Rick Rubin - the greatest producer ever?

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  • kalel 23 Feb 2011 15:50:51 87,775 posts
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    From creating Def Jam to rejuvinating Johnny Cash's career, this guy has imo the most varied and impressive discography ever.

    I can almost guarantee that at least one of your favourite albums has been produced by him. An absolute legend.
  • disusedgenius 23 Feb 2011 15:52:40 5,338 posts
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    I was going to call bullshit on that but, damn, that's quite impressive...
  • smoothpete 23 Feb 2011 15:52:52 31,520 posts
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    99 problems but a bitch ain't one

    He's in the video too, the viking looking motherfucker from about 1 min onwards
  • boo 23 Feb 2011 15:58:03 11,786 posts
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    That's a pretty astounding body of work to have been involved in.
    Also - lol's at the titles of Sir Mix-A-Lot's albums.

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  • MiniAmin 23 Feb 2011 16:05:00 3,409 posts
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    Yes, he is. I have looked upon his discography with awe many times before. He's great.
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  • VandelayIndustries 23 Feb 2011 16:10:15 1,523 posts
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    I always knew he had diverse taste, didn't realize how diverse though. Impressive career.
  • kalel 23 Feb 2011 16:10:34 87,775 posts
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    I noticed that. He did the whole Christmas songs special as well, which is one of the best episodes.
  • cianchristopher 23 Feb 2011 16:11:42 6,360 posts
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    No Sleep 'Til (dun, dun..... Dun, DUUUUUNN) BROOKLYN!!!!!
  • Trafford 23 Feb 2011 16:14:48 5,792 posts
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    That's an impressive CV.
  • andywilkie35 23 Feb 2011 16:16:04 5,338 posts
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    Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Californication make him a great producer by default. The rest just back this up.

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  • andywilkie35 23 Feb 2011 16:16:49 5,338 posts
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    Did Mel C's album too

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  • DFawkes 23 Feb 2011 16:17:40 22,987 posts
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    The thing is, the stuff he's done is so varied it goes from awesome all the way down to criminal. In the end, I can't forgive him for what he did to Linkin Park. Yes, I liked Linkin Park, deal with it! No, I don't really like U2 enough to buy their stuff. No, I definitely won't like Linkin Park if you make them sound more like U2.

    Despite that, he's quite clearly a very talented man that deserves his successes, so all the best to him and may his career continue to consist of awesomeness.

    EDIT: Actually thinking about it, I'd say from his career that he enabled artists to be whatever they want, so if the albums he did with Linkin Park are shit, it's because it's what they wanted to do. So fuck them! And praise be to Rick Rubin. I bet he's great to work with.

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  • cianchristopher 23 Feb 2011 16:19:17 6,360 posts
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    Reign in Blood by Slayer is a pretty great album (and I'm not even that much into thrash metal). And Stadium Arcadium (which is probably my favourite rock LP of the past decade).

    He's one of the best ever, all right. But I still think Phil Spector might edge it.
  • disusedgenius 23 Feb 2011 16:20:07 5,338 posts
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    Any man who can convince Metallica to do another instrumental is alright with me.
  • DFawkes 23 Feb 2011 16:24:20 22,987 posts
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    cianchristopher wrote:
    Reign in Blood by Slayer is a pretty great album (and I'm not even that much into thrash metal). And Stadium Arcadium (which is probably my favourite rock LP of the past decade).

    He's one of the best ever, all right. But I still think the evil murderer Phil Spector might edge it.

    Fixed!

    Also I do have to respectfully disagree as he doesn't seem to have the same degree of variation in his career. That and he KILLS PEOPLE.

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  • DaM 23 Feb 2011 16:38:23 13,247 posts
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    andywilkie35 wrote:
    Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Californication make him a great producer by default. The rest just back this up.

    While I can't deny his diverse range, for albums like the above, and the Jayhawks one listed, I much preferred the albums before the ones he produced. He sort of sanitises bands.

    Though I do love what he did with Johnny Cash.
  • kalel 23 Feb 2011 16:45:54 87,775 posts
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    Phil Spector basically did one thing very well (well, two if you include murder).

    Wall of Sound is great, but Rubin’s range puts Spector to shame imo.

    Also Spector basically ruined Let it Be (album) which is unforgivable.
  • tumbletoss 23 Feb 2011 16:48:08 16,030 posts
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    So what does an executive producer do on an album? Just lend their credibility by associating themselves with a project or actually contribute to it creatively?

    wiki says nay, just a financial role.
  • dnbuk 23 Feb 2011 17:14:47 4,950 posts
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    It's a shame that Def Jam is a joke these days.
  • Obiwanshinobi 23 Feb 2011 20:52:00 866 posts
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    To be honest, I don't think much about the sound of albums he produced. Then again, your average album produced in early nineties sounds awful (Badmotorfinger, Symbolic, Angel Dust, heck, even Human, and so on, and so on), so I guess it's commendable that he never mutilated anybody's music that badly.
  • morriss 23 Feb 2011 20:56:09 71,004 posts
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    He made RHCP, innit.
  • Deleted user 23 February 2011 21:02:46
    ^he does have that against him yup

    timbaland or martin hannett for my money tho no doubt rick rubin's CV is sick. reign in blood, raising hell, wildflowers, bloodsugarsexmagik...
  • Ryze 23 Feb 2011 21:03:16 3,124 posts
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    cianchristopher wrote:
    No Sleep 'Til (dun, dun..... Dun, DUUUUUNN) BROOKLYN!!!!!

    THIS.

    And... yes - he's the man!
  • danathjo 23 Feb 2011 21:12:55 7,388 posts
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    Rick Rubin approves of this thread
    seriously type his name into google images, some seriously funny pics of this gnarly looking dude
  • Dan41187 23 Feb 2011 23:41:20 56 posts
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    He's awesome for his Slayer, System of a Down & Metallica stuff alone. Add in Run DMC, Public Enemy, Johnny Cash, RHCP and Rage Against The Machine and it gets even better. THEN add in Justin Timberlake, Shakira, The Dixie Chicks, Mel C, Neil Diamond, Josh Groban, Gogol Bordello and Adele (among many others) for diversity, and it's mind blowing how much successful stuff, of all genres, he's involved with.

    Then look at him at wish you had his beard *drools*

    What a fucking man.
  • thelzdking 24 Feb 2011 00:42:16 4,367 posts
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    Mel C's Northern Star and Kula Shaker's Peasants, Pigs and Astronauts!

    He is the man for Slayer alone, though.
  • LionheartDJH 24 Feb 2011 01:19:09 19,469 posts
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    Was just about to say no albums I really liked were produced by him, but then I saw he did JT's second album, so yeah that's the one for me. Even though I don't like a lot of those artists that is still a rather special discography.

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  • Deleted user 24 February 2011 01:26:27
    Always been very aware of his touch in a lot of my favourite albums but had no idea the guy looked like Hagrid.
  • DaniFilth-Slip 24 Feb 2011 20:21:52 3 posts
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    Death Magnetic says otherwise.
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