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In May 1973.

In May 1973, “CBS” label released “Grinding Stone”, the only Gary Moore Band (The) album. It was recorded in 1972, and was produced by Martin Birch.

Personnel:

  • Gary Moore – vocals, lead guitar
  • John Curtis – bass guitar
  • Pearse Kelly – drums, percussion
  • Philip Donnelly – rhythm guitar
  • Jan Schelhaas – keyboards
  • Frank Boylan – bass guitar
  • Martin Birch – engineer

Track listing:

All tracks by Gary Moore.

  1. Grinding Stone
  2. Time to Heal
  3. Sail Across the Mountain
  4. The Energy Dance
  5. Spirit
  6. Boogie My Way Back Home

On March 27, 1970.

On March 27, 1970, “Warner Bros” label released “First Step” the debut Faces album. It was recorded December 1969 – January 1970, at “De lane Lea Studios” in London, and was produced by Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan and Kenny Jones.

Personnel:

  • Rod Stewart – lead and backing vocals, harmonica, banjo
  • Ronnie Lane – lead and backing vocals, bass, rhythm and acoustic guitars
  • Ronnie Wood – lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars, second bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Ian McLagan – Hammond organ, Wurlitzer electric and acoustic pianos, backing vocals
  • Kenney Jones – drums, percussion
  • Martin Birch – engineer

Track listing:

  1. Wicked Messenger – Bob Dylan
  2. Devotion – Ronnie Lane
  3. Shake, Shudder, Shiver – Ronnie Lane, Ronnie Wood
  4. Stone – Ronnie Lane
  5. Around The Plynth – Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood
  6. Flying – Ronnie Lane, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood
  7. Pineapple and the Monkey – Ronnie Wood
  8. Nobody Knows – Ronnie Lane, Ronnie Wood
  9. Looking Out the Window – Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan
  10. Three Button Hand Me Down – Ian McLagan, Rod Stewart

On August 9, 2020.

On August 9, 2020, Martin Birch died aged 71. He was a music producer and sound engineer, worked with numerous musicians and bands including Jeff Beck, Peter Green, Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac, The Groundhogs, Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker, Rainbow, Toad, Black Sabbath, Skid Row, Stackridge, Faces, Flash, Blue Öyster Cult, Iron Maiden, Silverhead, Gary Moore, Wayne County & the Electric Chairs, Roger Glover, Cozy Powell, and Michael Schenker Group.

In June 1974.

In June 1974, “WWA” label released “Solid”, the seventh Groundhogs studio album. It was recorded in 1974, at Tony McPhee’s home studio in Haverhill, Suffolk, UK, and was produced by Tony McPhee.

Personnel:

  • Tony McPhee– vocals, guitars
  • Peter Cruikshank – bass
  • Ken Pustelnik, Clive Brooks– drums
  • Martin Birch– engineer
  • Gered Mankowitz- photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Tony McPhee

  1. Light My Light
  2. Free from All Alarm
  3. Sins of the Father
  4. Sad Go Round
  5. Corn Cob
  6. Plea Sing, Plea Song
  7. Snow Storm
  8. Joker’s Grave

 

In February 1972.

In February 1972, “Sovereign Records” label released the self-titled, debut Flash studio album. It was recorded in November 1971, at “De lane Lea Studios” in London, and was produced by Derek Lawrence.

Personnel:

  • Peter Banks– electric, acoustic and Spanish guitars, ARP synthesizer, backing vocals, arrangements
  • Colin Carter – lead vocals, percussion, arrangements
  • Ray Bennett – lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, arrangements
  • Mike Hough – voice, drums, percussion, cymbals, arrangements
  • Tony Kaye– ARP synthesizer, Hammond organ, piano
  • Martin Birch– engineer
  • Maurice Tate – artwork
  • Barry Wentzell – photography
  • Hipgnosis– design, photography

Track listing:

  1. Small Beginnings – Peter Banks, Colin Carter
  2. Morning Haze – Ray Bennett
  3. Children of the Universe – Ray Bennett
  4. Dreams of Heaven – Peter Banks, Colin Carter
  5. The Time it Takes – Peter Banks, Colin Carter

On March 19, 1971.

On March 19, 1971, “Decca” label released “Green Bullfrog”, album by an ad-hoc band of musicians lead by Derek Lawrence. It was recorded in 1970, at “De Lane Lea Studios” in London, and was produced by Derek Lawrence.

Personnel:

  • Earl Jordan – vocals
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitar
  • Albert Lee – guitar
  • Big Jim Sullivan – guitar
  • Rod Alexander – guitar
  • Tony Ashton – piano, organ
  • Matthew Fisher – piano
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • Chas Hodges – bass
  • Martin Birch– engineer

Track listing:

  1. My Baby Left Me – Arthur Crudup
  2. Makin’ Time – Eddie Phillips, Kenny Pickett
  3. Lawdy Miss Clawdy – Lloyd Price
  4. Bullfrog – Derek Lawrence, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice
  5. I Want You – Tony Joe White
  6. I’m a Free Man – Mark “Moogy” Klingman
  7. Walk a Mile in My Shoes – Joe South
  8. Lovin’ You is Good for Me Baby – Derek Lawrence, Corlett, Hutton

In November 1974.

In November 1974, “Purple” label released “Stormbringer”, the ninth Deep Purple studio album. It was recorded August – September 1974, at “Musicland Studios” in Munich, “The Record Plant” in Los Angeles, and was produced by David Coverdale, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Glen Hughes, Ian Paice and Martin Birch.

Personnel:

  • David Coverdale– lead vocals
  • Ritchie Blackmore– lead guitars
  • Jon Lord– organ, keyboards, electric piano, backing vocals
  • Glenn Hughes– bass guitar, lead vocals
  • Ian Paice– drums, percussion, mixing
  • Martin Birch – engineer, miixing
  • Reinhold Mack, Hans Menzel – engineer assistance
  • Gary Webb, Garry Ladinsky – mixing assistance
  • Lucille Handberg – cover photography

Track listing:

  1. Stormbringer – Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale
  2. Love Don’t Mean a Thing – Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord, Ian Paice
  3. Holy Man – David Coverdale, Glen Hughes, Jon Lord
  4. Hold On – David Coverdale, Glen Hughes, Jon Lord, Ian Paice
  5. Lady Double Dealer – Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale
  6. You Can’t Do It Right (With the One You Love) – Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Glen Hughes
  7. High Ball Shooter – Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord, Ian Paice
  8. The Gipsy – Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord, Ian Paice
  9. Soldier of Fortune – Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale

 

On September 3, 1984.

On September 3, 1984, “EMI” label released “Powerslave”, the fifth Iron Maiden studio album. It was recorded February – June 1984, at “Compass Point Studios” in Nassau, Bahamas, and was produced by Martin Birch. In 2017, it was ranked at number 38 at “Rolling Stone’s” list of the “100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time”. The album was certified 2 x Platinum in Canada by “Music Canada” and Platinum in US by the “RIIA”.

Personnel:

  • Bruce Dickinson– lead vocals
  • Dave Murray– guitar
  • Adrian Smith– guitar
  • Steve Harris– bass guitar
  • Nicko McBrain– drums
  • Martin Birch– engineer, mixing
  • Frank Gibson, Bruce Buchhalter – assistant engineer
  • George Marino – mastering
  • Derek Riggs– sleeve design, sleeve concept, sleeve illustration
  • Moshe Brakha – photography
  • Rod Smallwood– management, sleeve design, sleeve concept
  • Andy Taylor– management

Track listing:

  1. Aces High – Steve Harris
  2. 2 Minutes to Midnight – Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson
  3. Losfer Words (Big ‘Orra) – Steve Harris
  4. Flash of the Blade – Bruce Dickinson
  5. The Duellists – Steve Harris
  6. Back in the Village – Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson
  7. Powerslave – Buce Dickinson
  8. Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Steve Harris

In May 1970.

In May 1970, “Liberty” label released “Thank Christ for the Bomb”, the third  Groundhogs studio album. It was recorded in February 1970, and was produced by Tony McPhee.

Personnel:

  • Tony McPhee– guitars, vocals
  • Peter Cruickshank – bass
  • Ken Pustelnik – drums
  • Martin Birch– engineer
  • Alan Tanner – artwork

Track listing:

All tracks by Tony McPhee

  1. Strange Town
  2. Darkness Is No Friend
  3. Soldier
  4. Thank Christ for the Bomb
  5. Ship on the Ocean
  6. Garden
  7. Status People
  8. Rich Man, Poor Man
  9. Eccentric Man

 

In March 1977.

In March 1977, “Polydor” label released “Malice in Wonderland” the only Paice Ashton Lord studio album. It was recorded September-October 1976, at “Miscland Studios” in Munich, and was produced by Ian Paice, Tony Ashton, Jon Lord and Martin Birch.

Personnel:

  • Ian Paice -drums, percussion
  • Tony Ashton – vocals, keyboards
  • Jon Lord – keyboards, synthesizer
  • Paul Martinez – bass
  • Bernie Marsden – guitar and backing vocals
  • Martin Birch – engineer

Track listing:

All tracks by Ian Paice, Tony Ashton and Jon Lord, except where noted.

  1. Ghost Story
  2. Remember the Good Times – Ian Paice, Tony Ashton, Jon Lord, Bernie Marsden, Paul Martinez
  3. Arabella (Oh Tell Me) – Tony Ashton
  4. Silas & Jerome
  5. Dance with Me Baby – Ian Paice, Tony Ashton, Jon Lord, Bernie Marsden, Paul Martinez
  6. On the Road Again, Again – Ian Paice, Tony Ashton, Jon Lord, Bernie Marsden
  7. Sneaky Private Lee – Ian Paice, Tony Ashton, Jon Lord, Bernie Marsden
  8. I’m Gonna Stop Drinking
  9. Malice in Wonderland