Congleton says that, more often than not, he has to play the role of the policeman in the studio. Being a producer, and a musician as well, he says he's familiar with the pain and a difficulty in writing and recording an album.

"When people are working with me and they get super tweak-heavy, I try to talk them off the ledge," Congleton says.

For artists like Sparks, who claims he has been talked off of the ledge several times by his go-to producer, Paul West, it can be a pivotal thing, having someone else around to make the tough decisions.

Too much leniency in either direction can prove to be a slippery slope. But, from where Nourallah stands (with an admitted bias), one can certainly prove worse than the other.

"You just disappear down the rabbit hole of home recording," Nourallah warns. "There is something about having restraints."

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Ridlen
Ridlen

Every musician and 'producer' should read 'A Wizard, A True Star : Todd Rundgren In The Studio' for a real perspective on how to wrangle the best out of an act and how he refereed between art and business.

Yrmom
Yrmom

I fell asleep while reading this article.

who do you think?
who do you think?

yeah, i'm not so sure about that, clancy. and i'm not so sure about the comments of those two "world beaters" above.

Clancey
Clancey

There was a time when musicians were expected to deliver three finished cuts ready for release from a three hour session.

Music hasn't gotten appreciably better.

Nobody has the talent or confidence to do that anymore.

 

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