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Phil Ramone Made Crappy Music the Right Way

Phil Ramone, who died Saturday following an aneurysm, produced an astonishing number of albums it's not cool to enjoy. Wikipedia helpfully provides a category full of them. He was in on Rod Stewart's first pop standards album; he did the Sinead O'Connor album after the one Sinead O'Connor album; he did Frank Sinatra's late Duets albums, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli albums, The Stranger and The Nylon Curtain. He was nominated for a million Grammys, and won something like half-a-million, and for a certain kind of music fan that's a bad thing.

Which is why I was pleasantly surprised to see how much of the coverage after his death was not only positive but glowing.

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Dan Moore