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Tony Clarke

Tony Clarke was, for much of the late '60s and early '70s, one of the three or four most well-known record producers in England, as familiar a name as George Martin was for his work with the Beatles, and Andrew Oldham and Jimmy Miller, respectively, were for their work with the Rolling Stones. As the producer of the Moody Blues' music from 1966 through 1979, Clarke was also unique as the first recording manager to make his name specifically in association with progressive and psychedelic rock, and he had bigger success than anyone else in the field, in terms of the sheer number of copies that the music on which he worked sold. More so than either Martin or Oldham with their respective groups, Tony Clarke was very much the architect of the sound that came to be identified with the Moody Blues during their psychedelic/progressive period. The group had aspirations in this direction, but were not trained in classical music, and neither -- amazingly for some fans to discover -- was Clarke, who had played bass in rock bands at the turn of the '50s into the '60s; but the producer did have a working knowledge of the orchestra, and a broad vision of which orchestral, faux-orchestral (i.e. Mellotron), and electric rock sounds could work together on record. He made it possible for their music, already moving in a poetic and art rock direction, to take on the proportions of the "world's smallest symphony orchestra," as the band was sometimes known in those days.

Tony Clarke was born in Coventry in the midst of World War II. Some of his earlier memories were of the sounds of the German blitz, which hit Coventry particularly hard. He entered his teen years in the mid-'50s, and discovered rock & roll during the days of the skiffle boom. He played bass in a succession of unsuccessful bands, and even crossed paths with the Beatles. The fact that he was a good bass player led to work as a sessionman at Decca Records in London during the early '60s which, in turn, directed Clarke toward the goal of becoming a producer. Clarke joined the company through the promotion department in early 1963, and moved into the production department after a year, working under Dick Rowe. Clarke also wrote songs during this period in his career, most notably a piece called "Our Song" that became a hit for Malcolm Roberts in South America, and which became the title track of a Jack Jones album. A lot of his early work, rather than supervising recordings, involved simply making notes of songs, composers, and running times, and coordinating the different musicians playing in different sessions. Clarke's actual career as a producer started with a group called Pinkerton's Assorted Colours and the single "Mirror Mirror," which rose to number eight on the British charts. His first chart-topping record was "Baby Come Back" by the Equals.

In 1966, Clarke chanced to be assigned to produce the Moody Blues, who were then on the declining side of an early rollercoaster of success, with a new lineup and not many prospects, in the eyes of most onlookers, being two years past their one-and-only major hit, "Go Now." The first product of their relationship was "Fly Me High," a promising single with a mixed acoustic-electric sound, written by Justin Hayward, who also made his debut as a singer with the band on that record. In the spring of 1967, Clarke was put in charge of a proposed experimental stereo demonstration recording for Decca's Deram Records label featuring the Moody Blues, that was to have been a rock version of Antonin Dvorak's New World Symphony. Clarke and the band quickly threw out that concept and, instead, recorded a piece of heavily orchestrated, quasi-psychedelic rock built around the group's own songs, ultimately called Days of Future Passed. Originally rejected by the label's executives, who couldn't define what the album was, Days of Future Passed might've ended Clarke's and the band's career with the label -- instead, it was the first rock album in England ever released at the behest of the head of a company's classical division, becoming a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, and yielding a chart-topping single, "Nights in White Satin." Clarke kept working with other acts, but from mid-1967 onward, the Moody Blues took up an ever-increasing amount of his time and energy.

With the growing complexity of their records from In Search of the Lost Chord onward, for which he was, in large part responsible, the time that Clarke spent on their albums grew exponentially, and by the beginning of 1969, he was working almost exclusively on the band's recordings. Indeed, during the recording of On the Threshold of a Dream, it was even suggested that he become the official sixth member of the group. (Surprisingly, given his past as a bassist, it was not Moody Blues bass player John Lodge but, rather, keyboard player Mike Pinder that he seems to have had the best working relationship with -- among other accomplishments, the two carried the sound of the Mellotron about as far as it could go as an instrument). If anything, Clarke was first-among-equals in the group. He didn't write or sing, or play, but he would suggest, negotiate, persuade, and cajole members to experiment with the songs each had written, transforming them in the process into creations that often sounded like movements from symphonies. The group, of course, embraced this sound starting with In Search of the Lost Chord, and were very much in the spirit of those records in their sentiments, but it was Clarke and engineer Derek Varnals -- who did, indeed, have extensive recording experience in Decca Records' Phase 4 classical line -- who gave the musical ideas shape and substance. He essentially became an employee of the Moody Blues' own Threshold Records, producing their work and their acts that they signed. Clarke was almost too good at his job -- he tried to get King Crimson signed to the band's company in 1969, but the proposal was rejected (in part, it is said, because the Moody Blues were intimidated by the musicianship of the other group). Instead, he worked with groups like the Anglo-American acoustic progressive band Providence, as well as on the various solo albums by the bandmembers (most notably the Blue Jays album by Justin Hayward and John Lodge).

Occasionally, he got to work with outside acts, most notably in 1972 when, at the request of Motown Records' management, Clarke produced a group of sides by the Four Tops, all songs written by the Moody Blues, including "A Simple Game" and "So Deep Within You," which were released on a British EP. Clarke ended up representing the group in their dealings with the label, and was particularly instrumental in getting the new Threshold Studio built to their specifications. The latter was intended to address all of the inadequacies they'd found with the existing trio of Decca studios -- ironically, because the band went on hiatus after the studio was completed, and then was required to record their comeback album, Octave, in America, immediately prior to Decca being sold to Polygram and dismantled, the group itself only got to use the studio they'd planned with Clarke once, on Long Distance Voyager, and that was after Clarke left. He was responsible to a large degree for the reunion of the band in the late '70s, although he found working on the resulting Octave album so distressing, that he abandoned work with them on any future projects. In more recent years, Clarke has worked with artists such as Clannad and Rick Wakeman, essentially doing for the latter what he used to do for the Moody Blues. He also produced sides for the late Nicky Hopkins and produced a number of film soundtracks. ~ Bruce Eder
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Chess Chartbusters, Vol. 6

1. Smokestack Lightnin'

2. High Heel Sneakers

3. Johnny B. Goode

4. Boom, Boom Out Goes The Light

5. Reconsider Baby

6. Rinky Dink

7. We're Gonna Make It

8. The Entertainer

9. Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation

10. Pills

11. Nothin' Shakin' (But The Leaves On The Trees)

12. My Real Gone Rocket

13. Forty Cups Of Coffee

14. Seventh Son

16. Look At Me Now

17. Music Music Music

18. Tales Of Brave Ulysses

19. Uptight Good Man

20. Got You On My Mind

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Track List: Chess Uptown Soul

1. The Entertainer

3. Jerk And Twine

4. Oh What A Feeling

6. Sitting In The Park

7. Temptation 'bout To Get Me

8. Everything To Me

9. Nothing But You

10. I Wont Need You

11. Wear It On Our Face

13. Pushover

15. Searching For My Love

16. I Had A Talk With My Man

17. I Believe She Will

21. Mama Didn't Lie

22. Go Away Little Boy

23. The Soul Of A Man

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Track List: Northern Soul

1. Let's Wade In The Water

2. It Ain't Necessary

3. Hold On

4. Wear It On Our Face

5. A Love Reputation

6. Ordinary Joe

7. More Love That's What We Need

8. Leave It In The Hands Of Love

9. Landslide

10. Sweeter Than The Day Before

11. More And More

13. Run For Cover

16. Boo-Ga-Loo Baby

17. Look At Me Now

20. Wade In The Water

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Track List: Northern Soul: The Essential Collection

Disc 1

1. Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)

3. Where Did Our Love Go?

4. On The Real Side

5. I'm Living A Lie

7. Agent 00 Soul

8. That's What Mama Say

10. Country Girl

11. I Dig Your Act

13. All We Need Is Another Chance

14. The Real Thing

15. When Love Slips Away

17. Wedding Ring

18. Beautiful Summer Day

Disc 2

1. Think It Over (Before You Break My Heart)

2. In the Bottle

3. Lost Summer Love

4. Landslide

5. I've Got a Feeling

6. Romeo & Juliet

7. Nine Times

8. Beautiful Woman

9. You Baby

10. Ain't No Soul (Left in These Old Shoes)

11. Ton of Dynamite

12. I'll Always Love You

13. Stop What You're Doing

14. Heaven Must Have Sent You

15. She Shot a Hole in My Soul

16. Filled With Desire

17. Check It Baby

19. Hypnotized

20. Ordinary Joe

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Track List: Sweet Soul Music: 1965

1. Voice Your Choice

2. Boy From New York City

3. Hold What You've Got

4. Twine Time

5. Don't Mess Up A Good Thing

6. My Girl

7. Shotgun

8. People Get Ready

9. Got To Get You Off My Mind

10. Iko Iko

11. I'll Be Doggone

12. Entertainer

13. Baby, I'm Yours

14. Boot-Leg

15. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)

16. We're Gonna Make It

17. Back In My Arms Again

18. Oo Wee Baby, I Love You

19. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)

20. Ride Your Pony

21. In The Midnight Hour

22. Sitting In The Park

23. "In" Crowd

24. Papas Got A Brand New Bag, Pt. 1

25. Tracks Of My Tears

26. Think

27. Treat Her Right

28. Rescue Me

29. See Saw

30. Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)

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Track List: The In Crowd

Disc 1

1. The In Crowd

2. Can I Get A Witness

4. Cool Jerk

5. I Can't Stand It

6. See Saw

7. Rescue Me

8. 1-2-3

9. Too Many Fish In The Sea

10. Whatcha Gonna Do About It

11. Get Out Of My Life Woman

12. Put Yourself In My Place

13. Devil With The Blue Dress

14. Piece Of My Heart

15. Cry Baby

16. Don't Fight It

18. I'm The Face

19. Air Travel

20. Going To A Go-Go

21. When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes

22. Woman's Got Soul

23. Finger Poppin

24. Think

25. Green Onions

Disc 2

1. That Driving Beat

3. Helpless

5. Tell Mama

6. Twist & Shout

7. I Got Love If You Want It

8. Money (That's What I Want)

9. Boom Boom

10. Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide

11. Leaving Here

12. The Twist

14. Penny Reel

15. King Of Kings

16. A Certain Girl

17. Wade In The Water

18. I Do Love You

19. My Girl

20. It's All Right

21. Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)

22. Love Has Gone

23. It Will Stand

24. The Entertainer

25. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

Disc 3

1. Harlem Shuffle

2. I Can't Turn You Loose

3. Watcha Gonna Do About It?

4. Sitting In The Park

5. Yeh Yeh

6. The Monkey Time

7. Mickey's Monkey

8. Walkin' Up A One-Way Street

9. Sock It To 'em J.B.

10. Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S.)

11. You Beat Me To The Punch

12. Try It Baby

13. Dancing In The Street

14. Come On And See Me

15. Tune Up

16. Can You Jerk Like Me

17. Every Little Bit Hurts

18. All For You

19. Hi Heel Sneakers

20. My Babe

21. Kansas City

22. Shame, Shame, Shame

24. If Somebody Told You

25. Image

Disc 4

1. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere

2. Biff Bang Pow

4. Leaving Here

5. Almost Grown

6. I Got You (I Feel Good)

7. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love

9. Lonely, Lonely Girl Am I

10. Love's Gone Bad

12. Little Girl

15. Bert's Apple Crumble

16. In The Meantime

17. Got My Mojo Working

19. All Or Nothing

20. I'm A Man

21. Hitch Hike

22. Time Is On My Side

23. That's The Way It's Got To Be

24. First I Look At The Purse

25. The In Crowd

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I color Him Brother*978* 4 m 1 4 y ~
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A great performer as well as singer. Growing up in Detroit in the 60s you got to see guys like this in their true element; small neighborhood clubs.
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this Landslide song....no no no

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