Out June 2, pre-order here.
This is the first significant
overview of this maverick's 1960s career. Talmy trained as an
engineer in Hollywood, but when on holiday in the UK in 1962, boldly
marched into Decca Records and announced his availability as producer.
Early hits with the Bachelors and the Fortunes led to a reputation for
handling the new wave of beat and mod outfits that erupted in the wake
of the Beatles. He enjoyed his greatest success with the Kinks, Who and
Easybeats, but could create a hit for just about anyone, from the breezy
style of Chad & Jeremy or the soulful pop of Manfred Mann and Amen
Corner to the acoustic-based Pentangle. Talmy s prolific schedule
meant a proportion of his productions fell by the wayside, but many have
subsequently become cherished items.
As heard here, they range from
future stars David Bowie and Lemmy (with the Rockin' Vickers) to cult
faves the Untamed, Oliver Norman, First Gear and Mickey Finn, along with
the acts on Talmy's own Planet Records, including pop-art avatars the
Shel's girls are represented by the collectable Perpetual
Langley and Goldie and the Gingerbreads, while his work with Lee
Hazlewood and Roy Harper demonstrates the breadth of his abilities.
Finally, along with the freakbeat classic Bald Headed Woman. Trini
Lopez's witty Sinner Not A Saint (the only non-Talmy production here) is
included as an example of his songwriting prowess.
Making Time: A Shel
Talmy Production also benefits from unprecedented access to Talmy s
personal vaults, which yielded master tapes for many obscurities as well
as several ear-popping unissued tracks. Extensively researched and
copiously illustrated, this anthology will be a significant entry in
Ace's acclaimed Producer series.