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Ten Albums Show Incredible Range of Nearly Forgotten Music Producer

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British Guitarist Brinsley Schwarz And Band Enlisted The Service of Producer Vic Maile


A myriad of comeback albums have been released in the past few years, many of which have received much critical acclaim. In 2021 fans received the first solo disc from Lindsey Buckingham in over a decade, while alt-rockers such as Del Amitri, Crowded House and the Wallflowers also brought out records for the first time in ages.

The trend has continued this year as well, for several veteran artists have made new records. Gilbert O' Sullivan, who back in 1972 hit number one with “Alone Again Naturally” and the Top ten with “Clair,” released Driven to mark his first disc since the early Eighties.

Also taking another hot is Peter Gunn who, with the backing group the Neatbloods, last month released Life Savings. It is probably the most noteworthy record by Gunn since his days with the Inmates, a New Wave Punk Rock band from the late Seventies and early Eighties.

News of Gunn's new album revived interest in the work of the Inmates, especially their excellent first album. Appropriately titled First Offence, which spawned hits such as “The Walk”and “Dirty Water” as well as a cover version of the Stones classic “So Much In Love.”

Listening to the album after all these years, one cannot help but be impressed with the production of First Offence. Much of its sound is owed to Vic Maile, an underrated producer who passed away just a few years after the Inmates had disbanded.

Here are ten notable records whose sound is the result of Vic Maile being in the seat in the studio.

1. Bikini Red by the Screaming Blue Messiahs

The New Wave band had already gained recognition with “Smash the Market Place,” so on this follow up Maile simply enhanced their catchy sound.

2. Please Don't Ever Change by Brinsley Schwarz

Ian Gomm's “Hooked on Love” and Nick Lowe's “Play That Fast Thing (One More Time)” are just two of the gems on this fourth album which, given the latter's stellar reputation as a producer, underscores just how highly respected was Maile.

3. Live from the Jungle by Guns N Roses

Maile really seemed to up his game when it came to live albums, as evidenced by this classic by Axl and the boys.

4. Ace of Spades by Motorhead

The metal band enlisted Maile for a bunch of records in addition to this one that topped the charts in 1980, thanks to the success of its title track.

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5. Live at Leeds by The Who

One of Maile's earliest credits was this offering by the British Invasion quartet, enduring because of tracks like “Shakin' All Over.”

6. The Space Ritual Alive in London and Liverpool by Hawkwind

Here Maile assisted a pioneering space rock band, who once included as its drummer Ginger Baker.

7. Elgian Avenue Breakdown by the 101ers

Joe Strummer's band, a few years before he formed the Clash, used studio guidance from Maile for this record.

8. Malpractice by Dr. Feelgood

This Maile-produced masterpiece from 1975 helped introduce the punk rock craze, which really took off in the U.S. Shortly therefter.

9. Power in the Darkness by the Tom Robinson Band

Maile was there solidifying this debut in 1978, which charted because of a superb title track and “Better Decide Which Side You're On.”

10. Teenage Depression by Eddie and the Hot Rods

A 1976 debut title track was featured in the film Rock and Roll High School, and it was also included an impressive cover version of The Who's “The Kids Are Alright.”

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