Recording Producer / Engineer
c/o Studio Menu
|AIR RAID||20th Century||Air Raid|
|ALCATRAZZ||Capitol||Disturbing The Peace|
|ANGEL||Casablanca||Disturbing The Peace|
|ANTHRAX||Island||Among The Living – I’m The Man (EP)|
|APRIL WINE||Aquarius||Live From The El Mocambo|
|P.P ARNOLD||Immediate||P.P. Arnold|
|BAD COMPANY||Swansong||Running With The Pack|
|SIR LORD BALTIMORE||Mercury||Sir Lord Baltimore|
All You Need Is Love
Baby You’re A Rich Man
|BLUE CHEER||Mercury/Phillips||Blue Cheer|
|DAVID BOWIE||RCA||Live At the Spectrum (double)|
|BLIND MELON||Atlantic / Capitol||Zeppelin Tribute|
|BROWNSVILLE STATION||Private Stock||Brownsville Station|
|ERIC CLAPTON||RSO||Derek and the Dominos (Live)|
|JOE COCKER||A & M||Mad
Dogs And Englishman
(Movie and LP)
|PETER COOK AND DUDLEY MOORE||Island||Good Evening|
|LARRY CORYELL||Flying Dutchman||Larry Coryell|
|DION & THE BELMONTS||Warner Bros.||Live-Madison Square Garden|
|TIM DONAHUE||Nippon Crown||Voices In The Wind|
|DUKE AND THE DRIFTERS||ABC||Duke and the Drifters|
|ELEPHANT’S MEMORY||Buddah||Elephant’s Memory|
|FASTWAY||CBS||All Fired Up|
|PETER FRAMPTON||A & M||Framptons Camel|
|A & M||Frampton Comes Alive|
|A & M||The Art of Control|
|ACE FREHLEY||Casablanca||Ace Frehley|
"Back In The N.Y. Groove"
|MegaForce/Atlantic||Frehley’s Comet (Live)|
|GRAHAM GOULDMAN||CBS||Graham Gouldman|
Guy with Double Trouble
Grammy Award Winner ’95
WC Handy Blues Foundation
"Album of the Year" ’95
Guy with G.E. Smith and the Sat. Nite Live Band
Grammy Nominee ’96
|HAVANA BLACK||Hollywood Records||Exiles In Mainstream|
|JIMI HENDRIX||Warner Bros.||Are You Experienced?|
|Warner Bros.||Axis Bold As Love|
|Warner Bros.||Smash Hits|
|Warner Bros.||Electric Lady Land|
|Capitol||Band of Gypsies|
|Warner Bros.||Cry of Love|
|Warner Bros.||Rainbow Bridge (Movie and LP)|
|Warner Bros.||Jimi Plays Berkeley (Movie)|
|Polydor||Isle of Wight|
|Warner Bros.||Hendrix In The West|
|Warner Bros.||War Heroes|
|Stone Free (Tribute)||BMG Classics||In
From The Storm with the London Metropolitan Orch.
"Sting Track" Grammy Nominee ’96
|LENA HORNE||Buddah||Lena Horne|
|HUMBLE PIE||A & M||Rockin’ The Fillmore|
|ICON||Capitol||Night Of The Crime|
|J.F. MURPHY & SALT||Electra||Live 1|
|KINGS OF THE SUN||RCA||Kings Of The Sun|
|KISS||Casablanca||Alive (double LP)|
|Casablanca||Rock And Roll Over|
|Mercury||KISS Alive III|
Let Me Go Rock & Roll
I Wanna Rock & Roll All Night and Party Every Day
Hard Luck Woman
Calling Doctor Love
Shout It Out Loud (Alive 2)
|LED ZEPPELIN||Swansong||Zeppelin 2|
|Swansong||Houses of the Holy|
|Swansong||The Song Remains The Same (Movie and LP)|
|LITTLE ANGELS||Polydor||Little Angels|
|HARVEY MANDEL||Phillips/Mercury||Christo Redemptor|
|JOHN MAYALL||Polygram||The Turning Point|
|MOTT THE HOOPLE||Virgin||Mott The Hoople|
|THE NICE||Mercury||Five Bridges Suite|
|THE POWER TRIO FROM HELL||Warner Bros.||Power Trio From Hell|
& THE AMBOY DUKES
|PIPER||A & M||Piper|
|PRETTY MAIDS||CBS||Future World|
|THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS||SBK||Movie Soundtrack|
|RAVEN||Atlantic||The Pack Is Back|
|THE RESTLESS||Polygram||The Restless|
|THE ROLLING STONES||London||Beggars Banquet|
|Rolling Stones Records||Love Ya Live|
|Rolling Stones Records||Live
|LEON RUSSELL||Asylum||Leon Russell|
|Columbia||Live At Montreux|
|THE SCREAM||Hollywood Records||Let It Scream|
|JOHN SEBASTIAN||Warner Bros.||John Sabastian|
|SHA NA NA||Kama Sutra||Live!|
|CARLY SIMON||Electra||That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be|
|Electra||Single: That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be|
|SPIN DOCTORS||Epic||Single for “Woodstock 94”|
|SIMMS BROTHERS||Electra||Simms Brothers|
|SKULL||Music For Nations||No Bones About It|
|SMALL FACES||Immediate||Small Faces|
|SPOOKY TOOTH||Island||The Mirror|
|MICHAEL STANLEY BAND||EMI||Michael Stanley Band|
|LEON THOMAS||Flying Dutchman||Leon Thomas|
|ROBIN TROWER||Atlantic||In The Line Of Fire|
|T.T. QUICK||Island||T.T. Quick|
|TWISTED SISTER||Twisted Records||Under The Blade|
|VANILLA FUDGE||Atlantic||Some Velvet Morning|
|VOICES OF HARLEM||Electra||The Voices Of Harlem|
|DIONNE WARWICK||Sceptre||Dione Warwick|
|WENDY WALDMAN||Epic||Wendy Waldman|
|WHITSNAKE||Geffen||Slide It In|
|WILLIE ‘THE LION’ SMITH||Flying Dutchman||Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith|
|JOHNNY WINTER||CBS||Johnny Winter (1st LP)|
|WOODSTOCK||Atlantic/Cotillion||Woodstock (triple LP)|
|WOODSTOCK II||Atlantic/Cotillion||Woodstock II|
|ZEPHYR||Atlantic/Cotillion||Going Back To Colorado|
|PIERRE FOURNIER||CBS||Solo Cello Sonatas|
|ELLIOT CARTER||CBS||Concerto For Orch. And Piano|
(Transcribed by John Williams)
|MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMAN||CBS|
|RAINBOW BRIDGE||Warner Bros.|
|JIMI PLAYS BERKELEY||Warner Bros.|
|THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME||Swansong|
|THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS||SBK|
Any producer is only as good as the music he helps create. By this standard, Eddie Kramer must be regarded as a legend. In the course of a production and engineering career that has spanned 30 years, Kramer has been behind the boards for the biggest names in music – The Rolling Stones, Traffic, Peter Frampton, Carly Simon, Joe Cocker, Johnny Winter, David Bowie, The Beatles and Bad Company, just to name a few. But he is perhaps best known for three long- term associations in which he not only helped create some of the most important music of the rock era, but also set standards for rock production that set him aside as a true innovator. His work with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Kiss produced music which continues to influence rock musicians and producers today.
Eddie Kramer was born in South Africa, and as a child studied classical piano, cello and violin. Attending the prestigious South African college of Music, he established a talent for classical piano, but his interest switched at a young age from classical to jazz, and he incorporated this new found interest into his playing. He moved to England at 19, where he recorded local jazz groups in a home-based studio and installed hi-fi equipment as a hobby. A few years later, in 1964, he joined Pye Studios, and recorded a variety of artists including Sammy Davis Jr., Petula Clark and The Kinks, demonstrating a versatility which Eddie possesses to this day.
In 1965 Kramer established the sophisticated KPS Studios which, despite its rudimentary two-track recording capability, gained such a reputation that, in less than a year, they were bought out by Regent Sound. Regent Sound then enlisted Kramer to oversee construction of their new four-track studio.
Kramer’s next stop was Olympic Sound studios, where he engineered albums for such classic rock acts as Traffic, Small Faces, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix among others, and developed a fantastic reputation among the bands of the time. His association with Hendrix was the most powerful one, and the one that lasted the longest. Kramer engineered every Hendrix album from "Are You Experienced" to "Cry of Love," and after Hendrix’s death co-produced the posthumous releases "War Heroes," "Rainbow Bridge" and "Hendrix in the West."
In 1968 Kramer came to work at the Record Plant in NYC, engineering Hendrix’s "Electric Ladyland" LP, and also worked with Vanilla Fudge, Joe Cocker and NRBQ. In 1969 Kramer went independent, producing Johnny Winter’s first LP and engineering Led Zeppelin II, acknowledged by fans and critics alike as perhaps that bands most financial work. Led Zeppelin II marked the start of a long and fruitful relationship with Zeppelin which would see Kramer working on five albums with the band, half of their overall output. This pairing provided some historic moments.
As Eddie tells of one particular session, "Zep II was mixed over a two day period in New York, and at one point there was blood-through of a previously recorded vocal in the recording of "Whole Lotta Love." It was the middle part where Robert (Plant) screams "Wo-man. You need it." Since we couldn’t re-record at that point, I just threw some echo on it to see how it would sound and Jimmy (Page) said "Great! Just leave it."
Soon afterwards, Kramer was then recruited to record the Woodstock festival for both the album and the movie. This turned out to be one of the most arduous weeks of his life, as the recording of the festival was impeded by many obstacles." I arrived as dawn and was struck by the sight of the sun rising over what appeared to be the stage. The show was scheduled to start by lunch time. That panic pretty much set the tone for the entire concert. All of us in the crew had Vitamin B shots, so that we would be able to stay up for three days. The whole thing was recorded under the most primitive of conditions, but we got it done."
Woodstock established Kramer as one of the most important live music producers of the rock era, starting a series of artists recorded live which would ultimately include Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, John Mayall, The Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, Joe Cocker, Curtis Mayfield, Santana, David Bowie, Derek and The Dominoes and others. The Woodstock album also demonstrated his ability to handle high pressure situations, and Hendrix quickly gave Kramer his next one, hiring him to build a state of the art studio. After 13 months and a million dollars, Electric Lady Studios was complete, and Kramer served as its Director of Engineering from 1970-1974. During this time, in addition to producing the posthumous Hendrix records, Kramer produced records by Carly Simon, Sha Na Na and Peter Frampton, and engineered albums for artists as diverse as Dionne Warwick and Lena Horne plus David Bowie’s "Live at the Spectrum" and "Young Americans" which included "Fame" with John Lennon and Led Zeppelin’s "House of the Holy" and "Physical Graffiti," among others.
In 1975 Kramer left Electric Lady Studios to produce "Kiss Alive," which began a long time association with the band which at the time was the No.1 band in America. In addition to producing "Alive," "Rock and Roll Over," "Love Gun," "Alive II’ and "Double Platinum" for Kiss, over the next few years Kramer also worked on Ace Frehley’s first solo record. Further enhancing Kramer’s reputation as one of the rocks preeminent live music engineers was his work on Led Zeppelin’s "The Song Remains the Same" (the album and the movie), Peter Frampton’s historic "Comes Alive" LP, and The Rolling Stones "Love Ya Live," three of the most popular live albums of the rock era.
Kramer kicked off the 80’s producing the band Fastway, and since then he has been working almost non-stop continuing to produce some of the most important bands in music. His work with Anthrax on "Among The Living" and "I’m The Man" helped them cross-over to a more mainstream rock audience, and helped ignite a career that has sold over seven million records. His work with Twisted Sister on "Under The Blade" helped their career take off, and after producing The Scream, their singer was snatched up by Motley Crue. Other rock bands he has worked with since include Angel, Ace Frehley, Alcatraz ( with Steve Vai), Raven, Loudness, Triumph, Robin Trower, Havana Black and Whitesnake, and he has also done work in fields as diverse as country and classical, recording acts such as the Kentucky Headhunters and guitarist John Williams.
Eddie produced the Hendrix tribute album, "Stone Free," for Warner Bros., which features tracks from artists such as: The Cure, Eric Clapton, The Spin Doctors, Buddy Guy, Seal/Jeff Beck, Slash/Paul Rodgers, P.M. Dawn, Body Count/Ice Tea. The album generated $750,000 in charitable funds which was donated in Jimi Hendrix’s name to the United Negro College Fund as musical scholarships to The Berkeley School of Music, The Juliard School of Music and The Dance Theatre of Harlem, etc.
Eddie has co-authored with Hendrix historian John McDermott, "HENDRIX: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT," which is the definitive Hendrix biography, told entirely by Jimi’s closest associates. The book is now in its sixth U.S. printing (translated into 4 languages)N and was on the best seller list in the U.K. Eddie was a contributing author to "Jimi Hendrix Sessions," which was published in 1995 by Little Brown and chronicles the creative process of Jimi Hendrix in the studio.
He is currently in the process of compiling a photographic book called, "FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GLASS," which features his photographic portraits, candid shots and recollections about the artists and sessions that he worked with during the 60’s and 70’s.
Eddie produced and engineered Buddy Guy’s 1995 album "Slippin’ In" (Silverstone Records). It received a 1996 Grammy Award for "Best Contemporary Blues Record" and a W.C. Handy Blues Foundation award, "Album of the Year" 1995. "Buddy Guy and The Saturday Nite Live Band with G.E. Smith," a"live album" and documentary film, were released in the summer of’ 96 (Silverstone Records) and the album was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award.
Eddie has on the market a 3 1/2 hour instructional video called "Adventures in Modern Recording" (a how to make a record in your own home, etc.) which features an interview with the legendary Les Paul.
Eddie produced "In From The Storm," (BMG Records), a compilation of Hendrix tracks featuring: Sting, Steve Vai, Carlos Santana, Robben Ford, Tony Williams, Stanley Clarke, etc., with The London Metropolitan Orchestra, which was released in ‘95. It continues to sell well in the U.S. and Internationally and the Sting track was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1996.
In February ‘96, Eddie traveled to Rio de Janeiro where he and architect John Storyk of the Walters/Storyk design group tested and implemented a new recording studio, "Studio AR." In March of ‘96 he completed a promotional tour of South Africa for Shure Bros, Lexicon, BMG Records, Little Brown, (Publisher of Hendrix Sessions) and the Adventures in Modern Recording Video. This was the first time in 35 years that Eddie had returned to his home country and he received much press, radio and TV coverage. Also in March ‘96, Eddie recorded an up and coming British band "Stone" in London. In April ‘96, Eddie began working with Paul Rodgers (Bad Company and The Firm) on a solo album project which was releases in the fall of ‘96. During June ‘96, Eddie produced 5 new tracks for a John McEnroe album due out in 1997. In July ‘96 he produced the Out of Control Blues Band for an independent label. The band is playing the Newport Jazz Festival this summer.
Eddie has completed filming a documentary for the BBC entitled "The Making of Electric Lady Land" featuring interviews with Chas Chandler, Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, Buddy Miles and Jack Cassidy which is airing on VH1 on April 18, 1997.
In early ‘97, Eddie completed producing Eric Schenkman (ex-lead guitarist of the Spin Doctors) and his new band, "THE CHRYSALIDS," upcoming album. He had recently re-mastered the first 5 albums of Jimi Hendrix from the original masters for the Hendrix family/MCA. The albums will be released on 180 gram VINYL with the original artwork and gatefold covers.
Eddie is embarking on a movie project entitled "THE FESTIVAL EXPRESS" which features performances by Janis Joplin, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Traffic, etc. Mixing is slated to begin early Spring ‘97 in Toronto at Metalworks Studios.
And finally, Eddie is going to have a nervous breakdown and retire to the Fiji Islands to complete his memoirs entitled "From the Other Side of the Glass!"