Bruce Swedien talks about Michael Jackson

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Bruce Swedien talks about Michael Jackson

Postby Eva » Sep 09, 2012 8:26 am

"" Mick (Jagger) Didn't hesitate When MICHAEL TOLD him to Warm Up his Vocal Cords Before Recording Their Duet "State of Shock" in 1983. It was a classic record
ing session a year After *THRILLER* Had Cemented MICHAEL'S Reputation As The *KING Of Pop..Rock & Soul*...By Then..Everyone KNEW HOW GOOD MICHAEL WAS. If MICHAEL JACKSON Says: *Warm up* Warm Up__Even if you are Mick Jagger..I normally record a singer about a Dozen Times Before Getting Enough to mix together A Perfect Vocal Track for an album. WITH MICHAEL It ONLY Took Two To Four Takes. And one of those takes Would Be PERFECT On Its Own. But Hours Of Preparation Preceded Recording. We Would Change Lyrics_Tempo and Pitch ..Working For Days and Hours On Getting The Song Just RIGHT Before Finalizing The Track...THRILLER Was Recorded And Completed In Six Months...*Off the Wall* and *Thriller* showed _quincy jones_ kaleidoscopic approach..BUT ★IT WAS MICHAEL'S TALENT And DRIVE FOR PERFECTION★ That KEPT The SINGER Practicing ALL NIGHT Before A Recording. That's WHY A Typical Recording Session Started Late...We Were Up At The Crack Of Noon ..MICHAEL NEVER Started Singing Until After HE Warmed UP HIS VOICE Thoroughly For A Typical 10-Hour Day. *HE WAS A PERFECT GENTLEMAN And A CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONAL* Throughout All Meetings. HE NEVER Drank coffee. HE NEVER Drank alcohol. HE Was A Fussy Eater. I guess HE WAS What you would call A Health Nut ...I Will REMEMBER HIM As ONE Of The BEST Prepared artists HE EVER Worked With ...HE NEVER came in half-stepping. MICHAEL WAS ALWAYS Prepared. I NEVER Recorded MICHAEL When HE Had The Lyrics In Front Of HIM. HIS DEDICATION To HIS Craft Was UNIQUE. During Album Recordings which would sometimes last more than six months..HE Rarely Rested..HE Would WORK On The Lyrics All Of The Time..."'
~Bruce Swedien_American audio engineer and music producer..
author of 2009 book: *In The Studio With MICHAEL JACKSON*
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