Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell (1980)

“Children of the Sea” could possibly be my favourite song on the album, it’s definitely a top 3 album song for me. It’s also one of the best Dio-era Sabbath songs in my opinion. I would actually go as far to say that it’s one of Sabbath’s best songs ever! It starts off with a beautiful acoustic guitar picking pattern. Iommi’s clean electric guitar then enters, followed by Geezer who plays his bass in third harmonies

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.

Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time (1986)

This album was somewhat controversial among Iron Maiden fans at the time for introducing guitar controlled synthesizers (guitar synths) into their sound. I had listened to all the Iron Maiden albums leading up to Somewhere in Time before listening to it, and I don’t think it’s a departure from the sound they established on Number of the Beast in 1982