FRIENDS

For the recording process to be successful, trust between the artist and producer must be established. It does not always happen right away. Sometimes, it does not happen at all.

But when it does, that is when that magical artistic expression can begin to take shape.

There is a wonderful side effect that can also happen. ....a friendship can be forged. Sometimes that friendship can be for a season and sometimes it can be for a lifetime.

The following are insights from a few of the many artists with whom Alan has worked over the decades.

"I am thankful for each and every person represented. ...and the ones who are not." - Alan

1970's / ABBEY ROAD STUDIO
SESSIONS

Alan Parsons

"Alan Shacklock's experience at Abbey Road...influence(s) his activities today."

Alan Parsons is a grammy award winning artist, engineer and producer.

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"He’s a great teacher with a lot of experience behind him."

"I first met Alan in my early years as an engineer at Abbey Road in the late 70s. His band, Babe Ruth, were excellent and a fine example of the kind of prog music being recorded back then.

Alan always showed an interest in the technical as well as the musical, so his experience at Abbey Road obviously had an influence on his activities today. I’ve seen him at work and he’s a great teacher with a lot of experience behind him."

1983 / JOBOXERS
SESSIONS

Dig Wayne

"Alan said we really need to beef up the beat."

Dig Wayne - Lead Vocalist for JoBOXERS

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"We all jumped on these boards and they recorded these stomping sounds..."

"When we recorded 'Boxerbeat', I remember Alan saying we really need to beef up the beat.

There was a building site across the street from the recording studio. He said "Why don't we go over there and get some boards?" We went over and got some boards from the builders.

We brought them back and we put them in the hallway right outside the recording studio. We set them up in such a way that all five of us could stand on these boards. The boards had a give to them somehow and they mic'd it.

We all jumped on these boards and they recorded these stomping sounds and that's why you hear that pounding beat.

That's the main thing I remember about recording the album. I don't remember singing "Just Got Lucky". I tell my wife that I know it's me but I don't remember doing that!" (laughs)

1983 / JOBOXERS | 1988 / SPEAR OF DESTINY
SESSIONS

Chris Bostock

"Alan is both calm and inspiring in the studio, setting the scene for a creative production."

Chris Bostock - Bassist for JoBOXERS and Spear of Destiny

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"Alan is both calm and inspiring in the studio..."

"As an accomplished musician, songwriter, and successful band leader himself, Alan's musical knowledge and experience is impressive, making him a true 'Musician Producer'.

Alan produced two albums that I worked on as a musician: JoBoxers 'Like Gangbusters' and Spear of Destiny 'The Price You Pay'.

Alan brought the best out of both bands through his thorough process of Pre-production - working on tempos, keys and arrangements, Recording - where Alan would often suggest musical improvements to the performance that complemented the song, and Mixing.

JoBoxers' single ‘Just Got Lucky' went Top 10 UK and Top 40 US while ‘Boxerbeat’ was only kept from the No1 slot by David Bowie (Let's Dance) and Duran Duran.  Our album 'Like Gangbusters' went Top 20 UK.

Alan is both calm and inspiring in the studio, setting the scene for a creative production."

"The recording and mixing went very smoothly under Alan’s direction."

“One day I had a call from my former JoBoxers producer Alan Shacklock, who had also produced Jeff Beck, Meatloaf and Roger Daltrey, inviting me to play on the new 'Spear of Destiny' album he was producing, which would become 'The Price You Pay' on Virgin Records. This turned into quite an extensive project.

Spear of Destiny, headed up by Kirk Brandon, had been playing to large audiences in large venues. To enable the recorded album to sound exactly like the tour that would follow, we developed and rehearsed the album tracks in a huge rehearsal space off London’s Caledonian Road over a two week period. This also had the benefit of keeping the band playing tightly from the outset and maintaining the momentum through the recording sessions.

The recording and mixing took place over the next few weeks, mostly at the former Townhouse Studios in Shepherd’s Bush and went very smoothly under Alan’s direction. We then went on the UK tour – which quickly sold out – to promote the album, culminating with a London show at the Hammersmith Odeon.”

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1984 / THE ALARM - DECLARATION
SESSIONS

Mike Peters

"Alan helped us realise the potential in our songs and get them on to the radio with energy and style."

Mike Peters is the lead vocalist for The Alarm

Mentor...Friend...Confidant

"Alan Shacklock was the most incredible producer who took The Alarm from a rough and ready new wave club band and turned us into an Arena sized rock band capable of playing large venues all over the world. Alan helped us realise the potential in our songs and get them on to the radio with energy and style. He was a mentor to all of us in the band, and someone we could turn to at various times throughout our career. He was so much more than a musician; he became a friend and confidant and is talented in all aspects of music performance and production."

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Sixty Eight Guns & 30th Anniversary

"To mark the 30th anniversary of the release of Sixty Eight Guns, I once recorded thirty vinyl singles at Third Man Records in Nashville. I called Alan and asked him if he would like to produce? Alan responded in the affirmative and his job on the day was putting the token into the recording machine while I cut the music! It takes all sorts!!!!!!"

Upon initial release on September 12th 1983, Sixty Eights Guns (Produced by Alan Shacklock), debuted at number 54 in the UK charts before sweeping the nation following a memorable first appearance by The Alarm on Top Of The Pops (September 21st 2013). Sixty Eight Guns went on to reach Number 17 in the UK Top 40, achieving gold record status before becoming a top 40 hit in the USA following a dramatic appearance on American Bandstand in early 1984.

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Together Again

mike peters alan shacklock 02Alan Shacklock (who produced the original single), was present in Nashville to again produce these new sessions: "It was great to work with Mike again, he still has the same passion and enthusiasm he demonstrated back in the band's early days and an even better voice. The main thing I helped him with today, was to arrange the song to work inside 111 seconds, we had to cut out even more than we did in '83! Hearing it stripped to the bare essentials again, made me realise why I fell in love with the band in the first place. In 1983, the remit was to get The Alarm on the radio and I'm proud of the fact that 'Sixty Eight Guns' attracts a lot of airplay to this very day and is still in tune with the times."

Mike Peters
&
Alan Shacklock

Recording
The 30th Anniversary Version Of
Sixty Eight Guns
at
Third Man Records
Nashville, TN

1984 / MEAT LOAF - BAD ATTITUDE
SESSIONS

John Parr

John Parr is a writer on the Meat Loaf album, 'Bad Attitude'.

He is also known for his hits 'St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)' and 'Naughty, Naughty'.

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"Happy Days"

"Meat Loaf, Julia Downes and I had a blast recording 'Don’t Leave Your Mark On Me', with Alan in London.

Happy days."

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1986 / IT BITES - THE BIG LAD IN THE WINDMILL
SESSIONS

Francis Dunnery

Francis Dunnery is the lead vocalist for It Bites.

Francis is also the president and founder of ‘The Charlie and Kathleen Dunnery Children’s Fund’

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"Strapping Rock Men"

"Alan brought a maturity to all our songs with his wonderful knowledge of classical music and his skills as a songwriter. We started out as little pop boys and by the time we finished we were huge strapping rock men?!"

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1986 / BELTANE FIRE
SESSIONS

Clint Bradley

"I have a lot of fond memories of working with Alan."

Clint Bradley - Lead Vocals Beltane Fire

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"Alan can extract the best possible performance from any artist that he’s working with."

"I have a lot of fond memories of working with Alan.

One thing is for certain, when Alan believes in something (from a musical point of view) he will follow it through to the bitter end. He has an incredible way of visualizing how a song can evolve from a very basic beginning.

He has the finest ear I’ve ever known for harmonies and above all else an innate gift to extract the best possible performance from any artist that he’s working with."

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A Lyric Sheets Tale

"My favorite Alan tale is one he relayed to me after working with a certain young pop idol. A very well-known record executive visited him in the studio while he was producing what would become a hugely successful pop single.

This was their conversation.

“Alan can I have a look at the lyrics for the song?”

Alan hands him the lyric sheet. The exec reads through the lyric sheet out loud.

“Verse”
“Chorus”
“Chorus”
“Chorus”
“Chorus”
“Chorus”

The exec thinks for a moment then turns to Alan and says:

“Alan do we really need that first verse?”

Alan impersonates said record company exec perfectly!"

1995 / STUDIO
SESSIONS

Tony Morra

"Shacklock…. A Treasure!"

Tony Morra is a session drummer & producer

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"He hired you for 'you'."

When I first arrived in Nashville I met Alan on the worship team at church! We found out that we had a mutual musician/producer friend in NYC where I moved from! Alan immediately reached out to him and next thing you know I'm working on a good portion of Alan’s productions

Working with Shacklock was such and awesome experience! He hired you for 'you'. He always let the session players bring their creativity to the project. In his inimitable way Alan would sculpt the song to its truest form for the artist.

Always there to help others and keep us working and he himself making great music! Also, great when he’d talk about the folks he worked with and the stories of his years "across pond"!

Shacklock…. A Treasure!

1995 / PHIL KEAGGY - TRUE BELIEVER
FESTIVALS & SESSIONS

Anthony Sallee

"You would have never known he had worked with such greats!"

Anthony Sallee is a live & session bassist

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"Alan had no ego."

"Alan produced Phil Keaggy's 'True Believers' project in 1995. I did a bunch of festivals with Phil at that time and Alan came out and played keys in the band with us.

That's how we first met. We played big festivals like Cornerstone, Creation, etc.

I later played on some projects Alan produced as well. Couldn't even tell you what those projects were.

One project we recorded at Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston's studio in Atlanta. Alan has done a lot in music and has produced some of the top artists of our time. The refreshing thing about working with Alan is that he had no ego and you would have never known he had worked with such greats!"

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2018 / SUMMER NAMM
NASHVILLE, TN

Patrick Maley

"He's incredibly enjoyable to converse with!"

Patrick Maley is a session drummer, educator & author

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"His wealth of knowledge, especially in production and performance, is impressive."

"Meeting Alan on multiple occasions has been a pleasure. He's not only a true gentleman but also incredibly enjoyable to converse with!

With a storied music career, Alan has collaborated with some really cool artists. His wealth of knowledge, especially in production and performance, is impressive.

We share a passion for education and had engaging discussions about finding one's niche and keeping things fresh. Hanging out with him is always a fun experience!"

1998 / STUDIO & EDU
SESSIONS

Rob Tate

"On this particular Sunday, in the middle of worship, I admit I was a bit distracted thinking, 'Who is the guitar player?' He's quite good."

Rob Tate is an independent producer, engineer & educator

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"He is absolutely one of my dearest friends."

"One Sunday morning Alan was the music director on the worship team. Like most churches in the 'Buckle of the Bible-Belt' we had a very large talent pool on the team for any given Sunday. On this particular Sunday, in the middle of worship, I admit I was a bit distracted thinking, 'Who is the guitar player?' He's quite good."

So after saying 'hello' we just seem to hit it off. At some point down the road, Alan invited me to several sessions as an engineer.

The internet was still in its infancy so I didn't know Alan's studio pedigree by any stretch. To me, he was this guy that I met at church who took me under his wing to engineer in the studio.

At one point, Alan landed me a position were he and I were team-teaching at SAE Institute in Nashville. As the years passed, I am now an instructor at Dark Horse Institute in Franklin, TN where on occasion Alan will visit my class as a guest speaker.

In my life, Alan has become a mentor and an 'Elder Statesman'. He is absolutely one of my dearest friends."

THE
SESSIONS

Alan Shacklock

FAITH
FAMILY
FRIENDS

Meat Loaf
'Bad Attitude' Sessions

Roger Daltrey of the Who
Meat Loaf
Alan Shacklock

Jeff Beck Sessions

Jeff Beck
Alan Shacklock

Jim Rodford

Jim Rodford of The Kinks and The Zombies
Alan Shacklock

Roger Daltrey
of
The Who

Roger Daltrey
Alan Shacklock
in Nashville, TN

Meat Loaf
'Bad Attitude' Sessions

Meat Loaf
John Parr
(St. Elmo's Fire - Under a Raging Moon)
Alan Shacklock

Alan Shacklock
Patrick Maley
Phil Keaggy

Summer NAMM, Nashville, TN

Margaret Thatcher
'The Iron Lady'
Prime Minister of England

Margaret Thatcher
Alan Shacklock
Abbey Road Studios, London

Alan Parsons

Alan Parsons of The Alan Parsons Project

Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Father & Son

KDSML (aka Jesse Shacklock) perform with Alan Shacklock (aka Dad) & Babe Ruth.
Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI

Rob Tate
Alan Shacklock

Darkhorse Studio, Franklin, TN

Kip Winger
Alan Shacklock
Joe Bonamassa

Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Meat Loaf
'Bad Attitude'
Sessions

Meat Loaf
Alan Shacklock

'Whispering Bob' Harris

Alan Shacklock and 'Whispering Bob' Harris of The Old Grey Whistle Test

The Zombies

Rod Argent
Alan Shacklock
Jim Rodford
Colin Blunstone

Beltane Fire
'Different Breed'
Sessions

Recording ‘Guilty Heart’
Abbey Road Studios

Lunch With Friends!

An impromptu lunch with Rob Tate, Phil Keaggy, Ireland Tate and me.
Summer NAMM, Nashville, TN
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