I came to know that Dance of Death and Train of Thought were both mixed in the same year by Kevin Shirley.
That should really put to rest the ridiculous Kevin Shirley hate on this forum. Train of Thought is an excellent sounding album.
Kevin Shirley is never the problem. He’s a glorified button pusher for Maiden, Steve makes all the poor final decisions. Shirley is happy to collect an easy pay check.
The client (Steve) wants something done a certain way and to end up with a specific sound and has veto rights all the way. Shirley does it the way his client wants. Steve is happy, says "this is the final product" - lot of people aren't.
Must be Shirley's fault. He should have told his top client how he refuses to put his name on something like this! "So you want to use the scratch master I made? This is not going to happen Steve, I won't stand by it!" That will go a long way to help with his name as a producer/mixer. "Oh and by the way Steve, I know I refused credit for DoD, we had this huge row. You told me to piss off, I told you that you can't recognize good sound if it so spat you in the face. Can I still come back for the next one?
Besides, being the producer/mixer for Maiden is a huge notch on his belt, a badge of honor. Who wouldn't want that on his/hers resumé?Exactly. It’s still the entertainment business. He’s going to get more work out of maintaining relationships than he will lose work based on a few poor sounding albums by a single band.
It's true, the first time I heard the album I suffered an eardrum puncture when Kevin Shirley personally showed up and started slapping my ears with his palms. He kept screaming something about "recreating the sound of a live band" but I'm not too sure.Considering that DoD is almost unlistenable
I think there’s a lot of misunderstanding around here over what a producer is supposed to do. I got this sense from the Martin Birch thread as well. Usually when a band is first starting out and is newly signed, the label will assign a producer who often acts as a sort of coach. They will push the band to sound better, try to chisel out the artistic vision, and maybe even help select and arrange the songs (see George Martin and The Beatles). This was Birch’s role in the early days of Maiden. Also worth noting that this was Kevin Shirley’s role when he was assigned to Dream Theater for Falling Into Infinity.I’m sorry but that makes no sense. More tomorrow