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Mike Stone (record producer)


Mike Stone (record producer)

Mike Stone
Born 1951
Died 2002 (aged 50–51)
Occupation(s) Record producer

Mike "Clay" Stone (1951 – May 2002)[1] was an English recording engineer and record producer. Stone worked with Queen (multiple albums), Blue Öyster Cult, Foreigner, Journey (multiple albums),[2] Kiss, Asia, Daniel Amos, Lou Reed, Whitesnake, Bee Gees, Joe Walsh and others.[3]


Stone began his career as an assistant recording engineer at Abbey Road Studios in England. While still a teenager, Stone worked on some sessions for The Beatles' Beatles For Sale[4] (1964). Later, he became a runner at Trident Studios, then worked his way up to tape operator and assistant engineer. In 1974, Stone began a long relationship with Queen when he worked with Queen's then producer, Roy Thomas Baker, to engineer the unique vocal layering for "Bohemian Rhapsody".[5] Following Baker's departure as Queens' producer, the band hired Stone as their engineer for his expertise in over-dubbing vocals.[6] By the early eighties, Stone had produced popular top-selling albums for both Asia and Journey.[7]

Stone was scheduled to oversee the re-mastering of the Queen catalogue when he died in 2002. Queen's Brian May wrote of Stone in a eulogy: "Mike's production style of big chorus building and hitting hard, the ability to treat vocals uniquely, and find space in a recording have influenced a generation of young producers."

Stone's work productivity was limited in later years by an alcohol problem, and he died from complications of it.[7]

Selected discography


  1. ^ "Mike Stone". Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ Mehle, Michael (1997-05-23). "Veteran record producer turns his life down".  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Mike Stone Discography". Discogs. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Emerick, Geoff; Massey, Howard (2007). Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles. Penguin.  
  5. ^ Mancuso, Carl J. (April 26, 2011). "Classic Albums – Queen: A Night at the Opera". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 
  6. ^ Sutcliffe, Phil (2009). Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock. Voyageur Press. p. 96. 
  7. ^ a b Sharpe-Young, Garry (2002-06-20). "Bad news continues for rock world".  
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