Geoff Emerick obituary

Even if Geoff Emerick, who has died following a heart attack aged 72, had never recorded a note with the Beatles, his list of credits as a recording engineer and producer would be impressive, ranging from Art Garfunkel, Elvis Costello, Supertramp and Ultravox to Big Country, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Jeff Beck. He even engineered the demo tape by Kate Bush (produced by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd) that secured her an EMI recording contract.

But it was his work with the Beatles during their most frantically creative years that made his name. Having worked on numerous Beatles tracks at Abbey Road studios as assistant engineer, he was promoted to first engineer in 1966 at the prompting of their producer, George Martin, and his first job in his new post was to record Tomorrow Never Knows, for what would become the Revolver album.

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