There’s some pretty good "behind the glass" recording session stories in the book about the above artists and others, but also some interesting stuff about the record-making business. For example, at Phil Ramone’s studio each vocalist has his or her own microphone which is used by that artist alone and then locked away until the next session. The reason is interested. As Mr. Ramone explains it "when a vocalist sings into a microphone, the fine misting from their saliva coats the inside of the capsule, making it in essence their own personal instrument. If you send that microphone out to be cleaned, it will never sound exactly the same again." Who knew?
Grammy week is as good a time as any to read legendary record producer Phil Ramone’s new book called Making Records: The Scenes Behind The Music. (This year’s 50th Annual Grammy Awards Show was the best I’ve ever seen, by the way. And I’m old enough to have seen all of them.) Phil Ramone has produced just about "everybody." By everybody I mean Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Bono, Neil Diamond, Peter, Paul & Mary, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Chicago and on and on.