Soundbreaking begins where a recording does––at the intersection of inspiration and execution. There stands the enigmatic figure of the record producer, the person charged with the critical task of both realizing an artist’s vision and capturing it for posterity. Profiling some of the most accomplished and revered producers in the recording industry, Episode One offers a study in contrasting styles and approaches. In the process, The Recording Artist underscores the way in which any music recording is the product of a delicate and infinitely variable balance between man and machine. Please visti pbs.org for more information.

Featured Stories:

  • George Martin and his work with the Beatles at Abbey Road.
    Interviews: Ringo Starr, George Martin, Brian Eno, Giles Martin, Rick Rubin, Tony Visconti
    Songs: “Please Please Me,” “Yesterday”, “Eleanor Rigby”
  • The story of Dr. Dre as the most influential producer in hip hop
    Interviews: Questlove, Jimmy Iovine, RZA, Q Tip, Dr. Luke
  • Rick Rubin’s revitalization of Johnny Cash’s career in the 1990s
    Interviews: Rick Rubin, Johnny Cash (archive), Rosanne Cash, Tom Petty
    Songs: “Rusty Cage”, “I Don’t Hurt Anymore”

 

Song List

  • 1. Pride (In the name of love) – U2
  • 2. Fame – David Bowie
  • 3. One – Johnny Cash
  • 4. Start Me Up – Rolling Stones
  • 5. Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • 6. My Happiness – Elvis Presley
  • 7. That’s All Right – Elvis Presley
  • 8. Shake, Rattle and Roll – Elvis Presley
  • 9. Some Other Guy – The Beatles
  • 10. Please Please Me – The Beatles
  • 11. Yesterday – The Beatles
  • 12. The Flight (from Psycho) – Bernard Hermann
  • 13. Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles
  • 14. Be My Baby Ronettes
  • 15. To Know Him is to Love Him – The Teddy Bears
  • 16. You’ve Lost That Lovin Feelin – Righteous Brothers
  • 17. River Deep Mountain High – Tina Turner
  • 18. Matthew and Sons – Cat Stevens
  • 19. Father and Son – Cat Stevens
  • 20. California – Joni Mitchell
  • 21. Everyday People – Sly & The Family Stone
  • 22. Thank You for Talking to Me Africa – Sly & The Family Stone
  • 23. Family Affair – Sly & The Family Stone
  • 24. It’s Like That Run DMC
  • 25. Straight Outta Compton – NWA
  • 26. Express Yourself – NWA
  • 27. Nuthin’ But a G Thang – Dr. Dre (feat. Snoop Dogg)
  • 28. Let Me Ride – Dr. Dre
  • 29. Brass Monkey – Beastie Boys
  • 30. Tenneesee Stud – Johnny Cash
  • 31. I Never Picked Cotton – Johnny Cash
  • 32. Rusty Cage – Soundgarden
  • 33. Rusty Cage – Johnny Cash
  • 34. I Don’t Hurt Anymore – Johnny Cash