Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust by Bobby Owsinski, Ken Scott

By Bobby Owsinski, Ken Scott

Activate any vintage rock station and you’ll quickly pay attention a music that Ken Scott labored on. As one of many preeminent recording engineers and manufacturers of the twentieth century, Ken has garnered Gold, Platinum, and Diamond checklist revenues awards; a number of Grammy nominations; or even a Clio Award (for his recording of the vintage Coke advert “I’d prefer to train the realm to Sing”). Abbey street to Ziggy Stardust stocks Ken Scott’s intimate thoughts of operating with the most vital artists of the twentieth century, whereas crafting a legitimate that motivated generations of tune makers.

Ken's paintings has left an indelible mark on thousands of hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts along with his expert contributions to Magical secret journey and The White Album. As manufacturer and/or engineer of six David Bowie albums (including the groundbreaking Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars) in addition to different undying classics, the sound Ken crafted has inspired numerous generations of tune makers that keeps to at the present time. Ken captured the sonic signatures of a who's-who of vintage rock and jazz acts, together with Elton John, red Floyd, Jeff Beck, Duran Duran, The Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, the USA, Devo, Kansas, The Tubes, lacking individuals, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Billy Cobham, Dixie Dregs, and Stanley Clarke.

This is his tale, entire with humorous, provocative, and oh-so-honest stories of the studio, level, or even an notorious swimming pool incident. Never-before-seen photos and technical info make this publication essential for each song fan.


Ken turned part of the group latterly, which through the years recorded the band to this kind of excessive commonplace - a regular that is still a benchmark at the present time. i used to be fortunate to have Ken to help me in the course of that interval of amazing creativity.
--George Martin, manufacturer (The Beatles)

I credits Ken for most likely probably the most exciting recording studies i've got ever had. And we all may agree that was once most likely one of many excessive spots of our recording achievements.
--Roger Hodgson, Supertramp

I realized to stick calm stressed from Ken. He used to be regularly unflappable, that is a trait that he handed directly to me.
--Alan Parsons, The Alan Parsons undertaking

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I had just moved to Springfield that summer, forty-five minutes from my parents’ lake house near Branson. Up till then, I’d rarely visited my parents there. Now, Mom and Dad were eager to show me the sights, catching me up on what I’d missed. As we strolled through Silver Dollar City, Dad kept referring to times when I was little that we had visited this Ozark theme park, this tourist trap. But as the wheel cut through the water in its lazy revolution, I felt no flicker of interest, no stir of memory.

The only girl among brothers, I found these interactions exotic. My mother and her sisters had been little girls less than thirty miles from Rocky Ridge Farm during the years that Laura Ingalls Wilder was there writing her first books. We’d all practically memorized those books. Jody and I grew up re-enacting our favorite parts, making long skirts out of sheets and pretending that our beds were covered wagons. I was thirteen the last summer that Aunt Shirley was able to travel, the summer that she took Jody and me to the places Laura Ingalls Wilder lived and wrote about.

I was transfixed by the story of the woman who didn’t speak Russian but claimed to have the same scars, birthmarks, ears, feet, handwriting, and facial proportions as the youngest daughter of Russia’s last Czar. I had been through obsessions with time travel and with children raised by wolves, gazelles, and apes. For the amnesiac, the time traveler, the feral child, the world becomes a minefield requiring constant negotiation to heal the rifts between The One that Got Away familiarity and strangeness.

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