Martin Birch (1948-2020)

His production on the Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Rainbow albums are some of my favourites. No matter how many instruments are playing simultaneously, everything is perfectly audible and balanced. “The Clairvoyant” from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is a fast paced song with drums, bass, two guitars, vocals and keyboards, yet everything is perfectly balanced in the mix.

The Beatles – Paperback Writer/Rain (1966)

The main riff of “Paperback Writer” is one of the best Beatles riffs ever in my opinion, and it feels like a successor to Lennon’s 1965 composition “Day Tripper”. Starr’s drumming during the main riff features interplay between the kick- and snare drum. The drumming works perfectly together with the guitar riff. MCartney’s bass enters with a high-pitched bass fill.