyn Manson Mechanical Animals (Nothing/Interscope) Mix
Marilyn Manson The Last Tour on Earth (Nothing/Interscope) Mix
Mary Lou Lord Got No Shadow (Work) Mix
Me-2-U Me-2-U (RCA) Mix
Melissa Etheridge Breakdown (Island) Mix
Mest Wasting Time (Maverick) Mix
Michael McDonald Blink of an Eye (Reprise) Mix
Michael Morales Thump (Mercury) Mix
Michelle Lewis Little Leviathan (Giant) Mix
Mick Jagger Goddess in the Doorway (Virgin) Mix
Miranda Cosgrove Sparks Fly (Columbia) Mix
Moist Mercedes 5 and Dime (EMI) Mix
Motion City Soundtrack Commit This to Memory (Epitaph) Mix
Motion City Soundtrack Even If It Kills Me (Epitaph) Mix
Neurotic Outsiders Neurotic Outsiders (Maverick) Mix
New Found Glory Coming Home (Geffen) Mix
Newsboys Take Me to Your Ladder (Star Song) Mix
Newsboys Thrive (Sparrow) Mix
O.A.R. Stories of a Stranger (Lava/Everfine) Mix
OK Go OK Go (Capitol) Mix
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark The Pacific Age (Virgin) Engineer
Owsley Owsley (Giant) Mix
Papa Vegas Hello Vertigo (RCA) Mix
Patty Griffin Flaming Red (A&M) Mix
Pete Yorn Musicforthemorningafter (Columbia) Mix
Peter Blakeley The Pale Horse (Giant) Mix
Peter Cetera World Falling Down (Warner) Mix
Pink Try This (Arista) Mix
Pink I'm Not Dead (LaFace) Mix
Pink Funhouse (LaFace) Mix
The Pink Spiders Teenage Graffiti (Geffen) Mix
The Pointer Sisters Only Sisters Can Do That (SBK) Mix
Polara Pantomime (Interscope) Mix
Pound Same Old Life (Island) Mix
Pure Pureafunlia (Reprise) Mix
Radford Radford (RCA) Mix
REO Speedwagon The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken (Epic) Co-producer, Engineer, Mix
Rev Theory Light It Up (Interscope) Mix
Rick Astley Body & Soul (RCA) Mix
Robbie Nevil A Place Like This (EMI/Manhattan) Producer
The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon (Virgin) Mix
The Rolling Stones GRRR! (ABKCO/Interscope) Mix
Rusted Root Remember (PolyGram) Mix
Santana Supernatural (Arista) Engineer, Mix
Sarah Brightman Fly (East West) Mix
Sarah McLachlan Mirrorball (Arista) Mix
Semisonic All About Chemistry (MCA) Mix
Shannon Curfman Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions (Arista) Mix
Shawn Mullins Soul's Core (Columbia) Mix
Shinedown Us and Them (Atlantic) Mix
Simple Minds Good News from the Next World (Virgin) Mix
Sixpence None the Richer Sixpence None the Richer (Elektra) Mix
Sleeping with Sirens Madness (Epitaph) Mix
Sly Fox Let's Go All the Way (Capitol) Engineer
Spacehog The Hogyssey (Artemis) Mix
Spandau Ballet Heart Like a Sky (CBS) Mix
Star 69 Eating February (Radioactive) Mix
Starship Love Among the Cannibals (RCA) Co-producer, Engineer, Mix
Steve Winwood Back in the High Life (Island) Engineer, Mix
Steve Winwood Roll with It (Virgin) Co-producer, Engineer, Mix
Steve Winwood Refugees of the Heart (Virgin) Co-producer, Engineer, Mix
Sugarcult Lights Out (Fearless) Mix
The Suicide Machines The Suicide Machines (Hollywood) Mix
Sum 41 All Killer, No Filler (Aquarius/Island) Mix
Sum 41 Does This Look Infected? (Island/Mercury) Mix
Sum 41 Chuck (Island/Mercury) Mix
Sum 41 Screaming Bloody Murder (Island) Mix
Supertramp Free as a Bird (A&M) Co-producer, Mix
Swirl 360 Ask Anybody (Mercury) Mix
Switchfoot Oh! Gravity. (Columbia) Mix
The System Pleasure Seekers (Mirage) Engineer, Mix
Taka Boom Middle of the Night (Mirage) Engineer, Mix
Taking Back Sunday New Again (Warner) Mix
Third Eye Blind Blue (Elektra) Mix
Third Eye Blind Out of the Vein (Elektra) Mix
Thirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful Lie (Immortal/Virgin) Mix
TKA Scars of Love (Tommy Boy) Engineer, Mix
Toad the Wet Sprocket Coil (Columbia) Mix
Tracy Bonham The Burdens of Being Upright (Island) Mix
Treble Charger Maybe It's Me (RCA) Mix
Tricky Blowback (ANTI-) Mix
Tripping Daisy I Am an Elastic Firecracker (Island) Mix
The Tuesdays The Tuesdays (Arista) Mix
Vertical Horizon Everything You Want (RCA) Mix
The Verve Pipe Villains (RCA) Mix
Victor DeLorenzo Pancake Day (Bachelor Farmer) Mix
Voice of the Beehive Sex & Misery (Warner) Mix
Vonda Shepard The Radical Light (Reprise) Mix
Vonda Shepard Songs from Ally McBeal (Epic) Mix
The Wallflowers Bringing Down the Horse (Interscope) Mix
The Wallflowers Breach (Interscope) Mix
The Wallflowers Red Letter Days (Interscope) Mix
Warren Hill Devotion (RCA) Engineer, Mix
We the Kings Sunshine State of Mind (Virgin) Mix
Weezer Weezer (Geffen) Mix
Weezer Maladroit (Geffen) Mix
Weezer Everything Will Be Alright in the End (Republic) Mix
Wendy & Lisa Wendy and Lisa (Columbia) Mix
Xavion Burnin' Hot (Asylum/Mirage) Engineer
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue (Capitol) Mix
Yellowcard Lights and Sounds (Capitol) Mix
Yellowcard Paper Walls (Capitol) Mix

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