Glyn Johns

Glyn Johns & Opinions on Coldplay

English producer and engineer Glyn Johns has been behind the board for classic albums by Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Clash. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a candid conversation about being re-worked by Phil Spector, trying to infuse The Eagles with the blues, and more from his storied career.

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Glyn Johns

soundman One day in February 1969, engineer and producer Glyn Johns disembarked a flight from Los Angeles to London. He went straight to a studio to work with the Beatles on what would eventually become Let It Be. That was followed by an all-night session with the Rolling Stones for Let It Bleed. And after that, he rejoined the Beatles and jutted on over to Royal Albert Hall to record Jimi Hendrix live. Just“a day in the life,”eh? Those legendary recordings are just beginning of Johns tremendous list of credits which includes Led Zeppelin, the Faces, the Kinks, The Who, the Eagles and more recently Band of Horses and Ryan Adams. He relays this life spent recording in a new book called Sound Man. And he is as candid in his conversation with Jim and Greg, as he is in print. The aforementioned Let It Be? Johns remarks that Phil Spector“puked”all over it. Of Eric Clapton, Johns admits he initially refused to bring him into a session with Pete Townshend due to his drug-addled personality. And he talks about parting ways with the Eagles after they wanted to go in a more rock ‘n’ roll direction—something Johns says the band wouldn't know if they fell over it.

For more behind-the-booth conversations, check out Jim and Greg's interviews in the Footnotes section with Stephen Street, Butch Vig, Bob Ezrin, Tony Visconti, Mark Howard, Giorgio Moroder, Joe Boyd and of course, Brian Eno.

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Coldplay Head Full of Dreams

Over the past 15 years, Coldplay has arguably become the biggest rock band in music. The group returns with their 7th album, A Head Full of Dreams, which lead singer Chris Martin says is the band's last effort. Greg thinks that in the past the group has presented some interesting and layered material, but not in 2016. This is their most pop/danceable album yet Greg feels there's a lack of conviction. Coldplay just didn't take it far enough, and the lyrics are pretty awful to boot. Greg gives it a Trash It. Jim agrees and thinks the Coldplay of yore was a very good band indeed. But the Coldplay of today doesn't go anywhere new. Even bringing in the big guns like Beyoncé and President Obama can‘t save this record. It’s a double Trash It for A Head Full of Dreams.


Featured Songs

  1. Motörhead, Ace of Spades, Ace of Spades, Bronze, 1980
  2. Motörhead, Bomber, Bomber, Bronze, 1979
  3. Steve Miller Band, Children of the Future, Children of the Future, Capitol, 1968
  4. The Kinks, All Day and All of the Night, All Day and All of the Night / I Gotta Move, Pye, 1964
  5. The Who, My Generation, My Generation, Brunswick, 1965
  6. The Who, Won't Get Fooled Again, Who's Next, Decca, 1971
  7. The Who, Baba O'Riley, Who's Next, Decca, 1971
  8. Led Zeppelin, Dazed and Confused, Led Zeppelin, Atlantic, 1969
  9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Voodoo Chile, Electric Ladyland, Reprise, 1968
  10. The Beatles, The Long and Winding Road, Anthology 3, Capitol, 1996
  11. The Beatles, The Long and Winding Road, Let It Be, Apple, 1970
  12. Eagles, Take It Easy, Eagles, Asylum, 1972
  13. The Rolling Stones, You Can't Always Get What You Want, Let It Bleed, Decca, 1969
  14. The Rolling Stones, Dead Flowers, Sticky Fingers, Rolling Stones Records, 1971
  15. The Clash, Rock the Casbah, Combat Rock, Epic, 1982
  16. Small Faces, (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me, Small Faces, Immediate, 1967
  17. Faces, Stay With Me, A Nod Is As Good As a Wink… to a Blind Horse, Warner Bros., 1971
  18. Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane, My Baby Gives It Away, Rough Mix, MCA, 1977
  19. Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane, April Fool, Rough Mix, MCA, 1977
  20. Eric Clapton, Lay Down Sally, Slowhand, RSO, 1977
  21. Bob Dylan, Masters of War, Real Live, Columbia, 1984
  22. Band of Horses, Knock Knock, Mirage Rock, Som Livre, 2012
  23. Coldplay, Birds, A Head Full of Dreams, Atlantic, 2015
  24. Coldplay, A Head Full of Dreams, A Head Full of Dreams, Atlantic, 2015
  25. Coldplay, Hymn For the Weekend, A Head Full of Dreams, Atlantic, 2015
  26. Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, Sylvia's Mother, Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, Columbia, 1972
  27. Nick Cave, Hold On to Yourself, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, Mute, 2008
  28. Katie Costello, Cassette Tape, Lamplight, Tiny Tiny, 2011
  29. Jackson Browne, Running on Empty, Running on Empty, Asylum, 1977

Footnotes Greg's Lemmy interview Lemmy obit The Dawn of Metal on SO Sound Man by Glyn Johns Stephen Street on SO Butch Vig on SO Bob Ezrin on SO Tony Visconti on SO Mark Howard on SO Giorgio Moroder on SO Joe Boyd on SO Brian Eno on SO Phil“Philthy Animal”Taylor obituary Coldplay Greg's review of A Head Full of Dreams